Booking and Preparation

Find out how to register, pay, and prepare for your IELTS test.

There are two (2) IELTS tests available.

IELTS General Training: For immigration. Most immigration programs require this test type. Choose this test type for Permanent Residency and Citizenship applications in Canada. 

IELTS Academic: For higher education and professional registration. Most academic organizations require this test type, unless you are studying below degree level.  

If you are not sure which test you need, always check with the organization to which you are applying.  Learn more about these different test modules.

Depending on your location, you may have a choice between a computer or paper test. 

Computer-delivered tests: Visit an official IELTS test venue with a computer lab. Listening, Reading and Writing will take place on the computer. Speaking will be face-to-face with an examiner. Results are available in 3-5 business days. Try a sample computer-delivered test question.

Paper-based tests: Visit an official IELTS test venue and take the test with paper and pencil. Listening, Reading and Writing are answered with pencil and paper. Speaking will be face-to-face with an examiner. Results are available in 13 days.  See samples of the paper test. 

The content is the same and both formats are accepted equally by organizations. Some locations currently only support paper testing. 

IELTS tests 4 skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. You will receive an individual score for each skill and an overall score. 

Listening25% of overall score; 30 mins
Reading25% of overall score; 60 mins
Writing25% of overall score; 60 mins
Speaking25% of overall score, 20 minute time slot
OverallAn average of all scores, rounded to the nearest 0.5

Learn more about the IELTS test format.

There is no pass or fail mark for IELTS. However, you may need to achieve a minimum score.

If you are applying to an academic course or a regulatory body: Your organization will tell you which IELTS test you should take, and the minimum score requirements. Contact the admissions department or check their website for more information.

If you are applying to an immigration program or for citizenship in an English-speaking country: Check the Government of Canada website for requirements, or the government website of the country you are applying to.

Some organizations, including IRCC may list the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score you need. Find the equivalent using the IELTS-CLB converter below. 

Book your IELTS test online.  Before you start, please have ready:

  1. A digital copy of your valid PR card or passport.  Scan your ID document, or upload a clear quality colour photo.  You must bring the original document with you on test day (photocopies or temporary documents will not be accepted).
  2. A payment method.  Visa, Mastercard, or debit cards are accepted. 
  3. An email address.  Sign in to your IELTS Essentials account or sign up for a new one.  Please use an email address that you access often.  We will send you test information and updates by email.

Complete payment when booking your test.  Your booking is only secured after you pay your test fee in full.  If you do not complete payment within 24 hours, your booking will be released and you will need to begin again.

The cost of the test varies by location. If our Vancouver-based team needs to fly to your community, we add a surcharge to cover the travel costs.  Go to our Test Locations page to view all venues and test prices.

In most situations, IELTS tests are non-refundable and non-transferrable. However, you may be entitled to a refund if you provide enough notice, or you have a serious emergency.

Paper tests: Cancel or change your test date with at least 5 weeks’ notice. (Fee = $80) Complete this form.  

Computer tests: Cancel or change your test date with at least 2 weeks’ notice.  (Fee = $80) Complete this form. 

If you do not provide sufficient notice or choose not to attend your test, your refund/transfer request will be denied.

If you are late or absent without reason: Check your confirmation email to find out when you should arrive.  For most tests, doors will close at least 15 to 30 minutes before the test start time. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted and your attendance will be marked absent. We will not provide a new test; you must re-book and pay for a new test.

If you have an emergency: If you have an emergency and therefore cannot provide sufficient notice, you can request a refund/transfer up to 5 calendar days after the scheduled test date.  You will be asked to submit evidence, such as a medical or police report, depending on the situation.  All requests are subject to approval.

Please see our FAQs for more.

Preparing for your IELTS test is recommended. The amount of preparation you need depends on factors like your current English skills and minimum required scores. 

ILAC offers virtual test preparation classes with ILAC KISS.  Students receive structured guidance from an experienced IELTS tutor. 

You can also prepare for IELTS by yourself, using books or trusted online resources. Check out our Instagram, Facebook or YouTube for study and exam tips.

In addition, our IELTS blog section has regular posts from ILAC teachers and test experts, providing free-to-access tips and information.

In most cases, our team can arrange special accommodations for test takers who have appropriate medical documentation.  We use this documentation to arrange the best equal conditions for you.  Check below for details. 

  1. Show your specialist physician this letter. It includes instructions for what information to include in their medical evaluation.
  2. Email us the report from your physician at least 12 weeks before the test you want.
  3. Our friendly team will work with you to confirm fair accommodations.  We may advise you to book at a specific centre that can best accommodate you.
  4. Book and pay for your IELTS test at a recommended venue.

Are You Ready?

Speak to the ILAC IELTS team to help you plan your test.