IELTS Test Information FAQ

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What does IELTS mean? Answer
IELTS stands for: International English Language Testing System.


How many skills are tested in the IELTS test? Answer
There are 4 skills tested: listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Which is best, IDP or British Council? Answer
See this page for tips and advice about where to take your test: IDP or BC?


What is IELTS UKVI? Answer
See this page for information on IELTS UKVI: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi


Does the IELTS test accept American English? Answer
Yes, it does. It is an international test of English. However, most examiners in speaking are English or Australian and may not be familiar with very modern American terms.


Which skills do I take on the same day? Answer
Listening, reading and writing are all taken on the same day. The speaking test can be taken either before, after or on the same day as the other skills.


Is there a break between the reading and writing test? Answer
No, there is no break between the listening, reading and writing test. They are all taken together and take a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes. So, make sure you eat and drink well before you take your test


Can I use a pen in my IELTS Test? Answer
You can use a pen or pencil for your IELTS writing test. However, for your listening and reading test, you must use a pencil (don’t forget to take an eraser with you).


How many times can I take my IELTS test? Answer
You can take it as many times as you want. There is no limit.


Can I wear a watch in my IELTS test?Answer
No, you can’t. You can’t wear a watch in any of the IELTS tests, even the speaking test. There will be a clock on the wall so you can check the time.


What happens if I am colour blind?Answer
You should contact your IELTS test center before the exam to let them know. They will adapt any colour pages or illustrations for you in the test.


Can I write using capital letters? Answer
Yes, you can. Click on this link to learn more: Capital letters in IELTS Answers.