International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a language proficiency exam for individuals who do not speak English as a first language. It is one of the major English-language proficiency exams in the world.
Canada has two official languages: French and English. In most cases, if you are applying for one of Canada’s immigration programs, you will have to provide proof of language proficiency. One of the accepted language proficiency exams is IELTS.
WHAT IS IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the international standardized test for English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.
IELTS is jointly managed by three organizations:
- the British Council,
- IDP IELTS Australia and
- Cambridge Assessment English
If the immigration program you are applying for in Canada requires proof of language proficiency, you must submit the results of an approved language test.
To check for the language requirements for skilled immigrants, click here.
WHAT IS THE BRITISH COUNCIL?
The British Council provides language proficiency examinations in more than 50 different countries, including the Philippines.
The British Council has been operating in the Philippines since 1978.
WHAT IS IRCC?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the Government of Canada agency responsible for all matters of immigration.
IRCC is responsible for screening applications for temporary and permanent residents, as well as issuing Canadian passports and other travel documents.
IRCC works with different government agencies and non-governmental organizations to promote programs and services that help newcomers to Canada become engaged and productive members of their communities.
HOW MUCH IS IELTS?
IELTS is PhP11,300.00, whether you choose to take the paper-based or the computer-delivered examinations.
To schedule your IELTS, you have to first create a British Council account.
Then you have to check for available dates for both the paper-based or computer-delivered examination (as well as dates for your Speaking examination).
After you have chosen the dates, book your schedule and pay for the examination fees.
To book for IELTS General Training, click here.
In the Philippines, there are four available test centres:
- Metro Manila
OTHER LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS ACCEPTED BY IRCC
IRCC accepts the results of the following language proficiency examinations:
Canadian English Language Proficiency English Index Program (CELPIP) (General)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (General Training)
Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF) if you wrote your test before March 1, 2020.
Test de connaissance du francais (TCF) if you wrote your test on or after March 1, 2020.
LANGUAGE TESTING FOR SKILLED IMMIGRANTS
If you are submitting an application under the Express Entry System, you will have to do the following:
- schedule to take your language proficiency examination with an IRCC-approved agency.
- pay the examination fees.
- once you have received the results of your language proficiency examination, enter them in your Express Entry profile.
- when you receive your Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA), you must include a digital copy of the results of your language proficiency examination.
NOTE: Keep the original copy of the results of your language proficiency examination in a safe place. IRCC may ask you to submit it at a later time.
The results of your language proficiency examination must be less than two years old when you complete your Express Entry profile and submit your application for Permanent Residency.
QUESTIONS ABOUT IELTS?
If you have questions about taking IELTS in the Philippines, the British Council has a live chat available, click here.
For more information about the British Council, click here.
ADDRESS: 7/F The Curve, 32nd St. Corner 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines 1634
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In 1980, the Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council launched the English Language Testing Service (ELTS).
The the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges (IDP) joined the Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council and formed a new partnership which brought a new name for the test: International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
In 1989, IELTS was composed of four modules: two non-specialized modules, listening and speaking and two specialized modules, reading and writing.
In 1995, revisions were made to IELTS. Instead of a choice of three field-specific reading and writing modules, IELTS now had one academic reading module and one academic writing module. Thematic link between the reading and writing modules were removed to improve reading and writing ability assessment. General training reading and writing modules were alighned with Academic reading and writing modules.
In 2001, IELTS made further revisions to the speaking test.
In 2005, new assessment criteria were introduced to the IELTS writing test.
IELTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the Philippines, IELTS is managed by the British Council. IELTS is offered at 16 locations in the Philippines, including: Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Batangas, Cabanatuan, CDO, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Leyte, Malolos, Naga, Pampanga and Tagaytay.
For more information about the British Council, including test dates and fees, click here.
WHAT DOES IELTS TEST FOR?
IELTS includes testing the applicant’s English skills, specifically listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The speaking module is conducted by an exam representative, and is a one-on-one interview. The interview is recorded.
Different accents are used during the exam, including British, Australian, New Zealander and American.
Band scores are given for each skill set, ranging from 0 (if the applicant did not attempt to take the test) to 9 (if the applicant has displayed an expert level of English language use).
Total time for the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Listening (30 minutes), reading (60 minutes), writing (60 minutes) and speaking (up to 14 minutes).
IELTS AND CANADIAN IMMIGRATION
IELTS results are accepted by Canadian academic institutions, and is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
IRCC also accepts Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) results for immigration purposes.
For immigration purposes, applicants must take the General Training option. More points are awarded for higher scores in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
IELTS ACADEMIC VS GENERAL TRAINING
IELTS is designed to evaluate the entire range of ability from non-users to experts. There are two different versions of the exam: Academic and General Training.
Academic is for individuals who are applying to study in post-secondary institutions in Canada or are seeking professional registration (such as doctors and nurses).
General Training is for individuals who submitting an application to go to Canada to attend a secondary school.
General Training is also for individuals who submitting an application to go to Canada for those who will participate in training.
General Training is also for individuals who submitting an application to go to Canada for those who will work for a Canadian employer.
General Training is also for individuals who submitting an application to go to Canada as Permanent Residents.
HOW MUCH DOES IELTS COST IN THE PHILIPPINES?
IELTS Academic and General Training Paper-based Test PhP 11,300.00
IELTS Academic and General Training Computer-delivered test PhP 11,300.00
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic and General Training) PhP 11,995.00
IELTS Life Skills (A1, A2 and B1) PhP 9,825.00
Take note that IELTS test dates are dependent on COVID-19 travel related restrictions. For more information, contact the British Council.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR IELTS?
You need valid, government-issued identification such as a Philippine Passport, GSIS, SSS, PRC or UMID. An electronic copy of this ID will be uploaded when you book your test online.
You will also need to pay for your test using a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. You can also pay for the testing fee by bank transfer. Registration must be completed within 24 hours to avoid cancellation.
WHERE CAN I PAY FOR IELTS?
You can pay for your IELTS at Banco De Oro.
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: Citibank FAO British Council
Account Number: 1380194898
Type: Savings Account
Don’t forget to write IELTS / your family name / your city / your test date in the reference section of your payment.
Upload the receipt when completing your online registration. Registration must be completed at least 4 days before you preferred test date.
After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation of the test venue and start time.
To find out more about IELTS, visit www.britishcouncil.ph
BRITISH COUNCIL PHONE, EMAIL & ADDRESS
British Council Philippine Office
7th Floor The Curve
32nd Street corner 3rd Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City 1634
EMAIL: [email protected]
SEND AN ONLINE MESSAGE: https://www.britishcouncil.ph/contact/message
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