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FAQ

WHAT CAN I BRING INTO THE EXAMINATION ROOM?

Only your ID, PENCILS, ERASER.. Correction fluid must not be used. You must leave anything which you do not need, or which is not allowed, either outside the examination room, or as instructed by the supervisor. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. Any candidate who does not switch off their phone/pager, or who retains one in their possession, will be disqualified.

IS THE IELTS TEST COMPLETED IN ONE DAY?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and in this same order. The Speaking test can be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

WHAT KIND OF ACCENTS WILL I HEAR IN THE LISTENING AND SPEAKING TESTS?

As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these examinations.

WILL THE LISTENING TAPE PROVIDE ME WITH ALL THE NECESSARY INSTRUCTIONS AND PAUSES?

Yes. At the beginning of the test, candidates receive instructions and hear a sample question. Next, candidates read Section One questions and then listen to Section One and answer the questions on the question paper as they listen. The same procedure follows for Sections Two, Three and Four. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. In the final ten minutes, candidates transfer their answers onto the answer sheet.

IS THERE A SIMILAR PERIOD OF TEN MINUTES AT THE END OF THE READING TEST FOR THE TRANSFER OF ANSWERS?

No. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time.

CAN I COMPLETE THE LISTENING AND READING ANSWER SHEET IN PEN?

No. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.

CAN I MAKE SOME NOTES ON THE LISTENING AND READING QUESTION PAPER?

Yes. The examiner will not see your question paper.

WHAT IS THE SPEAKING TEST?

The Speaking test is conducted as a one-to-one interview with a certified examiner, which is recorded on an audiocassette.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR THE SPEAKING TEST?

You need to bring the same identification documents you supplied on registration, as these must be checked again against the information on the application form. These documents will be checked by the administrator and the Speaking examiner prior to you entering the interview room.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY TEST REPORT FORM?

Test Report Form cannot be issued to the candidate directly other than the first issue. Therefore, it is highly recommended to keep the first copy with you safely. If you need to send you TRF to institutions, you can apply for the TRF Re-issuance service.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Under normal circumstances, you will receive your Test Report Forms approximately three weeks after you complete the test.

HOW SOON CAN I TAKE ANOTHER IELTS TEST?

Please contact the IELTS test centre and find out available test date.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR DISABLED CANDIDATES?

Test centres make every effort to cater for the special needs of any disabled candidates, to enable them to best understand questions and tasks and to give their answers. It is our aim for the language level of all candidates, irrespective of disability, to be assessed fairly and objectively.

If candidates have any special needs such as visual difficulties or hearing difficulties, special IELTS test arrangements can be made including modified test materials and special administrative arrangements.

Please contact the Exams Unit of the British Council Korea (exams@britishcouncil.or.kr) at least 3 months before the test date. Relevant supporting materials (medical certificate and/or disability certificate) should be submitted as well.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM DELAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL (E.G. A TRANSPORTATION STRIKE)?

We will offer you an alternative test date as soon as possible.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL MY APPLICATION?

Check our Cancellation and Postponement pages for full details.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM ABSENT ON THE DAY OF THE TEST WITHOUT GIVING PRIOR NOTICE?

You will lose your full test fee. However, if you are able to provide appropriate medical report to support your request within 5 days of the test date then 75% of the fee will be refunded. Refunds on medical grounds are subject to approval by the administrator and depend on the exact circumstances. (Medical evidence : Minor illness or cold do not consider grounds for refunds.)

WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM UNHAPPY WITH MY RESULTS?

You can apply for your test to be re-marked within four weeks of receiving your results. There is a fee for this which is refunded should your band score change.

How do I get access to Road to IELTS Online?

Once you have been successfully registered for your IELTS test, you will be able to find your access codes to log in to the materials on the confirmation letter. Once you have entered the Road to IELTS Online portal you will be asked to create your own personal log in information and you must enter the date of your IELTS test.

What if I forget my personal log in information?

Go to the log on screen here and you can request your password.

