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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IELTS

We know you have questions about the IELTS test, here are your answers.   

Where can I take IELTS? 

The network of IELTS test centers managed by IDP: IELTS Australia offers you more than 400 test locations in 60 countries. Contact the nearest IDP office to find the most suitable test venue and test type for you.   

The network of IELTS test centers managed by IDP is vast with IDP Indonesia having 20 test locations across the country. To find the most convenient test location for you, please contact your nearest IDP office.   

How much does it cost?  

IELTS test fees vary from country to country. Your IDP counselor will help understand the test fee structure for your country in your local currency, or you can also contact your nearest test center. The IELTS test fee is the same for both versions of the test (Academic and General Training). As a student from Indonesia, you will be required to make a payment of USD 215 for IELTS General Training/Academic, USD 270 for IELTS UKVI and USD 200 for IELTS Life Skills (subject to change without prior notice). Also note that all payments shall be made only in Rupiah. 

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

How do I book/register for the test?  

Your IDP Education student counsellor can assist you in choosing a test date and location.  

Click here for booking your test. 

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

If you would need to transfer or cancel your test, please contact the test center where you booked your IELTS test from no later than five (5) weeks before the test date. Transfer of test dates are allowed ONCE ONLY. Candidates who wish to transfer test dates within the five (5)-week period prior to the test dates will be treated as cancelation and receive NO REFUND. Candidates who are absent on the test day without giving prior writing notice will lose their full test fee. However, if the absence is caused by illness, the supporting document such as medical report has to be provided within five (5) calendar days to IELTS IDP staff after the test day.  

If you are delayed by circumstances beyond your control (e.g. a transport strike) the test center may offer you a test on the next available test date.  

Note: You can opt for a test transfer only once.   

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 take the Speaking test up to seven (7) days either before or after the test date, depending on the test center. Many of our test centers will allow you to choose if you wish to complete all four components of the test on test day or if you wish to complete the Speaking component on a different day, depending on what suits you best. You will do the Listening component first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test center, the Speaking test may be taken up to seven (7) days either before or after the test date.  

Are there any rules and guidelines for the test?  

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 to understand the test format and know what to expect on your test day. You can check various test tips here

What can I take into the test room? 

Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test.   

Also, you must leave everything else outside the test room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. Please note, if you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified.   

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 and is recorded on a digital recorder.  

What do I need for the Speaking test?  

You must bring the same passport/national identity card you provided on your IELTS application form and continue to use the same identity documents for each part of the test. Your identity will be checked before you enter the interview room.  

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. 

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.  

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.  

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

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

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. 

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 institution or organization sets its own minimum IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. To find out more, search the list of organizations accepting IELTS scores.  

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 Test Report Form, 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.  

How many 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.  Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test center which issued your results.  

How can I order more TRFs if my test center has closed since I took the test?  

If the test center where your test was taken has closed we can still send a copy of your TRF to organizations for two years after your test. Check our list for contact details. To request a Test Report Form you will need to complete an Additional TRF application form. It is very important that you complete 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 sat the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the Additional TRF application form). Test Report Forms can only be sent to institutions and organizations. Additional copies will not be sent to students, their families or friends. There is no charge for this service.  

How soon can I re-sit the test?  

There is no time limit on sitting the test. However, we strongly recommend you do additional study before taking the test again. Some test centers offer preparatory courses and language classes. Ask you IDP Education counselor or contact your local test center for more information.  

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 center 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.  

To help with your preparation, refer to the IELTS support offered by IDP here. You can also receive daily IELTS updates via our Facebook page

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