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About the program

The International English Language Testing System™ (IELTS™) is recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in over 140 countries. Thousands of universities accept the IELTS™ as proof of English proficiency as an admissions requirement. IELTS™ tests all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner.

Who should take it?

Students intending to pursue their associate’s, bachelor’s, master's, or doctorate degree

International students who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate study at an American college or university that requires IELTS™ test scores should take this exam. Note that the student must attain a certain minimum score on the exam in order to gain acceptance to the college or university. Students should check with the institution to find out what minimum score it requires on the IELTS™.

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General Information

IELTSTM General Information

IELTSTM is designed to measure the language ability of test takers who want to work or study where English is the language of communication. IELTSTM is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTSTM conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking. IELTSTM is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional organizations, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Click here to view all IELTSTM test locations in the United States.

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Atlanta, GA – IELTS Marietta  |  ELS Atlanta Center

Boston, MA – IELTS Boston  |  ELS Boston-Downtown Center

Charlotte, NC – IELTS Charlotte  |  ELS Charlotte Center

Chicago, IL IELTS Chicago  |  ELS Chicago Center

Cincinnati, OH IELTS Cincinnati  |  ELS Cincinnati Center

Cleveland, OH IELTS Cleveland  |  ELS Cleveland Center

DeKalb, IL IELTS DeKalb  |  ELS DeKalb Center

Grand Rapids, MI IELTS Grand Rapids  |  ELS Grand Rapids Center

Houston, TX IELTS Houston  |  ELS Houston Center

Indianapolis, IN – IELTS Indianapolis  |  ELS Indianapolis Center

La Verne, CA – IELTS La Verne  |  ELS La Verne Center

Nashville, TN – IELTS Nashville  |  ELS Nashville Center

Manhattan, NY – IELTS Manhattan  |  ELS New York-Manhattan Center

Oklahoma City, OK – IELTS Oklahoma City  |  ELS Oklahoma City Center

Philadelphia, PA – IELTS Philadelphia  |  ELS Philadelphia Center

Portland, OR – IELTS Portland  |  ELS Portland Center

San Antonio, TX – IELTS San Antonio  |  ELS San Antonio Center

San Diego, CA – IELTS San Diego  |  ELS San Diego Center

San Francisco, CA – IELTS San Francisco  |  ELS San Francisco-Downtown Center

Santa Monica, CA – IELTS Santa Monica  |  ELS Santa Monica Center

Seattle, WA – IELTS Seattle  |  ELS Seattle Center

St. Louis, MO IELTS St. Louis  |  ELS St. Louis Center

St. Paul, MN – IELTS St. Paul  |  ELS St. Paul Center

Tampa, FL – IELTS Tampa  |  ELS Tampa Center

Teaneck, NJ IELTS Teaneck  |  ELS Teaneck Center


Application Deadline and Fees

Please refer to the IELTSTM online registration website to view available test dates. Many Centers fill up early so register online at and send your supporting documents by e-mail to the test center as soon as you can. Payment of the US $240 Application Fee must be in the form of a money order, cashiers check (payable to ELS Educational Services, Inc.), credit/debit card authorization or cash. No personal checks are accepted.


Confirmation of Registration

We will confirm your test registration by e-mail using the e-mail address you provide on the IELTSTM Application form. Please check your e-mail regularly. If no e-mail is provided, confirmation will be made by fax or mail. The confirmation will include information about registration time, test location, and test module booked.


Test Prep Materials

Official IELTSTM Practice Materials:

The Official IELTSTM Practice Materials are recommended for anyone who wants to improve their IELTSTM band score or test if their English is at the required level to take IELTSTM.

There are now two volumes of Official IELTSTM Practice Materials: Volume 1 and Volume 2. Each Volume contains completely different practice materials. They will help you familiarize yourself with each of the tests. You 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 audio transcripts
  • sample candidate Writing responses and examiner comments
  • sample candidate Speaking tests and examiner comments

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

  • Listening test for you to practice
  • three examples of students taking the Speaking test

The main difference between the DVD and CD, is that there is film footage of the students taking the Speaking test on the DVD.

The fee for the IELTSTM Official Practice Material is $35 each, including shipping. Not all test centers sell these materials. Please inquire directly with the center to see if they carry them.

