What is IELTS?

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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is a high stakes test that opens doors to study, work and migration opportunities all over the world. Over 2.2 million IELTS tests were taken in 2013. There are more than 900 international IELTS test locations in over 130 countries. More than 9000 international organisations accept IELTS results. These include universities, colleges, professional registration bodies, employers and governments. Please see www.ielts.org for more information.

PIBT is an official testing agency and offers IELTS tests on ECU's Mt Lawley and Joondalup campuses.

Available IELTS test dates at PIBT

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Test Date
Test Module
5 Week Deadline
(for refunds or changes)
General Training
Academic
Sat, 8 Nov 2014 No General test Mt Lawley only Fri, 3 Oct 2014
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 17 Oct 2014
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 5 Dec 2014
Sat, 7 Feb 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Tue, 23 Dec 2014
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 23 Jan 2015
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 6 Feb 2015
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 20 Feb 2015
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 13 Mar 2015
Sat, 9 May 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 3 Apr 2015
Sat, 30 May 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 24 Apr 2015
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 8 May 2015
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 22 May 2015
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 5 Jun 2015
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 19 Jun 2015
Sat, 1 Aug 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 26 Jun 2015
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 24 Jul 2015
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 7 Aug 2015
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 21 Aug 2015
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 4 Sep 2015
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 Mt Lawley & Joondalup Mt Lawley & Joondalup Fri, 18 Sep 2015
Sat, 7 Nov 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 2 Oct 2015
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 16 Oct 2015
Sat, 5 Dec 2015 Mt Lawley only Mt Lawley only Fri, 30 Oct 2015
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 Joondalup only Joondalup only Fri, 6 Nov 2015

Click here to learn more about the 5 Week Deadline.

Important information about the test

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On the day of the test

On the day of your IELTS test, you must be available all day, from 8:00am to 6:00pm, unless advised otherwise. Personal or work commitments cannot be taken into account when scheduling the speaking test, and the speaking test time cannot be changed.

Identification for the test

You must bring your original passport to the test. It must be valid on the day of the test. No other documentation will suffice.

If you forget your passport, or it is being held by an embassy or institution, you may not sit the test and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.

Refund policy

IELTS has a strict refund policy. Please click here for detailed information. If you missed your IELTS test due to illness, please click here for instructions.

Applying for an IELTS test

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How do I apply?

We do not keep a waiting list for IELTS tests. To secure your place in a test, you must make payment and complete an application.

You must apply directly to the IELTS test centre at which you wish to take the test. If you wish to take the test in Mt Lawley, please apply to the PIBT Reception in Mt Lawley. If you wish to take the test in Joondalup, please apply to the PIBT Reception in Joondalup.

You may apply in person or by post. PIBT does not accept online applications.

How much does the test cost?

Depending on your reason for sitting the test, the test fee may include GST. Please see the table below for details.

Reason for taking the IELTS test Fee
Access to education $330 (GST free)
Membership of a professional or trade association $330 (GST free)
Registration or licensing for a particular occupation $330 (GST free)
Employment purposes $330 (GST free)
Immigration - skilled migration $330 (GST free)
Other, including other categories of immigration $363 (including GST)

The test fee must be paid in full at the time of application.

Which test centre should I attend?

The IELTS test is carefully standardised so it does not matter where you take the test. However, there are some administrative differences between the Mt Lawley and Joondalup test centres.

The writing, reading and listening tests are always held on a Saturday morning. However, the speaking test times vary according to test centres.

In Mt Lawley, the speaking tests are held on the same Saturday as the other tests, between 1:00pm and 6:00pm.

In Joondalup, speaking tests are held:

  • on the same Saturday as the other tests, between 1:00pm and 6:00pm, in building 2; or
  • on the Tuesday three days after the other tests, between 9:00am and 5:00pm in building 8.

Please note, your speaking test time is allocated by your test centre, and you cannot submit requests for specific times.

