FAQs: IELTS Exams
- Where will my IELTS test take place?
All modules of the IELTS test in York will take place at Melton College, 137 Holgate Road, York, YO24 4DH
- How do I apply for an IELTS exam online?
Candidates need to visit https://ielts.britishcouncil.org and follow the online instructions. You will then have 3 days to send me; 1 photocopy of your identity document and the test fee. See below for payment methods and acceptable forms of ID.
- What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond my control?
Melton College may be able to offer you another test date depending on availability. You would be required to provide evidence of why you were unable to arrive on time.
- What if I feel my test result is wrong?
You can apply for an ‘Enquiry on Results’ at your test centre within six weeks of the test date.Read More
- How soon can I re-sit the IELTS test?
There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends that you do additional study before taking the test again. Melton College offer preparatory courses and language classes, please contact us for details. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Official Practice Materials – ask for details.
- What if I lose my Test Report Form?
Test Report Forms are valid for 2 years. Copies cannot be sent to candidates but IELTS will forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy.Read More
- When will I receive my test results?
Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. Melton College also offers an Online Results Service which can be accessed on the 13th day, you will receive details via email a few says before the results are released.Read More
- Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.
- How are the tests marked?
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
- What do I need for the Speaking test?
You must bring the same identification documents you supplied on your IELTS application form/online registration and use this for the rest of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room and you will be required to confirm your identity via fingerprint.
- What if I am absent or sick on the test day?
If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose the full fee. However, if you provide a medical certificate, within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administration charge of £25.00.
- What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?
If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge of £25.00. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason.Read More
- Is there a similar period of 10 minutes in the Reading test to transfer answers?
No. The Reading test is one hour and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time
- Does the Listening recording provide instructions and pauses?
Yes. At the beginning you hear instructions and a sample question. Then you read section 1 questions, listen to section 1 and answer the questions.
- What kind of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.
- Which part do I take first?
You do the Listening test first, followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test. The Speaking test at Melton College is conducted on the same day.
- What is the test format and how long will it take?
IELTS has four parts – Listening (approx. 35 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11 – 14 minutes).Read More
- Which version of the test should I do?
Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the application form. It is your responsibility to apply for the correct version.
- Do I need to take an IELTS for UKVI test?
Please ensure you book the correct test, you can find lots of information on IELTS by visiting – www.takeielts.org – if you book the wrong test you will not be able to receive a refund. It is your decision as to which test you take.
- Why are there two versions of the test?
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training.Read More
- Do I need to submit a passport sized photo with my application?
No, we take a photograph of you on the test day.
- Will there be a clock in the exam room?
Yes, a clock will always be visible and start and finish times for the reading and writing papers will be displayed. Time checks will also be given verbally by the invigilator.
- Can I make notes during the test?
No paper is provided for making notes but you can write on the question booklets if you wish. However, the examiner(s) will not look at these and anything you write on rough paper cannot be taken out of the test room.
- What ID can I use to register for the test?
We currently accept valid passports, valid National Identity Cards (from EU Nationals only) and valid UK Residence Permits. If you do not have a passport and have applied to the UK Government for registration in the UK, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
- What can I take into the test room with me?
You must bring the Passport/National Identity Card you used to register for the test into the test room with you. You must leave everything else outside the examination room.Read More
- Can I write in pen throughout the test?
Your answers for your listening and reading papers MUST be completed in pencil. You can write in either pen or pencil for your writing exam. Items of stationery will be provided on the test day, you will not be allowed to take your own into the test room.
- Is parking available at Melton College?
Parking is not provided, the nearest public car park is on Nunnery Lane which is a ten minute walk from Melton College.
- Can my speaking test be earlier?
Requests for early speaking tests must be made ONE WEEK before the test. No amendments to the speaking timetable can be made on the day of the exam.
- Can you tell me when my speaking test is?
Your speaking test time will be displayed on your desk label on your desk when you enter the exam room. Speaking tests at Melton College will always be in the afternoon following the written paper.
- Can my friend/husband/wife/children etc. wait whilst I take the IELTS exam?
No, there are no facilities at any test venue in York for people accommpanying candidates. They will be asked to leave the building until the test has finished.