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Here are the most frequently asked questions about IELTS exam.

Question:

Is IELTS test paper based or computer delivered?

Answer:

Until recently, IELTS was only a paper based test. Starting in 2016, some centres started offering Computer Delivered Tests (CDT) for IELTS. Check with your local centre if Computer Delivered IELTS is offered.

 

Question:

How many skills are tested in the IELTS test?

Answer:

There are 4 skills tested: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 

Question:

Which skills do I take on the same day?

Answer:

Listening, reading and writing are all taken on the same day. The speaking test can be taken either before, after or on the same day as the other skills.

 

Question:

Does the IELTS test accept American English?

Answer:

Yes, it does. It is an international test of English. However, most examiners in speaking are English or Australian and may not be familiar with typical American phrases.

 

Question:

Is there a break between the reading and writing test?

Answer:

No, there is no break between the listening, reading and writing test. They are all taken together and take a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes. So, make sure you eat and drink well before you take your test.

 

Question:

Can I use a pen in my IELTS Test?

Answer:

For handwritten IELTS test, you can use a pen or pencil for your IELTS writing test. However, for your listening and reading test, you must use a pencil (don’t forget to take an eraser with you).

Pens and pencils are not required for Computer Delivered IELTS, however, you will be provided with a single A4 sheet of paper and a pencil to take notes.

 

Question:

How many times can I take my IELTS test?

Answer:

You can take it as many times as you want. There is no limit.

 

Question:

Can I wear a watch in my IELTS test?

Answer:

No, you can’t. You can’t wear a watch in any of the IELTS tests, even the speaking test. There will be a clock on the wall so you can check the time.

 

Question:

What happens if I am colour blind?

Answer:

You should contact your IELTS test centre before the exam to let them know. They will adapt any colour pages or illustrations for you in the test.

 

Question:

Can I write using capital letters? 

Answer:

Yes, you can. You can use all capital letters for listening and reading. For writing, it is best not to use all capital letters for your tasks.

 

Question:

How long does it take for my test results to arrive?

Answer:

Your results will be posted to you 13 days after you have taken your test. It is possible to get your results by sms or online at some test centres. Contact them to find out. However, there are times when results are delayed longer than 13 days – see question number 5 below.

 

Question:

How long are my IELTS results valid?

Answer:

Your IELTS results are valid for 2 years.

 

Question:

Can I get my IELTS test remarked?

Answers:

Yes, you can. It costs around 150 USD to get your test remarked. It is the same price for all 4 skills or just one. You should contact your local IELTS test centre to get the form for remarking. If your results change and your band score goes up, you will get your money refunded. You have 6 weeks after taking your test to get your test remarked. Your test will be remarked by a different examiner. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the results of your remark to arrive. Alternatively, you could take your test again.

 

Question:

If I take IELTS twice, which result can I use?

Answers:

You can use the test in which you scored the highest as long as the result is still valid (which means as long as it is not more than two years old).

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