International English Language Testing System


IELTS is a test used around the world when a certain level of English is required for studying, working or living in another country. 

It tests listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.  

IELTS isn't just useful for getting into Deakin – it's accepted as evidence of English language skills by over 8000 organisations worldwide.

Our on-campus IELTS centre is a perfect place to do it.


 Choose Deakin for your IELTS test

  • Take the entire test in one day
  • Easy online application process – you don't need to come in to the centre to apply
  • Free on-site car parking on test day
  • Small test rooms in modern classrooms
  • Easy access to public transport

Book your IELTS test

Note: Online applications must include a scanned copy of passport.

Upcoming test dates

Burwood

Date Training type Results
29 Oct 2016 Academic
General
11 Nov 2016
5 Nov 2016Academic
General
18 Nov 2016
19 Nov 2016General2 Dec 2016
26 Nov 2016Academic9 Dec 2016
3 Dec 2016Academic
General
16 Dec 2016
10 Dec 2016Academic
General
23 Dec 2016

Geelong

Date Training type Results Released
29 Oct 2016 Academic
General
11 Nov 2016
10 Dec 2016Academic
General
23 Dec 2016

Apply online

Applying for your test online

You can apply quickly and easily online to take your IELTS test at Deakin.  

All you'll need is a clear and legible scanned copy of the photo page of your current valid passport ready to upload. 

When applying, please select your required date and the type of test (academic or general training) carefully as you’ll have to pay a fee if you reschedule or cancel your test.

Note: Online applications must include a scanned copy of passport.


How to apply – Deakin IELTS Test

Need to book an IELTS test at Deakin? This video contains step by step instructions on how to complete your booking online.

Paying for IELTS

The fee for the IELTS test is $330. We’ll confirm your application as soon as we’ve received your payment. 

Payment can be made by credit card (excluding American Express and DINERS) or by Visa/Mastercard debit card.

Cancelling or rescheduling your IELTS test

You can cancel or transfer your test if you give at least five weeks notice in person or by email. Please note, test dates cannot be transferred to another person.

If there are fewer than five weeks to go until your IELTS test and you need to cancel or transfer due to extraordinary circumstances (such as a death in the family or a medical emergency), please contact the centre on +61 3 9244 6050 or email ielts-test-centre@deakin.edu.au.

Refunds and fees

If you cancel your IELTS test with at least five weeks notice, a 25% administration fee applies. This means that you will receive back $247.50 from your original test fee.

There is an administrative fee of $50 for transferring your IELTS date.

Missing your test

Unfortunately, we can’t offer refunds to people who are absent on the day of the test unless this is due to medical reasons.

If this is the case, you will need to provide evidence for this. For example, a medical certificate that covers the date of the test.

Please contact our office and provide us with your medical certificate within 5 business days of your test date.

Using your IELTS results for a UK Visa

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has specific requirements for people who wish to use English language tests for their UK visa applications.

You'll need to check the UKVI requirements before you register for an IELTS test.

Find out more about using IELTS results for UK visas

Two testing locations

After applying online, you'll be able to take the entire test in one day at either our Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

IELTS at Melbourne Burwood

IELTS tests are held on Level 3 of Building LA, Elgar Road, at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Find out how to get to our Burwood Campus

IELTS at Geelong Waurn Ponds

IELTS tests are located in Building DA (KD Stewart Centre) at our Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

Find out how to get to our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Which test?

Academic module

The academic IELTS test is generally required for getting into undergraduate or postgraduate studies, and for professional registration.

General training module

The general training IELTS test is more likely to be required for immigration purposes.

You should always check with the organisation requesting an IELTS score which test module they need.

Find out about the differences between the academic and general training tests

The format of the test

Academic module

  1. Academic Writing – two tasks (150 words and 250 words) (60 minutes)
  2. Academic Reading – three sections (60 minutes)
  3. Listening (40 minutes)
  4. Speaking (11–14 minutes)

General training module

  1. General Training Writing – two tasks (150 words and 250 words) (60 minutes)
  2. General Training Reading – three sections (60 minutes)
  3. Listening (40 minutes)
  4. Speaking (11–14 minutes)

Prepare

Prepare using the IELTS website

IELTS Essentials has sample test questions, tips for taking the test and information about IELTS scoring. Their materials can help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions.

Visit the IELTS Essentials website

IELTS Masterclass

The FREE IELTS Masterclass™ is designed for anyone who’s preparing to take the IELTS test and will provide:

  • practical tips on how best to enhance your English
  • insights into common mistakes you can avoid
  • interactive tasks using the assessment criteria.

Register for a FREE masterclass

IELTS Practice materials

All of the below practice materials are available to purchase from the Deakin IELTS Test Centre counter Tuesday–Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm.

