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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recognised test designed to measure your English language proficiency. It is the world's most popular English language test with more than three million people around the world taking the IELTS test every year. You may need a current IELTS result in order to meet the entry requirements for your desired TAFE or university course, to gain employment after graduation, or for immigration purposes. TAFE Queensland has an IELTS Test Centre at our Southport campus
 

Types of IELTS tests 

There are two different types of IELTS tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS Academic test assesses whether you are ready to start academic studies in English. It is for people who are applying for higher education or professional registration and need to meet the English language entry requirements. The IELTS General Training test focuses on basic English language skills for social and workplace contexts. It is for people who want to migrate to an English speaking country, or who want to complete their secondary education in English. All four components of the test (writing, reading, listening and speaking) are held on the same day. 

Both tests cover all four language skills:

  • Writing - 2 tasks (150 and 250 words), 60 minutes
  • Reading - 3 sections (40 items), 60 minutes Listening - 4 sections (40 items), 30 minutes
  • Speaking - 11-14 minutes.

Test fees

The IELTS Academic or General Training test costs A$340 excluding GST or $373 AUD including GST. You may be eligible for the GST exclusive price in the following circumstances:

  • IELTS testing being used for access to education
  • membership of a professional or trade association
  • employment skilled migration for any of the above.

test dates

Tests are held regularly at the TAFE Queensland IELTS Test Centre once or twice a month. Check out the 2018 dates for both the Academic and General Training IELTS tests below.

Month 2018 test dates
September  Saturday 8th Saturday 29th
October Saturday 13th  Saturday 27th 
November Saturday 10th  
December  Saturday 1st Saturday 15th

Practice materials

Familiarise yourself with the IELTS test process and boost your confidence with IELTS Progress Check. Through IELTS Progress Check you can now do official practice tests online and practice all four skills areas — reading, writing, speaking and listening — in a relaxed environment. You'll receive a feedback report from official IELTS markers within five working days with indicative band scores and suggestions on where you can improve. IELTS Progress Check is available for both the Academic and General Training IELTS exams. Visit the IELTS Progress Check website for more information. 

A range of additional official preparation materials including test tips, practice tests, and support tools are available from the IELTS website.

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You can now book and pay for your IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training test online via our online booking system.

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Candidates booklet

All test takers must read the Information for Candidates Booklet before booking their IELTS test. 

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Support tools

The IELTS support tools will help you understand what type of test you need to take, give you information on how you are assessed and provide some handy tips to help you prepare for your test.

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Test day information

Testing is held at the TAFE Queensland Southport campus, 91-99 Scarborough Street, Southport. On-site car parking is available at the campus for a small charge. The campus is also easily accessible via public transport with a bus stop and G:Link light rail stop located at the front of the campus. For more information on public transport timetables, routes and fares visit the TransLink website.

Please ensure you arrive with plenty of time before your test. Registration on test day opens at 8.15am and closes at 8.50am sharp. You must be seated in the test room at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the test. If you arrive late you will not be able to sit the test and may have to forfeit your test fee.

You must bring your passport with you on test day — no other forms of identification will be accepted. You will not be able to sit the test without your passport and you may have to forfeit your test fee. You may also bring HB pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, and water in a transparent bottle (with the label removed). If you need to have medication with you in the test room you must get permission at least four days prior to your test by contacting the TAFE Queensland IELTS Test Centre.

You are not permitted to have your mobile phone, watch, electronic devices, keys, bag, wallet, pens, highlighters, passport sleeves, loose papers, food, or other drinks (excluding water) in the test room. Hats and caps are also not permitted (excluding appropriate religious headwear). A baggage room is available for you to store your belongings that are not allowed in the test room. However the test centre does not take responsibility for lost or stolen items so we recommend that you leave any valuables at home.

 
Identification requirements

The only form of identification accepted at the TAFE Queensland IELTS Test Centre is a current passport. A colour copy of your passport must be uploaded to the IELTS online application. You must also bring the same passport with you on test day. No other form of identification will be accepted and you will not be able to enter the test centre without the correct identification.

 

Important information

Remarking results

If you believe there has been a mistake with your IELTS test score you can apply for a re-mark of one or all modules of your test within six weeks of the test date. To apply, please visit the Customer Service Centre at our Southport campus, complete an Enquiry on Results Form, and submit your original Test Report Form with your application. A fee of A$176 applies which is refundable if your score changes.

Results for third parties

Your IELTS test results can be sent to a maximum of five eligible receiving institutions by completing the Recognising Organisations section on your application form. Eligible receiving institutions include government departments, colleges and universities, professional associations, and employers. Agents and family members cannot be nominated to receive Test Report Forms.

When are results available?

Your IELTS test results will be available 13 days after your test date. You will be available to view a preview of your test results online for 28 days. Please note that your results from the preview cannot be used as an official confirmation of your score. Your official Test Report Form will be mailed to your home address. To preview your results please visit the IELTS website.

Mistake on test report form

If you made a mistake on your application form and need to have this amended on your Test Report Form you will need to pay an administrative fee of A$30 to get an updated copy. If we have made the error we will replace your results with a new corrected copy free of charge. In both cases you will need to supply the original Test Report Form.

Transfer test date

If you request a transfer more than five weeks before the original test date a fee of $85 (excluding GST) applies. You must select an available test in the next three months. You cannot transfer your test date less than five weeks before the test date unless you can provide proof that you have experiencd serious illness, injury, hospital admission, bereavement, hardship, trauma, or military service.

Cancelling your test

If you cancel more than five weeks before your test you will be charged a cancellation fee of $85 (excluding GST). If you cancel within five weeks of the exam date the exam fee is non-refundable unless you provide satisfactory evidence of serious illness, bereavement, or trauma no later than five working days after the exam date. Statutory declarations or certificates signed by family members will not be accepted.

Change of details

If you've submitted your application and need to make a change to your details you can do this in person or via email. Please visit the Customer Service Centre at TAFE Queensland Southport with your passport and receipt, or email the TAFE Queensland IELTS Test Centre (from the email account used on your application form) including your full name and test date.

Sending results overseas

We do not recommend having your results sent overseas as we cannot guarantee the delivery of mail overseas and will not replace any results that do not reach you. However if you would like to have your results mailed overseas you must provide us with a stamped, addressed international envelope before the test.

Can I take the test again?

If you didn't get the results you were hoping for you can apply to sit the test again as soon as you're ready. There is no limit on the number of times you can sit the test. However you should make sure you prepare properly for the exam by completing some practice test materials.

Change of address

If you change your address before the test date please advise us by email. Include your full name, test date, module, and your new address. If you move without advising us we cannot replace your Test Report Form.

Additional test report forms

If you need additional Test Report Forms, and you did not request these at the time of application, you will need to pay an administrative fee of A$30 for each additional copy.