Top Tips for IELTSTM Academic and Top Tips for IELTSTM General Training:

Top Tips for IELTSTM Academic and Top Tips for IELTSTM General Training are published by Cambridge ESOL in collaboration with the British Council. Top Tips for IELTSTM provides you with:

  • essential advice (‘tips’) for all four skill areas of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • clear examples and explanations
  • general tips for each skill to help with revision
  • sections on how to revise
  • what to do on the day of the test

The Top Tips for IELTSTM series is written by the experts who set the IELTSTM test. It's a 'must-have' guide for your revision. Both Top Tips for IELTSTM Academic and Top Tips for IELTSTM General Training include a book and an interactive CD-ROM.

The book contains:

  • clear examples and explanations to show you exactly what each tip means
  • general tips for each test to help you as you revise
  • sections on how to revise, and what to do on the day of the test

The interactive CD-ROM offers:

  • a complete real IELTSTM practice test for you to try
  • answer keys for Listening and Reading tests
  • sample answers for the Writing test to compare with your own answers
  • a Listening test so that you know what to expect when you take the exam
  • a video of a candidate taking the IELTSTM Speaking test, so you have a clear idea of what you have to do when you take the test

The fee for the Top Tips is $35.00 each, including shipping. Send your order and payment directly to your ELS test center.

To order the IELTSTM Official Practice Materials, please send your payment by money order or credit card authorization form to your test Center or call and supply a credit/debit card number. Please include the Practice Material item name, your mailing address and telephone number with your payment. The Center will then mail the materials to you. Other IELTSTM Test Prep materials can be purchased online. Most IELTSTM Test Centers offer special Preparation courses ranging from a 4-hour workshop to hourly tutorial sessions to more intensive study. Please contact your local test center for more information regarding test prep classes that will fit your needs.


Test Day Information

Passports are required on test day. Be sure it is valid and it is the one you used when you applied for the test. You should also bring another form of ID with your picture on it. Your passport is the only official proof of identity that is accepted in the United States. Driver's licenses, student IDs and other picture IDs are used as secondary proof of identification only. You will only be allowed to bring water in a transparent bottle and your passport and reading glasses if required into the test room. No bags, cases, glasses cases, books, papers, cell phones, MP3 players, any other electronic item, pens, pencils, will be allowed in the testing room and will need to be put into secured storage during the test so it is best not to bring them with you at all. Pencils will be provided for you. Please dress comfortably. Once the morning exams have begun, you will not be allowed to leave the testing rooms unattended. There are no breaks included in the testing times outlined below:

  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am Report to the test location
  • 8:15 am – 8:50 am Registration
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Listening, Reading and Writing sections

Speaking Exams are 15 – 20 minutes long, are scheduled in the same order that the applications were received, and are held during the afternoon of the test day. Some Centers will schedule Speaking exams on the afternoon just before the test day. Information about this will be included in your confirmation e-mail if this option is provided at your test center.


Late Arrivals

Test takers who arrive late at the test Center after the testing session has begun will not be allowed to take the test that day and will need to reapply for another test date and pay another test fee.


Cancellations, Transfer of Test Date, Refunds
Requests for Cancellations or change of test date must be made in writing and received at the Test Center 5 weeks before the scheduled test date. Cancellations made before the 5 week cut-off date will receive a partial refund of test fee (a $60 administration fee is retained for processing.) Cancellations or request for a different date made after the 5 week cut-off date are normally not be eligible for refunds.

Test takers seeking cancellation or transfer within the five-week period prior to the test date can receive a refund or transfer without charge if they can provide evidence that their ability to take the test has been affected by serious illness or cause. A Test Day Refund/Transfer form must be completed and returned not more than five working days after the test date, with full supporting documentation, before refunds or transfers can be considered.


IELTSTM Test Results

The Test Report Form (TRF) will be mailed to the test taker and the receiving organizations they have nominated on their application form 13 calendar days after the test date. Test Report Forms are valid for two years.


Each test taker will automatically receive only one Test Report Form. A test taker may request up to five (5) additional Test Report Forms within one month of taking the IELTSTM test. More than five TRFs are available for a charge of $40.00 per TRF. These are mailed directly by the IELTSTM Test center to the receiving institution(s) of your choice.

To request additional TRFs for receiving organizations (ROs) one month or more after taking the test, please e-mail the Administrator of the center where the test was taken to request an application for additional TRFs. Please note that test takers may not receive additional personal copies. Additional copies may be requested for receiving organizations only. The fee for these additional TRFs is $40.00 each. Mailing is by regular postal mail and no tracking information is available.

