IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11 – 14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 44 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. There are no breaks between these three tests. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the date on which the other 3 tests are administered.
IELTS tests come in two versions: Academic or General Training.
The version you should take is determined by the reason you’re doing the IELTS test:
• The Academic module is suitable for people wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
• The General Training module is suitable for test takers wishing to train or study at below degree level. It is also suitable for people wishing to immigrate to an English-speaking country (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK)
Both versions comprise of four separate parts that assess each of the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking components. There are different Reading and Writing components for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training
If you are unsure which version of the test you should take, please contact the organisation to which you are applying for confirmation. In some cases both Academic or General Training may be accepted
From January 2016 the test fee is € 218,00. You can pay by cash, bank transfer, debit card or credit card (not American Express). Cash payments can only be made in person at International House Milan. Payments must be made within 24 hours of your application. Your place is not guaranteed until full payment has been received.
International House Milan runs both Intensive and Extensive IELTS preparation courses. Visit our “Getting ready for IELTS” page to get more information.
Registering for the test is easy!
- Read the Information for Candidates booklet– this contains important information about the test format and the results – and visit our “Important IELTS information”.
- Click on the link above “Book Online Now”.You will be directed to “my.ieltsessentials.com” where you will create a username.
- Please make sure you have a colour scan or photo of your passport or ID document before you start the registration process. The size of the file must not exceed 1.5mb.
- Complete the registration and your payment online with Paypal or by bank transfer.
- Alternatively you come to our Milan school (Viale Brenta 27 – MM3 Brenta) and we will help you register online.
- 5 days before the test day, you will receive a confirmation letter via email. Please check your email inbox and junk mail, for any correspondence from us. The confirmation letter will include important test day information and the day and time of your speaking test.
- If you are a high school teacher and wish to register students in bulk please email us on ielts.enquiries(@)ihmilano.it for more information.
If you need to speak to one of us, please call on 02 867903 or email us ieltssupport(@)ihmilano.it to make an appointment.
Approximately one week before the test day, you will receive a confirmation letter via email. Please check your email inbox and junk mail, for any correspondence from us. The confirmation letter will include important test day information and the day and time of your speaking test.
If you haven’t heard from us and are concerned, please contact us on ieltssupport(@)ihmilano.it – or call 02 8057825
The test takes place in our premises, in Torre Velasca – 5th floor, Piazza Velasca 5, Milano or in Istituto De Amicis, Via Alfonso Lamarmora, 34, 20122 Milano.
Candidates usually need to be at the test venue at 7:45 am for the registration process.
Late arrivals & cancellations
On the day of your test, registration starts at 7:45am. If you fail to register before the test starts, you will not be allowed to take the test and will lose your test fee.
If you are unable to attend the IELTS test because you are ill, it is your duty to inform us on the test day or by no later than 12noon on the first working day after the test. You then have the 5 day window in which to get the necessary documentation (a medical certificate, a letter from a GP, hospital or an A&E department) signed by your doctor and sent back to us so that it can be evaluated and we can make a decision about whether to offer a refund or not based on the evidence that you produce. The letter must clearly state the reason why you were unable to attend the IELTS test and must be appropriately dated. Please scan and email the letter to us together with a Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form . Statutory declarations and/or certificates signed by family members are not acceptable. Feeling sick or having a sore throat is not regarded as a serious illness and in such cases a refund will not be given.
If you cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge of €45,00. If you cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a serious medical reason. If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge of €45,00. Please note, this does not apply to minor illnesses. You must complete an IELTS Test Date Transfer Form.
Candidates who seek to cancel their registration or transfer test dates within the five-week period prior to the test date will only receive a refund if they can satisfy the Administrator that their ability to sit the test has been affected by illness or serious cause. Serious causes include:
- illness – e.g. hospital admission, serious injury or illness (does not include minor illness such as a mild cold)
- loss or bereavement – death of a close family member
- hardship/trauma – victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident
- military service.
If you are registering for a test date less than five weeks away, you will not be allowed to cancel your test without losing your full test fee. You can transfer to another test date if you give us more than 5 days notice before the date of the test that you are currently registered for.
You can preview your results online 13 calendar days after the test. Results remain online for 28 days. See the Online Result Checker to check your results.
You can collect your Test Report Form (TRF) at school 2 weeks after the test date or if you prefer, it can be posted to the address you provided. If you can’t come in person, please make sure the person who is collecting it on your behalf has signed authorisation and a copy of your ID document. If you think your certificate has been lost in the post, please contact us on ieltssupport(@)ihmilano.it – 02 8057825
Please note, if you haven’t received your certificate you must report it as lost within 3 months of your test. We are unable to issue replacement certificates over 3 months after the date of your test.
We are not permitted to give test results by telephone, fax, email or text.
