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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about IELTS, PTE, OET, Nanny, Spoken English etc.

IELTS

Who should take the IELTS test?
Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US. People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
What is Academic Module?
The Academic Reading and Writing Module assess whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or post graduate level.
Why do I need to take the IELTS test?
IELTS assesses your English language ability. A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide.
How can I register for the test?
To take the test with the British Council in India you can either register online/offline. IISE is an authorized center for Test Date booking for British Council and candidates can register through IISE in-order to appear for the test.
How often can I take the IELTS test?
From 1 January 2007, the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever they wish. It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature. Gain score studies carried out under the IELTS funded research programme indicate that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without extensive English language tuition in the interim.
What is the mandatory level English (IELTS) in-order to apply for Australian student visa?
5 band s IELTS is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a student visa, in other cases where the student has less than 5 overall band score, then he/she might be required to take an English programme for an entire year.
What do I need to bring with me to the test?
You need to bring your passport, hall ticket and stationery for all the modules of the test.
How long is the IELTS qualification valid?
This depends on the receiving institution. Two years' is the normal period of acceptance.

TOEFL

When should I register for TOEFL and what is its process?
You have to register for the appointment of TOEFL test at least 3-4 months prior to the test date. As the seats will be filled up soon, you have to register your appointment as early as possible. An easy way to register for TOEFL test is by mail or by phone
How many times can I take the TOEFL test?
You can take the test for as many times as you can. Your previous scores will be reported, but many colleges consider the higher and most recent score. However, many students retake the TOEFL test.
Can I guess the answers for unconfident questions on the test?
Yes you can do it. There is no negative scoring in TOEFL for incorrect answers. Therefore, you shouldn't leave any question unanswered. Make a clever guess to select the good option. It is best to eliminate the options that you are sure that are incorrect and then select among the remaining choices.
When is the TOEFL administered?
In many areas, TOEFL will be administered once every month.
Can I change my test date after receiving my confirmation ticket?
No, it is not possible to change the test date after receiving the confirmation ticket. You have to freshly apply for the new appointment of the test. You may then request a partial refund for the first paid registration fee, within 60 days of the original test date.
Is TOEFL-iBT test much complicated to answer?
The test uses an entirely new approach. It measures the ability of integrating English skills and to communicate about what you read and hear. However, the reading and listening sections are not dramatically changed. The test has newly introduced a test of speaking, where test takers will be assessed their English speaking abilities.