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- What is IELTS?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It is one of the most widely-recognized English tests. In the previous year it was estimated that more than 2.5 million candidates took the test.
- What organisations accept IELTS results?
IELTS results are accepted by more than 9,000 organisations worldwide, , including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
- Who designs the questions for IELTS?
IELTS is co-owned by IDP: IELTS Australia, British Council and Cambridge Assessment English. While IDP: IELTS Australia and British Council are responsible for hosting and implementing the test around the world, Cambridge English Language Assessment is in charge of designing and developing the questions for IELTS.
- Why are there Academic and General Training modules in IELTS?
There are two modules of IELTS to cater to test-takers with different needs. Academic is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment, whereas General Training is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs.
- What is the test format for IELTS? How much time does it take to complete the test?
The IELTS test assesses your English abilities in Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11-14 minutes). The whole test should be completed within 3 hours. Listening, Reading and Writing are tested back-to-back in one morning, while the Speaking test might be scheduled on the same day or a different date.
- Where can I take IELTS?
IDP IELTS host test sessions in Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung. Occasionally we also work with universities and offer on-campus IELTS. For detailed information on test venues, please click on the following：link
- On what dates can I take IELTS?
IDP IELTS host 4 tests per month. For detailed information on test dates, please click on the following：link
- How much does the test cost?
- IELTS (Academic or General Training): NT$7,000
- IELTS for UKVI (Academic or General Training): NT$8,145
- IELTS Life Skills ：NT$6,105
- How can I sign up for IELTS?
There are 3 ways to sign up an IELTS test:
- Registration is completed. Why can’t I view my photo in the confirmation email nor the time for the Speaking test?
Confirmation email is for your reference only. It is not served as an ID verification, hence no photo attached. The time for your Speaking test will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the test day, and then again posted at the test venue on the test day.
- What should I do if I need to postpone or cancel my test?
- Any transfer of test date/venue/module 5 weeks prior to the test date will be allowed once, free of charge. However, if it is a refund request, 20% of your test fee will be charged as service fee.
- Any transfer of test date/venue/module within 5 weeks of the test date will have to be approved. If approved, 20% of your test fee will be charged as service fee. Candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents as proof.
- If I happen to be sick or cannot attend the test, can I do it on another day?
If you are absent on the test day with no reason, you will not be able to re-take the test on another day. If your absence is caused by serious diseases, hospitalisation, military duties or funerals, please submit your application of change of test date within 5 days after the test. With 20% of service charge, we will assist you to reschedule your test.
- Can I register for another test right after taking one?
There is no policy forbidding candidates take back-to-back tests. However, please note that we encourage you to be thoroughly ready for each test.
- Is there an age limit in IELTS?
There is no such limitation. However, we’d still advise that you should be at least 16 years old. For IELTS for UKVI candidates, if you are under 17 years old, you will be asked to present a signed parental consent form on the test day.
- Will the IELTS test be completed within one day?
Yes. After we start the test at 9am in the morning, candidates will do the Listening test first (40 minutes), followed by Reading (60 minutes), and eventually Writing (60 minutes). The written test should end between 12-12:30pm. There will be no break in between. In the afternoon, candidates will take turns to have the Speaking test with Examiners. The speaking test time is arranged by IELTS registration system. The latest speaking test time could be 8:40pm. Only in very rare occasions candidates will be asked to take their Speaking test on a different date.
- What happens if there is a natural disaster on the test day?
IDP IELTS will schedule another suitable date for the test.
- What can I bring to the test venue?
You must have your passport with you. You can bring one pencil and one eraser into the test room. Other stationery will not be allowed. Mobile phones and watches must be kept inside your personal belongings, and stored outside of the test room. If you have further questions, please call our toll-free service line 0800-558-768, or arrive at the test venue early to consult our invigilator. If you bring in any item that is not allowed into the test room with you, you will be automatically disqualified and will not receive a Test Report Form.
- How many accents should I expect in Listening and Speaking?
In view of the fact that IELTS is an international test, do expect different accents from major English-speaking countries.
- Will any instructions be given during the Listening test?
Before the start of the Listening test, you will have the chance to adjust the volume of the speakers. Please pay attention when the recording is being played, as you will only hear the recording once. Once the recording finishes, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question booklet onto the answer sheet.
- Do candidates also have 10 minutes to transfer answers in the Reading test?
No. The Reading test will last for 60 minutes, and all questions must be answered within this period.
- Can I use a ball pen to answer?
No, please only use one HB pencil to answer.
- Can I take notes in the Listening and Reading test?
You can take notes on the question booklets.
- How is the Speaking test conducted?
IDP IELTS will arrange you to have an one-on-one interview with a trained Examiner. You will need to bring your passport with you for ID verification. All interviews will be recorded for filing.
FAQ was last modified: January 29th, 2018 by andy