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Taking an IELTS at RMIT Training can help you with your career, your Australian visa application and your entry into an Australian university.

IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 11,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

RMIT Training has become highly respected in the English testing space:

  • We’ve delivered IELTS since 1996
  • We test over 10,000 test takers every year
  • Centrally located and accessible via public transport

Please review the IELTS and PTE test day safety measures.

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What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It’s the world’s most popular English language test for tertiary education, work and migration purposes. International students wanting to study at an Australian university are required to pass the IELTS test to show their English language abilities. The test can also be taken for work purposes or applying for residency. In a global partnership of language experts, IDP: IELTS Australia, the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment co-created IELTS. 

Why take the IELTS test?

Millions of IELTS tests are taken each year in over 140 countries for study, work and migration purposes. Over 11,000 organisations including universities, immigration authorities and professional bodies recognise IELTS, which means it helps you reach your study and career goals faster.

IELTS is the only internationally recognised English language test where the speaking section of the test is held with an examiner in a private room so you will not be interrupted. Our examiners are fully qualified and follow rigorous global IELTS standards and are regularly monitored and re-certified.

IELTS content is developed by an international team of experts that do extensive research to ensure the test is fair and unbiased for all, regardless of nationality, gender, lifestyle or location.

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Why take an IELTS test at RMIT?

Every year over 10,000 people take an IELTS test with RMIT Training. We are one of Melbourne’s longest established IELTS test centres. We ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible for you.

Test days are scheduled regularly, and all four sections of the test are held on the same day.

Centrally located

in Melbourne CBD

Easily accessible

via public transport

Comfortable testing rooms

for test taking

IELTS test structure

IELTS offers two modules:

  • Academic
  • General Training

Before applying, check the test format to determine the right module for you, as fees may apply for changing modules.

The IELTS test assesses four language skills - writing, reading, listening and speaking.

The listening, reading and writing sections are scheduled between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm. The speaking section is scheduled between 1.00 pm and 5.30 pm. All sections of the test are conducted in small rooms, providing you with a comfortable environment.

IELTS test components — writing, reading, listening & speaking


Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time).


There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, matching, plan/ map/diagram labelling, form completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, summary completion, sentence completion, short-answer questions.

Test Parts

There are 4 sections:

Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context (e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency).

Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local facilities or a talk about the arrangements for meals during a conference).

Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a group of students planning a research project).

Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a university lecture).

Each section is heard once only. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used.

Skills assessed

A wide range of listening skills are assessed, including:

  • understanding of main ideas
  • understanding of specific factual information
  • recognising opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker
  • following the development of an argument.


Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale.

Scores are reported in whole and half bands.


60 minutes (no extra transfer time).


There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, identifying information (True/False/Not Given), identifying a writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Test Parts

There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.

Academic Reading

Each section contains one long text. Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest. Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, test takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration. Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided.

General Training Reading

Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic,e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.

Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on workrelated issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training).

Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.

Skills assessed

A wide range of reading skills are assessed, including:

  • reading for gist
  • reading for main ideas
  • reading for detail
  • understanding inferences and implied meaning
  • recognising writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose
  • following the development of an argument.


Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. 

Scores are reported in whole and half bands.


60 minutes


There are 2 tasks. You are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.

Test Parts

There are 2 parts.

Academic Writing

In Task 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event. In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by test takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written in an academic, semi-formal/neutral style.

General Training Writing

In Task 1, you are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal or semi-formal/neutral in style. In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. Topics are of general interest.

Skills assessed

In both tasks, you are assessed on your ability to write a response which is appropriate in terms of:

  • content
  • the organisation of ideas
  • the accuracy and range of vocabulary and grammar.

Academic Writing

In Task 1, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to organise, present and possibly compare data; to describe the stages of a process or procedure; to describe an object or event or sequence of events; to explain how something works. In Task 2, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to present a solution to a problem; to present and justify an opinion; to compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

General Training Writing

In Task 1, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to engage in personal correspondence in order to: elicit and provide general factual information; express needs, wants, likes and dislikes; express opinions (views, complaints etc.). In Task 2, you are assessed on your ability to provide general factual information; to outline a problem and present a solution; to present and possibly justify an opinion; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.


