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The International English language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test with almost 3 million IELTS tests in more than 140 countries taken worldwide for academic, career and global migration goals.

IELTS assesses the four main English skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening. Some of the world’s experts in language assessment designed the IELTS, so it has an outstanding international reputation and is accepted worldwide by companies, universities, colleges, schools, immigration authorities and professional organizations.

IELTS scores and test format

In three hours, a test taker will be assessed in all four skills- listening, reading, writing and speaking. For over 20 years the IELTS test format has remained virtually unchanged. This is partly why it has remained such a reliable tool for organizations all over the world. A test taker will take the Listening, Reading, and Writing test, in this order, all on the same day. After a break, a test taker will engage in the Speaking test. In some circumstances, the Speaking test may be scheduled either seven days before or seven days after the listening, reading and writing sections of the test.

Two versions of the test

The IELTS test comes in two formats: Academic and General. Check your requirements or contact the Humber IELTS test centre to make sure you are doing the correct version of the test. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests. The Reading and Writing tests have different content depending on whether it is the IELTS Academic or IELTS General test. The same levels are used to assess both tests.

Test are held on Saturdays and select Thursdays at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Please ensure you are registering for the correct location for your test.


Humber College offers test takers several ways to prepare for their IELTS Test: private tutoring, free workshops, and more, please visit the Preparing for IELTS page for more information.


How to Register for the IELTS Test

You can register for the IELTS test at Humber College (North or Lakeshore Campus) in one of three ways:

  1. Register online
  2. Download and complete the Application Form
  3. Come to the Humber IELTS Test Centre and complete the application form with the assistance of one of our IELTS staff.

Please make sure you provide your correct mailing address including any apartment or unit numbers when completing your application form. We need this information to ensure you receive your official test scores if they are mailed out.

TEST FEES

The test fee is $287.61 + GST = $325.00. Before the test, you will receive an email with location and time information for your testing day. PAY NOW

For Test Day Information please go to Test Day.

Please note that although Speaking Tests are usually scheduled on your chosen test date, there may be times when tests need to be scheduled within seven days before or after this date. If this is the case, you will be notified in advance by email. Please note, those with completed registration early will receive priority for same day speaking tests. 

During the application process, you may indicate up to five receiving institutions. We will send your TRF electronically, or by Canada Post to these institutions at no charge.

Along with the application form you will need to provide a proof of identity document. The only acceptable documents are a valid Passport or Canadian Permanent Resident Card and a sample signature, please ensure it:

  • is valid
  • has a clear photo
  • will be the same identity document you will use on the day of  the test
  • clearly shows your full name, date of birth, expiry date, signature and identification number. (Some passports have the expiry date or signature on another page in the passport)

1. Registering Online

Please go to register now and follow the online instructions. You will need to upload your identity documents during the application process.

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and information to pay online. Test takers must pay within 3 days of registering to keep their test date.

If you do not want to pay online, you are welcome to come to the IELTS Test Centre and pay in person or call us with your credit card information.

When you apply online, you receive 30 free hours of the online Road to IELTS to help you prepare for the test. Try it out before registering.

Once you receive your IELTS confirmation number, you can pay online.  You can also come to the IELTS test centre and pay in person or call us with your credit card information.

2. Download and complete the Application Form

Complete the IELTS Application Form then either scan it to ielts@humber.ca or bring it to the Humber IELTS Test Centre in person, remember to sign the last page.

Remember to also scan your identity document with your application or bring it with you if you are coming in person.

You can pay online, come to the IELTS Test Centre and pay in person or call us with your credit card information.

3. Come to the IELTS Test Centre and complete the Application Form

Come to the Humber IELTS Test Centre and complete the Application Form with the assistance of one of our IELTS staff. Remember to bring your identity document with you as the application cannot be processed without it.

You can pay at the IELTS Test Centre.

Accepted Methods of Payment:

Credit or debit card, certified cheque or money order. We do not accept personal cheques or cash.

