FAQ's Frequently asked Questions

Q. Which organisations accept IELTS?

A. IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.

Q. Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?

A. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased and reflects real-life situations.

Q. How long is the test score valid?

A. The IELTS test result has a maximum validity of approximately 2 years. To be valid after two years, an IELTS TRF should be accompanied by an evidence that you have maintained your level of English through study or effective use of language.

Q. Why are there two versions of the test?

A. IELTS has two versions- Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

Q. How difficult or easy is IELTS?

A. IELTS is not a very difficult test to crack. All the four modules are designed in a simplified manner so as to suit the comprehension ability of all non native English speakers. We believe that with clear understanding and adequate practice, one can easily achieve the required band score.

Q. What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?

A. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

Q. What if I am absent or sick on the test day?

A. If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee. However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

Q. Is the IELTS test completed in one day?

A. ‘The listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and no break. Depending on the test centre, the speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

Q. When will I receive my test result?

A. You will receive your Test Report Form (TRF) in the mail after 13 days of your test date. Some test centres also provide SMS alerts and an Online Results Service. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.

Q. What if I lose my Test Report Form?

A. Test Report Forms are valid for two years. Copies cannot be sent to candidates but IELTS will forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge.


Q. Do I need computer skills to take the test?

A. You do not need any special computer skills. To familiarize yourself with the test we suggest you to review the test preparation resources. We recommend taking one of our scored practice tests to get used to the timing and moving through each type of question. PTE Academic is taken using a simple QWERTY keyboard.

Q. Is computerized assessment reliable?

A. PTE Academic’s automated scoring has been constructed by expert human test designers that have created and checked the content of the test questions. The scoring criteria is also designed by human experts that tested and refined more than 10 thousand sample answers that were put together and scaled in the corresponding level.

Q. Does PTE Academic discriminate against some accents?

A. No. The marking engine is trained to recognize speech from over 120 different language groups. One of the benefits of the test being computer scored is that has no bias against any particular accent. All test takers are treated the same. So the score you get represents a true measure of your ability on the day of the test.

Q. Can I apply for a re-evaluation?

A. If you are unhappy with your PTE Academic score, you may request a rescore. Before doing so, test takers must know that PTE Academic is automatically rescored therefore, there are least chances that your overall scores will change. Only spoken responses and open-ended written responses are rescored. If your score changes, it will replace your previous score.

Q. How old do I need to be to take PTE Academic?

A. You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must provide a signed parental consent form before taking the test.

Q. Can I cancel or reschedule my test?

A. You can reschedule or cancel your test. If you decide not to take the PTE Academic test after confirming your booking online, you can request a full refund by contacting the customer service team in your region. You must do this within 14 days of confirming your booking.

Q. Which countries accept the PTE test?

A. PTE Academic is accepted for all Australian and New Zealand visa applications.

Q. Is PTE an easy test?

A. PTE is easier as most of the test-takers are more comfortable with computers than humans. Also, PTE is more fair and true test of English. There are 71 questions in PTE Academic in 20 easily understood formats divided into 4 sections. PTE computing engine evaluates everyone equally and fairly irrespective of your dressing sense, ethnicity, age or physical appearance as it is computer based.

Q. What is PTE General?

A. PTE General is also one type of PTE test examination. The test is accredited by QCA, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. It is a theme-based test designed for the speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL). Through this exam, one’s communication skills are recognized in the reading, writing, listening and reading parts. ​The PTE General test is not recognised for immigration purposes.

Q. How long is PTE score valid for?

A. The PTE Academic scores are valid up to two years from the date of the exam and the results are declared. Once the two year period gets expired, the PTE score is automatically removed from the site and it will not be visible.