Where do I take the test?
IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centres throughout the world – there are currently more than 500 Centres, in over 120 countries. Click here to find a test centre. One World Learning are able to arrange and book test dates at your nearest centre. Contact OWL to arrange an IELTS test date and to check prices and booking fees.
When can I take the test?
One World Learning can arrange with your closest test centre. There are frequent dates, usually on Thursdays or Saturdays.
Exam preparation classes for Cambridge A2 Key (formerly KET), B1 Preliminary (formerly PET), B2 First (formerly FCE), C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) and IELTS can also be added to your Lesson Package to try the classes before you join a course.
A minimum of 15 lessons is recommended for Exam Classes. Contact OWL to discuss your Cambridge or IELTS Exam classes and see what is best for you.
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to universities in the UK and other countries.
Who is it for?
IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
More than 2 million people a year take the test.
What is the IELTS test like?
You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.
The test has four sections:
- Listening – 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
- Speaking – interview, 15 minutes
- Reading – different for Academic or General Training – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
- Writing – different for Academic or General Training – 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes
What materials do I need?
One World Learning will provide you with PDF versions of all the learning materials as well as audio/video extracts and practice tests. OWL mainly use the Ready for IELTS series and we supplement the coursebook with a variety of material from various sources. Students will be given copies of materials.
Can I take the test online?
You can take a computer-based version of the test, which is exactly the same as the paper-based version, but you will still need to be under exam conditions and invigilated, so will need to go to a test centre.
How much does it cost to take IELTS?
Fees are set by test centres and vary from country to country. Expect to pay around £160 GBP, €210 Euros or $230 USD.
The IELTS Band Scores
IELTS is a multi-level exam. You get a score between 1 and 9 for each section. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.
IELTS Listening marking schemes
For the listening test, which contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.
|Score / 40||39-40||37-38||35-36||32-34||30-31||26-29||23-25||18-22||16-17||13-15||10-12||8-10||6-7||4-5|
IELTS General Reading marking schemes
For the general reading test, which contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.
|Score / 40||40||39||37-38||36||34-35||32-33||30-31||27-29||23-26||19-22||15-18||12-14||9-11||6-8|
IELTS Academic Reading marking schemes
For the academic reading test, which also contains 40 questions, but is more difficult, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.
|Score / 40||39-40||37-38||35-36||33-34||30-32||27-29||23-26||19-22||15-18||13-14||10-12||8-9||6-7||4-5|
IELTS Writing marking schemes
The two writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:
- Task Achievement
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Click here to see the full writing band descriptors for IELTS.
IELTS Speaking marking schemes
The speaking test is also marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:
- Fluency and coherence
- Lexical resource
- Grammatical range and accuracy