Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about IELTS?

Who can take IELTS?

Do I need to know about a specific subject to take the test?

IELTS measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. This test assesses your abilities in the English language through 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The test covers a range of subjects within the item contents, but you are not being tested on these subjects.

What level of English do I need before I can sit the IELTS test?

IELTS tests are designed to assess test takers from beginner through to advanced levels. However, the test is aimed at test takers with a level of intermediate and above.

Do I have to study at an English language school before I sit the IELTS test?

You might not have to study at an English language school, however, you may consider practising with the IELTS preparation materials which will familiarise you with the types of questions you will be asked in the test and to get your best possible score.

Do I need computer skills to take the computer-delivered test?

You do not need any special computer skills. Please note that a QWERTY(Turkish/English) keyboard is used for the computer-delivered test. If you are not used to this type of keyboard, it may help to practice with one before you take the test. Don’t worry if you can’t type fast enough, the computer test is designed for people with normal typing skills.

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How old do I need to be to take IELTS?

IELTS is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16.

What are the mandatory documents I need to have before booking a test?

You must have a valid passport or Turkish ID card to be eligible to sit an IELTS test. Please note that only valid ID (should not be included old photo) or Passport (should not be expired) are accepted.

Can I submit my driver’s license instead of my passport or Turkish ID card?

IDP IELTS test centres in Turkey only accept official passports or Turkish ID card as identification. Driver’s licenses, school IDs, and other forms of photo ID are not accepted. Please note that only valid ID (should not be included old photo) or Passport (should not be expired) are accepted.

Which IELTS test do I need to take?

The IELTS test is offered in two formats – IELTS Academic and General Training.

The Academic format is designed for those who want to study or train in a university that teaches in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level or institutions of higher and further education. Many professions (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering) also require an Academic test result for registration purposes.

The General Training format is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test may be a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries.

IELTS is accepted globally by more than 10,000 organisations including universities, professional bodies, employers and Australian student visa and migration applications. The IELTS General Training test is the only non-academic test of English accepted for migration to overseas.

Which IELTS test do you need?

How many times can I take the test?

There is no limit to the number of times you can sit the IELTS test or how long you need to wait in between sessions. You may have to re-sit the IELTS test if you do not achieve your desired test result.

For a better result, we recommend doing more preparation and study before you take the next IELTS test. Take a moment to consider your IELTS preparation – have you done enough to increase your band score if you re-sit the test? View our IELTS preparation materials here.

Do I have to take IELTS in my home country?

No, you can sit the IELTS test anywhere in the world, provided you have a valid passport with you.Find my nearest test centre

I am a native English speaker, do I still need to take an IELTS test?

Whether you need an IELTS test or not depends on your reason to sit the test. If you are enrolling for higher studies/courses/training, the University/school/workplace might ask for an IELTS test score. As part of the migration process, you might have to provide the IELTS scores with your visa application.

We strongly recommend that even if you are a native English speaker, you prepare for the IELTS test and become familiar with the test format. Knowing what to expect on test day is essential, and if you are not familiar with the test you may make avoidable mistakes. We also recommend you become familiar with the assessment criteria to fully understand how the examiner will mark your test. Download IELTS Support Tools to help you get ready for test day.

If I sit IELTS in a different country, will it be easier?

IELTS is an international test, and every version of the test is the same level of difficulty, no matter where in the world you take the test. We suggest you take the test wherever you feel most at ease and select a Test Centre that suits you. Use the Turkish Test Centre search to browse Test Centres in your city based on your needs (close to public transport, small test rooms etc.)

I have an accent – will that impact my test result?

IELTS is an international test, and we accept your accent wherever in the world you’re from. When you sit your Speaking test, remember that your pronunciation is important – however, you will not lose marks for speaking with an accent. A variety of accents will also be used during the Listening test.

How is my IELTS test different if I take it for UK visa purposes?

UK visa applicants must ensure that they register for an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test date at one of the UKVI locations.

