(Frequently Asked Questions)
Top IELTS FAQs
1. What is IELTS?
IELTS is an English Language Testing System which evaluates the level of proficiency in English all over the world. It is the most popular test globally.
2. Who accepts IELTS?
It is accepted by 6000 institutions extensively which includes immigration departments, universities, MNCs etc.
3. How many versions are there of IELTS?
It has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic version is for those who to study abroad whereas the General Training test is for those who want to work or want immigration in a country where the native language in English. Listening and Speaking modules are same for all candidates, whereas Reading and Writing modules differ to some extent.
4. What is the format of the test?
IELTS has 4 parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total time for the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Speaking is done either 1 week before or after other modules, which are on the same day.
5. Is there any help available for disabled candidates?
Special efforts are made to cater the needs of disabled candidates. In such cases, the centre where the test is to be taken should be informed 3 months prior so that sufficient arrangements can be made.
6. When can IELTS Exam be taken?
IELTS is conducted four times in a month i.e., 48 dates are fixed in a year subject to the demand of that area.
7. What is the fee for IELTS exam?
The fee for IELTS Academic or General Training is same. In Indian rupees, it is around Rs. 11800/-. But if you want to BOOK IELTS through NEW CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE, we offer DISCOUNT of Rs.500/-.
8. What should be done in case of postponement or cancellation of application?
If you postponed or cancel your registration more than 5 weeks then the fee is refunded after deducting the administration charges. If you cancel it within 5 weeks of test date then full fee will be charged unless a medical certificate is given within 5 days of the test.
9. What if a person is not well on exam day?
If no prior notice is given, the fee will be lost. But if the medical is produced within 5 days of the test, then the fee is refunded after deducting administration charges.
10. Is IELTS a one day process?
No, IELTS is not a one day process. READING, LISTENING and WRITING are conducted on a single day whereas SPEAKING is conducted 1 week before or after the other 3 modules depending on the test centre.
11. What should be taken to the examination room?
An individual should only carry pens, pencils and erasers with him/her. Passport should also be brought as a national identity proof. Everything else should be left outside the examination hall.
12. Which accents are generally heard in Speaking and Listening tests?
Varieties of English accents are used in both the modules as it is an international test.
13. Are there any Instructions for a LISTENING module and is there an option to PAUSE in between?
Yes, instructions are given clearly in the beginning of the test. There is time given in between to read the questions but otherwise there, is no option to pause or stop midway.
14. Can a pen be also used for Listening and Reading tests?
No, only pencil is permitted because the answers have to be scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.
15. Is it permitted to make notes on the candidate paper?
Yes, it is allowed to make notes on the question paper as the examiner won’t read it.
16. What is a SPEAKING test?
In this module, we converse with a certified IELTS examiner. There are 3 sections in this test. It is recorded on a digital recorder for keeping a record.
17. What are the requirements for Speaking test?
The identification documents submitted along with IELTS application should be brought which are checked before entering the examination hall.
18. How are scores given in IELTS?
An individual is judged on the basis of 9-band scoring system. All the modules are marked separately and overall band score is also given.
19. What is the passing score in IELTS?
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Every institution has their own criteria and band requirement. Otherwise, 5.5 is the least required band.
19. When an individual receives TRF (Test Result Form)?
TRF is posted after 13 days of the test. Some test centers also declare the result online.
20. Can a person get TRF again if it’s lost?
Five copies of TRF to the candidate and respective institutions can be sent free of cost. After that charges will be levied on as many copies demanded.
22. Can we go for re-evaluation if we are not satisfied with our band score?
A candidate can apply for Enquiry on results through the procedure prescribed at their respective test centres within 6 weeks of the test date. Candidate is also required to pay enquiry fee which is refunded if band score changes.
23. When can an individual appear for IELTS again?
A candidate can appear as many times as s/he wants. There is no limit on it.
24. Can a candidate appear again without paying the fee if s/he misses it because of a natural calamity or riot etc.?
Yes, the test centre can offer next available date in such circumstances.
25. How can writing scores improve?
Writing module is the toughest one. It is based on completing the response. A candidate should make sure that s/he has answered all the questions that have been asked. If the answer is not according to the question then the chances are that the band score may get affected simultaneously.
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