International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The University of Canberra is the official testing centre for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test in Canberra. The tests are conducted two times per month and are held on the University of Canberra campus.
- Any student wishing to forward results directly to the Canberra Institute of Technology as a recognising organisation must include the specific contact person and area details in the mailing address; i.e. 'Canberra Institute of Technology, GPO Box 826 Canberra ACT 2601' will not be accepted as a mailing address because it is not specific enough. CIT requires a contact person's name and the area in which he/she works.
- IELTS Results will be sent to you via SMS. Results will be sent on the 13th day after the Saturday test date. If you would like your results sent to you via SMS, please fill in the declaration form online when you apply.
- Effective from 31 October 2014, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) no longer accepts hard copy Test Report Forms (TRFs) for visa application purposes. Applications for TRFs to be sent to DIBP will not be accepted.
- From 1 August 2018, all IELTS tests booked for a test date conducted from 1 September 2018 will be charged at the new price of $340.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Since its inception in 1989, IELTS has become the world's most popular high-stakes English language test. The test is recognised by more than 10,000 institutions in over 140 countries. In 2017, more than 3 million candidates sat the IELTS test at one of over 1,200 test centres worldwide. It is a test of English language proficiency which assesses your level of skill in listening, reading, writing and speaking. For more information, please visit the IELTS website.
There are two modules of the IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate. Please talk to the organisations receiving your results about which module of the test you need to take.
Both modules are made up of four parts: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
The Writing, Reading and Listening sections of the test are held in the morning from 9.00 am to approximately 12:30 pm, with no breaks. The Speaking test (an interview lasting 11-14 minutes) is held on the Friday before the main test or in the afternoon after the main test on Saturday; on rare occasions you may be given a Speaking test time on Thursday.
Candidates must be available to do their Speaking test interview on any of those days. We will send out an email a few days before the main test with your assigned Speaking test time and other instructions.
To prepare for your IELTS test, you can download the free IELTS Support Tools. There is also information about computer-delivered testing which is coming soon to our centre.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have a range of specific requirements for candidates wishing to use English language tests for UK visa applications. You must take a UKVI test at a designated UKVI IELTS test centre. For more information, please visit www.IELTSessentials.com/UK.
How to Apply
Visit the My IELTS Essentials application page to create a profile, apply for a test date and pay for your test.
Please note: Have a copy of your passport and your credit or debit card ready because you must complete your application and pay for your test within 30 minutes.
About your personal details:
- Your names must be entered exactly the same as the names on your passport. The names you enter must appear in the same order and be completed—including your middle name.
- Please ensure your mailing address is valid because your test results will be printed and posted to you.
- If you would like to receive your provisional results via SMS, there is an option to request that in your application.
- Remember your user name and password because you will need it to log back into the My IELTS Essentials website!
About your passport copy:
- You must have a copy of your passport (showing the photo page with your personal information, signature and the expiry date) ready before you start your application.
- Please also have your credit card or debit card ready for payment.
- Your My.IELTSEssentials.com profile must have your passport copy on it at all times. If you delete your passport from your profile, your application maybe cancelled.
- If you get a new passport that is different from the one you applied with, you need to upload it to your profile and also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
- The ONLY ID document we accept is a passport. Please do NOT choose 'National Identity Card' when applying.
- Please note we do not need your visa page.
If your passport copy is unsatisfactory, your test place may be cancelled EVEN IF you have already paid. Payment for a test place does not guarantee a test place because we must have an acceptable copy of your passport attached to your profile.
- Before sitting the test, you must read the IELTS Information for Candidates.
- Candidates who require special arrangements due to ill health/medical conditions must contact us when applying online.
To check if a test date is available, please visit the My IELTS Essentials application page.
2018 IELTS test dates
- December 1 and 15
2019 IELTS test dates
- January 12 (Academic Only) and 19
- February 2 (Academic Only) and 9
- March 2 and 23
- April 6 and 27
- May 11 and 18
- June 1 and 29
- July 6 and 27
- August 17 and 24 (Academic Only)
- September 7 and 28
- October 12 and 26
- November 23 and 30
- December 7 and 14
Fees for IELTS Test:
- test fee: $340
- cancellation fee: $80 (Cancellation must be made at least 5 weeks before the test date to receive a partial refund)
- test date transfer fee: $80 (A transfer must be made at least 5 weeks before the test date)
- module change: $80 (upon availability)
- additional test reporting form fee: $30 a copy
- Passport scanning fee: $5
Motivated by IELTS
Students tend to be more focused and motivated by IELTS. [They] have clearer goals and IELTS is an internationally recognised result. - David, English language teacher, Perth, Australia
An IELTS score has very wide currency … it can give entry to courses and to immigration opportunities. - English language teacher, Australia
A citizen of the world
IELTS makes the world a bigger, more open place. I am grateful for my parents who encouraged me to learn English as it transformed me into a citizen of the world." - Pavel Kachailov, analyst at large accounting firm
To see more testimonials from real people please visit the IELTS Testimonials page.