Frequently Asked Questions


Q.What level of English do I need to take the IELTS Test?
IELTS tests are designed to assess candidates' level from beginner through to advanced. However, the test itself is aimed at candidates with an Intermediate and above level.

Q.How long is the test score valid?
IELTS test results are valid for two years only.

Q.Do I have to study at an English language school before I take IELTS?
No. However, to get your best possible score, you may consider taking an IELTS Preparation Class which will familiarise you with the types of questions you will get on the test. RMIT English Worldwide offers a number of IELTS Preparation courses. For more information contact REW.

Q.What age must I be to sit the IELTS test?
IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

Q. Is there a difference between an Academic and a General Training test?
YES. The Academic module is required for entrance into undergraduate or postgraduate studies. General Training is generally needed for immigration purposes. Please look at the IELTS website for an explanation of the differences between Academic and General Training.

Q. Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
YES. At RMIT English Worldwide we hold the test in one day. Listening, Reading and Writing tests are completed between 9am and 12noon, with no break during these tests. The Speaking interviews occur between 1pm and 4pm on the same day.

Q. Is there 10 minutes at the end of the Reading test to transfer answers to the Answer Sheet?
NO. The Reading Test is one hour and you must write all your answers on the Answer Sheet in this hour.

Q.Can I write on the Test Question Papers?
YES. The Examiners do not see your Test Questions Papers, so you can make any notes that you like.

Q. What should I take on Test Day?
Passport: Only original and current passports are accepted.
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Q. When will I receive my results?
Test results will be issued 13 days after the test date. Test Result Forms will be posted to candidates or can be collected at our office (with prior written request). Request for collection can be completed at the time of application. Do not contact Reception at RMIT English Worldwide for your results. Results will not be given over the phone or email.

Q.What happens if a candidate loses their Test Result Form?
At any time within two years of your test date, you can apply to the Test Centre where you sat the test for up to 5 additional copies of the original certificate. These Test Report Forms will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc.

Q. How do I arrange for Test Result Forms to be forwarded to Universities, Consulates etc.?
The appropriate request forms are located at the reception of RMIT English Worldwide.

Q. How often can I repeat the test?
There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test. HOWEVER you are reminded that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without English language lessons or IELTS preparation courses between tests

Q. Do I have to sit for all sections of the test when I am repeating?
YES. When you repeat a test, all four skills must be tested, regardless of previous results.
What happens if I am absent on the day of the test without giving prior notice?
You will lose the full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided within five days of the test date, the full fee will be refunded minus an administrative deduction of 25% of the test fee.

Q. What can a candidate do if they are unhappy with their results?
Candidates may request IELTS Australia to carry out an Enquiry on Results. The test material will be sent to a Senior Examiner will review the results. The fee for this is $176 and it can take 4-6 weeks for the results to be finalised. If there is a change in score, the fee of $176 will be refunded. If there is no change, there is no refund.

Q. What help is available for disabled candidates?
REW makes every effort to cater for the special needs of any disabled candidates to assist them. Candidates should notify RMIT English Worldwide of any special requirements when they apply. Full details of these arrangements are given on the IELTS website ( )

Q.How strictly is IELTS marked?
You should take care when writing answers on the Listening and Reading Answer Sheets as incorrect spelling and grammar are penalised. Both UK and US varieties of spelling are acceptable. If you are asked to write the answer in a specific number of words, you will be penalised if you write more than the required number. In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the Answer Sheet.

Q. What happens if I am absent on the day of the test without giving prior notice?
You will lose the full test fee unless you provide appropriate medical evidence to support your absence. Only evidence of serious illness will be considered. Medical evidence must be provided within 5 days of the test date.