The IELTS test for UK visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specific to UK Visas and Immigration. There are no differences in the test format or questions. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

Test Report Forms, however, will be slightly different in order to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session.

IELTS for the UK

If I take an IELTS test for UK visa purposes, can I use my result in other countries/for other purposes?

Yes. UKVI IELTS test results are accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, colleges, governments and employers.

Where can I take an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test for a UK visa application?

The tests are available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
You must confirm at the time of registration that you wish to use your test result for a UK visa application. You must sit the test in an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test session, as UKVI will not accept results from other testing locations.

How can I book an IELTS Test?

How much is the IELTS test fee?

IELTS test fees vary from country to country. In Turkey, the Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. Current test cost are:

Paper-based IELTS 1,100 TL
Computer-delivered IELTS 1,100 TL
IELTS Life Skills 1,200 TL
IELTS UKVI Paper-based & Computer-delivered 1,600 TL

There is no separate registration fee or payment processing fee. There is also no late payment fee.

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How do I book my IELTS test?

Booking your IELTS test is easy. Locate your closest IDP IELTS Test Centre here. Once you find an IELTS Test Centre and a test date that suits you, follow the steps to book your test.
You must have a clear and legible COLOURED scanned copy of your current valid passport or Turkish ID card to upload when applying. The copy you upload must be of the page(s) with your photo, name, date of birth, passport number, and expiry date.
You can choose to book and pay immediately with a credit card, or pay within 48 hours (If your booking is made within 5 days before the test; the payment must be made earlier than 48 hours).
If paying by bank transfer you must send your scanned receipt to [email protected] immediately after payment otherwise your application will not be accepted.

The test fee can be deposited to;

Bank: GARANTI BANK
Account Name: IDP EDUCATION DANISMANLIK VE EGITIM HIZMETLERI SIRKE
IBAN: TR55 0006 2001 6710 0006 2959 88
Corporate Code: 3326
Swift Code: TGBATRISXXX
Branch Number: 1671

Please specify the information below whilst making payment

Details: FULL NAME – DATE OF TEST

Just remember: Your place is NOT guaranteed until you pay.

If you have any difficulty booking your test, please contact the team at IELTS Turkey Contact Centre who can assist with completing your booking.

How can I pay for the test?

You can either pay with your credit card(not debit card) or directly from your bank account.

Payment must be made within 48 hours of registering online.(If your booking is made within 5 days before the test; the payment must be made earlier than 48 hours)

Can I pay the fees by instalment?

No. The test fee must be paid in full at the time of booking.

If I do not have an existing IELTS account, then how do I book a new test?

You can create an account as a new user and book test here.

Do I need to submit passport photographs when booking an IELTS test?

You don’t need to submit passport photographs when booking an IELTS test online. You are required to attach a scanned copy of your current valid passport or Turkish ID card only.

I have a special requirement. How can you help?

In order to ensure that the language ability of all test takers is assessed fairly and objectively, IELTS provides a comprehensive service for test takers who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.

If you require a modified version of IELTS, you must give your test centre at least six weeks’ notice. If your circumstances require special arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time, you must also give the test centre six weeks’ notice.

I can only see Listening, Reading and Writing tests in the booking website, is the Speaking Test not included in the test fee?

Yes. Speaking Test is included in the test fee, however the time slot for speaking test is booked separately. IDP lets you choose your own preferred date and time for the IELTS Speaking Test.

What to expect on the test day?

How are you going to verify my identity on the test day?

You’ll be asked to verify your identity both before the Speaking test and the rest of the sections. Part of the verification process is capturing your photo and your finger-scan. Your details and your photo will appear on your Test Report Form, so it’s important to make sure all your information is correct.

Why test takers need to have finger scanning and photograph on test day?

IELTS is dedicated to protecting genuine test takers while ensuring the highest standard of customer care and the validity of test scores. Finger scanning and test day photography are security arrangements that provide protection for genuine test takers against fraudulent test takers. They also provide receiving organisations with reassurance that the person whose photograph appears on the Test Report Form is the person who took the test.

