How is the IELTS Test structured?
Each skill is tested separately. You will take the Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes) and Writing (60 minutes) tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. At IALF, we usually hold the Speaking test (11-14 minutes) on the same day as the other three tests. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Should I take Paper-based vs Computer-delivered IELTS?
If you choose paper-based IELTS, you will answer the Listening, Reading and Writing tests on paper. The Speaking test is delivered face-to-face or VCS (Video Call Speaking) with an examiner.
- Results 13 business days after your test date*
- Tests are held 2-3 times a month depending on location
If you choose to take IELTS on computer, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests using a computer. The Speaking test will remain face-to-face or VCS (Video Call Speaking) with an examiner.
- Results 3-5 business days after your test date*
- Tests are held daily depending on location.
Other aspects of the test, whether paper or computer are the all same.
*excluding Public Holidays
Which IELTS test module should I take?
The version (Academic or General Training) depends on why you are taking the test and your plans for the future. It will depend on your visa or on the requirements of the institution where you plan to study or work.
measures English language proficiency for academic purposes. You may choose IELTS Academic if you want to:
- study at a college or university at undergraduate or postgraduate level
- gain registration in a professional organisation (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering)
IELTS General Training
measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. You may choose IELTS General Training if you want to study or train in secondary education or join a training program. The General Training module is often used for immigration purposes, as a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries, including Australia (DIAC), Canada (CIC) or New Zealand (INZ) and UK (UKBA).
Where can I take the IELTS test?
The Computer-delivered IELTS test is offered in our centres at IALF Jakarta, IALF Gading Serpong, IALF Bali and Universitas Negeri Malang.
The Paper-based IELTS is offered at a number of regional centres. Check out the full list of IELTS Test dates & locations in Indonesia.
Off-site tests can also be arranged for special groups of 12 candidates or more. Please Contact IALF if you would like us to conduct an IELTS test at your institution.
What happens on the test day?
Registration time: 7.30 am or 8.00 am (depending on test location). Candidates arriving late will not be allowed to sit the test.
You must bring the Original ID you quoted on the application form. Candidates who fail to present their original ID as quoted on their application form will not be permitted to sit the test and will not receive a refund.
The speaking test is conducted at the same venue and on the same day as the Listening, Reading and Writing modules, saving you two journeys for one test.
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