WHAT is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration with more than two million tests taken in the past year.
IELTS results are recognised by more than 9,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in over 140 countries around the world.
IELTS test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location.
You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.
WHY take the IELTS test?
The test for study − Thousands of the world’s most reputable universities and colleges will accept your IELTS results as evidence of your English language proficiency.
The test for professionals − Professional registration bodies in many fields will accept an IELTS result, including accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and teaching bodies in many countries. This means that after completing your studies, you may need to take the test in order to gain professional registration in an English speaking country. If you choose IELTS as the test you take to enter university, you will be familiar with the IELTS test format when you sit it again for professional registration.
The test for migration − IELTS is required by governments in more countries than any other English language test as a requirement for permanent residency. The governments of the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand accept IELTS results.
The test that’s fairer to you – Did you know that IELTS is the only high-stakes English language test where your Speaking test is one-on-one with an examiner in a private room where you will not be interrupted by other test takers? There will be no computers, no technical problems and no distractions.
IELTS test format
IELTS is a test of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. Depending on your test centre, your Speaking test may be on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. The total test time is under three hours.
Read more about the IELTS test format.
HOW is the test conducted?
The test is conducted in two parts:
- Part (a) Speaking Test
- Part (b) Written Test (Listening, Reading and Writing)
The listening, reading and writing (written parts) are held consecutively on the same day. The written parts take about three (3) hours to complete.
The speaking test only takes about 15 minutes but it is an individual test so a test schedule giving an approximate time for the test is prepared to ensure you are at the speaking test venue on time. Speaking Tests are typically scheduled in the period of five days before the written parts. The venue for the speaking test may vary from the venue for the written parts of the test but candidates are advised of the correct venue.
WHEN is the next test available?
Click the link below for the next available test date for your city OR telephone (02) 535 3320 and follow the prompts to listen to the recorded information on test venues and dates.
WHERE are the test venues?
Tests are conducted regularly in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro and irregularly in Bacolod, Naga, Tagaytay, Laguna, Lipa, Dipolog and Pampanga depending on demand. Currently, tests are held in large hotels or in institutions with large testing areas.
The venue for the test is advised to you at the time of registering (if it is known) and also confirmed by telephone or mail about one week before the test date.
A schedule and venue for the speaking test is indicated in a confirmation letter which will be sent to the candidate/agent (if candidate applied thru a review center/agency) via email one week before the test date for Manila tests.
|Manila||4x per month||Php 9, 300|
|Cebu||3x per month|
|Cagayan de Oro|
|Bacolod||Every other month|
|Naga||Click here to view the schedules of these venues|
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