Joondalup sometimes accepts last-minute bookings for the test.

Which module should I take?

This is general information only. It is your responsibility to select the module that best meets your needs.

There are two modules to choose from: Academic and General Training.

The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.

The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country, and for those wishing to train or study at below-degree level.

Each organisation sets its own IELTS requirements. Please consult the institution requiring you to sit the IELTS test. PIBT staff members cannot advise you which module to take.

How can I make special arrangements for the test?

Candidates with special requirements, for example learning difficulties, or hearing or visual impairments, may make special arrangements for the IELTS test. These arrangements include modified test materials, extra time or being seated in a specific part of the test room. Arrangements must be made on an individual basis and are subject to approval by IELTS Australia.

If you require modified test materials you must give your IELTS test centre 3 months' notice. If you require special administrative requirements you must give your IELTS test centre at least 6 weeks' notice.

You must provide current medical documentation at the time of applying. Please contact your IELTS test centre to discuss your requirements.

Applying by post

Please follow these instructions to apply by post. If one of your forms is incomplete, your application will be returned to you in the mail, and your position in the test will not be held.

  • Choose the test you wish to apply for, by referring to Available IELTS test dates at PIBT.
  • Download, read and complete an Application form. Please make sure you sign the declaration on the last page, with the same signature that appears in your passport. If your signature has changed, please provide an additional copy of your signature, for example on your driver's license or credit card. Keep the Notice to Candidates section of the application form, as it contains important information.
  • Download and complete the GST declaration. This form must be completed and signed by the IELTS candidate.
  • Make copies of the following features of your passport:
    • Personal information (name, date of birth etc);
    • Photograph;
    • Signature; and
    • Expiry date.

    If you live outside Western Australia, please have your passport photocopies certified. Click here for instructions on certifying documents. Your passport must be valid on the day of the test.

  • There is a variety of ways to pay. Please note, we do not accept cash or cheque.
  • Please post your application to the IELTS centre at which you wish to take the test:
    IELTS Test Centre
    PIBT @ ECU Mt Lawley Campus
    Building 10
    2 Bradford Street
    MT LAWLEY WA 6050
    OR
    IELTS Test Centre
    PIBT @ ECU Joondalup Campus
    Building 8, Room 246
    270 Joondalup Drive
    JOONDALUP WA 6027
  • When your place in the test is secure, you will receive a receipt in the mail. It is your responsibility to check the test date and module on your receipt.

Applying in person

You may apply for the IELTS test by coming to the PIBT Receptions in Mt Lawley or Joondalup. Click here for maps and opening hours.

You need to bring:

  • Your original passport, which must be valid on the date of the test; and
  • Payment of the test fee. PIBT accepts EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard. A 1.5% surcharge will apply to payments made with Visa or Mastercard. We do not accept cash, cheque, Amex or Diners.

You can complete an Application form and GST declaration in Reception.

Confirmation of your place in the test

Your receipt acts as confirmation of your place in the IELTS test. Candidates will also receive a confirmation email containing test day instructions. Please check the personal details on your confirmation email are correct, then print and bring the confirmation email with you to the test.

Joondalup candidates will receive a confirmation email a few days before the test. Please check your junk/spam folder for this email. If you have not received your confirmation email by the day before the test, it is your responsibility to email the Joondalup office on ieltsjo@pibt.wa.edu.au.

Mt Lawley candidates will receive a confirmation email in the week leading up to the test. Please check your junk/spam folder for this email. If you have not received your confirmation email by the Wednesday before the test, it is your responsibility to email the Mt Lawley office on ielts@pibt.wa.edu.au.

Changing an IELTS booking

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Can I transfer between PIBT IELTS test centres?

If the five week deadline has not passed, it may be possible to transfer your test between the Mt Lawley and Joondalup IELTS test centres. This transfer will be at the Administrator's discretion. Please complete the Refund or transfer form and email to your IELTS test centre. If approved, your transfer will incur an administrative fee of $82.50, payable by credit card.

