IELTS Test Components

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IELTS Test Components

The test components – additional guidance

IELTS Listening

• Each recording in the Listening test is heard once only.
• You will be given time to read through the questions before you listen.
• As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. It is essential that you transfer your answers to the answer sheet as nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
• You must write your answers in pencil.
• An example of a completed Listening answer sheet is given on the next page.
• ‘Completion’ question types (e.g. note completion):

Pay attention to the word limit. For example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS, and the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be incorrect.
– Transfer only the missing word(s) to the answer sheet. For example, if you have to complete the note ‘in the … ’, and the correct answer is ‘morning’, the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect.
– You will hear the word(s) you need to use in the recording. You will not need to change the form of the word you hear.
– Pay attention to spelling and grammar: you will lose marks for mistakes.
– You may write your answers in lower case or in capitals.

IELTS Reading

• You may write your answers directly on the answer sheet or you may write them on the question paper and transfer them to the answer sheet before the end of the test. You will not be given extra time to transfer answers at the end
of the test. Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
• You must write your answers in pencil.
• An example of a completed Reading answer sheet is given on the next page.
• ‘Completion’ question types (e.g. note completion):
– The same rules apply to ‘completion’ question types as in Listening (see above).
– The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text. You must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.

IELTS Writing

• You may write your answers in pencil or pen.
• Pay attention to the number of words required for each task. You will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.
• You should spend approximately 20 minutes on
Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2.
• You must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks.
• Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes.
• You may write your answers entirely in capitals if you wish.
• You may make notes on the question paper but nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.

Re-taking IELTS

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. If you do not get the result you wanted, you can register for another test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so. Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re-taking the test.

Enquiries on Results
If you are unhappy with your test result, you can apply for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) at the centre where you took the test. You must make the application no later than six weeks after the test date. You can choose which test components are re-marked. There is a fee for this service which will be refunded if your score on any component is increased. Enquiries on Results take six to eight weeks to complete.

Special Requirements For IELTS
In order to ensure that the language ability of all candidates is assessed fairly and objectively, IELTS provides a comprehensive service for candidates who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties. If you require a modified version of the test, for example in Braille, you must give the test centre three months’ notice. This notice period is necessary for the modified test version to be prepared. If your circumstances require only special administrative arrangements to be made, such as extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks’ notice. Please contact your test centre to discuss your requirements.

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