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IELTS New Re-Take Rule






The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the english language proficiency exams recognized by the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (IHCP) for application of the VisaScreen™.

Other english exams accepted internationally include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test for International Communications (TOEIC) plus the Test of Written English (TWE) and Test of Spoken English (TSE).

In the past, candidates who failed the test were barred from immediately re-taking the test for 90 days. As a result, the application process for the VisaScreen™ is delayed by 3 months.

Beginning the 1st of May 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS will be amended. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days will be removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever they wish.

The current restriction on repeating the test within 90 days at any centre will remain in place for all candidates until the end of April 2006. All candidates from May 1, 2006 will be able to repeat at the next available test, regardless of the date of their previous test.

Candidates will still be asked to indicate on their application form whether they have taken the test before. This information will appear on the Test Report Form and will only be used for monitoring purposes.

IELTS is jointly managed by the
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia.


Source: IELTS Website

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