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IELTS FAQs

For how long will my IELTS score be valid?

An IELTS Test result is valid for 2 years.

When can I retake the test?

What is the age limit of taking IELTS?

You must be at least 16 years old to write an IELTS exam

What are the test dates for IELTS? ,

IDP facilitates tests on 48 fixed dates annually and depending on local demand up to four times a month

How to register for IELTS test? .

Call us at +91 172 5000060 for registration help. Alternatively you may also give us a chance to assist you by visiting any of our 11 offices spread across Punjab and Chandigarh

What if I am unable to appear for the test on the registered date?

You will be marked as an absentee and the fee will not be refunded

How to postpone or cancel my IELTS exam?

If you postpone or cancel your application at least 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund after deduction of administration charge. If you postpone or cancel after 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee as long as you do not have a serious medical condition and you are able to provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund after deduction of administrative cost.

Will I be permitted to take my personal belongings inside the examination room with me?

You are allowed to carry only pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and your passport in the examination room. Everything else like Mobile phones, tabs, wrist watches and handbags must be placed in the area designated by the testing authority.

Which Accents can I expect to hear in the listening test?

IELTS is an international test. Examples of accents that can be heard are American, Australian, and British. These are just examples and the kinds of accents heard are not just restricted to these 3.

Can I apply for a re-evaluation?

You can apply for a re- evaluation or an Enquiry on Results, at your test centre not later than six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which will be refunded if your bands score change after re-evaluation. The IELTS testing process has a very high standard of control procedures and the chances of change in scores after re-evaluation are negligible.

Do I use a pen or a pencil to write the exam?

You must write the Listening and Reading parts in pencil. You may chose to use either a pen or a pencil to take the writing section of the test.

What are the pass marks for IELTS?

There are no pass marks in IELTS. Your performance in each section will be rated on a band scale of 1 to9. All educational institutions set their own minimum IELTS scores eligibility

PTE FAQs

What is PTE?

Pearson Test of English

How is PTE different from IELTS?

a. PTE is a computer based test IELTS is written on paper. b. PTE is conducted by Pearson. c. IELTS is jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education d. IELTS grades are on a scale of 0 to 9, PTE grades are on a scale of 10 to 90

Is PTE accepted worldwide like IELTS?

a. PTE is accepted by limited colleges and universities. It is advisable to check if the university or college in which you are seeking admission accepts PTE or not.

Like IELTS is PTE also different for students and others?

a. Yes PTE also has general and academic versions. b. In addition PTE also has a young learner test for children

What is the PTE exam pattern?

a. PTE also has reading, listening, speaking and writing sections. All sections are conducted on a computer a microphone is used for speaking section. Each section has a fixed time and we can move forward only, there is no option of going back. b. PTE academic results are available online in five business days

What is the minimum PTE score requirement?

a. There is no fixed minimum requirement. It is advisable to check the minimum PTE score required for the university or college in which you are seeking admission accepts PTE or not.

TOEFL FAQs

What is TOEFL?

TOEFL is an internationally accepted test to check the English Language reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities of a non-native English speakers as per foreign colleges and university standards.

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted?

TOEFL is accepted in over 9000 colleges across 130 English speaking countries

How often is the test taken?

The TOEFL iBT test is administered more than 50 times a year on fixed dates.

Can I take the test in one day?

Yes, the test is about 4 hours to complete a TOEFL test.

Am I permitted to retake the test?

Yes, you are. There is no limit to the attempts to take the test. However you are allowed to take it once in 12 days.

How much does the TOEFL iBT test cost?.

The test fee varies from location to location

How do I register to reserve my seat?

You can online, in person, by phone or by mail. Online registration is advisable because it is the fastest and easiest way. You can choose the location of the test and check date availability.

Why can't I get the test date of my choice? .

You need to register at least 4 days before the test date. If the test date you want is not listed, either the deadline for registration may have passed, or all seats for that date may have been filled

How long does it take for TOEFL score to reach a university?

Score reports are sent via email about 13 days after the test date. But ETS has no control over mail delivery to various locations around the world. It takes 7 to10 days after the mailing date for delivery in the United States, and 4 to 6 weeks for other locations

What is the difference between IELTS and TOEFL?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing Service. TOEFL is American and IELTS is British. Foreign students can take either TOEFL or IELTS, depending on the requirements of the college/ university for which they are seeking admission.

What is the validity period of TOEFL score?

2 years after the test date.

What is the difference between TOEFL ibt and TOEFL pbt?

The TOEFL iBT® test is done via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test is done in a paper format. The TOEFL iBT test is done online at testing sites across the world. The TOEFL PBT test is done only in locations where testing via the Internet is not available.

American Study Visa

What is I20 and how to get it?

I-20 is an official U.S. Government form, issued by a certified school, which a prospective non immigrant student must have in order to get a student Visa. It is an acceptance proof and contains information required to pay the fee, apply for a visa or change visa status. The Form I-20 has the student’s SEVIS identification number, which starts with the letter N and is followed by nine digits, on the upper right side directly above the barcode

When should I apply for my student Visa?