  • Vol. 1 Official IELTS Practice Materials (with CD) – $35
  • Vol. 2 Official IELTS Practice Materials (with DVD) – $35
  • Top Tips for IELTS Academic (with interactive CD-ROM) – $35
  • Top Tips for IELTS General Training (with interactive CD-ROM) – $35

IELTS Assist 

Get personalised, expert advice on your writing skills with IELTS Writing Assist.

Learn more about IELTS Assist

Prepare for re-taking IELTS

If you've already taken the IELTS test and scored at least 5.5, you'll be eligible to take our IELTS preparation course at our English language institute, DUELI. This course will help you improve your IELTS score by:

  • improving your English skills across each IELTS category (speaking, reading, listening and writing)
  • teaching you strategies for sitting an exam
  • allowing you to practise IELTS tasks under timed conditions.

Find out more about our IELTS preparation course at DUELI

On the day

Registration

You must arrive at the centre by 7.45am on the test day to register. Registration is a very important part of taking IELTS – it's when we verify your identity and that all your details are up to date and correct. 

You cannot take the test if you haven't registered.

What to bring

The most important thing you'll need to bring is your valid passport (your passport must have an expiry date of at least 13 days after the test date to be considered valid). Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted.

It's a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and bring water in a clear, unlabelled bottle.

Items prohibited in the test room

You won't be allowed to bring mobile phones, watches, Fitbits, electronic devices, wallets, purses, keys, bags, coats or jackets, highlighters or pencil cases into the examination room.

Pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners are not permitted. These will be provided.

There will be a secure space to store your personal belongings while you're taking the test.

Verifying your identity

You'll be asked to verify your identity before the morning and afternoon sessions of your test. 

Part of the verification process is capturing your photo and your finger-scan. 

Your details and your photo will appear on your Test Report Form, so it's important to make sure all your information is correct.

If your details change

If your address changes or you’re issued with a new passport after you’ve applied to take IELTS, please contact our IELTS team to update your details. 

On the day of the test you’ll need to bring both your old and new passport to registration – photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted on test day.

The test

How long the IELTS test takes

The IELTS test takes three hours and 15 minutes. At the Deakin IELTS Test Centre we hold the test over the course of one day. Registration is at 7.45am and the test takes place between 9am and 5pm. There is a half-hour break for lunch from 12.30pm.

The morning session of the IELTS test

The writing, reading and listening sections of the test take place between 9am and 12.30pm, without any breaks.

The afternoon session of the IELTS test

The speaking test is a 15-minute interview, which will take place between 1pm and 5pm. You’ll be given your interview time in a reminder email sent to you the Wednesday afternoon prior to your test.

Your results

Getting your results

Your results will be available for collection at the Deakin IELTS Test Centre in Burwood between 9am and 11am, 13 days after your test. You must bring your passport to collect your results.

If you do not collect your results, we’ll mail your Test Results Form (TRF) to you. Your results cannot be provided over the phone or via email. 

Provisional results will be available on the IELTS Australia website 13 days after your test, but these may not be the same as your TRF.

IELTS results

Getting your results sent to an organisation

You can request up to five additional copies of your Test Report Form to be sent to registered receiving organisations (such as universities) on your behalf. 

This can be done for no cost on your original online application form, or for a $10 fee per TRF on or after the day of your test. 

An additional Test Report Form cannot be issued to a solicitor or migration agent.

Lost or damaged Test Results Form

If you lose or damage your Test Report Form you can complete an 'Application for Additional TRF' form to receive a new one. 

There is a $10 fee to replace lost or damaged Test Report Forms.

Download the application for additional TRF request form (PDF, 38KB)

If you're unhappy with your results

If you would like your IELTS test result reviewed, you can apply for an Enquiry on Results. 

You can only do this once per test, and you must make the request within six weeks of sitting the test. An Enquiry on Results costs $176 (including GST) and can take up to eight weeks. If your band score increases, the cost will be refunded in full.

Download the enquiry on results Form (PDF, 86KB)

Taking the test again

There’s no limit on the number of times you can take the test or how long you need to wait in between sessions. 

For a better result, we recommend doing more preparation and study before you next take the IELTS test. 

Please note that you cannot retake individual components of the test – it must be done again in full.

Why IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's most popular high-stakes English language test, accepted for study, work and migration.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The test covers the four macro language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

There are two IELTS Test Modules: the Academic Module and the General Training Module.

The IELTS Academic Module is recommended for candidates who need to meet the English language requirements for academic purposes.

The IELTS General Training Module is suitable for candidates who need the IELTS test for non-academic purposes.

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 8000 organisations worldwide. In the past year more than 2 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

Contact us

Opening hours

Tuesday–Friday (8.30am–4.00pm)

Location

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Entrance 3, Building LA (Level 2)
70 Elgar Road
Burwood, Victoria 3125