Preview your IELTS Test Results

To preview your IELTSTM test result, click the link above and complete all fields.

The preview of your IELTSTM test result is usually available online 13 days after your test date. Please note that it may take 24-48 hours (1 -2 days) for the results to appear on the website. The results are rolled out gradually, so some results may appear sooner than others. Please wait 48 hours before contacting the administrator about your online results. They will remain available for 28 days thereafter. Your official Test Report Form will be mailed to you 13 days after the test. Please note the preview of your IELTSTM result cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result.

 The online preview of your test result may not be used as an official score report. IELTSTM International, the test center and the IELTSTM Partners give no guarantee as to the accuracy of the preview result, and will not accept any responsibility for an inaccurate score. IELTSTM USA, the test center and the IELTSTM Partners will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display, whether due to technical fault or administrative procedures.

Your application will take up to 10 working days to process once all of the required information has been received, and does not include delivery time which varies according to distance and country. All TRFs to be sent outside the UK will be sent at no charge by courier (DHL or FEDEX), and within the UK by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Cambridge Assessment English is unable to provide replacement copies of TRFs to test takers, nor will TRFs be sent to individuals, residential addresses or agents.

Enquiry on Results 

Test takers who are not satisfied with their results may request to apply for a rescoring of the test (called Enquiry on Results) at the center where they took the test. This application must be made within six weeks of the test date. The test take can choose which modules to be re-marked (one, two, three or all of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). There is a fee for this service of $120.00. If the score on any module that is re-marked is increased, there is a full refund. If there is no change in test scores, no refund is received.


IELTS Application Process


How to Register Online

Please read the following information carefully for registration procedures and cancellation policies. Please note:

  1. Go to the IELTSTM Online Registration in order to save your test seat, CLICK HERE.

  2. That registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and does not guarantee a first choice of test date.

  3. If no seats are available for the first and second dates you have chosen, you will automatically be registered for the next test date.

  4. If you must test on a date not available at the center you have selected, please CLICK HERE and you will be taken to a list of sites centers that might have a seat on the date you require


After Registering

Once the request for an IELTSTM Test Examination has been ordered online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating the application has been received. A copy of this e-mail confirmation listing your online confirmation number, requested test date and center must be submitted to the test center with the required documentation listed below:

  1. 2 identical passport sized PHOTOS taken within the last 6 months

    Important Note:
     Eye glasses must not be worn in these photos. Please do not submit photos wearing eye glasses, as this will delay the processing of your application.

  2. photocopy of your PASSPORT, valid at registration AND on test day A photocopy is required of the page(s) showing your name, photo, date of birth, signature and document expiry date, including any extension stamps.

  3. PAYMENT If you have not paid online with a credit card, please either:

    • Mail a cashier's check or money order payable to ELS Educational Services, Inc. for $240. No personal checks are accepted.

    • or click here (IELT_CC_Auth_2017) to download the ELS credit card authorization form, complete it and send it by mail or scanned email attachment or fax

  4. copy of the acknowledgment email you received if you send documents by mail. If you send documents by scanned email attachment please write the reference number provided in the email in your responses to ELS.

Send documents within 5 working days to the center you wish to take the test. CLICK HERE to go back to the list of centers for addresses.

You will receive a confirmation email when your registration is confirmed.


Information for Test Day

  1. Directions Information on how to get to our test centers by public transportation or by car, are listed below.

  2. Arrival time You must arrive at our center by 08:15 am at the latest on test day.

  3. Time of Speaking Test Speaking tests are held on the same day as the written test, from 12:15 – 16:00 pm. Your Speaking test will last 20 minutes during this period. You need to be available until 16:00 pm on test day.

    All ELS IELTSTM test centers hold the Speaking portion of the test on the SAME day as the written parts of the test (Saturday or Thursday) with the exceptions of:
    • Manhattan (Center #US084) – some Speaking tests held the day before or the Monday following the written test
    • Indianapolis (Center#US294) – All Speaking Tests held the day before the written test.
    • Portland (Center#US092) – some Speaking tests held the day before or the Monday following the written test. Saturday Speaking Tests may run as late as 19:00.
    • River Forest (Center #US083) – some Speaking tests held the day before or the Monday following the written test.
    • Cleveland (Center #US291) – some Speaking tests held the day before or the Monday following the written test.

