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An IELTS Test result is valid for 2 years.
A candidate may retake the IELTS exam any time.
You must be at least 16 years old to write an IELTS exam
IDP facilitates tests on 48 fixed dates annually and depending on local demand up to four times a month,
Call us at +91 172 5000060 for registration help. Alternatively you may also give us a chance to assist you by visiting any of our 11 offices spread across Punjab and Chandigarh.
You will be marked as an absentee and the fee will not be refunded
If you postpone or cancel your application at least 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund after deduction of administration charge. If you postpone or cancel after 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee as long as you do not have a serious medical condition and you are able to provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund after deduction of administrative cost.
You are allowed to carry only pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and your passport in the examination room. Everything else like Mobile phones, tabs, wrist watches and handbags must be placed in the area designated by the testing authority.
IELTS is an international test. Examples of accents that can be heard are American, Australian, and British. These are just examples and the kinds of accents heard are not just restricted to these 3.
You can apply for a re- evaluation or an Enquiry on Results, at your test centre not later than six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which will be refunded if your bands score change after re-evaluation. The IELTS testing process has a very high standard of control procedures and the chances of change in scores after re-evaluation are negligible.
You must write the Listening and Reading parts in pencil. You may chose to use either a pen or a pencil to take the writing section of the test.
There are no pass marks in IELTS. Your performance in each section will be rated on a band scale of 1 to9. All educational institutions set their own minimum IELTS scores eligibility.
Pearson Test of English
a. PTE is a computer based test IELTS is written on paper. b. PTE is conducted by Pearson. c. IELTS is jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education d. IELTS grades are on a scale of 0 to 9, PTE grades are on a scale of 10 to 90
a. PTE is accepted by limited colleges and universities. It is advisable to check if the university or college in which you are seeking admission accepts PTE or not.
a. Yes PTE also has general and academic versions. b. In addition PTE also has a young learner test for children
a. PTE also has reading, listening, speaking and writing sections. All sections are conducted on a computer a microphone is used for speaking section. Each section has a fixed time and we can move forward only, there is no option of going back. b. PTE academic results are available online in five business days
a. There is no fixed minimum requirement. It is advisable to check the minimum PTE score required for the university or college in which you are seeking admission accepts PTE or not.
TOEFL is an internationally accepted test to check the English Language reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities of a non-native English speakers as per foreign colleges and university standards.
TOEFL is accepted in over 9000 colleges across 130 English speaking countries
The TOEFL iBT test is administered more than 50 times a year on fixed dates.
Yes, the test is about 4 hours to complete a TOEFL test.
Yes, you are. There is no limit to the attempts to take the test. However you are allowed to take it once in 12 days.
The test fee varies from location to location.
You can online, in person, by phone or by mail. Online registration is advisable because it is the fastest and easiest way. You can choose the location of the test and check date availability.
You need to register at least 4 days before the test date. If the test date you want is not listed, either the deadline for registration may have passed, or all seats for that date may have been filled.
Score reports are sent via email about 13 days after the test date. But ETS has no control over mail delivery to various locations around the world. It takes 7 to10 days after the mailing date for delivery in the United States, and 4 to 6 weeks for other locations.
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing Service. TOEFL is American and IELTS is British. Foreign students can take either TOEFL or IELTS, depending on the requirements of the college/ university for which they are seeking admission.
2 years after the test date.
The TOEFL iBT® test is done via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test is done in a paper format. The TOEFL iBT test is done online at testing sites across the world. The TOEFL PBT test is done only in locations where testing via the Internet is not available.
American Study Visa
I-20 is an official U.S. Government form, issued by a certified school, which a prospective non immigrant student must have in order to get a student Visa. It is an acceptance proof and contains information required to pay the fee, apply for a visa or change visa status. The Form I-20 has the student's SEVIS identification number, which starts with the letter N and is followed by nine digits, on the upper right side directly above the barcode.
It is advisable to apply for the student visa as soon as you have your I-20. To ensure you get an early and timely date you may apply at anytime. A student Visa can be issued 120 days before the start date mentioned on your I-20.
You will be allowed to enter the United States within 30 days of the beginning of the course stated on your I-20, regardless of when your visa was issued.
Full time students on F1 visa are allowed to work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week. After 1 year a student may apply for an off campus employment with authorization from USICS.
Yes your family can visit you after securing a tourist visa.
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This system requires schools and exchange programs to verify status of all new and continuing students and exchange visitors. Student visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee before a visa can be issued.
Canadian Study Visa
The government of Canada has made a special program for Indian students called the Student Partner program (SPP). This program expedites the visa process with minimum documentation requirements. Additionally students also get a work permit after the completion of their studies. Canadian government has permitted a few elite colleges to accept admissions under SPP. Most of these colleges are funded by the Canadian government and offer premium level education.
a) The student must have scored minimum of 50% or ‘C’ grade in the most recently completed degree or diploma. b) Medical fitness report from an SPP approved Doctor. c) Letter of Acceptance must have a stat and end dates of the program. d) A minimum of 6 bands each in reading, writing, listening and speaking of the IELTS exam. e) You will also need an Education loan from an Indian Chartered Bank covering 80% of tuition costs, lodging for 1 year and travel expenses. f) Complete mark sheets for every year. g) You must apply within an year of completing your degree or diploma.
It takes about 15 to 20 working days.
SPP applications should be submitted before or on the first of August to apply for admission in the September session. Students can submit visa applications through VFS. list of VFS officers in India is available at http://www.vfs-canada.co.in/wheretoapply.html
No, not under SPP but you may apply in general category
Yes you may do so in general category but not under SPP.
The Work permit policy has its own requisites and is independent of SPP. A student whose course duration is two years or more may get a work permit for 3 years in Canada. If the course duration is less than 2 years then you will get the work permit for the same duration
Yes, Canada has made majority of its population through migrants from other countries. Students have the option of applying for Permanent Residency in Canada but the application must score minimum 60 points and meet all the health and character requirements.
Australian Study Visa
You will be required to show evidence of available funds to support your stay. For an annual stay in Australia the official amount is: • Student/guardian - AUD 19,830 • Partner/spouse - AUD 6,940 • Child - AUD 2,970
Yes, you will be able to include your dependent family members on your visa. Their visas will be valid for the same duration as yours .
Yes, you can work for up to 40 hours fortnightly.
Your course must be a full time one to apply for a student visa. If your want to work full time and study part time it is advisable to apply for a Sponsorship Visa.
You may book any course which is registered with the Australian Government as a course for foreign students.
Yes, if you current visa does not have a “no further stay” condition.
Yes. You can leave and re-enter Australia at your will during the validity period of your student’s.
The processing time for a student’s visa is about 4 to 8 weeks but the timeframes change depending on Immigration. In most cases applications are finalised in a month. However, failure to provide all documents or submitting misleading information will delay the process or result in visa refusal.
New Zealand Study Visa
Yes students are allowed to work part time @ 20 hours a week during the course duration and full time during vacation.
Your partner can accompany you after securing either a work visa or a visitor’s Visa
Student Visa can be granted either for level5 and above courses or for courses listed in the long term skill shortage list.
Police Clearance certificate can either be obtained from the office of Senior Superintendent of Police or from the Regional Passport office.
English is the majorly used language the other official language used in New Zealand is Maori.
The annual cost of living in New Zealand is about 10,000 NZ$ which is 440372 INR.