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IELTS FAQs

1. Where can I take IELTS?

The network of IELTS test centres managed by IDP is vast -- IELTS Bangladesh offers 10 test locations across the country – Dhaka (Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Mohakhali, Mirpur and Dhanmondi), Chittagong, Khulna and Sylhet.

2. How much does it cost?

IELTS test fees vary from country to country. The IELTS test fee is the same for both versions of the test (Academic and General Training). Test fee is BDT 16,500 BDT for IELTS, BDT 23,000 for IELTS for UKVI and BDT 17,200 for IELTS Life Skills (subject to change without prior notice).

You can also check the cost of your IELTS test here.

3. How do I book/register for the test?

You can choose to take IELTS test with IDP at various convenient locations in Bangladesh. Log on to https://my.ieltsessentials.com/ and complete your registration by paying online with your VISA/Master card (credit and debit cards are accepted). It’s fast and easy. Please make sure you have a scanned copy (JPEG/PNG/PDF – less than 1.5MB size) of your valid international passport ready to upload during online registration.

4. What if I need to postpone or cancel my IELTS test?

Please contact the test centre where you booked your IELTS test from. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge.

Candidates who seek to cancel their registration or transfer test dates within the five-week period prior to the test date will only receive a refund if they can satisfy to the test centre authority that their ability to sit the test has been affected by illness or serious cause. Serious causes include:

• illness – e.g. hospital admission, serious injury or illness (does not include minor illness such as a mild cold)
• loss or bereavement – death of a close family member
• hardship/trauma – victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident
• military service.

5. Do I take all parts of the test on the same day? Which part do I take first?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. You will do the Listening component first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

6. What are the test rules?

Test rules and guidelines can be found on the 'Notice to Candidates' provided in the IELTS Application Form. You are also advised to read the Information for Candidates booklet carefully so that you understand the test format and know what to expect on the test day. IDP Education offers practical advice for the test day on www.IELTSessentials.com

7. What can I take into the examination room?

Only pens, pencils and erasers.

You must bring your original passport that you used to register for your IELTS with IDP. You must leave everything else outside the examination room.

Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you are found to be in possessionof any electronic item during the test, you will be disqualified.

8. What is the Speaking test?

The Speaking test is a discussion over 11-14 minutes with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on a digital recorder.

9. What do I need for the Speaking test?

You must bring the same passport that you used during your registration and continue to use the same identity document for each part of the test. Your identity will be checked before you enter the interview room.

10. What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?

As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents is used in both of these tests.

11. Can I write in capital letters?

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.

12. How are the tests marked?

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.

13. Can I write in pencil?

You must write in pencil for the Listening and Reading components. In the Writing test, a pen or pencil may be used.

14. Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?

Yes. The examiners marking your answers to the Listening and Reading questions will not see your question paper.

15. Who sets the 'pass mark' for the IELTS test?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational university or school sets its own minimum IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. To find out more, search the list of organisations accepting IELTS scores.

16. When will I receive my test results?

Your Test Report Form (TRF) will be available to you 13 calendar days after your test date. You will only receive one copy of your TRF, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) – in this case, you can receive two. Proof of application to CIC and UKBA must be provided.

17. How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled to?

You will only receive one copy of your TRF, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) – in this case, you can receive two. Proof of application to CIC and UKBA must be provided. Up to five copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you. Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the test centre which issued the results. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test centre which issued your results.

18. How can I order more TRFs if my test centre has closed since I took the test?

If the test centre where your test was taken has closed, we can still send a copy of your TRF to organisations for two years after your test. Check our list for contact details.

To request a TRF, you will need to complete an Additional TRF application form. It is important to fill your family and given names exactly as they appear on your identification document. Submit the form by clicking the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the form.

Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document that you used when you took the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the Additional TRF application form). TRFs can only be sent to institutions and organisations. Additional copies will not be sent to students, their families or friends. There is no charge for this service.

19. How soon can I re-sit the test?

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.  However, we strongly recommend you do additional study before taking the test again. Test seekers are welcome to use the free IELTS practice materials on our website, www.ieltsessentials.com.

20. What if I am not happy with my result?

You can apply for a re-mark, known as an Enquiry on Results (EOR), at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which will be fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.

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