System Message:


DOWNLOAD the Guide for Agents here (PDF)

Taking an English language test is an important aspect of migrating to Australia as a skilled migrant. IELTS is an English language test that puts people first.

  • Over 3 million IELTS tests were taken last year;
  • Results are accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including Australian, Canadian, UK and New Zealand governments and many professional registration bodies;
  • The test can be taken on paper or on computer, depending on your clients’ preference
  • The paper based IELTS test is offered up to four times a month on Thursdays and Saturdays by test centres in more than 140 countries;
  • Computer-delivered IELTS is offered up to twice a day, three times a week in many Australian cities and is currently being rolled out to more test centres globally
  • IELTS results are available just 13 calendar days after the paper-based test and 5-7 working days after the computer-delivered test;
  • Your clients will be welcomed by professional staff in comfortable testing centres across the world. Over 1,200 official test locations across the world offer the IELTS test. Every test centre operates to the same rigorous standards to deliver a consistent experience wherever the IELTS test is taken.

Find the nearest IELTS test centre and test dates for your clients.

Computer-delivered IELTS

Last year, computer-delivered IELTS was introduced in Australia, providing a faster and more flexible experience for test takers and stakeholders alike, while retaining all of the security, trust and integrity of the current approach.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are completed on a computer in a single sitting. The Speaking test is face-to-face with a trained examiner in a private room and is being offered on the same day as the computer-delivered components.

While your clients now have the choice to sit a computer or paper-based IELTS test, the test itself is the same in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and test format. There is also no change to the Test Report Form (TRF) that organisations receive from applicants; the TRF will not designate whether the test taker took the test on paper or computer. Computer-delivered IELTS results are released to your clients within 5-7 business days.

For more information and to familiarise yourself with computer-delivered IELTS, please visit:

Designed to be realistic, for the real world

IELTS is designed to be a real-life test for the real world. It was the original four-skill English test to give people the opportunity to prove their skills in:

  • Listening,
  • Reading,
  • Writing,
  • and Speaking.

Importantly, your clients will be given a personal, one-on-one Speaking test. Speaking to a real person has been shown to be more comfortable than speaking into a machine and research shows that people perform better when tested face-to-face with an examiner. Your client will not be interrupted or distracted by other test takers during their Speaking test.

IELTS Masterclasses – free for your clients

Designed to help your clients display an advanced level of English, the free IELTS Masterclass will provide knowledge and skills to boost their confidence in the IELTS test. Masterclasses are available face-to-face in many cities across Australia, online at an IELTS Masterclass webinar and on-demand.

IELTS Progress Check – an online practice test

IELTS Progress Check provides access to online practice tests marked by IELTS experts. Your clients can:

  • Select from IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training practice tests.
  • Practise writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.
  • Familiarise themselves with what to expect on test day so they can raise their confidence and band score.
  • Get an official feedback report which includes an indicative band score for the overall test and for each section of the test.
  • Know what they are doing well and, more importantly, where they need to focus their efforts to improve.

Information about all preparation materials can be found at

Practical advice for individuals re-sitting the IELTS test

Taking the IELTS test several times over the course of a few months is not advised as a way to improve results.

What are the best strategies to maximise performance on the test? Click here for a flier with practical advice from IDP IELTS or access more preparation materials on the IELTS website.

How do the IELTS band scores work?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are given as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). Read more here on how band scores are calculated and the assessment criteria.

Emergency places

IDP IELTS can help if your client requires an emergency place in an IELTS test in Australia. You’ll be asked to show evidence of their need. Complete the email form below to request an emergency place within Australia.

Information sessions for migration agents

CPD webinars on IELTS are being offered by IDP IELTS in conjunction with LTA. These information sessions are specifically designed for migration agents to familiarise agents with:

  • IELTS as a test of international English (not simply the Australian version of English or British English or American English)
  • The test format and assessment criteria
  • Differences between the Academic and General Training versions of the test
  • The IELTS examiner system for selecting, training, certification and monitoring
  • The unbiased nature of the test for all cultures
  • Security of the test
  • Insights from research illustrating how we learn language and how language skills need to be maintained
  • Complete the enquiry form below for more details on information sessions nearest you.

Who owns and manages IELTS?

Three global organisations have worked as partners since 1989 to develop and deliver IELTS across the globe. The test is now available in over 1,200 cities and towns in more than 140 countries


For further assistance email: or complete the below enquiry form.

Enquire about

Privacy Policy
Joomla SEF URLs by Artio