You are assessed on your performance on each task by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Writing test assessment criteria (Task Achievement/Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy). The public version of the assessment criteria can be found at

Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score.

Scores are reported in whole and half bands.


11-14 minutes

Test Parts

There are 3 parts.

Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes) 

The examiner introduces him/herself and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests.

Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)

The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

Skills assessed

A wide range of speaking skills are assessed, including:

  • the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions
  • the ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently
  • the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues.


You are assessed on your performance throughout the test by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Speaking test assessment criteria (Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Pronunciation). The public version of the assessment criteria can be found at

Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

What are the IELTS test fees?

The cost for both Academic and General Training IELTS English tests in Australia is $395.

There is no separate registration fee, payment processing fee, or late payment fee.

Refunds and transfers

To transfer your booking to another test date or request a refund of the test fee, you need to submit a Request for refund or test date transfer form more than 5 days prior to your test date. Applications submitted less than 5 days prior to your test date will not be accepted.

RMIT IELTS test centre dates in Melbourne

You can view all upcoming Melbourne based IELTS test dates on the IELTS website.

Note: to find out how many seats are available, please contact us.

IELTS Academic test location

Our Test Centre is located at RMIT Training Melbourne: 

RMIT University Building 108, Level 10, 235–251 Bourke Street.

On the day of the test

View the IELTS Test Day Flowchart for a timeline of what happens on the day of the test.

IELTS test day flowchart

Remember to bring your passport or you will not be able to sit the test.

You must have your photograph taken and have a fingerprint scanned for security and identification purposes on the day of the test.

IELTS test results

Your IELTS test results come in a report known as the Test Report Form and will be available 13 days after the test day. Due to COVID 19 safety restrictions results are not available for collection at this time, results will be posted to you in the mail.

Before receiving your results in the mail, you can preview them online by entering the information requested. Results will be released throughout the day from 12am onwards. If you are unable to view your results, please wait for an hour and try again. All results should be rolled out by 5pm.

Your results will place you on a nine-band scale. The IELTS band score scale:

  • 9 Expert user
  • 8 Very good user
  • 7 Good user
  • 6 Competent user
  • 5 Modest user
  • 4 Limited user
  • 3 Extremely limited user
  • 2 Intermittent user
  • 1 Non user
  • 0 Did not attempt the test

You will receive five scores, one for each section of the test and an overall score, and a brief description of your level.

Check the entry requirements with the institution or organisation you’re interested in applying to. The required IELTS score will vary from one institution or organisation to another.

Your Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for 2 years. We can send up to five additional copies on your behalf to other institutions or organisations. You will need to fill out the Application for the issue of additional TRFs form. Test Report Forms for tests taken more than 2 years ago cannot be re-issued.

If you would like your IELTS test to be marked again, you need to fill out an Enquiry on results form and submit it within 6 weeks of your test date. Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact us.

Enquiry on results form

How to book

Book online

Download the test taker leaflet

Speak to a team member

When booking an IELTS test, you will need to have a scanned copy of your current valid passport, your credit card to pay in full and a valid email address.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are IELTS test results valid?

IELTS test results are valid for 2 years only.

When will I receive my IELTS test results?

Your results, which come in a Test Report Form, will be issued 13 days after the day of the test. Results will be mailed directly to the address you provided in your test application form.

Due to COVID 19 safety restrictions, results are not currently available for collection. Do not contact RMIT Training for your results —they will not be given over the phone or via email.

What happens if I lose my Test Report Form?

At any time within two years of sitting the test at RMIT Training, you can apply for additional copies of the original form. These copies will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc. on your behalf. You will only ever receive ONE personal copy of your Test Report Form.You may be provided with up to an additional two copies of your TRF if they have been lost or damaged. If required, you may request an additional personal copy via the Test Report Form request.

How do I arrange for my Test Report Form to be forwarded to universities, consulates etc.?

You will need to submit the Test Report Form request and include your nominated Recognising Organisation’s full contact details and postal address.

Many Recognising Organisations can access results electronically via an IELTS Results Verification Service. It can take up to 24 hours after your request is processed.

What can I do if I am unhappy with my IELTS test results?

