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What is IELTS?

It stands for the International English Language Testing System, and being one of the most popular international standardized tests, it is recognized by over 10,000 organizations in 150+ countries assessing four parts of listening, reading, writing and speaking on a band score basis of 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert). It is available in Baghdad, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

The test result is available online 13 calendar days after taking it and is valid for two years.


IELTS General

IELTS General Training is required to further study at a below degree level, get some training or to immigrate.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is required to further education at an undergraduate/postgraduate level or work with a professional organization.

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IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills has a different format that is required to prove communication skills upon applications to UK Visas and Immigration, which has three versions of A1 for 'family of a settled person', A2 for extension to 'family, spouse or partner' visa, and is available only in the UK and B1 for 'indefinite leave to remain or citizenship'.


IELTS UKVI Academic can be taken on computers in certain locations.


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What is IELTS?

It stands for International English Language Testing System, which tests your English language proficiency and is globally recognized.

Who owns IELTS?

It is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Who writes IELTS questions?

To make sure that the test is fair and unbiased, an international team writes the questions.

Which organizations accept IELTS?

Universities, immigration departments, professional organizations and bodies, government agencies, international companies and educational institutions.

Is IELTS easier than TOEFL or PTE?

Apart from how comfortable you are with computers and different question types, the results of IELTS are convertible to other international tests and to CEFR.

What is the test format?

IELTS has four sections, the Listening (30 minutes), the Reading (60 minutes), the Writing (60 minutes) and the Speaking (11-14 minutes). The Listening, the Reading and the Writing are done in one sitting and few hours to a week apart, the Speaking test is given.


Should I take Academic or General Training?

Depending on the destination where you are required to submit your test result, you may take either of them. Read more from What’s IELTS on our page.

What are the differences between IELTS Academic and General Training?

In IELTS Academic, you are required to write a report for Writing Task 1, while General Training candidates should write a letter/email for Writing task 1. Writing an essay is required for Writing task 2 of both tests.

Reading test of IELTS Academic has three long passages, whilst that of General Training has three sections and only the last section has a long passage.


How can I book the test?

You can visit https://iraq.britishcouncil.org  and choose "Take an exam", then "Take IELTS with the British Council". You can get help from us to book it online.


When should I take the test?

IELTS Academic test is usually done 2-3 times per months in Erbil and Baghdad, while it's done once or twice in Sulaymaniyah. IELTS General Training takes place 1-2 times per month in the same cities.

How much does it cost?

IELTS Academic/General Training costs US$265 and IELTS UKVI costs US$197.


How can I pay the test fee?

You can pay in the bank where details are sent to you or pay by a credit card.


When should I pay?

If you book for a particular test date, you must pay the test fee within 3 days of booking to avoid automatic cancellation of the test, but if you register less than 7 days before the test, you need to pay the next day otherwise your registration will be cancelled.

How can I postpone or cancel my application?

If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a US$210. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have one of these reasons:

  • You have a medical emergency and provide a medical certificate which is issued by a board/committee of Public Hospital doctors. 
  • You cannot attend the test for security reasons (security road blocks, fear of fake checks points and city access denial)
  • On compassionate grounds-Death of a family member.
What if I am sick and cannot attend the test?

If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee. However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost. Refer to the question above.


What facilities are provided for the disabled?

Candidates requiring special arrangements due to temporary, permanent or long-term disability, such as hearing/sight impairment, dyslexia or speech impediment; or short-term difficulties such as broken arm must give three months' notice to the British Council Examinations Services so that the appropriate guidance and approval can be taken from Special Circumstance unit at Cambridge ESOL.


What if I am late for the IELTS test?

If it is due to circumstances out of control, you may be offered another test date by the center; otherwise, you will not be able to attend nor to get a refund.

Can I take the test without a passport?

No, you need to register for and attend the test by your valid passport.

How many questions do I answer in the test?

You will get 40 questions for the Listening, 40 for the Reading, two tasks for the Writing and three parts for the Speaking.

Do I get 10 minutes to transfer my answers for the Reading part?

No, you should transfer them within your limited time of 60 minutes for the Reading test.

What if I fail the test?

It is a standardized test of English proficiency, so failing/passing is not a case for IELTS, instead, you may get your target score or not.

Can I take only one part of IELTS?

No, you must take all four parts.

When can I re-sit the test?

There is no restriction for the number of times you re-sit the test, but additional study and preparation beforehand is strongly advised.

What can I bring to the exam venue?

Pens, pencils, erasers and your valid passport only.

Can I answer with a pen?

For the Listening and Reading parts, you must answer with a pencil because the answers are marked by a computer, which cannot read pen. However, for the Writing, you get to choose to write with a pen or pencil.

Can I bring my watch to the IELTS exam?

No, you are strongly prohibited to have any gadgets, watches or accessories with you on the test date.

What if a candidate cheats?

The person will immediately be disqualified and depending on the circumstances, they may not be able to take the test in the future.

Is it possible to cheat on the test?

It is possible, but most likely; the invigilators will spot and eventually disqualify the person.

Can I request my result to be remarked?

Yes, but you should do it within six weeks of the test date on the Test Report Form, and it is called an Enquiry On Results (EOR)

How long does IELTS remark take?

2 to 21 days depending on many factors such as the number of sections requested to be remarked.

Is IELTS Enquiry on Result free?

No, you must pay an enquiry fee, but if your bandscore changes, you will receive a full-refund. You must pay$100 for normal IELTS and $120 IELTS UKVI.

How can I request my result to be remarked?

You can download the Enquiry on Results Form on the British Council website and submit it to the test center.