What is a finger scan?

A finger scan will be used to confirm test taker identity. The finger scan uses an electronic scanner which doesn’t contain any ink, liquid or chemical. No image of the finger is taken or stored instead data is converted into a unique sequence of numbers that are then used to identify the test taker and cannot be converted back into an image. A finger scan is not a finger print.

What will happen to finger scan data and photograph?

Finger scan will be stored as a binary reference and cannot be converted back into an image. An actual image of the finger-scan is never stored. Photograph and all personal data will be used only for the purpose of the IELTS test.

What can test takers expect on test day?

On test day photograph and finger scan will be taken at the entrance to the test room, ensuring secure access to all areas. The finger scan will be matched each time test takers leave and return to the test room after every comfort break.

Can test takers refuse to take the test day finger scan?

Refusal to comply with IELTS identity verification will prevent test takers from taking the test, and they will not be eligible for any transfer, cancellation or refund of the test.

What do I need to bring on the day of the IELTS test?

On the day of the test, you must bring the passport/Turkish ID card you used for your IELTS online application. (only original and current passports are accepted). Your passport must have an expiry date of at least 7 days after the test date to be considered valid. Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted.

You must leave everything else outside the examination room except your passport/Turkish ID card you used for your IELTS online application. Mobile phones, smartwatches and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. Clear bottle of water – remove all labels and bottle must be see-through.

IELTS test centres will provide water, tissue, pencils, eraser and sharpener to you during the test.

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Do I need to bring passport photos?

No, the test centres will take your photo on the test day when you go for the registration.

What not to bring?

Mobile phones, smartwatches and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor.

Usually a secure room for personal belongings is available. You are strongly advised not to bring any valuable items with you to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room except your passport/Turkish ID card you used for your IELTS online application.

IELTS test centres will provide water, tissue, pencils, eraser and sharpener to you during the test.

Items not allowed in the test room include:

  • mobile phones
  • all electronic devices
  • keys
  • wallets
  • money
  • food
  • drinks
  • pens, pencils
  • erasers
  • sharpeners
  • bags
  • watch/smartwatch/fit-bit
  • all other belongings
When should I arrive at the test centre?

Please give yourself at least an hour’s time to complete the registration process and relax before sitting the test.

Will I take all test components on the same day?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. You will take the Speaking test up to 7 days either before or after the test date, depending on the test centre.

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What if my passport or Turkish ID change or lost?

If you’re issued with a new passport or Turkish ID after you’ve applied to take IELTS, please contact IELTS Customer Support Team or the test centre to update your details before at least one business day to your test day.

Can I leave the test room during the Listening, Reading or Writing sections of the test?

Test takers are not permitted to leave the test room:

  • during the Listening test
  • between each section
  • in the last 10 minutes of each section

Test takers are permitted to leave the test room during the Reading and Writing section. If you need to leave the test room at any time during these tests, including if you become ill, please quietly raise your hand and an invigilator will assist you. Test takers who leave the test room for any reason will not be permitted extra time to complete the test.

Can I bring my children or other family members with me?

No. Test takers and test staff are the only people permitted to enter the test venue during testing. If you have a family member or friend who will collect you after your test, please advise them that they will need to wait for you outside the test venue.

Is there time at the end of the reading section of the IELTS test to transfer answers to the answer sheet?

The reading section takes one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in that hour.

Can I write on the question papers?

Yes. The examiners do not see your question papers.

How long does the IELTS test take to complete?
  • Paper-based Test – Writing, Listening, Reading – Up to 3 hours
  • Computer-delivered Test – Listening, Reading, Writing – Up to 2 hours 45 mins
  • Speaking Test (Both) – 11-14 mins
Will headphones be provided for listening test?

Headphones are provided for computer-delivered and paper-based tests(not for UKVI IELTS paper-based). Please check with the test centre.

