What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized and widely recognized English language assessment test for international education and global migration. It evaluates the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers, who wish to study in or migrate to countries, where English is the language of communication.

Established in 1989, IELTS is the world's most popular English language test. This language assessment test is developed by some of the world's leading language experts. It is designed to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and your effectiveness in using the language to study, work and live in an English-speaking country.

IELTS Test Types

There are three types of IELTS tests:

  • IELTS Academic Test
  • IELTS General Test
  • IELTS for UKVI

IELTS Academic Test

The IELTS Academic Test is an assessment to test if your English language skills meet international academic proficiency. This test is best suited for international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in an English-speaking environment and for those planning to move for professional registration.

IELTS General Test

The IELTS General Test is an assessment to test whether you possess adequate language skills for the workplace and social situations. People migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, those applying for secondary training programs and work experience in any English-speaking environment can opt for IELTS General test format.


IELTS for UKVI is the same as IELTS. The IELTS for UKVI is a government-approved Secure English Language Test (SLET). Students who need to prove their English language abilities for the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application purposes can opt for IELTS UKVI test format. 

IELTS test format

The IELTS exam can be taken online (Computer-delivered IELTS) and offline (IELTS paper-based test). The exam format for both modes is the same. The listening and speaking sections are the same for both academic and general, while the writing and reading sections differ slightly.

What is the Importance of IELTS Exam?

IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests across the globe with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. The IELTS certification is recognized by the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries across the globe. The certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organizations. The test is considered the standard for English language testing and their certification is recognized for both academic and immigration purposes. This test assesses the English language skills of a candidate by testing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Tests are available throughout the year in more than 1600 centers in over 140 countries.

How to register for the IELTS exam?

You can register for the IELTS examination either online or offline.

Steps to register for your IELTS examination online:

Step 1: Visit the official British Council IELTS registration page

Step 2: Register an account with the British council’s IELTS registration page

Step 3: Choose your nearest test centre.

Step 4: Register for your test and make the payment.

During your registration, ensure that you have your passport handy as you need a passport number at the time of registration. You must also make sure to take your passport with you on the day of your examination.

IELTS exam schedule in the Philippines

The IELTS examination is conducted multiple times throughout the year. The candidate can choose an IELTS Exam date that is the most suitable for them. Students who wish to apply to universities abroad must take up the exam at least 3-4 months ahead of the university/college application deadline to avoid any delays in results.

Filipino students can take up IELTS tests in sixteen official IELTS test centres across Philippines, such as Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Batangas, Cabanatuan, CDO, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Leyte, Malolos, Naga, Pampanga and Tagaytay.

The IELTS registration fee/IELTS exam fees in Philippines

Test type
IELTS Academic - in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 11,650
IELTS General Training - in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 11,650
IELTS Academic for UKVI - in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 11,995
IELTS General Training for UKVI - in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 11,995
IELTS Life Skills (A1, A2 and B1)
PHP 9,500

IELTS exam cancellation fees

  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application more than 14 days before the test date, the candidate will receive a 75% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application within 14 days, the candidate will receive a 50% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application within 2 days before the actual test date, the candidate will receive a 25% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If the candidate cancels the test on the day of the test or after the test, no refund will be provided.  

IELTS reschedule fees

If a candidate wishes to change their test date, they can request to reschedule their exam date at least five weeks ahead of the previously booked test. The rescheduled date must be within three months of the original test date. For the process of rescheduling, the candidate will have to pay an administrative charge inclusive of all taxes.

IELTS scholarship for Filipino students

Based on the candidate's academic record, select universities and colleges offer IELTS scholarships for Filipino students. They also offer education loans alongside other fellowships and grants on a regular basis. These scholarships and grants are of great help to students who wish to study abroad.

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