Whether you are an English learner or have been speaking English for a long time, there are situations in which it’s unavoidable to become IELTS certified. Such as when you’re planning to migrate to or go to University in an English speaking country.
In this post, I’m summarizing the nuts and bolts on taking the IELTS test in Singapore.
What is the IELTS exactly?
IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is run by three organisations: University of Cambridge, British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd. You can take the test in Singapore.
There are two types of IELTS. Take the Academic version for University admission and the General Training version if you are planning to migrate to an English speaking country.
No matter what your level is, you will take the same test, and depending on your score, you will achieve a grade of 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest.
Why take the IELTS test?
You can take the IELTS test for 3 reasons:
- To know your own English level;
- To get into a University;
- To migrate to English speaking countries like Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
If (2) or (3) is your reason, it helps to know which University or country you want to get in to. For some Universities, a score of 5 is enough to get in, others require a score as high as 8.
For countries, it also depends. As one example, New Zealand now requires an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
People sometimes ask me whether schools provide certificates after taking an English course. Many schools do, but the truth is that the IELTS certificate is the most recognised internationally.
How to sign up?
In Singapore, both the British Council and IDP organise IELTS examinations.
For the British Council:
Examinations take place at (1) SMU at Orchard or (2) the Civil Service College at Buona Vista on Saturday mornings 9am-12:30pm. There are 2-3 exams every month. Follow this link for the latest updated exam dates and locations in Singapore.
The cost is S$ 320. You can find the upcoming test dates and register on the British Council Singapore’s website.
Examinations take place at the RELC building at Orange Grove Road in the Orchard area. It’s close to Stevens Road. Typical schedules are Saturday or Thursday mornings, 8am-12:30pm. There are about 4 Academic IELTS exams a month and roughly 2 for General Training.
The cost is S$ 310. Click here for the upcoming test dates and register on IDP Singapore’s website. They offer online registration (though it looks complicated) as well as in-person registration.
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