About IELTS

IELTS is the high-stakes English test for study, migration or work.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) has been testing English language for more than 25 years. Today, IELTS is available at more than 1,100 test centres globally and over 3 million tests were taken in more than 140 countries in 2017.

Just like you, people choose IELTS to support their study, migration, and professional ambitions. They know IELTS is accepted at more than 10,000 organisations globally and is the most respected test of English in the world.

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IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 universities and employers globally. It’s also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Use the search tool to find out who accepts IELTS and what the minimum band scores are for your university or institution.

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Test Content (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking)

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.

There are two types of IELTS:  Academic and General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.

The Writing, Reading and Listening sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The duration of the Speaking component is between 11-14 minutes comprising of 3 parts. This is the only test which is conducted a face to face with a highly qualified examiner.

The Speaking section can be completed on the same day in test centres in Japan. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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Test Module (Academic/General Training)

There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

IELTS is available in: Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Which IELTS test is right for me?

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Test Format (Paper-based/Computer-delivered)

You can choose the test type “Paper-based” or “Computer-delivered”.  You need to go to the test centre to take the test.

The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is the same whether you take the test on paper or on computer and the Speaking test is always face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner.

The order of the test is different as below.

  • Paper-based IELTS: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • Computer-delivered IELTS: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

The computer-delivered testing will all be completed on the same day. With computer-delivered IELTS, test takers get headphones for the Listening test and they can receive their results in 5 to 7 days.

At the paper based IELTS test, we’ll give you a pencil and an answer sheet. You need to write your answers on the answer sheet before the time runs out. With computer-delivered IELTS, you type your answers in the corresponding boxes on your screen. We’ll still give you a pencil or pen and paper to make notes – even if you do IELTS on computer. Are you concerned about not typing fast enough? There’s no need to worry: the computer test is designed for people with normal typing skills. If you can write an email, you can do the computer-delivered test.

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Sample Test Questions

Using the practice materials in this section will enable you to:

  • familiarise yourself with the test format
  • experience the types of tasks you will be asked to undertake
  • test yourself under timed conditions
  • review your answers and compare them with model answers.

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Study Materials 

At IELTS we do offer many different kinds of study materials that can be found on our website: https://www.ieltsjp.com/study-for-ielts/

After clicking on the link above, you can scroll down to check out what we offer, including our 6 free study tools:

  1. Our YouTube page, with many different videos to watch
    2. Our IELTS toolkit, with lots of helpful tips for you
    3. Practice test to download, and have a go on by yourself at home
    4. You can watch our masterclasses, where a trained IELTS Coach will give you tips for your test
    5. The IELTS advantage video
    6. Our Facebook page, where you can ask for help and read tips that are given out on the page

‘ IELTS Support Tool’

The IELTS Support Tools pack provides an overview of the IELTS test with some handy tools and advice to help you prepare.

You can download for free, please visit https://ielts.com.au/study-for-ielts/preparation-materials/

IELTS Master online preparation course

When you booked your test you will receive an e-mail with a link for 30 days of free preparation materials.

‘ IELTS Assist’

If you wish to receive a feedback on your Writing and Reading skills to understand your strength and weaknesses in those components, we have this amazing IELTS Assist program. This program allows you do the test at home, once you have completed the task you will be able to send it back to us to be marked by an examiner. You will then receive personalised feedback and tips that will help you study and practice for your IELTS test.

You can check more information about ‘ IELTS Assist’ by clicking on the link provided below:

IELTS Writing Assist https://www.ieltsjp.com/study-for-ielts/exam-help/writing/

IELTS Reading Assist https://www.ieltsjp.com/study-for-ielts/exam-help/reading/

If you book IELTS though IDP, you can get one free IELTS Writing Assist!!!

‘IELTS Progress Check’ 

We are also now offering ‘IELTS Progress Check’ this is a program created to help our candidates get a better understanding of their test scores while also provided our candidates with feedback and a band score. Please do keep in mind this is not the same as sitting the test on the day.

IELTS Progress Check is a computer-based practice test. For a small cost of 4,885 JPY will be able to sit all four components of the test at home in your own time. Once submitted your results will be marked by one of our IELTS markers and then provided to you with personalised feedback as well as a band score that will be made available to you after 5 days.

