The International English Language Testing System or IELTS must be given by those candidates who aspire to migrate abroad for employment or higher education abroad. It evaluates the English proficiency of candidates based on four parameters: reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English jointly own it. IELTS is accepted by 11,000 organisations worldwide and has more than 1200 centers. However, depending on the purpose of the exam, candidates can either opt for IELTS Academic or General. It is equally essential to know the IELTS validity as well.
Validity of IELTS
The delivery of results for IELTS depends on whether one has opted for a paper-based or computer-delivered exam. If one has appeared for paper-based, one will receive the results within 13 days, whereas with computer-delivered, one gets the results within 3-5 days. Furthermore, IELTS is valid for two years from the day one receives the results.
However, IELTS validity varies from country to country. Some are underlined below for easier understanding:
The validity for IELTS is two years. However, it has been extended to three years for Skilled Migrant applications.
There has been no change in the validity of IELTS in Canada. It is for two years, and candidates must submit their score within a year of their University application.
USA and UK
For both the USA and UK, the validity of IELTS remains the same as in Canada.
Pointers to Remember About IELTS Validity
Candidates must check their results by logging onto the portal of the IELTS website. One must follow the below-mentioned steps to view their results.
Step 1: Visit the IDP website- https://ielts.idp.com/results/check-your-result
Step 2: Provide details such as name, passport number, and date of birth.
Step 3: Navigate to the ‘I am not a Robot’ tab.
Step 4: Press the tab ‘Get Results’.
Those test-takers who are not happy with their band scores can reappear for IELTS again. However, they cannot opt for individual sections as that is not permitted. They must opt for IELTS as a whole and appear as many times as they desire. It will be valid from when they have received their Test Results Form.
Difference between IELTS Academic and General
IELTS has two test types: Academic and General. Underlined below are the differences between both.
Candidates who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate courses abroad can opt for IELTS Academic. It is more complex than General and tests the same skills outlined above.
Those who wish to study below degree level and are aiming to gain work experience must opt for General Training.
IELTS for UKVI & A1 and B1
In addition, there is IELTS for UKVI (Academic). This is purely given for immigration and visa. However, the content and difficulty of the exam remain the same. Nevertheless, there may be a change in the Test Report Format.
There is also IELTS Life Skills- A1 and B1 and has been designed to cater to the requirements of specific visa categories.
Besides, IELTS is available in paper-based and computer-delivered. Similarly, those with a high typing test can opt for the latter.
Cancelling or Postponing IELTS
Candidates can reschedule the test if they do it within 34 days. They do not state the reason behind their decision and can transfer the test date. However, one can also reschedule it within 15 days and apply for cancellation. If the test date is within 15-34 days, one can request for cancellation if one has paid for it through offline mode.
Hence, candidates must plan to give the IELTS following their University intakes. They must prepare it very well to achieve a high band score and thus, will not require them to sit for it again.