About the Test

IELPT on Computer:

This test requires test takers to sit the Reading, Listening and Writing tests in front of a computer with the questions presented on the screen in an official IELPT test centre. The test takers then submit their answers through the use of a keyboard and a mouse. The Speaking test is not on computer and is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELPT examiner.

We are continually enhancing IELPT – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration – to improve the experience of IELPT for our test takers and stakeholders.

We introduced IELPT delivered on computer in many countries for test takers requiring a visa.

We are now introducing IELPT testing on computer more widely, to provide more options to our test takers and stakeholders, while retaining all of the test’s current security, trust and integrity.

With computer-delivered IELPT there are more test dates available, test takers can choose IELPT at a time convenient for them, and they will receive their results in 8 to 10 days.

The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is the same that you take the test on computer and the Speaking test is always face-to-face with a certified IELPT Examiner.

 

Test format

The IELPT test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than two hours.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELPT tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours.

 

How IELPT is scored

IELPT results are reported on a 9-band scale

IELPT results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

The IELPT scale

Band score Skill level Description
9 Expert user The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8 Very good user The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7 Good user The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4 Limited user The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2 Intermittent user The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-user The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test The test taker did not answer the questions.

 

IELPT scoring in detail

The IELPT test results are reported using the same nine-band scale

The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Overall Band Score

The Overall Band Score is the average of the four component scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The component scores are weighted equally.

Some examples:

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Average of four components
(total of the four individual
component scores
divided by four)
Band score
Test taker A 6.5 6.5 5 7 6.25 6.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C 6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0

If the average of the four components ends in .25, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next whole band.