If you are interested in this product please refer to https://www.ieltsjp.com/study-for-ielts/ielts-progress-check/ (in Japanese) and http://ieltsprogresscheck.com/ (in English)

An IELTS Progress Check bundle offer was recently introduced where you can now purchase 2x tests and receive 15% off of total purchase (in one transaction).

https://ieltsprogresscheck.com/shop-academic/

https://ieltsprogresscheck.com/shop-general-training/

Book Your Test/Passport

Please prepare a valid/not expired passport before registering for IELTS. You will be needing your passport for registration as well as sitting the test.

The closing date of registration is 3 days before the test date.

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Special Requirement

In order to ensure that the language ability of all test takers is assessed fairly and objectively, IELTS provides a comprehensive service for test takers who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.

If you require a modified version of IELTS, you must give your test centre three months’ notice. If your circumstances require special arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks’ notice.

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For contact details of the test centres’ in Japan, please visit Test centres in Japan

Test Day Outlook

This is paper-based test day outlook.  Please check the computer-delivered test day outlook your test centre.

8:30 – 9:00 am Candidates Check-in

9:00 – 9:15am Explanation

9:15 – 10:15am Writing Test: 60 minutes

10:20 – 11:20 am Reading Test: 60 minutes

11:30 – 12:10am Listening Test: 40 minutes

1:00 – 7:00 pm Speaking Interviews with Examiner (11-14 minutes)

You will get your confirmation email from your test centres before test date.

You can bring your passport into the test room. You are allowed to bring water in a transparent bottle if necessary. You must leave the rest of your personal belongings in the designated belongings area. Mobile phones and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited in the test room. Test Centre will provide you with both a pencil and an eraser for both Paper-based and computer-delivered tests.

Cancel, Refund and Transfer (test date, module)

If you wish to request a refund, or transfer your test date, you must contact your Test Centre as soon as possible. Your Test Centre will advise on the process and any administration costs to complete the refund of transfer.

For contact details of the test centres’ in Japan, please visit Test centres in Japan

IELTS Band score and Marking

An important part of your IELTS preparation is understanding how you will be marked and scored.

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

See the description of each band score and marking

Result (Online Preview, Additional Test Report Form, Enquiry on Results)

Preview your provisional IELTS result

If you have taken the computer-delivered IELTS test, you can preview your results online within 5-7 days after your test date. If you take the IELTS paper-based test, you can preview your IELTS results online 13 calendar days after your test date. Your Test Centre will notify you when they become available. You’ll need your passport number, personal details, and your test date to retrieve your results. Your results will be available online for 28 days.

Preview your test results online 

Your test centre will notify you as to whether they will be providing an option to collect your results. If you are unable to collect your results on the day that they are released, then they will post your Test Report Form to you. Standard postage within Japan usually takes 3-5 business days to arrive.

Additional Test Report Form (TRF)

You may request up to five 5 additional copies of Test Report Form (TRF) to be sent to Receiving Institutions (academic institutions/government agencies/professional bodies, etc.) within 2 years after the written tests are conducted for free of charge. More than 5 TRFs are subject to an extra fee (1,100JPY for each TRF).  You will have an opportunity to enter these addresses during the online registration process.

For contact details of the test centres’ in Japan, please visit Test centres in Japan

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

To be fair to all test takers, if you are not happy with your result you can apply for an Enquiry on Results within six weeks of the test date.

Your test will then be sent to the head office of IDP IELTS Australia team in the global head office of IDP Education for re-marking by trained clerical markers and senior examiners who are not made aware of your original results. This ensures the re-assessment process is fair and unbiased.

The cost of an EOR is 10,800JPY (inclusive of 8% tax)

You can choose to have one or more parts of your test re-marked; however, the fee is the same regardless. This fee is refunded if there is an increase in score for the module(s) remarked. This process can take 2-4 weeks.

You need to contact your test centre.  For contact details of the test centres’ in Japan, please visit Test centres in Japan

IELTS-UKVI (IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration)

If you are interested in IELTS-UKVI, please visit https://www.ielts.org/what-is-ielts/ielts-for-migration/united-kingdom

In Japan, British Council offering IELTS-UKVI in Tokyo and Osaka.  For more information please visit https://www.britishcouncil.jp/exam/ielts-uk-visa-immigration

Contact details: British Council, Tokyo

Email: ielts.ukvi@britishcouncil.or.jp

Tel: +81 3 3235 8031