If the five week deadline has passed, or if you booked your test after the five week deadline, you may not make any changes to your IELTS booking.

Can I change my test date or module?

If the five week deadline has not passed, it may be possible to transfer your test to a future date offered by your test centre, or swap IELTS test modules. This transfer will be at the Administrator's discretion. Please complete the Refund or transfer form and email to your IELTS test centre. If approved, your transfer may incur an administrative fee of $82.50, payable by credit card.

If the five week deadline has passed, or if you booked your test after the five week deadline, you may not make any changes to your IELTS booking.

Can I cancel my test?

You may cancel your test booking before the five week deadline. Please complete the Refund or transfer form and email to your IELTS test centre. An administrative fee of $82.50 will be deducted from your test fee, bringing your refund to $247.50.

Please note your refund must be made using the same method as your test fee payment. If you used EFTPOS to pay for your test, you must provide your bank account details for the refund. If you used a credit card to pay for your test fee, you must provide the same credit card details for your refund. If in doubt, your IELTS test receipt shows the payment method.

If the five week deadline has passed, or if you booked your test after the five week deadline, you may not make any changes to your IELTS booking.

Preparing for the IELTS test

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Information for Candidates booklet

Please refer to the official IELTS Information for candidates booklet. This booklet describes what to expect from each section of the IELTS test.

Official IELTS Practice Materials

The Official IELTS Practice Materials are recommended for anyone who wants to improve their IELTS band score or test if their English is at the required level to take IELTS. Written by IELTS material writers with many years of experience preparing the tests, the Official IELTS Practice Materials use materials approved by the IELTS partners: the British Council, Cambridge ESOL and IDP: IELTS Australia.

There are two versions of Official IELTS Practice Materials:

  • Volume 1, updated in March 2009, $30; and
  • Volume 2, updated in July 2010, $40.

Both volumes include a book and a disc.

Each volume contains completely different practice materials. They will help candidates familiarise themselves with each of the tests. Candidates can learn about how each of the tests is assessed and pick up some valuable tips.

The book contains:

  • Practice tests for listening, speaking, Academic reading and writing, General Training reading and writing;
  • Listening, reading and writing answer sheets;
  • Listening and reading practice test answer keys and listening tape scripts;
  • Sample candidate writing responses and examiner comments; and
  • Sample candidate speaking tests and examiner comments.

The CD (Volume 1) or DVD (Volume 2) includes:

  • Listening test for you to practise; and
  • Three examples of students taking the speaking test.

On the DVD, there is video of the candidates taking the speaking test, while the CD contains audio only.

To purchase Official IELTS Practice Materials, please visit PIBT Reception in Mt Lawley or Joondalup. Alternatively, fill out the Credit card payment form with your order, and email to reception@pibt.wa.edu.au.

More IELTS preparation resources

What if I am sick on test day?

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IELTS test fees are not refundable, except under strict circumstances, in accordance with IELTS policy. Please make every effort to attend your IELTS test as concessions cannot be made for minor illnesses. Only those suffering from serious and urgent medical conditions may apply for refund or transfer on medical grounds.

If you are seriously unwell on the day of your IELTS test, you may be eligible for a refund or transfer, at the discretion of the IELTS Administrator. Please follow these instructions very carefully:

  • Visit a doctor (General Practitioner) or hospital on the same day as your scheduled IELTS test. Have the doctor fill in all sections of the Medical evidence form, including his/her stamp and signature. Please note that a registered, practising doctor or specialist is the only professional who may fill in this form. Forms filled out by pharmacists or other allied health practitioners will not be accepted.
  • The doctor must also write an original medical certificate on their own letterhead.
  • Complete the Refund or transfer form. If you are requesting a transfer, please indicate which test date you would like to transfer to.
  • Provide these documents to your IELTS test centre within 5 working days of your test. This usually means you must return the documents to the IELTS test centre by the close of business on the Friday after your test.

