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IELTS with RMIT English Worldwide
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Taking an IELTS at RMIT English Worldwide can help you with your career, your Australian visa application and your entry into an Australian university.
RMIT English Worldwide has become highly respected in the English testing space. This is due to:
What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It’s the world’s most popular English language test for tertiary education, work and migration purposes. International students wanting to study at an Australian university are required to pass the IELTS test to show their English language abilities. The test can also be taken for work purposes or applying for residency. In a global partnership of language experts, IDP: IELTS Australia, the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment co-created IELTS.
Why take the IELTS test
Millions of IELTS tests are taken each year in over 140 countries for study, work and migration purposes. Over 10,000 organisations including universities, immigration authorities and professional bodies recognise IELTS, which means it helps you reach your study and career goals faster.
IELTS is the only internationally recognised English language test where the speaking section of the test is held with an examiner in a private room so you will not be interrupted. Our examiners are fully qualified and follow rigorous global IELTS standards and are regularly monitored and re-certified.
IELTS content is developed by an international team of experts that do extensive research to ensure the test is fair and unbiased for all, regardless of nationality, gender, lifestyle or location.
Book the IELTS test with RMIT
Every year over 10,000 people take an IELTS test with RMIT English Worldwide. We are one of Melbourne’s longest established IELTS test centres. We ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible for you.
Test days are scheduled regularly, and all four sections of the test are held on the same day.
At RMIT English Worldwide we:
- are centrally located in Melbourne CBD
- are easily accessible via public transport
- offer small, comfortable testing rooms
Book an IELTS test online today.
IELTS offers two modules:
- General Training
Before applying, check the test format to determine the right module for you, as fees may apply for changing modules.
The IELTS test assesses four language skills — writing, reading, listening and speaking.
The listening, reading and writing sections are scheduled between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm. The speaking section is scheduled between 1.00 pm and 5.30 pm. All sections of the test are conducted in small rooms, providing you with a comfortable environment.
What is computer-delivered IELTS (CD-IELTS)?
Computer-delivered IELTS is the Listening, Reading, and Writing components of an IELTS test delivered on a computer. The computer-delivered IELTS test will be delivered online. The Speaking test format will not change and will remain face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.
Initially, there will be one sitting a day, with a face-to-face speaking test held on the same day.
The computer-delivered model also enables our customers to receive their results in 5-7 days, instead of the current 13-day turnaround.
It is important to note, there is no change to the test construction and format, level of difficulty or content.
All bookings to sit an IELTS test must be made online.
When booking an IELTS test, you will need:
- a scanned copy of your current valid passport
- your credit card to pay in full
- a valid email address.
What are the IELTS test fees?
The cost for both Academic and General Training IELTS English tests in Australia is $375.
There is no separate registration fee, payment processing fee, or late payment fee.
Refunds and transfers
To cancel or transfer your booking to another test date or request a refund of the test fee, you need to fill in and return the Request for refund or test date transfer form more than 5 weeks prior to your test date. Applications submitted less than 5 weeks prior to your test date will not be accepted.
RMIT IELTS test centre dates in Melbourne
Below are the 2020 IELTS test dates available in our Melbourne CBD test centre.
2021 IELTS Test dates:
|Date||Academic||General Training||Paper-based or
|8 May 2021||Available||Available||Paper-based|
|8 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|11 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|13 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|14 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|15 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|18 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|20 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|22 May 2021||Available||No test||Paper-based|
|25 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|27 May 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|29 May 2021||Available||Available||Paper-based|
|1 June 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|3 June 2021||Available||Available||Computer-Delivered|
|5 June 2021||Available||No test||Paper-based|
|12 June 2021||Available||Available||Paper-based|
|19 June 2021||Available||Available||Paper-based|
Note: to find out how many seats are available, please contact us.
On the day of the test
Download the IELTS Test Day Flowchart for a timeline of what happens on the day of the test.
Remember to bring your passport or you will not be able to sit the test.
Photograph and fingerprint scan
You must have your photograph taken and have a fingerprint scanned for security and identification purposes on the day of the test.
IELTS test results
Accessing your results
Your IELTS test results come in a report known as the Test Report Form and will be available 13 days after the test day. Due to COVID 19 safety restrictions results are not available for collection at this time, results will be posted to you in the mail.
Before receiving your results in the mail, you can preview them online by entering the information requested. Results will be released throughout the day from 12am onwards. If you are unable to view your results, please wait for an hour and try again. All results should be rolled out by 5pm.
Understanding your results
Your results will place you on a nine-band scale. You will receive five scores, one for each section of the test and an overall score, and a brief description of your level.
Check the entry requirements with the institution or organisation you’re interested in applying to. The required IELTS score will vary from one institution or organisation to another.
How long are your IELTS test results valid?
Your Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for 2 years. We can send up to five additional copies on your behalf to other institutions or organisations—you will need to fill out the Application for the issue of additional TRFs form. Test Report Forms for tests taken more than 2 years ago cannot be re-issued.
Requests for remarking tests
If you would like your IELTS test to be marked again, you need to fill out an Enquiry on results form and submit it within 6 weeks of your test date. Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact us.
