IELTS Official Test Centre

一般財団法人 日本スタディ・アブロード・ファンデーション Japan Study Abroad Foundation


FAQ

Q1. Where can I take IELTS?

Q2. How much does it cost?

Q3. How do I book/register for my test?

Q4. What if I am absent or sick on the day of my test?/What if I am absent or sick on the day of my test?

Q5. Do I take all parts of the test on the same day?

Q6. What are the test rules?

Q7. What can I take into the examination room?

Q8. What is the Speaking test?

Q9. What do I need for the Speaking test?

Q10. What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?

Q11. Can I write in capital letters?

Q12. How are the tests marked?

Q13. Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?

Q14. I write in pencil?

Q15. Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?

Q16. When will I receive my test results?

Q17. How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled to?

Q18. How soon can I re-sit the test?

Q19. What if I am not happy with my result?

Q20. Does JSAF also provide IELTS for UKVI and IELTS for Life Skills?

Q21. How does IELTS for UKVI different from IELTS?

Q22. I made a mistake when I registered my passport number.

Q23. How are the scores calculated?

Q24. Request a Remark

Q25. I have not received Confirmation Notice yet. What should I do?

 

 

1. Where can I take IELTS?

IDP: IELTS Australia offers over 200 test locations in 50 countries. Find a test centre near you. IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month on Thursdays and Saturdays, depending on local demand. Click here for a list of test dates then contact a test centre to book your test.

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2. How much does it cost?

The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. To find out the test fee for your country in your local currency, contact your nearest test centre.

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3. How do I book/register for my test?

Click here for information about booking your test.

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4-a. What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?

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

 

4-b. What if I am absent or sick on the day of my test?

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

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5. Do I take all parts of the test on the same day?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, you may also sit the Speaking test on the same day, or it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. Speak to the test centre before you book your test to confirm their arrangements.

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6. What are the test rules?

Test rules and guidelines can be found on the Notice to Candidates provided in the IELTS Application Form. You are also advised to read the Information for Candidates booklet carefully so that you understand the test format and know what to expect on test day.

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7. What can I take into the examination room?

Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the valid passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form with you to the test.
You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified. Find out more about test day.

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8. What is the Speaking test?

The Speaking test is a discussion with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audio cassette or a digital recorder. View samples of the Speaking test.

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9. What do I need for the Speaking test?

You must bring the same identification documents (ID) you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same ID for each part of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room.

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10. What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?

As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.

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11. Can I write in capital letters?

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.

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12. How are the tests marked?

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine. Find out more about how IELTS is marked.

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13. Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?

Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.

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14. I write in pencil?

You must write in pencil for the Listening and Reading components. In the Writing test, a pen or pencil may be used.

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15. Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

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16. When will I receive my test results?

Your Test Report Form will be available to you 13 calendar days after your test date. You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – in this case, you can receive two.
Some test centres provide SMS alerts and you can preview your results online. Contact your local test centre to find out more.

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17. How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled to?

You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form – unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – in this case, you can receive two. Up to five (5) copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you. Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the test centre which issued the TRF. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test centre which issued your TRF.

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18. How soon can I re-sit the test?

There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you undertake additional study and careful preparation before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. Contact your local test centre for more information.

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19. What if I am not happy with my result?

You can apply for a remark (called an Enquiry on Results) at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.

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20. Does JSAF also provide IELTS for UKVI and IELTS for Life Skills?

No, we don’t provide the two types of IELTS tests. Please look for other agencies when you take the tests.

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21. How does IELTS for UKVI different from IELTS?

 

22. I made a mistake when I registered my passport number.

Please contact JSAF-IELTS Official Test Centre.

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23. How are the scores calculated?

An overall band score is calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally weighted. Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.

For example:

If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5. Total score of 25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5. If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, you would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0. Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.

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24. Request a Remark

To be fair to all test takers, if you are not happy with your result you can apply for an Enquiry on Results within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes.

 

When can I apply for an Enquiry on Result?

This request must be made within six weeks of the test date on the Test Report Form.

 

How long will this process take?

The Enquiry on Results will be processed within six to eight weeks. You will receive a letter via email confirming your final score from your test centre after this time.

 

How much will it cost?

・16,200JPY (inclusive of 8% tax)

(How to make payment)

・Bank transfer: Mizuho Bank, Karasuyama Branch, Saving Account, 2764232

Japan Study Abroad Foundation

 

Important points:

  • There is no appeal after this re-mark, the decision is final. • You have to send the original TRF to the test centre you received it from. • During the period of remarking your test results cannot be used to apply for a university or to be sent to an immigration office.  • Should the scores change after the Enquiry on Results, we will issue a new Test Report Form for the candidate, who can apply for (5) five extra copies to be sent to receiving institutions free of charge within one month of the printing date at the bottom of the new Test Report Form.  • For those whose scores remain the same we will return the original Test Report Form to the candidate and there will be no refund.

 

How can I apply for a remark?

Please provide your full detailed contact address, including PO Box and daytime telephone number on the “Enquiry on Results Form”. You can download this from here.

 

Send the completed Enquiry on Results Form, receipt of payment and the original Test Report Form and post it to IELTS Official Test Centre.

 

You can make payments to the following bank account.
Bank transfer:
Mizuho Bank, Takadanobaba Branch, Saving Account, 4022994
Japan Study Abroad Foundation

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25. I have not received Confirmation Notice yet. What should I do?

Confirmation Notice is uploded on JSAF-IELTS official website at least 2 weeks before the test date.

Please visit the webpage by clicking “Confirmation Notice” below and download it.

“Confirmation Notice”

 

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