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IELTS Results for Studying Overseas

IELTS Registration and Important Notes

IELTS Registration process is very simple. To register for an IELTS test, you could either apply in person at the IDP Education Hong Kong Wan Chai Office, or more conveniently, simply register online. IELTS test fee is HKD $2,300. Registration and payment must be completed within 24 hours, and your admission document, dates and time of both your written and speaking tests will be sent to you 7 days prior to the test. You must arrive early on the test day to register and store your personal belongings. Please bring along your ID and admission document for verification, and have your fingerprint scanned before entering the test venue.

IELTS reflects the ability to communicate in English and assess a wide range of skills. Therefore, it is important to develop your test taking strategies. Candidates should make full use of the official test preparation resources, such as the free IDP IELTS expert seminar, online mock tests, online practices and so on. As long as you have a clear understanding of the content, format and scoring criteria of the test and leverage our preparation resources, it would be easy to score well!

Do you have enough IELTS band score to study abroad?

When applying for overseas universities, in addition to meeting the university’s academic entry requirements, students also need to submit relevant English language exam results to prove their English proficiency. The IELTS tests that students need to take, and the IELTS scores they need to achieve would vary according to the courses and institutions they are applying for.

IELTS and DSE English score comparison table

DSE English Grade IELTS Score^
5** 7.51 – 7.77
5* 7.16 – 7.32
5 6.81 – 6.99
4 6.31 – 6.51
3 5.48 – 5.68
2 4.79 – 5.07

^ According to Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (2012)

Download IELTS and HKDSE English score comparison table

IELTS score requirements for different course levels

Generally, the IELTS requirement for university pathway courses would be IELTS 5.5. If you want to apply for universities in the US, Canada, the UK or Australia, most likely you would need IELTS 6 to 6.5. The IELTS score requirements for getting into medical schools would be higher, at least IELTS 7 or above. These requirements are for reference only, it is recommended that students contact relevant institutions or universities for their IELTS score requirements.

IELTS scores for studying abroad

For many years, studying abroad has been a popular option for Hong Kong students to further their study. Students can refer to the following IELTS score requirements for universities in different countries for a better understanding.

>>IELTS Score Requirements For UK Universities
>>IELTS Score Requirements For Australia Universities
>>IELTS Score Requirements For Ireland Universities
>>IELTS Score Requirements For Canada Universities
>>IELTS Score Requirements For New Zealand Universities

>> Collecting your IELTS Test Results
>> Calculating your overall IELTS band score
>> IELTS for study overseas

Which IELTS test should I take?

IELTS offers IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS test you take – and the score you need – will depend on both the requirements of your visa, the organisation and where you plan to study. If you are planning to study in the UK, you may need to take IELTS for UKVI to meet relevant visa requirements.
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IELTS Examination Venue

IDP Education IELTS tests are generally held in hotels, schools and conference centers. The venues are mostly located on Hong Kong Island (including: Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, etc.) and Kowloon (including: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, etc.) and Shatin. Below are some commonly used testing venue locations.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the test taker to register for the right type of test (IELTS, IELTS UKVI, Life Skills A1 or Life Skills B1). The test centre cannot be held responsible for an incorrect selection.

Please Note

We have noticed some online advertisements on several social media sites claim to provide services for IELTS test takers, such as registering for IELTS, collection of results and making arrangements for a re-mark of the test. We advise all potential IELTS test takers to avoid using such services that are not directly affiliated to IELTS.
Once you’ve submitted your IELTS application, it’s time to start preparing. Learn tips, get sample tests, past papers, and more from IDP. We even offer 30 days of free online practice to get you better prepared for your examination.
If you have any questions, require special arrangements, or anything else, please speak to your test centre team. They will be more than happy to assist you in any way regarding the IELTS registration and application, as well as information about the test day.

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IELTS Scores

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS assessment criteria

To get a better understanding of the IELTS assessment criteria and the level of performance required to attain a particular band score, please download the PDFs.

IELTS Test Report Form

The Test Report Form shows your IELTS scores for all four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and your Overall Band Score.

IELTS Score for Australian Universities

Do you have enough bandscore for applying Australian Universities?

IELTS Results for Studying Overseas

IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations in over 145 countries. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test.

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

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.

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