On your application form you can request up to five copies of your test results to be posted to educational institutions, government bodies or an employer at no extra cost. The relevant addresses should be provided in the IELTS test application form.
Additional copies of your Test Report Form beyond these five can be sent directly to institutions on your behalf within the two years of their validity. You may ask for your results to be forwarded by downloading the Request for Extra Institution Copies of Results Form. Please complete the form and return it to us along with a copy of your valid/not expired identification document. The fee for each additional TRF is €8,00. Forms that have been sent without an identification document and fee will not be processed. Request for Extra Institution Copies of Results Form.
You will receive only one copy of the TRF. It’s important that you keep it safe as replacement TRFs cannot be issued.
We can only issue one test report form to each candidate and cannot issue a replacement copy, so please be careful not to lose it. If you need to provide a copy to an institution (for example a university or immigration office), you can use the Application for Additional TRF Forms to request an institution copy. Each institution copy costs €8,00 and will be sent directly to the institution. Request for Extra Institution Copies of Results Form.
An “Enquiry on results” service is available to test takers who are not satisfied with their results: If you are unhappy with your result, you can request to have all or part of your test re-marked.
You need to complete the EOR Form and send it to us, along with your original Test Report Form and an AUD 160,00 fee. This must be done within 6 weeks of the test date.
The “re-marks” are centralized through IDP:IA, who will inform us of their decision within 6 – 8 weeks; we will then inform you of the outcome of your appeal. If your score is higher as a result of the remark, you will be refunded the AUD 160,00 fee and will be issued with a new Test Report Form. If your score does not change or is lower, you will lose your AUD 160,00 fee and have your Test Report Form reissued to you.
Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures. Enquiry on Results Form
An IELTS certificate has a recommended validity period of 2 years.
Some organizations might accept a TRF more than 2 years old as evidence of a present level of ability only if it is accompanied by proof that a candidate has maintained/improved their English language proficiency.
You can take the test again immediately and as many times as you like.
Did you know?
Writing assessments are carried out by trained and certified IELTS examiners. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures, including regular monitoring on their marking to ensure IELTS is fair to all. To achieve this, IELTS has different levels of data protection; i.e. ensuring examiners don’t have access to the purpose of why you are taking the test, your level of education, your personal details, band scores of the other test components and your previous IELTS results if you have taken the test before.
All IELTS examiners undergo the same examiner training which is carried out by an examiner trainer. The training helps them to apply the assessment criteria accurately and reliably to ensure consistency of its application by examiners across all IELTS centres managed by the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.
IELTS strictly follows a distributed marking policy. This practice ensures that:
- Your IELTS writing and speaking are marked by different examiners
- Your IELTS writing task 1 and writing task 2 are marked by two different examiners
- Your IELTS Listening and Reading are marked by certified markers, who don’t get involved in either writing or speaking assessment.
The above mandatory practice ensures that your performance is assessed by at least 4 different examiners and markers who do not have access to your scores on other sections, as part of the distributed marking rule.
IELTS examiners are trained to assess your performance on a particular test day by following the set criteria. IELTS maintains highest level of security in data protection and due to this and as part of our commitment to be fair to all our test takers, IELTS centres are not allowed to either discuss or share your previous IELTS scores with examiners who are assigned to mark your current test performance. IELTS Professional Support Network system also ensures that the marking is up to standard and it accurately reflects your performance on a particular test day.
IELTS test users including educational institutes, professional bodies, immigration authorities and many others set their own minimum score requirements. This is why the minimum score requirement varies across different test users. IELTS helps them in undertaking this exercise by making a range of publications available for their reference. Test users arrive at an appropriate score standard for their use by evaluating various aspects, such as understanding a) IELTS scores, b) marking criteria, c) demands placed on language ability in their working context and through their experience of students entering a course of study/training, or of employees entering a working environment or of migrants entering a new country.
Learning a language is a life changing experience. Like developing any other skill, English language enhancement requires a continuous effort that should be put in practice. That will only make you better and help you improve your test.
It’s your speaking skills that are assessed not your opinions or knowledge on the subject Your examiner wants to test how you share your ideas, not to judge them
IELTS examiners follow set criteria and are trained to assess your speaking skills on four indicators; lexical resource, grammar, fluency and pronunciation. Any opinions or views shared by you don’t form part of the speaking marking criteria.
IELTS enjoys a unique partnership of 3 international organisations; The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Whilst British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia manage the test delivery, examiner management, result processing, compliance and other centre related aspects, Cambridge
Assessment is involved in research, test development and paper despatch to all IELTS centres. Since the paper production and despatch are controlled by one IELTS partner, the standard of the test is the same regardless of the location you choose to sit for your test. It also brings consistency in the approach we undertake in assessing you on your language skill.
It’s crucial to achieve better scores in each IELTS sections (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to get a good overall score. One of the best practices is to put in more time in improving your weaker skills that could lead to a higher overall score.