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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Student in a libraryThe 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.


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.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is world's most popular high-stakes English language test. The test is recognised by more than 9000 institutions in over 135 countries. 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 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 9.00am to approximately 12:15pm, with no breaks. The Speaking section (an interview lasting 11-14 minutes) is held either the afternoon on the day before the main test or the afternoon right after the main test.

Candidates must be available to do their Speaking test interview on either day. We will send out a letter by mail approximately a week before the test with your assigned Speaking test time.

IMPORTANT: Passport is the ONLY ID document we accept. Please do NOT choose 'National Identity Card' when registering.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have a range of specific requirements for candidates wishing to use English language tests for UK visa applications. From 1 December 2014 it is therefore essential that you let us know before you register for the test if you are intending to use your IELTS result for UK visa purposes. We will then advise you of available test dates and the registration process.

Step 1: Complete the IELTS Online Application Form .

  • Please ignore the instructions to "upload a passport-format photograph" on the online application website. We do not need your photos for application.
  • Do NOT upload a photo. Even though it says so on the application, please do NOT bring any photos to our test centre.
  • Your names must be the same as the names on your passport and must appear in the same order.
  • If there is no family name shown on your passport, please put "--"(two dashes) as your family name.
  • Please ensure your mailing address is valid as your Test Report Form will be posted to you.
  • You will receive an automated email with instructions on how to finalise your application once submitted.

Step 2: Email a scanned colour copy of your passport (including the photo page with your personal information and the expiry date) in PDF format to .

  • Please name your passport copy as "Family Name_Given Name_ dd_mm_yyyy (Test date)", e.g.: Citizen_John_05_04_2014.
  • Your application will be rejected if it is not in PDF format or not named properly.
  • Please note we do not need your visa page.
  • If you do not have proper scanning facilities, you can go to Officeworks to get a scanned copy of your passport. If you request a scanned copy from our office, a $5 administrative fee applies.

Step 3 : Pay online.

  • Instructions on online payment will be given after you lodge your application online .
  • Please ensure your email address is valid as a receipt for your transaction will be automatically emailed to you.

Please note: You must complete Steps 1, 2 AND 3 within 48 hours. Applications not completed within 48 hours will be rejected and the test place will be made available to other candidates.

Your chosen date may not be available anymore if your application is cancelled.

After you have completed steps 1, 2 and 3, you will receive an email confirming your test place.

*Before sitting the test, you must read the IELTS Information for Candidates (PDF 1.32 MB)

*Candidates who require special arrangements due to ill health/medical conditions must contact us before applying online.

All test dates at this centre offer both Academic and General Training modules, but each module is subject to availability.

To check if a particular test date is available, please go to the IELTS Online Application Form.

2014 IELTS test dates:

  • November: 22
  • December: 6 and 13

2015 IELTS test dates:

  • January: 10 and 29
  • February: 7 and 28
  • March: 14 and 28
  • April: 11 and 18
  • May: 9 and 30
  • June: 13 and 27
  • July: 11 and 25
  • August: 1 and 29
  • September: 12 and 26
  • October: 10 and 24
  • November: 7 and 21
  • December: 5 and 12

Fees for IELTS Test:

  • test fee: $330 (GST free) or $363 (incl GST)
  • 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

IELTS Materials

  • Official IELTS Practice Materials: $35
  • IELTS Top Tips book (Academic or General Training): $20

The University of Canberra English Language Institute (UCELI) offers IELTS preparation classes throughout the year. In the preparation classes you can learn more about the test, get practice in both Academic and General IELTS contexts and improve your IELTS results. To find out more please see the flyer below or give us a call on 02 6201 2982.

IELTS Preparation Courses:


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

Wide currency

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.