Booking and Preparation

For computer-delivered tests.

Start your test booking here. We run computer-delivered tests every week in downtown Vancouver.

You will need:

  • a valid, physical Passport or Canadian Permanent Resident Card,
  • and a jpg or png image of this document to upload during the booking process.

You will need to bring your ID document to your test day. Photocopies and certified scans will not be accepted. Find out more about accepted ID documents. 

For help and guidance booking your test, visit our Help Centre. Please note that your booking is not complete until you pay for your test. Pay before the registration deadline.

IELTS offers the following tests:

  1. IELTS General Training: For immigration. Most immigration programs require this test type. Choose this test type for Permanent Residency and Citizenship applications in Canada. 
  2. IELTS Academic: For higher education and professional registration. Most academic organizations require this test type, unless you are studying below degree level.  
  3. One Skill Retake: If you have taken a full (all 4 skills) General Training or Academic test in the past 60 days, you can book the new One Skill Retake to improve your score in one section. You can only take the One Skill Retake once for each full test. Read more.

Always check your application requirements to see which test you need. Learn more about these different test modules.

Differences between paper and computer tests:

  • Faster results: Results for computer tests are available within 3 to 5 days, which is faster than paper tests (13 days).
  • Listening, Reading and Writing: Will take place on a computer. Enter all answers directly on the screen. This has some benefits, like an on-screen word count during the Writing section, so you can keep track of your answer length.
  • e-TRF: Computer tests now offer official digital results (e-TRF) that you can download from your IELTS account.
  • One Skill Retake: Computer tests now offer the option to retake one section of your IELTS test, without retaking the whole test. Choose between Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking and, if your score improves, your e-TRF will be updated.

What is the same?

  • The content, format and questions are the same for both paper and computer tests.
  • Both ways to take the test are accepted equally by organizations.
  • You will still need to visit a test centre in person to take a computer test.
  • The IELTS Speaking test is always face-to-face with an IELTS examiner, no matter if you take a computer or paper test.

Conclusion: It is your choice whether to take your IELTS test on paper or computer. Choose whichever delivery method you feel most comfortable with.

Try a sample computer-delivered test question.

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.

No, there is no pass or fail mark for IELTS.

However, if you are using your test results to apply for a program, such as a university, college or immigration program, you will usually need to achieve a minimum score.

If you are applying to a university, college, or employer: The organization will tell you what minimum score(s) you need to achieve, and which test type you need (Academic or General Training). Contact the admissions department or check their website for more information.

If you are applying to IRCC: Check the Government of Canada website for the latest requirements, or click on one of the quick links below.

Some organizations, including IRCC, may list the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score you need. Use this tool to convert CLB scores into IELTS band scores.

Our current price for the computer IELTS test is $339.00 CAD.

This is the final price, including tax.

Credit or Debit card: Pay online with a Visa or Mastercard. Select Pay Online with Braintree. You do not need a Braintree account to use this option.

Cash: Pay in person at our downtown Vancouver office. Get Directions. Select Pay Offline and visit our office the same or next business day* to pay.

*Your booking is not complete until you have paid for it. If you don’t complete payment before the end of the next business day, it will be cancelled and you will need to start again.

  • You will choose your Speaking Test time slot when you book the test.
  • First, choose the start time of your Listening, Reading and Writing sections. Then, you will view and choose a suitable Speaking time slot for the same day.
  • Your Speaking Test may happen before or after your other sections.


14 days or more before your test: You can request to cancel or change your IELTS test for any reason. The fee is $80. View our policy and instructions here.

13 days or less before your test: You can request to transfer your test date due to an emergency outside of your control. You will need to submit supporting evidence within 2 days after your test. The fee is $80. Find out more about applying for Special Consideration. You can also request a transfer without supporting evidence. The cost for this is $120.

Preparing for your IELTS test is strongly recommended.

The amount of preparation you need depends on factors like your current English skills and the scores you need to achieve.

We can offer the following assistance:

  1. All candidates will receive free limited access to an online IELTS course for 4 days (all skills) or 30 days (one skill) after they register. Check your confirmation email for your personalized link. Find out more.
  2. ILAC offers test preparation programs both online and in person in Vancouver for an additional fee. Get structured guidance from an experienced IELTS tutor in a group class setting
  3. You can also prepare for IELTS by yourself, using books or trusted online resources. Find out more.
  4. Check out our Instagram, Facebook or YouTube for study and exam tips.

Learn more about practicing for IELTS here.

We can arrange most special accommodations for test takers who have appropriate medical documentation.  Check below for details. 

  1. Show your specialist physician this letter containing instructions for what information to include in their medical evaluation.
  2. Email us the report and recommendations from your physician at least 12 weeks before the test you want to take.
  3. We will work with you to confirm fair accommodations.  We may advise you to book at a specific centre that can best accommodate you.
  4. After the steps above are complete, book and pay for your IELTS test at a recommended venue.

Email us if you have any questions about special accommodations.

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