What happens if I am absent on the day of the IELTS test without giving prior notice?

If you are unable to attend your test due to:
• a serious medical condition
• Loss or Bereavement – the death of a close family member
• Hardship/Trauma – victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident
• Military Service
and can provide a medical certificate from a qualified public hospital, a death notice or certificate or a police report within five days of the test date, you may qualify for a refund minus 25% of the exam fee for administrative costs. However, if you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee.

You must complete a “Request for Refund” or “Test Day Transfer Form” and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence; such as a medical certificate from a qualified public hospital, a death notice or certificate or a police report and fill in the forms and email to your test centre within 5 days of the test date. You will receive a refund minus 25% of the exam fee for administrative costs; or you will receive a transfer to another available test date at no extra charge. The test day transfer is limited with one time only.

Refunds are paid by bank transfer and usually take three to four weeks from the date of the request to be processed and emailed.

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When can I get my test results?

How long does it take to get my IELTS test results?

Results for computer-delivered IELTS tests are available within 2-7 days, and for paper-based IELTS in 13 calendar days.

 

How do I access my IELTS test results?

Provisional online results are available 13 days after each test (paper-based tests).

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The provisional online test results are not considered formal advice of results and comprise only one stage of the results delivery process. Provisional online results must not be considered as the final test result and cannot be used to support any applications.

Provisional results will only be available online for a period of 28 days.

Results will be mailed directly to the address you supply on your test day. International postage of results will incur additional charges. Please contact your IDP Centre for payment options.

Test results mailed to addresses in Turkey are sent by Aras Kargo. Results sent to a local address usually take 1-4 business days.

If you would like to collect your results from your IDP Centre, please tick the box and do not fill in the address section on the envelope provided to you on your test day.

Can you send the results to my email ID?

No. We are unable to share results via email, fax or phone.

Do you send results by SMS?

In some instances, your IELTS Test Centre will offer you to receive your provisional IELTS results direct to your mobile phone by text message. Make sure you give SMS permission on my.ieltsessentials.com

Can I collect my IELTS results from the test centre?

You may have the option to pick up your Test Report Form from the test centre on the results release day. You have to tick the box and do not fill in the address section on the envelope provided to you on your test day.

Who accepts IELTS in the world?

IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 universities and employers globally. It’s also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Click here to find out who accepts IELTS in the world and what the minimum band scores are for your university or institution.

There is an error on my Test Report Form, how can I get it corrected?

If there is an error on your Test Report Form, please contact your IELTS test centre. The test centre will re-issue a new Test Report Form.

How is IELTS marked?

Unlike other English tests, the IELTS test relies on human input to assess your English. There is, however, a firm structure and process around this to ensure the marking is consistent no matter where in the world you take your IELTS. A minimum of two expert markers look at your writing and they follow detailed assessment criteria that dictate how they must grade your skills. There is also a strict monitoring process in place to further ensure marking quality and consistency, as well as ongoing training provided to our examiners, globally. For more information about marking and band scores click here.

Want to understand how we mark your test? Attend an expert IELTS Masterclass for free.

Who are IELTS examiners and how do they score tests?

there are specific qualifications and training that are required to become a certified IELTS Writing and Speaking examiner including:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field
  • A recognized qualification in English language teaching, such as TESOL/TESL/TEFOL
  • At least three-year’s full time (or the equivalent of part time) relevant English-language teaching experience, with most of that time spent teaching adults.

Before becoming a certified IELTS examiner, we must participate in standardized training conducted by an experienced IELTS examiner trainer. Part of the training includes showing that we can accurately and consistently mark IELTS Speaking and Writing exams based on specific criteria. Once certified, all examiners are regularly monitored to ensure we are consistently and accurately following the standards for marking speaking and writing exams. Examiners must also get re-certified every two years. In addition to consistently and accurately assessing candidates’ speaking and writing, we are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the test, and ensuring the same procedures are followed for all candidates. Another part of our job as examiners is to ensure we maintain confidentiality and security in all aspects of IELTS, both on test day, and when marking exams.

