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IELTS - The World’s Most Popular High-Stakes English Language Test

IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organizations in over 145 countries. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English-language test for study, work and migration, with more than 3 million tests taken last year.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect real life use of English - whether for study, work, or play. The IELTS exam is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation and is accepted by over 10,000 institutions worldwide. These include schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies, among many more.

There are two versions of the IELTS test: IELTS General Training, and IELTS Academic. The version you should take depends on your visa requirements, as well as your goals for study or vocation.

IDP Education, Co-Owner and Official Test Centre of IELTS

We are a proud co-owner of IELTS. IDP Education offers the IELTS Academic and General Training tests in more than 200 test locations across 50 countries. The IELTS test is co-owned and was co-created by IDP: IELTS Australia, the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Since its launch in 1989, IELTS has become the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test.

We are now offering computer-delivered IELTS in Hong Kong! We are honored to announce that we are the first test center in the Greater China Region to deliver a computer-based IETLS test format.

Please note that if you prefer to complete a paper-based format IELTS test, this option is also available.

The IELTS exam is held on selected days only. Registration will close four days before the test date, with places subject to availability.

So, What’s New About IELTS On Computer? 

If you choose our new option, this means you’ll take the listening, reading and writing test components on a computer. The speaking test will remain face-to-face, as we believe this is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills, while prompting a more lifelike performance. As for all other aspects of the test, these are identical; whether taken on paper or on a computer. 

All other aspects of the test are identical, whether they are taken on paper or on a computer.

Results for IELTS on computer will be available 5 - 7 days*^ after you finish all components of your test.

* Not applicable for IELTS for UKVI test.

^ Results for IELTS on computer are usually available in 5 days after you finish all components of your test. Please note that the result release day will be postponed to the next working day if the 5th day falls on a Sunday or a public holiday. If the results are not available on the scheduled date, candidates will be notified. 

IELTS Test Format

IELTS is a test of all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. First, you’ll take the listening test, then the reading and writing tests all on the same day; one straight after the other with no breaks in-between. Depending on the test centre, your speaking test may be on the same day as the other three parts of the test, or up to seven days before or after that. The total test time is less than three hours.

Find out more about the IELTS test format.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS, for both general training and academic versions. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test - listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The results from these four parts then produce an overall band score. This unique 9-band system measures scores consistently - wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognized and understood, providing you with a reliable international currency. IELTS scores have a recommended validity period of two years.

Read more about the IELTS results.

Why is the IELTS format fairer for test takers?

You deserve a fair chance to do the best you can. That’s why, unlike other language tests, the IELTS exam gives you a quiet room with no distractions or interruptions for each individual speaking test. IELTS also accepts that people take different approaches when answering questions. For example, with IELTS, you can choose to answer the questions within the reading test and the writing test in the order that suits you. You can also make changes to your reading answers during the hour used to complete your reading test, whereby in the same way, you can also make adjustments to your writing responses during the hour used to complete your writing test. 

Why Choose IELTS?

Convenient

Scheduled tests either up to 3-4 times a month or on demand, and results are made available on the 13th day (for paper-based IELTS exams). 

Comprehensive

Gives you separate scores in all four skill areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as an overall band score

International

As well as the IELTS HKDSE exam, the IELTS test is available in more than 1000 locations across over 145 countries and transportable all around the world. 

Reliable

IDP: IELTS Australia, Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council jointly own and manage the test

Modern

The IELTS exam integrates the latest techniques in order to test your ability to use the English language, rather than to simply memorize its grammar / vocabulary. 

Secure

Unique versions, frequent revisions, and stringent testing procedures make IELTS secure enough for government departments and professional bodies in both Hong Kong and across the globe. 

International English

IELTS recognizes both British and American English in terms of spelling, grammar and choice of words. It also incorporates a mix of native speaker accents from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and also the US in the Listening component.

International Content

The IELTS approach is recognized as being fair, reliable and valid to all candidates - regardless of nationality, cultural background, gender or special needs. The test questions are developed by a network known as the IELTS item writers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the US. They are based on real life sources (for example, advertisements, books, newspapers and company policies), in order to ensure they’re always fit for purpose.

International Consultation

IELTS has been developed in close consultation with academics, professional bodies and immigration authorities from around the world.

International Partners

IELTS is owned by a global partnership of education and language experts: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the Cambridge English Language Assessment. These bodies are dedicated to academic excellence, cultural understanding, student recruitment and creating worldwide success.  

*Results for IELTS on computer are usually available in 5 days after you finish all components of your test. Please note that the result release day will be postponed to the next working day in the event that the 5th day falls on a Sunday or Public Holiday. Candidates will be notified if results are not available on the scheduled date.   

IELTS Academic Or General Training - Which Test Do You Need?  

IELTS offers two types of test - IELTS Academic Exam and IELTS General Training.

The IELTS test you take, together with the score you need, depends on both the requirements of your visa and the organization where you plan to study or work.
 

You May Take The IELTS Academic Test If You Want To:

IELTS offers two types of test - IELTS Academic Exam and IELTS General Training.

The IELTS test you take, together with the score you need, depends on both the requirements of your visa and the organization where you plan to study or work.

When To Take The IELTS Academic Test?

IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you’re ready to begin studying or training in an environment, whereby English is the language used.

You May Take The IELTS Academic Test If You Want To:

  • Study or train at a university or college as an undergraduate.

  • Study or train at a university or college as a postgraduate.

  • Join a professional association.

  • Gain registration in a professional organization (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering).

When To Take IELTS General Training?

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context.

You may take IELTS General Training if you want to:

  • Study in secondary education.

  • Study or train at a college or training centre below degree level.

  • Migrate to an English-speaking country.

How Are The Two Tests Different?

All participants take the same listening and speaking tests, regardless of whether they take IELTS Academic or General Training.

The reading and writing tests differ in content, depending on whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.

Find out more about the format of each test here

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