FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How many times can a candidate take the exam again?

There is no limit to the number of times the candidate can sit for the IELTS exam.

Q. Which module should the candidate sit for, Academic OR General training ?

The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the result of these Modules. The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposed, but emphasize basic survival skills in a a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purpose to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centres are not responsible for providing this information. The general Training module is not offered at all test administrations. it must be noted that it may not be possible to change module later or on the day of the test.

Q. How long are the scores valid?

The scores are valid for 2 years

Q. Can IELTS be taken as an alternate to TOEFL?

YES, over 544 US institutions recognize IELTS and accept either IELTS or TOEFL for admission to award courses. For an updated list please log on to www.IELTS.org

Q. What is the fee of the exam?

Rs. 9,900/- (Rupees Nine Thousand Nine Hundred only), payable by Credit card / Debit card OR by Demand Draft.

The fee is subject to change.

Q. How can the candidate apply for the test exam?

The candidate must contact the centre to find out the date of the next test and ask for a copy of the IELTS handbook and an application form. Fill in the application form and send it back to the test centre with the test fee. The test centre will then send the date and time of the test.

Q. Can the candidate retest only for the module where they did not score well instead of repeating the whole test?

IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s English proficiency at a given time. It provides not only an indication of ability in a particular module but also an indication of overall ability. This would not be possible if modules were not taken at the same time. Stakeholders require an indication of proficiency at a given time. Stakeholders have expressed a preference for full re-testing to gain an accurate assessment of a candidate’s language proficiency. Therefore a candidate will have to re-take the full test and cannot re-take a specific module.

Q. What are the things to be carried on the day of test?

Candidates must be aware that on the day of the test they are required to bring passport bearing photograph, number and signature.

Q. What happens if candidate wants to postpone or cancel their entry?

The test centre retains part of the fee for local administrative cost. This varies from centre to centre.

Q. What happens if a candidate is absent on the day of the test without giving prior notice?

The candidate will normally lose their full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided then the full fee is refunded minus the local administrative deduction.