The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardised English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.
Established in 1989, IELTS has become the most popular high-stakes English-language certificate in the world. There are currently around 1,000 test locations in more than 140 countries, carrying out over two million tests each year. Over 9,000 organisations worldwide accept the certificate as a proof of proficiency in the English language.
There are currently three versions of the IELTS test: Academic, General Training and Life Skills. These differ in content and address different target groups.
The three IELTS versions do not all have the same scoring system. There is no minimum score required to pass the Academic or General Training tests. You will be graded with band scores ranging from 1 to 9 for each of the four parts of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Universities, colleges, governments and employers around the world require different levels of English depending on their profile and objectives. It is therefore very important to check what test score you need before taking one of the IELTS exams. The IELTS Academic and General Training test scores are valid for two years from the day you receive your results. Similarly, a candidate who has passed an IELTS Life Skills A1 or Life Skills B1 test cannot retake the exam within two years. If you do not pass, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.
IELTS test locations are: Lagos, FCT Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan, and Benin. Test takers are advised to register some weeks before their test dates.
Current IELTS Test Dates in Nigeria
|1 November 2018
10 November 2018
17 November 2018
1 December 2018
8 December 2018
15 December 2018
5 January 2019
12 January 2019
19 January 2019
2 February 2019
9 February 2019
14 February 2019
23 February 2019
Where can I take IELTS?
IELTS offers over 200 test locations in 50 countries. IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month on Thursdays and Saturdays, depending on local demand.
How much does it cost?
The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. At Brabrit LTD, IELTS will cost you #70,000 excluding study materials.
How do I register for my test?
You can register here or visit our office.
What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?
Please contact us at our office or write to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you postpone or cancel your application more than five (5) weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge.
If you postpone or cancel within five (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 five (5) days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
Do I take all parts of the test on the same day?
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, you may also sit the Speaking test on the same day, or it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. Contact us for more information.
What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond my control (e.g. a transport strike)?
The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.
What can I take into the examination room?
Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the valid passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form with you to the test.
You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified.
Which part do I take first?
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be completed on the same day. The order in which these tests are taken may vary. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
What is the Speaking test?
The Speaking test is a discussion with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audio cassette or a digital recorder.
What do I need for the Speaking test?
You must bring the same identification documents (ID) you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same ID for each part of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room.
What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.
Do I have to write in pencil?
Typically pencil has always been recommended for the IELTS Listening and Reading of the test.
In many test centres, it is now also require the Writing test to be completed in pencil. This is because gradually, all of the test centres are upgrading to new scanners. These particular scanners work best with a pencil as there is no risk of your answers smudging (whereas there is with pen/ink). These test centres are also using answers sheets with a slightly updated design.
We would like to emphasise that no changes have been made to the test format, content, or marking standards. This is simply an operational change. It is also important to note that if you forget to bring a pencil, the test centre staff can provide a pencil for you.
Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.
Can I write in capital letters?
Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.
How can I improve my Writing score?
It is vital to fulfil the Writing task, especially Task 2, in order to demonstrate your skills.
Writing Task 2 is worth twice as many marks as Task 1. 25 percent of the Writing score for Task 2 (GT and Academic) is based on the completeness of the response. Make sure you respond to all parts of the task. This criterion is referred to as “Task Response”. If all parts of the Writing Task 2 are addressed, a person will score band 6 or higher for this quarter of their Task 2 score. If the task is not fully addressed, an examiner must award less than band 6 for this criterion. So responding to every individual part of a Writing task is very important.
The remaining 75 percent of the score for Task 2 in Writing is based on vocabulary, accurate grammar and the structure and linking of ideas. Read the assessment criteria used for Academic and General Training writing tests carefully before your test day.
How are the tests marked?
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine. Find out more about how IELTS is marked.
Is it normal to be stronger in some communication skills than others?
For most people, there is a different band score achieved for each skill and it is both common and completely normal to have a difference of up to two bands between skills. This occurs regardless of the language being tested and the type of language test taken. Listening and Speaking are the strongest skills for the majority of people.
Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.
Why is my score higher the second time I have sat the test, although I haven’t done anything different?
It is quite normal for people to score higher on their second sitting because they are more familiar with the time allowed for each section, the Reading answer sheet and the number of words required for the Writing tasks. These are small factors that can lead to score improvement from the first time an IELTS test is taken to the second time the test is taken.
When will I receive my test results?
Your Test Report Form will be available to you 13 calendar days after your test date. You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – in this case, you can receive two.
Some test centres provide SMS alerts and you can preview your results online.
Contact us to find out more.
How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled to?
You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form – unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – in this case, you can receive two.
Up to five (5) copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Overseas postage will be passed onto you.
Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the test centre which issued the TRF. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test centre which issued your TRF.
How can I order more Test Report Forms if my test centre has closed since I took the test?
At any time within two years of sitting the test, you can apply to your test centre for up to five additional copies of your original test report form. These copies will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc. on your behalf. You will only ever receive ONE personal copy of your Test Report Form.
If the test centre where you took your test has closed we can still send a copy of your Test Report Form to any receiving organisation for the first two years after your test. If you have not done so, please check the test centre search to make sure that your centre has been closed.
To request a Test Report Form you will need to complete an application form for additional TRFs. It is very important that you complete your family and given names exactly as they appear on your identification document. Submit the form by clicking the Submit button at the end of the form.
Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document that you used when you sat the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the application form).
How soon can I re-sit the test?
There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you undertake additional study and careful preparation before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. Contact us for more information.
What if I am not happy with my result?
You can apply for a remark (called an Enquiry on Results) at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.
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