If you have any questions, please email the Mt Lawley centre on ielts@pibt.wa.edu.au or the Joondalup centre on ieltsjo@pibt.wa.edu.au.

IELTS tests in Mt Lawley

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Test day

You must bring the following items with you on the day of the IELTS test:

  • Your original passport;
  • Your confirmation email, printed out, or displayed on your smartphone; and
  • Pens, pencils, erasers.

Your confirmation email will direct you to building 10 or 14. On the morning of the test, registration will start at 8:00am and finish at 8:45am. If you are late you will not be admitted to the test, and you will forfeit your test fee. If you do not bring your valid passport you will not be admitted to the test, and you will forfeit your test fee.

You will be directed to a cloakroom where you can store your belongings. Please do not bring valuables to the test as PIBT does not accept responsibility for lost items. You may take water into the test room if it is in a transparent bottle with all labelling removed.

The following items are not permitted in the test room:

  • Mobiles phones or electronic devices;
  • Liquid paper, white out or tippex; and
  • Highlighters.

You will have your identity checked, your finger scanned and photo taken before entering the test room. From 9:00am to 12:30pm you will take the writing, reading and listening tests. Please follow the instructions of the Invigilators.

After the morning session, you will be directed to a noticeboard displaying the times and locations of the speaking tests. The speaking tests take place in buildings 10, 14, 17 and 18 between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. You are required to be available right up until 6:00pm. Personal or work commitments cannot be taken into account when scheduling the speaking test, and the speaking test time cannot be changed.

Please follow the signs to your speaking test, and arrive half an hour early. Your speaking test will take approximately 20 minutes.

Test location

Download the Mt Lawley map. Your confirmation email will direct you to building 10 or building 14 for the morning session.

Speaking tests will be held in buildings 10, 14, 17 and 18. After the morning session, you will be directed to a noticeboard displaying the time and location of your afternoon speaking test.

Parking and campus facilities

Parking at ECU Mt Lawley campus is free on Saturdays. For information about public bus services to and from the campus, please refer to the Transperth website.

Snacks are available from vending machines around the campus, and an onsite café is open some Saturdays.

IELTS tests in Joondalup

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Test day

You must bring the following items with you on the day of the IELTS test:

  • Your original passport;
  • Your confirmation email, printed out, or displayed on your smartphone; and
  • Pens, pencils, erasers.

Your confirmation email will direct you to building 4. On the morning of the test, registration will start at 8:00am and finish at 8:45am. If you are late you will not be admitted to the test, and you will forfeit your test fee. If you do not bring your passport you will not be admitted to the test, and you will forfeit your test fee.

You will be directed to a cloakroom where you can store your belongings. Please do not bring valuables to the test as PIBT does not accept responsibility for lost items. You may take water into the test room if it is in a transparent bottle with all labelling removed.

The following items are not permitted in the test room:

  • Mobiles phones or electronic devices;
  • Liquid paper, white out or tippex; and
  • Highlighters.

You will have your identity checked and your finger scanned before entering the test room. From 9:00am to 12:30pm you will take the writing, reading and listening tests. Please follow the instructions of the Invigilators.

After the morning session, you will be directed to a noticeboard displaying the speaking test times. The speaking tests take place in building 2, between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. You are required to be available right up until 6:00pm. Personal or work commitments cannot be taken into account when scheduling the speaking test, and the speaking test time cannot be changed. Please arrive half an hour early for your speaking test. Your identity will be verified and your photograph taken. Your speaking test will take approximately 20 minutes.

Some candidates will have their speaking test on the first Tuesday after the IELTS test. If you have been selected for a Tuesday speaking test, you will have been notified at the time of application. These speaking tests are held in building 8, between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Please arrive half an hour early for your speaking test. On Tuesdays, candidates should park in visitors parking and display a valid parking ticket. Please allow extra time to find parking during the week, as space can be very limited.