Registration Checklist

  • Application (with the last page signed)
  • Identity Document
  • Payment

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be made at least 5 weeks prior to the test date to qualify for a refund
  • Cancellations made less than 5 weeks before the test date receive no refund unless special circumstances apply (see below)
  • An administration fee of $75.00 will be deducted from the test fee for any cancellations or refunds. Special circumstances may be exempt
  • Refunds issued by cheque will take to 6-8 weeks to process
  • All refunds are subject to an administration fee
  • Please email us at ielts@humber.ca to receive the appropriate Refund Form

Special Circumstances

  • Serious illness such as hospital admission must be accompanied by a medical note from Doctor or hospital admittance form. (Please note that we do not accept notes issued by family members, only notes signed by a certified medical doctor are acceptable.)
  • Loss or Bereavement such as the loss of a close family member must be accompanied by a death certificate
  • Hardship or Trauma such as traffic accident must be accompanied by police report.
  • Military Service such as enlisting must be accompanied by a letter from the government.
  • Please email us at  ielts@humber.ca for further information on special circumstances and to receive the appropriate form.

Illness on the Test Day

For sudden illness on your test day, please provide the following within 5 working days of the test day to qualify for a refund:

  1. a medical certificate
  2. a completed refund form. (Please email ielts@humber.ca to receive this form)
  3. $25.00 Admin Fee will apply

The completed Refund Form and medical documents must be submitted in person at the Humber IELTS Test Centre (email or fax is not accepted).

Please note that we do not accept notes issued by family members, only notes signed by a certified medical doctor are acceptable.

Change of Test Date

  • Any changes to a test date can be made 5 or more weeks prior the scheduled test date
  • a $25.00 fee will apply
  • Changes made less than 5 weeks before a test date are considered cancellations
  • Changed dates must be booked within a 3 month period of the original test date
  • In order to change your test date, please contact ielts@humber.ca for instructions

If you do not bring your identity document on your test day, you will not be able to write the IELTS test, and no refunds or transfer test dates will be allowed.   

Humber College offers test takers several ways to prepare for their IELTS Test: private tutoring, free workshops, and more, please visit the Preparing for IELTS page for more information.


There are two versions of the IELTS test — Academic (AC) and General Training (GT). Before you take the test, it is important that you know which version is required for your situation. If you have taken the wrong version after the test has been written, no refund will be issued.

Test are held on Saturdays and select Thursdays at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Please ensure you register for the correct location for your test. 

Humber IELTS reserves the right to change test dates.

Date Version
May 24, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Jun 02, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Jun 07, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Jun 30, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Jul 07, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Jul 19, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Jul 28, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Aug 02, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Aug 18, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Aug 25, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Sep 08, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Sep 15, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Sep 29, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Oct 13, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Oct 20, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Oct 27, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Nov 03, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Nov 10, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Nov 17, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Dec 01, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER
Dec 08, 2018 Academic REGISTER
Dec 15, 2018 Academic and General REGISTER

Test Result Report Forms (TRF)

Test results are available 13 days after a test taker writes the test. Unofficial results are available online here. (Recognizing Organizations that accept TRFs electronically will get notice that your result is available the same day).

TRFs will be held for two weeks after the day they are available. During this time you will be able to pick up your TRF from our office. TRFs that are not collected within two weeks will be mailed through Canada Post. TRFs to be sent to Recognizing Organizations will also be mailed on the day your test score is available.

If you would like your TRF mailed to you sooner, or you wish your results to be sent by courier, please contact us.

Test Day

On your test day, if you need additional TRF’s (more than the five on the application) sent, please complete this form and pay the additional fees below at test day registration.

  • $20.00 to send a TRF to a Recognizing Organization by Canada Post regular delivery.
  • $45.00 to send a TRF by courier.

Post-Test Day Report Forms

If you wish to send additional TRF’s to recognizing organizations, please complete this form and bring it to the Humber College IELTS Test Centre for processing and payment.

  • $20.00 to send a TRF to a Recognizing Organization by Canada Post regular delivery.
  • $45.00 to send a TRF by courier.

Additional copies for test takers are not permitted. Additional TRFs are only permitted to be sent to Recognizing Organizations. Test scores are valid for 2 years.