It is advisable to apply for the student visa as soon as you have your I-20. To ensure you get an early and timely date you may apply at anytime. A student Visa can be issued 120 days before the start date mentioned on your I-20.

Is an F-1 student allowed to work in the United States?

Full time students on F1 visa are allowed to work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week. After 1 year a student may apply for an off campus employment with authorization from USICS.

Will my family be permitted to visit me?

Yes your family can visit you after securing a tourist visa.

What is the difference between TOEFL ibt and TOEFL pbt?

The TOEFL iBT® test is done via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test is done in a paper format. The TOEFL iBT test is done online at testing sites across the world. The TOEFL PBT test is done only in locations where testing via the Internet is not available.

Canadian Study Visa

What is SPP?

The government of Canada has made a special program for Indian students called the Student Partner program (SPP). This program expedites the visa process with minimum documentation requirements. Additionally students also get a work permit after the completion of their studies. Canadian government has permitted a few elite colleges to accept admissions under SPP. Most of these colleges are funded by the Canadian government and offer premium level education.

What are the requisites from student for applying under SPP?

a) The student must have scored minimum of 50% or ‘C’ grade in the most recently completed degree or diploma. b) Medical fitness report from an SPP approved Doctor. c) Letter of Acceptance must have a stat and end dates of the program. d) A minimum of 6 bands each in reading, writing, listening and speaking of the IELTS exam. e) You will also need an Education loan from an Indian Chartered Bank covering 80% of tuition costs, lodging for 1 year and travel expenses. f) Complete mark sheets for every year. g) You must apply within an year of completing your degree or diploma.

How long does it take to process an SPP student visa application?

It takes about 15 to 20 working days.

What is the last date of applying for an SPP Visa?

SPP applications should be submitted before or on the first of August to apply for admission in the September session. Students can submit visa applications through VFS. list of VFS officers in India is available at http://www.vfs-canada.co.in/wheretoapply.html

If my Visa is already refused am I allowed to reapply under SPP?

No, not under SPP but you may apply in general category

May I apply without an education loan?

Yes you may do so in general category but not under SPP.

Will I be able to get work permit in Canada if I study under general category and not SPP?

The Work permit policy has its own requisites and is independent of SPP. A student whose course duration is two years or more may get a work permit for 3 years in Canada. If the course duration is less than 2 years then you will get the work permit for the same duration

Will I be allowed to settle in Canada after completing my studies?

Yes, Canada has made majority of its population through migrants from other countries. Students have the option of applying for Permanent Residency in Canada but the application must score minimum 60 points and meet all the health and character requirements.

Australian Study Visa

What is the cost of living in Australia?

You will be required to show evidence of available funds to support your stay. For an annual stay in Australia the official amount is: • Student/guardian – AUD 19,830 • Partner/spouse – AUD 6,940 • Child – AUD 2,970

Will I be allowed to take my family on my Australian student visa?

Yes, you will be able to include your dependent family members on your visa. Their visas will be valid for the same duration as yours .

Will I be allowed to work while I am on my student visa?

Yes, you can work for up to 40 hours fortnightly.

If I book a part-time course will I be allowed to work full time?

Your course must be a full time one to apply for a student visa. If your want to work full time and study part time it is advisable to apply for a Sponsorship Visa.

What kind of course should I book?

You may book any course which is registered with the Australian Government as a course for foreign students.

If I am in Australia, am I permitted to apply for a student’s visa?

Yes, if you current visa does not have a “no further stay” condition.

Will I be allowed to travel abroad while I am in Australia on a student’s visa?

Yes. You can leave and re-enter Australia at your will during the validity period of your student’s.

What is the processing time?

The processing time for a student’s visa is about 4 to 8 weeks but the timeframes change depending on Immigration. In most cases applications are finalised in a month. However, failure to provide all documents or submitting misleading information will delay the process or result in visa refusal.

New Zealand Study Visa

Will I be allowed to work on student visa?

Yes students are allowed to work part time @ 20 hours a week during the course duration and full time during vacation.

Will my family be allowed to accompany me?

Your partner can accompany you after securing either a work visa or a visitor’s Visa

For which courses can I be granted a student Visa?

Student Visa can be granted either for level5 and above courses or for courses listed in the long term skill shortage list.

From where can the Police Clearance Certificate be obtained?.

Police Clearance certificate can either be obtained from the office of Senior Superintendent of Police or from the Regional Passport office

Which languages are spoken in New Zealand?

English is the majorly used language the other official language used in New Zealand is Maori.

If I am in Australia, am I permitted to apply for a student’s visa?

Yes, if you current visa does not have a “no further stay” condition.

Will I be allowed to travel abroad while I am in Australia on a student’s visa?

Yes. You can leave and re-enter Australia at your will during the validity period of your student’s.

What is the processing time?

The processing time for a student’s visa is about 4 to 8 weeks but the timeframes change depending on Immigration. In most cases applications are finalised in a month. However, failure to provide all documents or submitting misleading information will delay the process or result in visa refusal.

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