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A few things and useful tips you must know about the IELTS exam

IDP Education – Co-owner and Official Test Centre of IELTS

As the world’s most popular high stakes English language test, IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 organisations in over 140 countries. With more than 3.5 million tests taken last year, IELTS opens doors to a world of opportunity for students in HK and around the world.

IDP Education is the co-owner and official test centre of IELTS, offering IELTS test in more than 450 test locations in 60 countries. IELTS is co-owned and was co-created by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The IELTS examination is marked according to a 9-band scoring system, specific for Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, as well as an overall score. Hong Kong students can take the IELTS exam either on paper or on the computer.

Before taking the test, it is always helpful to familiarise yourself with some basic information and procedures. Want to know more about how to register before your IELTS test, what will happen on the IELTS test day, and how to get your results after your IELTS test? Here is some useful information for you.

Before your IELTS test

To register for an IELTS test, you could either apply in person at the office of IDP Education, or more conveniently, simply register online. Many candidates opt for online registration which is quick and easy. Before logging into the online system, make sure you have to hand:

  1. A copy of your passport or ID card (you will have to bring the very same document with you on the test day)

  2. A Visa or MasterCard for instant payment
    (IELTS test fee: HKD $2,200 / UKVI fee: HKD 2,335)

IELTS Tip:
You need to create a personal account if this is the first time you are registering for an IELTS test. For those who have already taken the IELTS through IDP, you can enjoy a quick login to your account with your existing username and password. Once you are ready to pay, you can complete the transaction using either PayPal or a credit card. However, make sure you complete the entire procedure and payment within 24 hours or the registration will be cancelled.

Once you have successfully registered and paid for the test, a confirmation email with your admission document, dates and time of both your written and speaking tests will be sent to you 7 days prior to the test.

IELTS Tip:
If you do not receive confirmation 7 days before the test, please contact IDP Education. (Make sure you check both your Junk folder and Trash folder) Print your admission document and bring together the same ID document used in your registration. NB: A screen capture of your admission document on a cell phone is also acceptable.

>>>How to register IELTS online

On your IELTS test day

The schedule on the test day is very tight, so be prepared.

Before the test day Double-check your test venue and the time of your test. Plan your transport in order to arrive at the venue early on the day
On the test day Bring the exact same identification document used when registering, either your passport or ID card. Leave home allowing ample travel time
08:00 Arrive at the Test Venue
08:30 Verification of identity - photo-taking (IELTS for UKVI) & finger-scanning & Store personal belongings in the cloakroom area outside the test room
08:45 Enter the test room and be seated
09:00 Listening Test 40 minutes
09:45 Reading and Writing Tests 2 hours
12:45 Finish the written components of the test

Speaking Test may be scheduled either on the same day or within two days of the written tests. You must arrive 20 minutes before your allotted interview time and as with the written tests, you need your ID and admission document for verification. Again, your photo will be taken, your fingerprint scanned and you will store your personal belongings in the cloakroom area. When you are called into the interview room, take your ID document and your admission card. Try to stay relaxed and calm: the Speaking Test is about 13 – 16 minutes.

IELTS Tip:
Please note that you must NOT talk to anyone at the test centre AFTER the Speaking Test or it will be deemed as a violation of the exam rules and you could be disqualified. You should return your speaking test cue card and collect your belongings from the cloakroom area, then leave the venue.

After your IELTS test

Your results will be available 13 days* after your test date. Your Test Report Form (TRF) will include your overall band score on a nine-band scale and individual band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS Tip:
You are advised to collect the Test Report Form in person at the IDP office, on the scheduled date. If you are not able to do so, the uncollected report will be posted via ordinary mail (local) / air mail (overseas) to the address provided in your application.

>>>More on IELTS Test Results

* Please Note: results for IELTS on computer tests are typically available within 3-5 days from finishing all components of the test. Candidates are required to collect IELTS results with provision of the above said documents at the IDP Hong Kong office according to the advised collection schedule (from 10:30am to 12:30pm). Candidates may also preview the provisional IELTS results online  (https://ielts.idp.com/results/check-your-result/) on the result release day. Please note that if it falls on a Sunday or a public holiday - the result release day will be postponed to the next working day. In the event that results are not available on the scheduled date, candidates will receive a notification.

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* Please Note: results for IELTS on computer tests are typically available within 3-5 days from finishing all components of the test. Candidates are required to collect IELTS results with provision of the above said documents at the IDP Hong Kong office according to the advised collection schedule (from 10:30am to 12:30pm). Candidates may also preview the provisional IELTS results online  (https://ielts.idp.com/results/check-your-result/) on the result release day. Please note that if it falls on a Sunday or a public holiday - the result release day will be postponed to the next working day. In the event that results are not available on the scheduled date, candidates will receive a notification.

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Before taking the test, it is always helpful to familiarise yourself with some basic information and procedures, here is some useful information.

Test Dates, Fees and Locations

Find out about the test venues, test fees and test dates

Terms and Conditions

Registration for the test, please read and accept ‘IELTS test terms and conditions’ which can be downloaded from this page. You may also refer to ‘Notice to Candidates’ on the application form for important rules and guidelines.

Identity Verification

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Special needs

If you are taking the IELTS test and have special requirements. We can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test.

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