You may request that IELTS Australia carries out an enquiry on results by fill out IELTS Enquiry on Results and submit  to within *6 weeks of your test date, and paying the application fee of A$176. You can choose to have one or more modules of your test re-marked however the fee is the same regardless. The process can take 2-21 days to be finalised. Should your score increase, the fee will be refunded in full and a new Test Report Form will be issued.

*Due to the impact of COVID-19, IELTS is temporarily allowing test takers to submit a remark application for up to 3 months after their test date.

How strictly is the IELTS test marked?

Take care when writing answers on the listening and reading answer sheets, as incorrect spelling and grammar are penalised. Both UK and US varieties of spelling are acceptable. If you are asked to write the answer in a specific number of words, you will be penalised if you write more than that number. In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the answer sheet.

Will I be able to get better IELTS test results if I take a preparation course?

The results you achieve will depend on your level of English and the effort you put into preparing for the test. Doing a preparation course is not a guarantee of achieving better results, but it will provide you with practice, strategies, sharper skills and more confidence.

What level of English do I need before I can sit the IELTS test?

IELTS tests are designed to assess candidates from beginner through to advanced levels. However, the test is aimed at candidates with a level of Intermediate and above.

Do I have to study at an English language school before I sit the IELTS test?

No. However, to get your best possible score, you may consider some IELTS practice materials, which will familiarise you with the types of questions you will be asked in the test. 

What age must I be to sit the IELTS test?

IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16.

How do I book the test with RMIT Training?

You can book an IELTS Test with RMIT Training here.

Can I pay the fees by instalment?

No. Fees for the IELTS test must be paid for in full up front.

How long does the IELTS test take to complete?

At RMIT Training Melbourne, all four sections of the IELTS test are held on the same day.

The listening, reading and writing sections are scheduled between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm. The speaking section is scheduled between 1.00 pm and 5.30 pm.

Is there time at the end of the reading section of the IELTS test to transfer answers to the answer sheet?

No. The reading section takes 1 hour and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in that hour.

Can I write on the question papers?

Yes. The examiners do not see your question papers.

What do I need to bring to the IELTS test centre on the day of the test?

On the day of the test, you must bring your current valid passport (only original and valid current passports are accepted). Your passport must have an expiry date of at least 7 days after the test date to be considered valid.

Clear bottle of water – remove all labels and bottle must be see-through.

The test centre will provide pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Please do not bring your own stationery as it will not be allowed into the test room.

How is the Listening test conducted?

The Listening test is played via a central sound system and we will conduct a sound-check to ensure that all candidates can hear the audio. The test taker will not need to use headphones.

Are the teachers IELTS examiners?

The regulations set by IDP: IELTS Australia, the British Council and Cambridge University do not allow teachers of the preparation course to divulge their examiner status. Preparation courses are taught by fully qualified English teachers who are very familiar with the test and experienced at teaching IELTS strategies.

How often can I repeat the IELTS test?

There is no limit to the number of times you can sit the IELTS test. However, scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without English language lessons or the completion of IELTS preparation courses between tests.

Do I have to sit all four sections of the test when I am repeating?

Yes. When you repeat the IELTS test, all four skills must be tested again, regardless of your previous results.

What is the difference between the Academic and General Training IELTS tests?

IELTS Academic measures the English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement for those planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK and New Zealand. For more information, visit the IELTS website

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

What help is available for test takers who require special arrangements or have a disability?

The RMIT Training test centre makes every effort to cater for test takers with special requirements. If you require a modified version of the test please provide three months’ notice so we can best assist you. If special administrative arrangements are needed for your test, for example, you need extra time to sit the test, please provide us six weeks’ notice to adjust the test environment and facilities for you and your circumstances.

Please note there are limited seats available for special needs test takers who require a separate room during the test. For more information, see the IELTS Australia special requirements webpage.

Please email us at regarding any special requirements prior to booking your test. One of our team members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

We look forward to you sitting your IELTS Test with us.

What happens if I am absent on the day of the IELTS test without giving prior notice?

You will lose the full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided within 5 days of the test date, you will be refunded the full fee minus an administration fee of 25% or a reschedule of test date if your submission is approved. To request a refund or transfer, please submit a Request for refund or test date transfer form.

How do I provide feedback?

If you want to provide feedback regarding the conduct of an IELTS test, please submit a feedback form here.

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