Step 1: Choose Academic or General Training Module
The IELTS tests come in two versions: IELTS Academic or General Training. Test takers can choose either version according to their educational and professional goals as well as any visa requirements. Both versions comprise four separate sections that assess each of the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to anyone, irrespective of your subject focus. The Academic format is, broadly speaking, 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 in many countries.
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training version of the test is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the Test Centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Test Centres are not responsible for providing this information. The General Training module is not offered at all test administrations.
Step 2: Choose computer-delivered or paper-based
If you choose the computer-delivered option, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections using a computer. The Speaking test will remain face-to-face, as it is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills and prompts a more lifelike performance. All other aspects of the test are identical, whether it is taken on paper or on computer. Results for computer-delivered IELTS will be available 5-7 days after you finish all sections of your test.
If you choose the paper-based option, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on paper. The Speaking test will remain face-to-face. All other aspects of the test are identical, whether it is taken on paper or on computer. Results for paper-based IELTS will be available 13 days after you finish all sections of your test.
Step 3: Choose your Test Date
Paper-based IELTS testing takes place on Saturdays. Please visit our Paper-based test dates page to book.
Paper-based Speaking tests are usually scheduled on the Friday afternoon before the Written sections. Saturday afternoon speaking test is available on request.
Computer-delivered IELTS testing takes place twice or three times a week. Please visit our Computer-delivered test dates page to book.
Step 4: Book Your Test
What you will need:
- A high-quality, scanned colour copy of either your current valid passport or both sides of your Permanent Resident (PR) Card.
- If you have taken the test before, use your login credentials from your existing IELTS Essentials account. You do not need to upload your ID document again. If this is your first IELTS test, continue as a New User.
- Payment. We accept payments online by credit or debit card. If you prefer to pay by cash, please visit the Test Centre.
- Select your Test Date and Location above. You will be redirected to our Online Booking System.
- Complete the information completely and accurately. If you need to make changes after you pay the test fee, contact the test centre.
- Upload a high-quality scan of either your current valid passport or both sides of your Permanent Resident (PR) Card to your application.
- Before your test date, you can specify up to five (5) institutions on your IELTS application form. These TRF copies are free, and will be posted to the institutions 13 days after the test date. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you.
- Receive your confirmation email with speaking time about 3 days before the test.
Special arrangements must be made with the Test Centre at least six weeks before your test date. Please contact the Test Centre as soon as possible if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.
You must bring the ID document used for registration with you on test day – either your valid passport or Permanent Resident (PR) Card. Photocopies of either document will not be accepted, please be sure to bring the originals or you will not be allowed in the test room.
Additional Copies of Your Results
The IELTS Test Centre at Global Village Victoria sends IELTS results worldwide to a variety of Educational Institutions, government agencies, and employers every day. Read more for information you should know about sending extra copies of your IELTS results.
Please note, an administration fee of $25 will be charged for each additional TRF request after the results have been released.
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Test Day Schedule and Information
Read more about what to expect on test day at our Test Day Information page.