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Understanding IELTS

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, also known as IELTS, is co-owned by IDP Education, British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Taking IELTS test in Singapore is a way to gauge your English Proficiency level. It is done through series of tests covering four components; reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Which type of IELTS test am I supposed to take?

Usually done through paper-based test or computer-based IELTS test, depending on the purpose and intent which may range between academic, migration or work, you may be recommend to take one of more of the following:

  • IELTS Academic

  • IELTS General Training

  • UKVI Academic

  • UKVI General Training and

  • Life Skills

What is IELTS for UKVI Test?

  • Generally accepted for UK Universities and Immigration purpose. This may be a mandatory requirement by the officials so it is recommended to clarify with application authorities of respective bodies if this is require over the usual IELTS variant.

  • For studies applying for Foundation Pathway Programmes with UK institutions, IELTS for UKVI Academic is a prerequisite whereas Bachelor’s degree and above programmes are subjected to the entry requirements by individual institutions or universities. For assistance, you may make an appointment to speak with an IDP counsellor for a detailed assessment.

  • For immigration requirements, please check with your respective migrations agents or respective country embassies.

Which IELTS test should I take?

General Training Test is recommended for Employment and Immigration purposes but you are strongly advised to confirm with your migration agent or employer.

Who can register for Life Skills Test?

IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening. As it is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes. This test is for spouses whose partner (Husband/Wife) is settled down in UK.

There 2 types of Life Skill Test which are A1 & B1

  1. A1 is for Visas & Immigration to further their Stay

  2. B1 is for Visas & Citizenship

What is the cost for the IELTS test with IDP?

  • IELTS General Training & Academic Test: S$ 365.00

  • UKVI Test: S$ 352.00

  • Life Skills: S$ 264.00

(Prices stated are correct as of March 2020. To find out more, visit

How do I register for the test?

You can book the test online by logging to the IELTS online registration at and make payment by Debit / Credit Card/ Paypal.

Cash Payment and IELTS Test Location in Singapore

Cash payment can be made at IDP IELTS office located at The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #02-06, Singapore 229233.

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