- QCan I take a bathroom break during the test?
You can go to the bathroom the timing following below.
・The Writing Test (60-10 minutes left)
・The Reading Test (60-10 minutes left)
You can not go to the bathroom the the timing following below.
・During the Instruction are being given
・The Writing Test (last 10 minutes)
・Between the Writing and Reading Test
・The Reading Test (last 10 minutes)
・Between the Reading and Listening Test
・The Listening Test (including 10 minutes transfer)
- QShould I write in pencil?
You must use the pencil provided for answering the questions.
- QCan I take notes on the Listening and Reading question booklets?
Yes, you are allowed to make notes on the question papers. However, the examiner will not look at these booklets.
- QWho sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?
There is no pass or fail in the IELTS test. Scores are graded on the 9-band scoring system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. Find out more about IELTS scoring system here.
- QHow are the IELTS tests marked?
IELTS applies a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You will receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and an Overall score on the band scale from one to nine. Find out more about IELTS scoring system here.
- Q Can I answer in capital letters?
Yes, you are able to use both capital letters and lower case letters when answering the questions.
- QWhich English accents are used during the Listening and Speaking tests?
IELTS is an international English Language Testing System. Therefore, various English accents are used during the tests.
- QWhat do I need for the Speaking test?
You need your passport for the Speaking test.
- QWhat is the Speaking test like?
The duration of the Speaking component is between 11-14 minutes comprising of 3 parts. This is the only test which is conducted a face to face with a highly qualified examiner. The Speaking test is recorded on an audio cassette or a digital recorder.
- QWhat can I bring into the test room?
You can bring your passport into the test room. Other ID documents such as Driving Licence and National Identity Card are NOT valid for JSAF-IELTS test. You are allowed to bring water in a transparent bottle if necessary. You must leave the rest of your personal belongings in the designated belongings area. Mobile phones and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited in the test room. JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre will provide you with both a pencil and an eraser.
- QWhat are the IELTS test rules and regulations?
All the test rules and guidelines can be found on the Notice to Test Takers provided with the IELTS Application Form on the “IELTS Essentials” website. You are advised to read the “Information for Candidates” booklet carefully so that you have all the necessary information for the test day.
- QDo I need to sit all components of the test on the same day?
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are held on the same day without any breaks in between. Depending on the test centre, you may have the Speaking test on the same day as the three other tests, or it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. The Speaking test is usually conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at JSAF-IELTS Official Test Centre. Those who register for the JSAF-IELTS test more than 10 days before the test date are able to submit their requests for their own Speaking test time. Please click the link below for more information: Request for Speaking Test Date/Time
After the test
- QRequesting a remark.
Below is information on how to apply for a remark. Please note that this only applies to those whohave taken the IELTS test at JSAF Official Test Centre. The Enquiry on Results will be processed within 2 to 4 weeks. You will receive a letter via email confirming your final scores from JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre. Please contact JSAF IELTS for more information.
- QWhat if I am not happy with my results?
You can request a remark at JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre within 6 weeks after the test day. You must pay an enquiry fee of 11,000 yen. The fee will be fully refunded if your band score changes. It is important to note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS marking procedures are done with the highest quality control.
- QHow soon will I be able to re-sit the test?
There are no strict rules regarding how often you take the test. However, IELTS advises you to undertake additional study and careful preparation before taking the test again.
- QHow many Test Report Forms will I receive?
You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. If you need more than one copy in order to apply for visas or educational institutions, please contact JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre. Please note that we will send up to 5 copies directly to the organisations for free. However, charges will be applied when you request more than 5 copies or tracked courier services sent out to an overseas address.
- QWhen will I receive my test results?
Your Test Report Form will be sent out to you by post 13 days after the test. You will receive only one original copy. When you need more than one copy in order to apply for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), or universities and other educational institutions, JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre will send your Test Report Form directly to the organisations.
JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre provides SMS alert services so that you can preview your results online. Please contact JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre or ask the staff on the test day.
- QWhat if I am absent or sick on the test day?
If you are absent on the test day without any prior notice, you will not be able to ask for a refund. However, if you are unable to sit the test due to serious medical conditions, you will receive a refund of 19,330 yen. Please provide the test centre with a medical certificate within 5 days after the test date.
- QWhat if I need to change the date or cancel my booking?
Please contact the test centre where you booked your test. If you apply for JSAF-IELTS and would like to defer the test date or cancel your booking, you must do so 8 days before your test day. You will receive a refund of 19,330 yen excluding an administration fee of 6,050 yen. Please note that you are not allowed to ask for a refund when deferring or cancelling the test within 8 days of your test day. Cancel/test date transfer policy differs at each IELTS Test Centre.
- QHow is IELTS for UKVI different from IELTS?
The test formats are the same in both IELTS tests. It is your responsibility to choose the right IELTS test depending on your needs.
- QDoes JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre provide IELTS for UKVI and IELTS for Life Skills?
Unfortunately, we do not provide either of them.
- QHow do I book/register for my test?
Click here for more information on booking your test at JSAF-IELTS.
- QHow much does the IELTS test cost?
The IELTS test costs 25,380 Japanese yen. Free practice tests and sufficient IELTS test preparation materials are available on the JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre website.
- QWhere can I take the IELTS test?
IDP: IELTS Australia offers over 200 test locations in 50 different countries. Find a test centre near you. The IELTS tests are available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month on Thursdays and Saturdays, depending on local demand. Click here for a list of test dates and contact a test centre to book your test.
Before the test day
- QI have renewed my passport.
Please contact JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre immediately. Passports which have expired before the test day are invalid for the IELTS test.
- Q When will I receive confirmation about my Speaking test?
You will receive all the necessary information by 3 days before your Speaking test via email. You can also check your Speaking test time on your Booking Page.
- QI have not received my Payment Confirmation yet. When will I receive it?
You will receive your Payment Confirmation on the next working day after you have completed your payment. If you have not received your Payment Confirmation within 3 working days, please contact JSAF IELTS Official Test Centre.
- QI have not received my Confirmation Notice yet. What should I do?
Your Confirmation Notice is uploaded on the JSAF-IELTS official website by 2 weeks before the test date. Please click “Confirmation Notice” below: