As you might know, IELTS is an International English Language Testing System that is used for testing English language proficiency around the world. It is accepted by more than 6000 organizations across the globe, including numerous universities, government agencies, immigration departments, multinational companies, and professional bodies.
You might be wondering how IELTS actually tests a person’s English language proficiency, and what kind of questions are asked. Well, in case you’re preparing for IELTS test on your own, you need to know the answer to the following Frequently Asked Questions about an IELTS test before you appear in the examination center:
- Why is IELTS important?
IELTS is used to test your English language proficiency and is accepted by a big number of organizations, universities, and immigration centers worldwide.
- When would the results of IELTS test be declared?
Your test report will be sent to you through post 13 days after the day of the test. You might also receive an SMS alert or can see your result through the Online Results Service, based on your test center. However, in case you just receive one copy of your result report, make sure to keep it in a safe spot so that you don’t lose it.
- By whom is IELTS conducted?
IELTS is owned jointly by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. A big team of writers from all over the world contributes to the test materials of IELTS.
- What is CD IELTS?
CD IELTS refers to Computer-Delivered IELTS. It is taken by the candidate through a computer in the examination center. In other words, you’d have to type the answers instead of writing them down on paper.
- Are there any specific requirements for Computer-Delivered IELTS?
There are no specific requirements.
- Is Computer-Delivered IELTS easier than Paper-based IELTS?
The content of both tests is the same. Which means both computer-delivered and paper-delivered IELTS have no differences in terms of the level of difficulty.
- Can you retake IELTS test?
You can always retake the test. However, make sure to be better prepared, and do additional study before you take the test again.
- Is the speaking test of Computer-Delivered IELTS same as that of Paper Delivered IELTS?
Yes, the speaking test is taken the same way for both computer-delivered and paper delivered IELTS.
- Which tests of Computer-Delivered IELTS differ from Paper Delivered IELTS?
The content of all the tests, Speaking, listening, and reading is the same for both computer- delivered and paper delivered IELTS. However, the method might differ for the Listening and Reading tests. Nevertheless, the Speaking test is the same (one-to-one with a professional IELTS examiner) for both.
- Are you required to bring your own computer for Computer-Delivered IELTS?
No. The computer needed for the test will be provided by the test center.
- What happens if you’re unable to make it to the examination center in time on the day of your test?
In case you are unable to make it to the test center on the day of your test, you will be offered a test on the next available test date by your test center.
- Can you postpone or cancel your application for IELTS test?
If you cancel or postpone your registration application more than 5 weeks before the test day, you will receive a refund without any kind of administration charges. However, if you cancel or postpone your application within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full registration fee unless you have a genuine medical reason.
Also, you can receive a refund if you are able to provide a medical certificate 5 days before the test date. In this case, you won’t have to pay any kind of local administrative cost.
- What are the two versions of the IELTS test?
IELTS offers two versions of the test. One is the Academic version that is specifically designed for the candidate who wants to study at a tertiary-level in a country where English is used as the main language for communication, such as Australia or Canada.
The other version of IELTS is General Training. It is for those candidates who wish to do training programs or get work experience so that they can migrate to an English-speaking country.
- Is there any kind of help available for disabled candidates?
Test centers make a lot of efforts in order to cater to the needs of disabled candidates. All candidates of IELTS are assessed fairly and objectively. If you are in the need of some special service at your test center, you can call your test center and get information about what they can do.