How long can I use Road to IELTS Online for?

You can use it from the moment of your successful registration until 1 week after your exam date.

Can I use Road to IELTS Online in my office and at home?

Yes. You can login from anywhere that you can access the internet.

Do I need to pay anything?

No. The British Council provides Road to IELTS Online for free exclusively for candidates who are registered for the exam.

Why is my copy of Road to IELTS Online different from my friend's copy?

There is an Academic module and a General Training module depending on which exam you are sitting.

My friend isn't taking the IELTS exam but wants to use Road to IELTS Online. Where can I buy it?

Road to IELTS is provided exclusively for registered IELTS candidates with the British Council. At the moment you can not buy the materials.

If I register again after taking my IELTS test, will I get the same material?

We will be changing the material every few months, so depending on the registration date you may get completely new material to study.

What does Road to IELTS Online contain?

There are 3 topic-based units using themes which are commonly used in the IELTS exam. Each unit will help you prepare for the listening, writing, reading and speaking sections of the exam. There is also a vocabulary unit for each topic.

Can I do an exercise more than once?

Yes. Each time you do an exercise your score is recorded. It is often a good idea to do an exercise more than once to improve your score.

Should I work through the units in order?

The materials under each theme are organised as in the exam and the intention is that you can take a completely flexible approach to how you use the materials. You can practice a particular skill (reading, writing, etc), a particular test type (multiple choice, gap flll, etc), or simply work systematically through the materials unit by unit.

I'm finding the materials too easy/difficult. What level are the materials?

The Academic module focuses on IELTS band scores 5.0 - 6.0. The General Training module is aimed a little lower - around 4.5- 5.5.

Can I apply for more units after these 30 hours? How?

‘Road to IELTS' contains 120 hours of content and is divided into 4 30-hour blocks. Therefore, candidates who take IELTS more than once will potentially have access to different practice material. For the moment you can not buy more modules but we are investigating this possibility.

Do I need to log out?

It is best to click the close button (‘X') in the top right corner when you have finished. If you forget, you will still be able to start again but your “time spent” might not be recorded accurately.

If my Internet connection crashes while I am using Road to IELTS what should I do?

Just wait for the internet to come back and you will be able to keep going. If you click Marking while the Internet is down you will lose your score for this exercise.

Can I get help in my local language?

No. The help file is only written in English and all instructions are only in English. This is good practice for your exam!

Does Road to IELTS give me an IELTS score?

No. Road to IELTS is self study exam preparation material. It does not test you and the progress scores you get for the exercises do not relate to the IELTS score you will get in the exam.

Do my scores from Road to IELTS get included in the exam?

No. Your scores in Road to IELTS are only saved for your own information. You can click the Progress button to see what exercises you have done and your score for those exercises.

How do I get a writing task scored?

After each writing task you will see a sample answer. Don't look at this until you have tried the writing task yourself. Then you can use it to see a model answer. There is no automatic marking of the answer that you write.

What software do I need to run Road to IELTS?

You must have the Flash Player installed in your browser. The latest version is best, but if you have version 8 that is sufficient. Download the Flash Player from www.adobe.com. You also need to have cookies and javascript enabled.

When I start Road to IELTS I just see a blank screen. What is wrong?

You probably don't have the Flash Player installed in your browser. Download the Flash Player from www.adobe.com. You also need to have cookies and javascript enabled.

I can't hear anything in the listening exercises. What is wrong?

You probably don't have the latest Flash Player installed in your browser. You need at least version 8, but the latest one is best. Download the Flash Player from www.adobe.com. You should also check that your Internet connection is working well.

My Internet connection is very slow and the listening exercise runs out of time before the audio has finished. What can I do?

Open the exercise again. The second time the audio should play much more quickly.

I can't see any video. What is wrong?

You probably don't have the latest Flash Player installed in your browser. You need at least version 8, but the latest one is best. Download the Flash Player from www.adobe.com. You should also check that your Internet connection is working well.