Prepare for IELTS
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In May 2016, JSAF established a new partnership with IDP: IELTS Australia, a subsidiary of IDP Education, https://www.idp.com/global/ielts. IDP Education is a global leader in English language testing and training and student placement services. IDP: IELTS Australia is a co-owner of IELTS with the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It manages English language test centres in 50 countries and supports more than 10,000 universities, governments, professional bodies and employers that accept IELTS results. Our partnership with IDP: IELTS Australia opens the door for more opportunities and customer centered services in Japan for Japanese IELTS test-takers. JSAF, with comprehensive support from IDP: IELTS Australia, will provide IELTS testing services at various venues in Japan. The combination of IELTS and Study Abroad programs will strengthen JSAF and enable us to provide more global opportunities for Japanese people.
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test with over 3 million tests taken in the past year, accepted for study, work and migration. IELTS is designed to assess the four English language skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, which you will be using if you study, work, or live abroad.
Choice of two tests:
IELTS offers a choice of two versions: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Both versions comprise four separate parts that assess each of the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Your choice of either version depends on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.
IELTS Academic Or General Training
IELTS offers a choice of two versions of the test, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes.
The version of the test you take – and the score you need – will depend on both your visa requirements and the requirements of the institution where you plan to study or work.
Both versions of the test include the same Listening and Speaking components and different Reading and Writing components.
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.
Should you choose IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?
Each university, employer and immigration department sets their own IELTS requirements. You have to check which version of IELTS is accepted by your chosen organisation and to find out what IELTS score will be required. Step one: Check the requirements set by your visa. Step two: If you are planning to study or work abroad, you must also check the IELTS score required by your chosen institution, professional registration body or employer. Their IELTS requirements could be higher than the requirements of your visa. Step three: You must check the IELTS score you need. Thousands of organisations all over the world accept IELTS. For an idea of their IELTS score requirements click here.
Please note: you should also contact the organisation directly, in order to confirm that these are the latest, up-to-date requirements.
Accepted – IELTS results are requested by universities and employers in many countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. IELTS results are also requested by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies in the Middle East and across the world. IELTS is recognised by more than 10000 institutions over 140 countries.
Click here to see who accepts IELTS.
Available – up to 48 test dates per year at over 1100 test locations worldwide.
Fair – the test that gives you a better chance to do your best. Take your speaking test one-to-one with an examiner. No computers, no interruptions.
Fast – total IELTS test time is under 3 hours and you get your IELTS results after just 13 days.
Respected – IELTS is co-owned and was co-created by a global partnership of education and language experts: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Relevant – Preparing for IELTS helps you improve the language skills you will need to succeed in your studies and work overseas.
International – IELTS accepts British and American spellings and includes questions that are fair to everyone.
What to Expect on Test Day
The IELTS test has four components. Three components − Listening, Reading and Writing − are always taken on the same day, in the same session. The Speaking component may be sat the same day or taken up to seven days before or after the other tests, depending on your test centre. The IELTS test implements sophisticated, biometric security measures which protect test takers and organisations from attempts to cheat. You will go through the processes described below when you register on test day.
You should arrive early for your IELTS test in order to allow time for you to register and be seated for the test. Please refer to your booking confirmation for details. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test.
Check-in your personal items
No personal items are to be taken into the test room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings. Items which are forbidden from the test room include: mobile phones, hand-held computers, cameras, hats, scarves, wallets, books or notes.
When you register on test day, a staff member will check your passport. Your passport must be the same passport that you used when you booked the test. It must also be valid (unexpired) and have a recognisable photo of yourself. As a secure, high-stakes test, IELTS uses the latest biometric technology to verify your identity and to reduce your waiting time on test day. This means that on the day of your test we will capture your high-resolution photograph to include on your Test Report Form (TRF). Your Test Report Form allows the organisation to which you applied a way to confirm your result. In those countries where it is permitted, we also ask for your finger scan as further measure of your identity. Each time you re-enter the test room (after a toilet break or for your Speaking test), your identity will be verified by simply asking you to scan your finger.