IELTS practice materials
FAQ about IELTS
What level of English do I need before I can sit the IELTS test?
IELTS tests are designed to assess candidates from beginner through to advanced levels. However, the test is aimed at candidates with a level of Intermediate and above.
How long are IELTS test results valid?
IELTS test results are valid for 2 years only.
Do I have to study at an English language school before I sit the IELTS test?
No. However, to get your best possible score, you may consider some IELTS practice materials, which will familiarise you with the types of questions you will be asked in the test.
What age must I be to sit the IELTS test?
IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16.
What is the difference between the Academic and General Training IELTS tests?
IELTS Academic measures the English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement for those planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK and New Zealand. For more information, visit the IELTS website.
You should always check with the organisation requesting an IELTS score which test module they require.
How long does the IELTS test take to complete?
At RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne, all four sections of the IELTS test are held on the same day.
The listening, reading and writing sections are scheduled between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm. The speaking section is scheduled between 1.00 pm and 5.30 pm.
Is there time at the end of the reading section of the IELTS test to transfer answers to the answer sheet?
No. The reading section takes 1 hour and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in that hour.
Can I write on the question papers?
Yes. The examiners do not see your question papers.
What do I need to bring to the IELTS test centre on the day of the test?
On the day of the test, you must bring your current valid passport (only original and valid current passports are accepted). Your passport must have an expiry date of at least 7 days after the test date to be considered valid.
Clear bottle of water – remove all labels and bottle must be see-through.
The test centre will provide pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Please do not bring your own stationery as it will not be allowed into the test room.
When will I receive my IELTS test results?
Your results, which come in a Test Report Form, will be issued 13 days after the day of the test. Results will be mailed directly to the address you provided in your test application form.
Due to COVID 19 safety restrictions, results are not currently available for collection. Do not contact RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne for your results —they will not be given over the phone or via email.
What happens if I lose my Test Report Form?
At any time within two years of sitting the test at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne, you can apply for additional copies of the original form. These copies will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc. on your behalf. You will only ever receive ONE personal copy of your Test Report Form. You may be provided with up to an additional two copies of your TRF if they have been lost or damaged. If required you may request an additional personal copy via email or letter, the TRF will then be mailed to the address you provided in your test application.
How do I arrange for my Test Report Form to be forwarded to universities, consulates etc.?
You will need to complete the Application for the Issue of Additional TRFs form and submit it at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne, along with an A4 Registered Post envelope for each copy that you would like to be sent out on your behalf.
How often can I repeat the IELTS test?
There is no limit to the number of times you can sit the IELTS test. However, scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without English language lessons or the completion of IELTS preparation courses between tests.
Do I have to sit all four sections of the test when I am repeating?
Yes. When you repeat the IELTS test, all four skills must be tested again, regardless of your previous results.
What happens if I am absent on the day of the IELTS test without giving prior notice?
You will lose the full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided within 5 days of the test date, you will be refunded the full fee minus an administration fee of 25% or a reschedule of test date if your submission is approved. To submit a refund or transfer request, please email email@example.com.
What can I do if I am unhappy with my IELTS test results?
You may request that IELTS Australia carries out an enquiry on results by fill out IELTS Enquiry on Results and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org within *6 weeks of your test date, and paying the application fee of A$176. You can choose to have one or more modules of your test re-marked however the fee is the same regardless. The process can take 2-21 days to be finalised. Should your score increase, the fee will be refunded in full and a new Test Report Form will be issued.
*Due to the impact of COVID-19, IELTS is temporarily allowing test takers to submit a remark application for up to 3 months after their test date.
What help is available for disabled or special needs test takers?
The RMIT English Worldwide test centre makes every effort to cater for test takers with special requirements. If you require a modified version of the test please provide three months’ notice so we can best assist you. If special administrative arrangements are needed for your test, for example, you need extra time to sit the test, please provide us six weeks’ notice to adjust the test environment and facilities for you and your circumstances.
Please note there are limited seats available for special needs test takers who require a separate room during the test. For more information, see the IELTS Australia special needs webpage.
Please email us at email@example.com regarding any special requirements prior to booking your test. One of our team members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
We look forward to you sitting your IELTS Test with us.
How strictly is the IELTS test marked?
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 that 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 be able to get better IELTS test results if I take a preparation course?
The results you achieve will depend on your level of English and the effort you put into preparing for the test. Doing a preparation course is not a guarantee of achieving better results, but it will provide you with practice, strategies, sharper skills and more confidence.
Are the teachers IELTS examiners?
The regulations set by IDP: IELTS Australia, the British Council and Cambridge University do not allow teachers of the preparation course to divulge their examiner status. Preparation courses are taught by fully qualified English teachers who are very familiar with the test and experienced at teaching IELTS strategies.
Can I pay the fees by instalment?
No. Fees for the IELTS test must be paid for in full up front.
How is the Listening test conducted?
The Listening test is played via a central sound system and we will conduct a sound-check to ensure that all candidates can hear the audio. The test taker will not need to use headphones.
How do I book the test with RMIT English Worldwide?
How do I provide feedback/make a complaint?
If you want to make a complaint regarding the conduct of an IELTS test, you must do so before you leave the test venue on the day of your test.