Enquiry on Results

As IELTS scores are reliable, there are rarely errors. If you wish your test to be rescored, you can ask for an Enquiry on Results. This inquiry must be made within 6 weeks of your test date, and it may take 2-4 weeks to come back upon receipt of completed application.

You will be required to pay $150.00 for this service, and you must return your original TRF with your completed Enquiry on Results Form. If your inquiry results in an improved score, the enquiry fee will be refunded.

All forms listed above will be available at the Humber IELTS Test Centre if you are unable to download them.

Comments/Compaints

If you wish to make a comment or a complaint regarding the IELTS process, please email ielts@humber.ca or call 416-675-6622 extension 74279 and speak to Ronalda Puritch, Test Centre Manager.

Humber College offers test takers several ways to prepare for their IELTS Test.
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1. Private Tutoring

One hour Private Tutoring is now available at the following times:

Days Time (pm)
Tues, Wed and Thurs 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00

The cost of tutoring is $50 per hour or $40 per hour if registered for an IELTS Test at Humber. Payment is made at the Test Centre before your tutoring session.

As you may not receive your first time choice, as scheduling is based on availablity, please provide us with alternative times you are available as well.

To register for tutoring, please contact: ielts@humber.ca
Please indicate in your email which area of the test you would like to work on with the tutor.

If you are interested in working on writing, please answer the question below for the IELTS test you will be writing and bring it with you to the tutoring session.

Task 1 General Test: Your next-door neighbour likes to listen to music late at night. Because of the loud noise, you often cannot sleep. Write a letter to your neighbour and include: a description of  the situation, explain the problem and offer at least one solution. (write at least 150 words)

Task 2 General Test: The use of cell phones (mobile phones) has grown rapidly in the past few years. People use them for both business and personal reasons. What are the advantage and disadvantages of widespread use of cell phones? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowlege.

Task 1 Academic Test: The chart below shows the cost-of-living in two different cities as compared to the national cost-of-living average. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. (write at least 150 words)

Cost-of-Living Percentage Averages Above and Below the National Average

Item Riverdale Cape Alicia
Groceries 4.7% 0.5%
Housing 19% -12.5%
Utilities 4.5% 1.2%
Transportation 4% -3.8%
Health Care 7% 0.8%
Clothing 5.5% 1%

Task 2 Academic Test: Life now is better than it was 100 years ago. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.  (write at least 250 words)
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2. FREE 1 Hour Skills Workshops

Attend a free workshop before you take your IELTS test. All workshops will be held in room J120 at the North Campus from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Call or email to sign up for these workshops.

North Campus, transit and maps

Spring 2018 

May Workshops Dates
Learn about the IELTS Test Fri. May 4
Listening Fri. May 11
Reading Mon. May 14
Writing Fri. May 25
Speaking Mon. May 28
June Workshops Dates
Learn about the IELTS Test Fri. June 1
Listening Fri. June 8
Reading Mon. June 11
Writing Fri. June 22
Speaking Mon. June 30

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3. IELTS Pretesting: April 18, May 2, May16, May30

To sign up or for more information please call or email the Test Centre.

Pretests run 6:30pm-9:30pm in Rm J120.

What is pretesting?

  • Practice Listening, Reading and Writing*
  • Total test time is approx. 3hrs
  • IELTS band scores are given after two weeks for Listening and Reading or four weeks for Writing
  • Tests are marked by Cambridge Assessment
  • Simulates a real “test-like” environment

*Please note that pretests are not available for Speaking 

Why participate?

  • Identify where you need more help.
  • Benefit from practicing under real test conditions
  • Take six to eight weeks before live exam to identify current English language level and assists in preparation for the live exam

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4. Road to IELTS  (Online)

Road to IELTS / IELTS preparation and practiceTry out the test for free before registering.  Road to IELTS – Test Drive 
Once you register for the test, get 30 hours of free online preparation.
To access your free online test preparation, visit the Candidate Area. You will need your Reference Number and the Email Address you used to register with.