How do these measures help you on test day? These biometric tools speed up the process of verifying your identity. This means the time you spend waiting to register on test day is minimised and together with other test takers you can get settled into your seats more quickly.
Entering the test room
When it is time to enter the test room, a test invigilator will guide you to your seat. Do not write any notes. You are not permitted to speak to any other test takers. If you have a question, put up your hand and a staff member will assist you. On your desk, you are only allowed to have your passport and a bottle of drink in a transparent bottle.
You are not permitted to leave during the first or last 5 minutes of any of the test components. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask a staff member.
Asking for help
If you have a problem (for example, if you think you have been given the wrong paper, you cannot hear the instructions, or you feel ill) raise your hand to attract the attention of the supervisor. Remember that the invigilators will not provide any explanation on the questions.
End of the test
You cannot leave your seat until your papers have been collected and you have been told to leave. If you finish the test early you must wait quietly until the test is finished and you are advised that you can leave. You must leave any notes and materials on the desk.
After the test
Collect your belongings. Your provisional results will be available online 13 calendar days after the test. Your official result will appear on your Test Report Form which will also be ready after 13 calendar days. You can collect it from IELTS Official Test Centre or have it posted to you – depending on what was specified at the time of registration.
Some tips on test day:
Eat a good breakfast Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you to eat after the morning tests, especially if your Speaking test is at a later time that day. You cannot take food or drink into the test room. Keep track of time There will be a wall clock in the exam room. It is essential that you keep track of time and pace yourself as you are taking the test.
Test day advice
On the day of your test you must:
-Arrive early so that you have enough time to check in and move through all necessary security procedures
-Bring your valid passport. You must have the same passport that you used when you booked the test. If you do not have the correct passport, you will not be able to take the test
-Try to stay calm so you can do your best in the test
-Listen carefully to the test supervisor’s instructions. If you cannot hear or are unsure, raise your hand and the supervisor will assist you
-Raise your hand and tell a supervisor if you have a problem. For example, if you feel that your work may be affected by illness or any other reason, you must let the supervisor know.
-You must not cheat, copy the work of another test taker or disrupt the test
-You must not use, or try to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone
-You may not lend anything to or borrow anything from another person once you have entered the test room
-The supervisor cannot help you with any of the test questions
-You must not talk to, or disturb, other test takers once the test has started
-You are not allowed to eat or smoke in the examination room
-You must not reproduce any part of the test. You will have your test results withheld and be liable to prosecution if you do this
-Do not take any materials from the examination room. This includes test papers, answer papers, working paper or any other test materials
-You cannot leave the examination room without permission from a supervisor.
If you are caught breaking any of these rules, your test result will be withheld and the institution or professional body you may have nominated to receive your results will be notified.
If you are taking the IELTS test and have special requirements—due to hearing, visual or learning difficulties—we can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test.
-modified and enlarged print papers
-lip reading version of the Listening test
-extra time for the Reading and Writing test or use of a computer (e.g. for test takers with dyslexia)
-a scribe to write answers on your behalf
-special Listening test (e.g. using amplification equipment and/or lip-reading version of the Listening test for those with hearing difficulties).
-Test centres deal with all applications for special arrangements individually. You will be asked for full details of your particular circumstances. They will make every effort to make all the necessary special arrangements for you to complete an IELTS test.
How much notice do you need to give to your test centre?
Whatever your special needs, it is best to IELTS Official Test Centre as early as possible. Giving adequate notice is necessary for the modified test versions to be prepared and/or special administrative arrangements to be made.
|Special requirement||Examples||Notice period required|
|Modified version of test||Braille paper Modified large papers Special Listening test Lip reading version of Listening test||3 months|
|Special administrative arrangements||Extra time Special amplification equipment Word processing software Voice-activated software
Exemption of Listening and Speaking test
❖ IELTS for organizations in the USA / USA accepts IELTS
More than 3,000 American Institutions trust IELTS as proof of the English language proficiency abilities of non-native speakers who wish to study or work in the USA. See below for a list of available services and resources for educational institutions and organizations in the USA that accept IELTS.
IELTS Application Form