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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.

How long is the test score valid?

IELTS test results are valid for two years only.

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. NMIT offers a number of IELTS Preparation courses.

What age must I be to sit the IELTS test?

IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

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.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have selected the correct test module. If you are unsure, you should check with the organisation who has asked you to take the test to determine what their requirements are.

Is the IELTS test completed in one day?

YES. At NMIT we hold the test in one day. You must arrive at the centre by 8am on the test day to register. Listening, Reading and Writing tests are completed between 9am and 12noon, with no break during these tests. The Speaking interviews occur between 1pm and 5pm on the same day.

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.

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.

I don’t have a passport; can I use my driver’s licence?

No. An original, current and valid passport is the only acceptable form of identification.

What should I take on Test Day?

Passport: Only original and current passports are accepted.Confirmation Letter (if you have not received your letter, please contact our office at least one week before your test).Pencils, Eraser, Pencil sharpener, Clear bottle of water

What can the candidate bring into the examination room?

Only passport, registration card, pens, pencils and erasers. Correction fluid must not be used. You must leave anything which you do not need, or which is not allowed, either outside the examination room, or as instructed by the supervisor. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. Any candidate who does not switch off their phone/pager, or who retains one in their possession, will be disqualified.

How long will it take for the results to come out?

The IELTS test report forms are issued to all candidates within 13 days after taking the test. Results will be mailed to the address given on the application form or can be picked up in person up to 2 pm on the 13th day after the test. No results will be given out over the telephone, by fax or email.

Can I preview my results ONLINE?

Results will be released online on the 13th day after the test. To preview your results online, select the IELTS Preview your test results icon anywhere on the site.

What happens if a candidate loses their Test Result Form?

You will not be issued with another Test Result form, however you 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

How do I arrange for Test Result Forms to be forwarded to Universities, Consulates etc.?

NMIT requires a Request for Additional TRF form to be completed together with an addressed Registered Envelope which can be bought from any Post Office. The appropriate request forms are located at NMIT IELTS Test Centre or can be downloaded.

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.

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 a candidate wants to transfer (postpone) or cancel their application?

Candidates who request a transfer (postponement) or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of their test date, will be charged the full fee.

What if I need to cancel or transfer (postpone) my test date?

You may only cancel or transfer (postpone) your test if you give at least five weeks written notice. A cancellation will incur an administrative fee of $82.50 (You will be refunded $247.50). Transferring (postponing) your test will incur an administrative fee of $50.00+ GST. Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Forms are available from NMIT IELTS test centre or can be downloaded.
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. Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Forms are available from NMIT IELTS test centre or can be downloaded

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 Canberra where a Senior Examiner will review the results. The fee for this is $176 and it can take 8-10 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. Enquiry on results form is available from NMIT IELTS Test centre or can be downloaded. The completed form and your test report form must be presented to NMIT IELTS centre within 6 weeks after you sit the test.

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.

Will I get a refund if I cancel my application?

If you cancel at least five weeks before your test date, you will receive $247.50 back (IELTS will charge an $82.50 administration fee for cancelling your registration). If you cancel after the five-week cut-off date you will not receive any refund

Can I purchase some materials to help me prepare for the test?

You can purchase an IELTS Specimen Materials kit from the IELTS office for $44 (inc GST). Alternatively you are able to download practice materials from the IELTS web site

Your Title Goes Here Can I transfer my test to another date?

You can transfer your test for an administration fee of $55.00 as long as you apply five weeks before the test date. Candidates wishing to transfer test dates within the five week period prior to the test date, will be treated as a cancellation and receive no refund

What is the TOEFL and why is it important?

The TOEFL Exam evaluates non-native English speakers’ ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English in a similar way that it is used in universities

How is the TOEFL scored?

Your composite (or overall) TOEFL score will range from 0 to 120 and is calculated by combining your TOEFL scores on each of the four sections. Your composite (or overall) TOEFL score will range from 0 to 120 and is calculated by combining your TOEFL scores on each of the four sections. The individual sections are graded separately. You will receive four TOEFL scores ranging from 0 to 30: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. TOEFL scores vary in importance at different schools. Other factors that schools consider include academics, work experience, letters of reference, and scores on other standardized tests (GMAT, SAT, etc.).
The TOEFL iBT sections: The test is given in English, has 4 sections (reading, listening, speaking and writing), and takes about 4½ hours. Taking notes is allowed during the TOEFL iBT; your notes will be collected after the test.
Section Time Limit No. of QuestionsReading 60 – 80 minutes 36 – 56Listening 60 – 90 minutes 34 – 51Break 10 minutes —Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasksWriting 50 minutes 2 tasks

Where and when to take the TOEFL test:

The TOEFL test is offered in more locations around the world than any other English-language test, making it easier for you to find a convenient location.

The TOEFL iBT™ is given 30-40 times a year, at thousands of secure, Internet-based test sites around the globe.

The TOEFL Paper-based Test (or TOEFL PBT) is offered in areas where the TOEFL iBT is not available, and is given 6 times a year. You can register online or by mail.

TOEFL test score requirements:

Rest assured, there’s no passing or failing score. Score requirements are established by individual colleges and universities; check your selected schools to learn their required TOEFL test scores.

How long scores are valid:

ETS will report scores for 2 years after your test date.

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