  4. Refund and cancellation Candidates can ask for a test day cancellation or transfer up to five weeks before their test date and receive a refund of 75% (a $60 administrative fee is retained for processing). Candidates who want to cancel or transfer their test less than 5 weeks before their test date do not receive a refund. Failure to appear for the test or arriving late on test day are cancellations and no refund is issued.

  5. Changes Due to Personal Hardship Candidates seeking cancellation or transfer within the 5-week period prior to the test date may be entitled to a refund if they can provide evidence that their ability to sit for the test has been affected by serious illness or cause:

    • Serious Illness - hospital admission or serious injury
    • Loss or Bereavement - death of a close family member
    • Hardship/Trauma - victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident
    • Military Service

    Candidates must file an application for refund or transfer no later than five (5) working days after the test date. You must complete a Request for Refund or Test Day Transfer Form and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence (i.e., certification from a qualified medical practitioner, a death notice or certificate, or police report). Approved candidates will receive a partial refund of their test fees. A $60 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.

    All refunds, regardless of the method of payment, are paid by check and are mailed four to six weeks from the date of the request.

  6. How to collect results Test results are mailed by USPS mail 13 calendar days after the test. Results can only be issued by regular mail or be given to the candidate in person at the test center where they took the test. Candidates who want to collect results in person must arrange with the test center before results day and need to bring the same passport that was used on test day. Candidates who want another person to pick up their results must arrange with the test center before results day. The other person must bring:
    • An original letter from the candidate authorizing the pick-up.
    • Their own valid passport to be used for identification purposes.
    • A photocopy of the candidate's passport (the same passport used on test day).


ELS IELTSTM Center List and Information

All ELS Language Centers are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.

Atlanta, GA - IELTS Center #US290
Tel: 678-915-4960
Fax: 678-915-4961

Boston Downtown, MA - off site for Center # US081
Tel: 1 (617) 244-4448
Fax: 1 (617) 244-2455

Charlotte, NC - IELTS Center #US292
Tel: 704-527-4172
Fax: 704-527-4151

Cincinnati, OH - IELTS Center #US507
Fax: 513-556-4036

Cleveland, OH - IELTS Center #US291
Tel: 216-368-5495
Fax: 216-368-4829

DeKalb, IL - IELTS Center #US103
Tel: 815-753-4600
Fax: 815-753-4601

Grand Rapids, MI – IELTS Center #316
Tel: 616-331-9222
Fax: 616-331-9223

Houston, TX - IELTS Center #US080

Indianapolis, IN - IELTS Center #US294
Tel: 317-274-2371
Fax: 317-274-2367

La Verne, CA – off site testing for Center # US085
Tel: 310-576-0615 ext. 15
Fax: 310-451-7795

Melbourne, FL – off site testing for Center #US027
Tel: 813-257-6328
Fax: 727-867-5345

Nashville, TN - IELTS Center #US310
Tel: 615-460-2618
Fax: 615-460-6943

New York, NY - Center #US084
Tel: 212-431-9330 (ext. 17)
Fax: 212-431-1636

Oklahoma City, OK - IELTS Center #US312
Tel: 405-525-3738
Fax: 405-525-0826

Philadelphia, PA - IELTS Center
Tel: 610-660-2133
IELTS Administrator: Ari Wijayanto

Portland, OR - Center #US092
Tel: (503) 517-8229
Fax: (503) 280-8553

River Forest, IL - Center #US083
Tel: 1 (708) 488-5013
Fax: 1 (708) 488-5014

San Antonio, TX – IELTS Center #317
Tel: 210-283-5077
Fax: 210-829-2790

San Diego, CA – IELTS Center #US087
Tel: 619-233-5433
Fax: 619-233-5461

San Francisco, CA - Center #US086
Tel: (415) 288-1996
Fax: (415) 288-1996

Santa Monica - Center #US085
Tel: 310-576-0615 ext. 15
Fax: 310-451-7795

Seattle - Center #US508
Tel: 206-329-1079
Fax: 206.623.7452

St. Louis, MO - IELTS Center #US293
Tel: 314-516-4757
Fax: 314-516-4622

St. Paul, MN - IELTS Center #US311
Tel: 651-962-5995
Fax: 651-962-5991

St Petersburg, FL - off site for Center #US027
Tel: 727-864-8083
Fax: 727-867-5345

Tampa, FL - Center #US027
Tel: 813-257-6328
Fax: 727-867-5345

Teaneck, NJ - Center #US505
Tel: 201-907-0004
Fax: 201-907-0110




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