Is there room for human error in the marking process?

We see the human aspects of IELTS as being equally reliable as a computer-based marking and in some cases even advantageous to you as a test taker. In the IELTS Speaking test, for example, the examiner is listening to your level of skill and will adjust the level of difficulty of the questions to enable you to best demonstrate your ability. They can adjust their pace to suit you, and you can ask them to clarify or repeat a question. While you are responding, there is no limit or pressure, waiting to cut you off. These are aspects of IELTS that are not part of other English tests.

Read more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English language tests

How do I request a re-mark?

You may request a test remark by applying for an Enquiry on Results with your Test Centre, within six weeks of sitting your test. The release of your results usually ranges from 2 to 21 days depending on several factors including the number of components requested to be remarked. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact your test centre. Please provide your full detailed contact address, including PO Box and daytime telephone number on the “Enquiry on Results Form”. You can download this from here.

Please contact the team at IELTS Customer Service for more information. An Enquiry on Results (EOR) costs 160 AUD. Should your band score increase, the cost will be refunded in full and a new Test Report Form will be issued.

How long are IELTS test results valid?

While it is up to each organisation to set a validity period that works for their purposes, the IELTS partners recommend a 2-year validity period for IELTS test results.

Can I re-sit the test?

Yes, you may re-sit the IELTS test if you do not achieve your desired test result. Before you re-sit the test, we encourage you to pause, reflect and prepare. Take a moment to consider your IELTS preparation – have you done enough to increase your band score if you re-sit the test? View our IELTS preparation materials here.

If I have to repeat the test, can I do only one part (e.g. just Reading, or just Writing, etc.)

No, you must do all four parts if you need to repeat the test. This is the same at all Test Centres. Locate your closest IELTS Test Centre here.

Can I reschedule or cancel the test?

How do I request a refund or test date transfer?

Request for cancellation or postponement of your test must be made strictly 5 weeks before the test date via email or in person only. Telephone cancellation or postponement will not be accepted.

Cancellation more than five weeks ahead of the test date – you will receive a full refund.

Failure to appear for the test without notification is considered a cancellation, no refund will be issued, and you must register and pay again if you wish to take the test on another date *

* Candidates seeking cancellation or transfer, or those who fail to appear for their scheduled test, can receive a refund if they can provide evidence that their ability to sit for the test has been affected by serious illness or cause:

• Serious Illness – hospital admission or serious injury
• Loss or Bereavement – death of a close family member
• Hardship/Trauma – victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident
• Military Service

You must complete a “Request for Refund” or “Test Day Transfer Form” and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence; such as a medical certificate from a qualified public hospital, a death notice or certificate or a police report and fill in the forms and email to your test centre within 5 days of the test date. You will receive a refund minus 25% of the exam fee for administrative costs; or you will receive a transfer to another available test date at no extra charge. The test day transfer is limited with one time only.

Refunds are paid by bank transfer and usually take three to four weeks from the date of the request to be processed and emailed.

If you wish to request a refund, or transfer your test date, you must contact your Test Centre as soon as possible. Your Test Centre will advise on the process and any administration costs to complete the refund of transfer. Locate your Test Centre details here.

What if I am sick on the test day?

You must visit a public hospital on or before test day and get a medical certificate from a qualified public hospital that covers the date of the test. You need to complete a “Request for Refund” or “Test Day Transfer Form” and submit the medical certificate to the test centre within five days after the test date. If your application is approved, the test centre will refund the test fee to you or transfer the test date. You will receive a refund minus 25% of the exam fee for administrative costs. Refunds are paid by bank transfer and usually take three to four weeks from the date of the request to be processed and emailed. The test day transfer is limited to one time only. If you have any enquiries, contact your Test Centre.

Can I transfer my test to another test centre?

No, all the test centres are separate organisations, so you are unable to transfer the test to another test centre.