IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It assesses your ability to communicate in English in all four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. The questions focus on your ability to apply knowledge that you’ve learned in past experiences related to the English Language. More than 6,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organizations around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

IELTS is owned, developed and delivered through the partnership of the Cambridge ESOL Examinations (English Speakers of Other Languages), British Council, IDP Australia(International Development Program) and IELTS Australia. There are two versions of the IELTS tests that you can do: Academic and General Training. The Academic module of IELTS is for students seeking entry to a university or institution for degree and diploma courses. The General Training Module of IELTS is for students seeking entry to a secondary school or to vocational training courses. General Training Module is also for the candidates who want to apply for the immigration of Australia, New Zealand or United Kingdom. Now progressively more American universities have started accepting valid scores in the IELTS. There are currently more than 300 test centres around the world, in over 120 countries. The first three modules- Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. The Speaking may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, on the same day or up to two days earlier or later.

IELTS is not a test that you can pass or fail.You will need to contact the university you wish to enter to find out the IELTS score they require for entry into your chosen course or the concerned immigration department, in case you taking the IELTS for migration purpose. The test questions and tasks have been designed to reflect the general interests of people from an educated background; therefore you will not be required to have any specialist knowledge about the theme in the test. You will receive a band score for each module – Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, and an overall band score for the test. Your IELTS score is valid for two years.

IELTS Quality Assurance

IELTS has a rigorous, quality-assured system for marking every IELTS test. There are trained examiners to mark your test, who follow standardised procedures. The examiners hold appropriate teaching qualifications and are certificated by Cambridge ESOL. Each examiner is tested every two years to retain their certification and they frequently go through trainings. The IELTS incorporated system of hiring, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring for IELTS examiners makes sure they are fully qualified, experienced and effective

IELTS Registration

In Pakistan IELTS is conducted by the British Council and AEO (Australian Education Office).There is no difference between British Council IELTS and AEO IELTS, you can register and take the test with either at your ease. Both sites conduct the same IELTS test. AEO offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore conduct IELTS tests quite frequently. You can get IELTS application form by visiting any of the AEO offices in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad or it can also be downloaded from ielts.org. You can visit the AEO office personally with complete application form to submit your IELTS test application. If there is no AEO office in your city applications can also be sent through Mail or Courier. British Council offices in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and Quetta offer IELTS test on a regular basis. Before you submit your application form for an IELTS test make sure you attach a photocopy of your valid National Identity Card or Passport and two recent color(blue back ground)passport size photographs with the IELTS application form. You are also expected to write your full name and signature on the reverse of each photograph. You are supposed to paste one photograph steadily with glue and attach the other one using a paper clip to the IELTS Application form. Both photographs must be identical, colour photographs with a blue background and should not be more than six months old. Black and white photographs will not be accepted. These are the guidelines are for recommendation only. The decision to accept the photographs submitted by a candidate is at the Administrator’s discretion.

On Test Day

You must report at the test centre, at the time given in your confirmation letter, with your original national identity card and passport, lead pencils, blue or black ballpoint or pen, sharpener, eraser and do not forget to bring along the IELTS test fee receipt. You will not be allowed to take the test if you fail to bring any identification documents or arrive late at the test centre. the test. No result will be issued to candidates who are involved in impersonation and/or misconduct. Before taking the test read “Notice to IELTS Candidate" available inside IELTS application form.

Test Date Extensions
You may delay your test date, in case you have some medical or compassionate reason charges apply. You are allowed to extend your date only once. You must apply at least five weeks prior to your test date. You may have to submit some sort of documentary evidence for approval. Check your test centre for details.

Test Results

IELTS results are valid for 2 years. Your IELTS test result will be sent out to you about 2 weeks following the test. You will only get ONE copy of your original TRF (Test Report Form, commonly known as IELTS result). If you need to send your TRF to multiple local or international institutions, your test centre can organise it for a small charge. The original IELTS TRF is sent by courier to you at the address entered on your IELTS application form. Your centre may withhold your test result if you fail to submit the required information or documentation. AEO Pakistan Test centres also offer to send your test result by SMS before you get your original TRF by courier. British council presents online results; you can take advantage of it by checking your result 13 days after your test.


You can apply for a re-evaluation for your IELTS score, if you are not satisfied with the band score you achieved in your IELTS test. You need to fill up Enquiry on Result Form at your test centre. You have to pay a fee for this facility. You can download the Enquiry on Result Form at aeo.com.pk or britishcouncil.com.pk. Fill in the form acceptably with block letters and clearly state the module you want to get re-marked. Attach the Original TRF and don’t forget to keep a copy.

Low Scoring IELTS Results

If you do not get the IELTS score you wanted or you just
probing about what you can do if you don’t get the IELTS score you need
 You can consider the following options

  1. The first option you should consider is whether to try to convince the organisation which demanded this score, possibly the university you want to attend, to still accept you with the current band score. There is a chance if your IELTS result was only slightly less than the requirement, say 0.5.
  2. If you have a justified complaint, you can request for a retest. Keeping in mind the test centre will only allow you a retest if it is reasonable. If you have a reasonable complaint you should already have informed the centre by completing a "Test Day Complaint Form" on the day of the test
  3. If the marks across the entire test vary by more than 2 bands your IELTS test may already have been re-marked, there is a much less likely scenario that you will increase your score by requesting a further re-mark. If you choose to request a re-mark make sure you do so within six weeks of the date of your IELTS test. Remember re-mark will cost you around two-third of the test fee
  4. There is a strong possibility that you score may change if re-marked. That is if you had any problems during the test e.g. not completing a writing task or being psychologically inundated by nerves during the speaking test. If you are confident that your English level for a module is higher than the score you received and you did the exam to the best of your ability and you believe you can raise your score for that module enough, you should think about asking for that module to be remarked. However, you should not ask for a re-mark for a module that already has a high enough score, there is a risk you may end up getting a lower mark. As the re-marking is done in London, it can sometimes take 8 - 10 weeks.
  5. The last choice is to retake the IELTS test. You may have had some problems with timing and could not complete part of the test on the previous test day, and you believe that next time it will be much easier. Focus on your weak areas next time. Make an effort to improve your English if you feel it is needed. You can also look into Improving  your time management during the test

I sincerely hope you wouldn’t have to employ any of the options above because you get your required IELTS Result first time. However, do not hesitate to ask for a re-mark if you are confident that it is justified. Nevertheless it is your time, efforts and money you invested in it.


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