International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The IELTS test centre will be closed on the following Fridays:

Friday 21 August 2015
Friday 04 September 2015
Friday 16 October 2015
Friday 13 November 2015
Friday 27 November 2015

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any questions please refer to our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page first, and if your query hasn't been answered there please contact us.

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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

The academic modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be based on the results of these modules. The academic modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be based on the results of these modules.

The general training modules emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Listening:30 minutes
Reading:60 minutes
Writing:60 minutes
Speaking:11 to 14 minutes
2015 IELTS test dates - Darwin
Test Day - Listening, Reading, Writing

 Speaking tests

*Please read important information below
Academic testGeneral test
Saturday 10 January 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 28 February 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 28 March 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 18 April 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 09 May 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 27 June 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 11 July 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 29 August 2015Friday and SaturdayClosedClosed
Saturday 12 September 2015Friday and SaturdayAvailableAvailable
Saturday 24 October 2015Friday and SaturdayAvailableAvailable
Saturday 21 November 2015Friday and SaturdayAvailableAvailable
Saturday 05 December 2015Friday and SaturdayAvailableAvailable
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPEAKING TESTS:  Speaking tests in Darwin are scheduled on Friday (before the test day) or Saturday (test day).  To register for an IELTS test, you need to submit your application at least 5 weeks before the test date
2015 IELTS test dates - Alice Springs
Test Day - Listening, Reading, WritingSpeaking tests*Please read important information belowAcademic testGeneral test
Saturday 07 February 2015Thursday and FridayClosedClosed
Saturday 11 April 2015Thursday and FridayClosedClosed
Saturday 13 June 2015Thursday and FridayClosedClosed
Saturday 01 August 2015Thursday and FridayClosedClosed
Saturday 26 September 2015Thursday and FridayAvailableAvailable
Saturday 7 November 2015Thursday and FridayAvailableAvailable
Saturday 12 December 2015Thursday and FridayAvailableAvailable
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPEAKING TESTS: Speaking tests are conducted on Thursday and Friday before the Test Day. While candidates can advise of their preferred speaking test day/time, the IELTS staff cannot guarantee that the candidate will receive that allocation.

To familiarise candidates with the format and contents of the test and to allow them to assess their readiness, candidates can enrol in the IELTS Intensive Preparation Workshop. The workshop is held three days before the IELTS test. Download the IELTS Preparation Workshop application form (PDF 212KB).

The IELTS Intensive Preparation Workshop is held on Mondays, Tuesdays and  Wednesdays.

The intensive workshop package fee is $220.00. This includes:

  • IELTS Intensive Preparation Workshop Booklet
  • practice test materials
  • IELTS Official Practice Materials Pack with CD (The IELTS Official Practice Materials Pack with CD can be purchased from the Test Centre for $40.00)

2015 Workshop dates
5, 6, 7 January 20156, 7, 8 July 2015
23, 24, 25 February 2015
23, 24, 25 March 2015
13, 14, 15 April 2015
4, 5, 6 May 2015
22, 23, 24 June 2015

IELTS Essentials provides IELTS test takers with preparation advice, hints and tips to do their best in the IELTS test.

IELTS Writing assist

Complete the Writing Assist task and an English language expert will advise how you can improve your writing skills.

The written report will provide you with a personalised report on your writing skills, indicating your strengths and weaknesses and recommending strategies for improvement.

For more information please visit the web site: 


Applications are required at least six weeks before the test.

All candidates must submit a completed GST Form with their IELTS Application Form. Your application to sit an IELTS test will not be processed without the GST Form.

Please download and complete the appropriate GST Form for Darwin (PDF 93KB) or the GST form for Alice Springs (PDF 109KB).

Candidates can collect application forms from the IELTS Reception Area, located at Casuarina campus, Orange Precinct, Building 4, Level 2, or download IELTS Application form (PDF 308KB).

To make a booking please follow these steps:

1. Email or fax your IELTS Application form (pdf 308KB), GST Form for Darwin (PDF 93KB) or your GST form for Alice Springs (PDF 109KB) and a copy of your passport.

F: 08 8946 6327

Once these documents are received, we will contact you to hold your booking place. Places will only be held for maximum of five working days. Please be advised, we cannot guarantee that your preferred test date will still be available by the time we receive your faxed or emailed application.

2. To confirm your place candidates must submit the following:

  • GST form
  • application form (Darwin or Alice Springs)
  • a photocopy of your passport showing the photograph and signature
  • 1 x passport size photo
  • payment for test

F: 08 8946 6327

3. Post the following:

  • original GST form
  • application form (Darwin or Alice Springs)
  • two passport size photos
  • a photocopy of your passport

to the following address:

IELTS Test Centre - AU120
Building 4, Orange Precinct
Casuarina campus
Ellengowan Drive
Charles Darwin University
Darwin, NT, 0909

We will contact you to confirm receipt. This also serves as test booking confirmation.

In Darwin payment can be made:

  • online:
  • at the IELTS Test Centre, Darwin (credit card only)
  • at the Cashiers Office on the Casuarina campus(debit/credit card and cash payments)
    Information Centre
    Ground Floor, Orange 1
    Casuarina campus

In Alice Springs payment can be made:

  • online:
  • Cashier's Office on the Alice Springs campus
    Information Shop
    Building 1
    Alice Springs campus

Candidates are required to be at the test venue 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the test. Please arrive no later than 8.30am for Test Registration.

Darwin candidates must assemble at the entrance to Building Orange 4, Casuarina campus. Alice Springs candidates will be informed of their venue before the test date. From there candidates will proceed to the examination room.

  • On the day of the test, candidates must provide their passport as evidence of identity.
  • Candidates must not be late for the test. No special test will be given to candidates who miss any of their four modules.
  • If a candidate is absent on the test day without prior notice, the full test fee will be forfeited. If exceptional circumstances apply, then the fee may be refunded with a $90.75 (GST inc) administration charge.
  • A re-booking fee of $90.75 (Darwin test, GST inc) applies if a candidate wishes to postpone, defer, or move to another test date. A rebooking fee of $130.35 (GST inc) applies to Alice Springs tests. A minimum of five weeks notice before the test must be given. Re-bookings are allowed only once and no refund will be given if candidates decide to cancel.
  • Any candidates who cancel and request a refund must do so a minimum of five weeks before the test. A request for refund form must be submitted. The test fee is refunded less 25 percent of the test fee.

Casuarina campus map

Alice Springs campus map

Results are issued 13 days after the test date.

Test centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email.

Candidates will only receive one copy of their test result. Additional copies can be mailed to DIBP, University admission offices and/or other authorised institutions (migration agents and lawyers are not authorised to receive TRFs).

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Note: candidates caught cheating will not be issued with a test result.

  • Enquiry on Results (EOR) fee $176.00
  • Test results reprinting fee $16.50
  • Darwin test re-booking fee $90.75
  • Alice Springs test re-booking fee $130.35

IELTS Test Centre
T: 08 8946 6079
F: 08 8946 6327

The IELTS office is located on the 2nd floor of Building Orange 4, Casuarina campus, Charles Darwin University.
The IELTS reception desk opening hours are:

Mon, Tue and Thu 10am - 3.30pm

Wed 10am - 5.30pm

Fri 10am - 2.30pm

For more information, please go to IELTS.