Booking and Preparation

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

IELTS Academic is used for higher education (for example, university applications) and professional registration. Most academic organizations require this test type, unless you are studying below degree level.  

IELTS General Training is used for immigration and some work purposes.  Most people take this test for Permanent Residency and Citizenship applications in Canada. 

Ensure you check with the organization to which you are applying if you’re not certain.  Learn more about these different test modules.

ILAC locations offer either paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS tests.

Paper-based tests: The 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. 

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

The content, marking standard, and security are  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. Your report will show an individual rating for each skill, and an overall rating.

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 the IELTS test format.

You might need to achieve a certain score depending on why you are taking the test.  Your organization will tell you what minimum scores you need, if any. There is no pass/fail for IELTS testing. It is an assessment. 

Some organizations, including IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) 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 take a clear quality colour photo.  You will need to bring the original document with you on test day (photocopies or temporary documents are not 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 frequently as we will send you details about your test using this address. 

Complete payment immediately after booking your test, or up to 24 hours after.  Your booking is only secured after you pay your test fee in full.  If you do not complete payment within 24 hours, your seat will be released and you will need to start 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.

Depending on your reason, and how much notice you give us, you may be entitled to a refund or transfer.  

Paper tests:You can cancel or change your paper test date up to 5 weeks before for any reason. (Fee = $80) Complete this form.  

Computer tests:You can cancel or change your computer test date up to 2 weeks before for any reason. (Fee = $80) Complete this form. 

If you are late or absent without reason: We will not admit/reschedule anyone who arrives late or is absent from their exam.  Please re-book and pay for a new test. 

If you have an emergency: We understand that emergencies can happen.  You can request a refund/transfer up to 5 calendar days after the scheduled test date.  You will be asked to submit evidence (see below).

What evidence is accepted? We will approve refunds/transfers in serious emergency situations. For example, serious illness (hospital admission or doctor’s report), loss or bereavement of a close family member (death certificate). 

Preparing for your IELTS test is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. The amount of preparation you need depends on factors like your current English skills and minimum required scores.  Any preparation you can do is better than nothing. 

ILAC offers test preparation classes if you would like to receive structured guidance from an experienced IELTS tutor.  Classes are available in-person or online, depending on current class schedules.

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.

ILAC IELTS centres make every effort to make arrangements for test takers with accessibility requirements. We can arrange special accommodations for test takers who have appropriate medical documentation.

Check below for details.

  1. Show your specialist physician this letter. It contains 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 help you to arrange the required accommodations. 
  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.