About the IELTS test

If you choose to take the computer-delivered IELTS test, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer.

All aspects of the test are identical to the paper-based IELTS test, including:

  • Question types
  • Content
  • Timing * (see below)
  • Marking

IELTS includes four tests :

  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Speaking (11-14 minutes)

At ICTE, all four tests are taken on the same day. 

You will receive a score from 1-9 for each test and an overall score.

Test formats

The Reading and Writing tests are available in two versions:

  • Academic - for people who want to study at university (including UQ) or register with a professional association
  • General Training - for people who want to migrate to an English-speaking country.

Make sure you ask the organisation you will give your results to which test you need to sit.

UK migration

If you are taking IELTS to migrate to the United Kingdom you cannot use an ICTE IELTS test result. Find out which test you need and how to apply

More information 


What time should I arrive for the test?

Paper Based (Saturday Only) IELTS Test 

  • Registration is held from 8am-8:30am
  • Candidates who arrive after registration closes may not be able to sit the test
  • Arrive for afternoon Speaking test 10 minutes before test time                                                                                                                   

Computer Delivered IELTS Test

  • Morning test - arrive by 8:05am
  • Afternoon test - arrive 10 minutes before Speaking test time and 30 minutes before Listening, Reading and Writing test time


What should I bring with me?

You must bring your current passport. No passport = no test.

What to bring:

  • passport
  • water in a clear bottle with labels removed

Required stationery will be supplied.

What not to bring:

  • mobile phones
  • all electronic devices
  • keys
  • wallets
  • food
  • bags
  • watch
  • all other belongings

A secure room/locker for personal belongings is available. You are strongly advised not to bring any valuable items with you to the test.

How long does the test take?

Paper Based IELTS Test 

Four tests are taken in the following order:

  1. Writing (60 minutes)
  2. Reading (60 minutes)
  3. Listening (30minutes) in Room Speakers
  4. Speaking (11-14minutes)

All four tests are taken on the same day.

Computer Delivered IELTS Test

Four tests are taken in the following order:

  1. Listening (30minutes) with headphones
  2. Reading (60minutes)
  3. Writing (60minutes)
  4. Speaking (11-14 minutes)

All four tests are taken on the same day.


When will I receive my results?

Paper Based IELTS Test 

Released 13 days after the test. Your results can be viewed online after 6pm on the day of release.

Computer Delivered IELTS Test

Released between 2-5 days after the test. Your results can be viewed online after 6pm on the day of release.

Can I bring my children or other family members with me?

No. Test candidates and test staff are the only people permitted to enter the test venue during testing. If you have a family member or friend who will collect you after your test, please advise them that they will need to wait for you outside the test venue.


Can I leave the test room during the Listening, Reading or Writing sections of the test?

Candidates are not permitted to leave the test room:

  • during the Listening test
  • between each subtest
  • in the last 10 minutes of each subtest

Candidates are permitted to leave the test room during the Reading and Writing subtests. If you need to leave the test room at any time during these subtests, including if you become ill, please quietly raise your hand and you will be escorted by an invigilator.

Candidates who leave the test room for any reason will not be permitted extra time to complete the test.