As per IELTS policy, results will not be given out over the phone, by fax or by email.

Test location

Download the Joondalup map. Your confirmation email will direct you to building 4.

After the morning session, you will be directed to a noticeboard displaying the time of your afternoon speaking test. Saturday speaking tests are held in building 2. Tuesday speaking tests are held in building 8.

Parking and campus facilities

Parking at ECU Joondalup campus is free on Saturdays. For information about public bus services to and from the campus, please refer to the Transperth website.

On Tuesdays, candidates should park in visitors parking and display a valid parking ticket. Please allow extra time to find parking during the week, as space can be very limited.

Snacks are available from vending machines around the campus, and there is an onsite café open some Saturdays.

Receiving my IELTS result

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As per IELTS policy, results will not be given out over the phone, by fax or by email.

Online results

The preview of IELTS test results will start at 3pm Perth time on the 13th day after the test. The results are gradually rolled out over 24 hours, and remain available for 28 days.

Visit results.ielts.org and follow the instructions carefully to view your online provisional results.

Please note the preview of your IELTS result cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result. Your official Test Report Form will still be posted to you on the thirteenth day after the test.

Hard copy results

Your official Test Report Form will be posted to the address you wrote on your application form, on the thirteenth day after your IELTS test. It can take up to 4 working days, after posting, for you to receive your results. If you change your postal address, please advise us as soon as possible by emailing your IELTS centre.

IELTS results are valid for two years.

You may request a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent directly to an organisation, for example an educational institution or professional association. Please complete the Application for issue of additional TRFs and send it to your IELTS test centre. Please note PIBT cannot provide your Test Report Form directly to your migration agent, under IELTS rules.

I have not received my IELTS result

Your IELTS Test Centre posts the Test Report Form on the thirteenth day after your IELTS test. Delivery times vary according to your address. If four weeks have passed since you sat your IELTS test and you have not received your result in the mail, please contact your IELTS Test Centre for advice.

Requesting a remark for my IELTS test

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If you are unhappy with your IELTS results you may apply to have your test re-marked, in a process called Enquiry on Results (EOR).

You have until six weeks after your IELTS test to lodge an EOR. The fee is $176, regardless how many sections you select for re-marking. If your score on any section increases, you will receive a new Test Report Form and a full refund of your EOR fee. Your score cannot be decreased.

EORs take six to eight weeks to complete. Please send the following documents to the IELTS test centre where you took your test:

Contact us

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PIBT Mt Lawley IELTS test centre

Locations:

The PIBT Mt Lawley Reception can be found on ECU's Mt Lawley Campus, in building 10, on the ground floor. IELTS tests are conducted in buildings 10 (level 2) and 14 (ground floor). Speaking tests are also conducted in buildings 17 (level 2) and 18 (ground floor). Download the Mt Lawley map, which shows all the buildings used by IELTS at the ECU Mt Lawley campus.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm

By post:

IELTS Test Centre
PIBT @ ECU Mt Lawley Campus
Building 10
2 Bradford Street
MT LAWLEY WA 6050

By phone:

+61 (8) 6279 1100

By email:

ielts@pibt.wa.edu.au

PIBT Joondalup IELTS test centre

Locations:

The PIBT Joondalup Reception can be found on ECU's Joondalup Campus, in building 8, room 246. IELTS tests are conducted in building 4. Speaking tests are conducted in buildings 2 and 8. Please download the Joondalup map, which shows all the buildings used by IELTS at the ECU Joondalup campus.

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday, 8:00am - 3:45pm
Friday, 8:00am - 2:45pm

By post:

IELTS Test Centre
PIBT @ ECU Mt Lawley Campus
Building 8, Room 246
270 Joondalup Drive
JOONDALUP WA 6027

By phone:

+61 (8) 6279 1197

By email:

ieltsjo@pibt.wa.edu.au