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The Ultimate IELTS Exam Guide For Filipinos

Ever planned of studying or working in Canada, Australia or the USA? If yes, then you’ll need to take and pass the IELTS test first!

What is the IELTS exam?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a language proficiency test for non-native English speakers who wish to study or work in English-speaking countries. The test has two types: the IELTS Academic (for those who plan to study an undergraduate and or postgrad degree abroad) and the IELTS General Training (for those who want to work or migrate abroad).

How does IELTS differ from TOEFL and TOEIC?

The difference between the IELTS test from other English language proficiency tests is that IELTS aims to test your academic and general language skills. TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language is mainly used to test your understanding of the English used in the classroom. Meanwhile, TOEIC is intended to test your proficiency in using English in workplace settings.

What does the IELTS exam consist of?

The IELTS is composed of four exams: Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading. The total test time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Here is the breakdown of the IELTS exam for the Academic and General Training.

IELTS Academic

IELTS General Training

Reading section

No. of questions: 40 questions

Duration: 60 minutes

Tasks: Read passages taken from textbooks, magazines, and other formats intended for non-specialists.

Question formats: Multiple choice, identifying information, sentence completion and many more.

Reading section

No. of questions: 40 questions

Duration: 60 minutes

Tasks: Read passages taken from textbooks, magazines, and other formats. Contents are divided into three sections: social survival, workplace survival, and general reading.

Question formats: Multiple choice, identifying information, sentence completion and many more.

Writing section

No. of questions: 2 writing tasks, both must be completed

Duration: 60 minutes

Tasks: 1.) Describe visual information (e.g. chart) in your own words. 2.) Respond to a point of view or argument of a problem.

Note: You must be able to write 250 words in 40 minutes.

Writing section

No. of questions: 2 writing tasks, both must be completed

Duration: 60 minutes

Tasks: 1.) Respond to a situation (e.g. explain a situation or write a letter). 2.) Respond to a point of view or argument of a problem.

Note: You must be able to write 250 words in 40 minutes.

Speaking

Duration: 11 – 14 minutes

Tasks: 1.) Answer a casual interview (e.g. general topics about yourself). 2.) Talk about particular topic. 3.) Answer questions based on the topic you will discuss in section 2

Speaking

Duration: 11 – 14 minutes

Tasks: 1.) Answer a casual interview (e.g. general topics about yourself). 2.) Talk about a particular topic. 3.) Answer questions based on the topic you will discuss in section 2

Listening

No. of questions: 40 questions

Duration: 30 minutes

Tasks: Listen to four recordings of native English speakers and answer the questions that follow.

Listening

No. of questions: 40 questions

Duration: 30 minutes

Tasks: Listen to four recordings of native English speakers and answer the questions that follow.

What is the passing score of IELTS?

The IELTS results are scored between 0 to 9, with 9 being the highest score. You can also get .5 scores. Scores for each of the four skills are weighted equally. The overall band scores are calculated by taking your mean result for each part of the test. If your score ends in .25, it will be rounded up to the next half band. If it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

For example, if you score an IELTS result of 4.5 for Listening, 4.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 8.0 for Speaking, your total score will be 22.5. The mean is calculated (22.5 ÷ 4 = 5.625) and this is rounded up. So your overall band score will be 6.

How much does the IELTS test fee costs?

The IELTS test fee costs PHP 10,270. The British Council and the (International Development Program) IDP are two of the authorized IELTS testing agencies in the Philippines. IELTS tests are usually held up to four times a month at various test centers in the country. Here is the list of IELTS test fee from IDP:

Test Format

Test Fee

Standard IELTS Test (Academic or General Training Module) PHP 10,270
Computer-Delivered Standard IELTS Test (Academic or General Training Module) PHP 10,270
IELTS for UKVI (Academic or General Training Module) PHP 13,885
Computer-Delivered IELTS for UKVI (Academic Only) PHP 13,885
IELTS Life Skills (A/B) PHP 10,415

 

How do I register for an IELTS exam in the Philippines?

You have to register first before you can be listed for an IELTS test schedule. The exam is on a first come, first served basis. Your application should be made three weeks prior to a scheduled IELTS test date. Here are the steps on how to register for the IELTS exam if you are from the Philippines:

Step 1: Know the type of IELTS exam required by your institution.

Universities and various institutions require a specific type of IELTS test and minimum band scores. Make sure to know first what type of IELTS exam, module, and band score your institution require.

Step 2: Choose your preferred test date and location.

There are a number of IELTS testing locations in the Philippines. The British Council has testing centers located in Manila, Cebu, Baguio, CDO, Dagupan, Leyte, Laguna, Davao, Pampanga, Naga, Batangas, Malolos, and Iloilo.

Meanwhile, IDP also has similar testing locations with the British Council. In addition to this, IDP also has centers in Cabanatuan, Legazpi, Tagaytay, and Bacolod.

Step 3: Prepare for the requirements.

You need to present a valid ID when registering for the IELTS exam. Here are the accepted government-issued IDs:

  • Passports (valid at least 6 months before test date)
  • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID
  • Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) ID
  • Social Security System (SSS) ID

Step 4: Register for your IELTS test.

For online registration:

Search the IELTS registration website. Choose which type of IELTS exam you will be registering for, then create your profile. Register with your email address and fill out the details required. After registering, upload a scanned copy of your valid ID.

For offline registration:

Visit the IDP or British Council office and ask for the registration form. Fill out all the required details and submit.

British Council Office: 10th Floor Taipan, Place Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City.

IDP Office: 3rd Floor, Pioneer House, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

Step 5: Pay for the IELTS registration fee and wait for the confirmation.

If you registered online, proceed to the payment page. For offline payments, you may pay the registration fee through the designated bank of IDP or British Council.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Whether you’re studying for IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC, review for all the essential English Proficiency Exams here. Want to review anytime, anywhere? You definitely can! Just bring out your mobile phone and start reviewing here!

Sources:

https://www.britishcouncil.ph/exam/ielts/dates-fees-locations

https://www.idp.com/philippines/ielts/book-my-test/test-dates/

http://www.jroozreview.com/ielts-registration-procedure-in-the-philippines/

https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format

 

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