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Complete IELTS
Test Center Guide

Dear candidate,
Thank-you for choosing the inlingua, Arlington Virginia IELTS Test Center for your language testing needs. We offer both the Paper Based IELTS and the Computer Delivered IELTS.

Our aim is to make your testing experience as smooth as possible. On this page you will find everything you need to know in order to register and take the IELTS. Learn all about the IELTS, the different formats of the test, how to register and receive your scores, and more.

If there is any information you cannot find here, please feel free to contact us at at any time!

What is the IELTS test?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.

Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.


Reasons to take the IELTS

  • IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests around the world with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally.
  • IELTS is the most popular test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is globally recognised by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies including 3,400 institutions in the USA.
  • IELTS is one of the pioneering English language assessments developed by the prestigious University of Cambridge and offered by the British Council.
  • The test has been setting the standard for English language testing and is trusted by countries for both academic and immigration purposes.If you are looking to work, live or study in an English-speaking country, then you must be able to demonstrate a high level of English language ability.
  • English is the third most spoken language in the world, with 379 million speakers worldwide.
  • Being able to communicate in the native language of the country you wish to work or study in, has a wide range of benefits. It is also essential for job opportunities as well as integration into the community.

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How the IELTS test works

The IELTS test assesses the English language ability of a candidate by evaluating all four skills i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The band provides an insight into the language level of the candidate, to succeed in their career or academics in an English-speaking country.


How to select the right IELTS test

There are two IELTS tests – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You need to choose the test based on your requirement.

IELTS Academic – Assesses whether your degree of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic environment. The test reflects aspects of educational language and measures whether you have the required English language ability to study successfully in an English-speaking environment.

IELTS General Training – Assesses the candidate’s English language level to function effectively in everyday situations. The questions in the test relate to both the working environment and social circumstances.

If you are taking the IELTS test to apply for the UK visa for study, work or live there, then you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.
Please ensure you know which test you need to take when you register. Once your registration has been confirmed, changes in module may require the payment of an administrative fee.

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How to register for the IELTS

Registering for the IELTS Test at the Inlingua, Arlington Virginia test center takes just a few simple steps (If you require special accommodations, please see the Special Accommodations section):

Ensure that you know which module you need, Academic or General Training. It is the candidate’s responsibility to determine which module best suits his or her needs and registering for the incorrect module could result in extra charges later on.

Have your ID (remember IELTS only accepts valid passports as valid forms of identification) scanned and ready for uploading.

Have your debit credit card at hand for making the payment. All test registration payments must be made within (7) days of registration or your application will automatically expire. The cost of the paper based exam is U$250 and the computer delivered exam is $255.

Go to, select the Arlington, VA location and your preferred date and begin your registration process.

After you have completed your registration, our team will verify and approve your documentation. Once this process is complete, you will receive your final confirmation for the test.

You are then set and ready to test!
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*Dates are subject to change/cancellation


Tests Days & Results Release

Receiving your results – two options:

Results are released 13 days after the exam date (exam date + 13). You will receive a notification email and once you receive it, you will be able to view your results online. Make sure to follow the instructions in the notification email and to click on the test date for which you are expecting results.

You will need to allow an additional few days for delivery of your paper copy. If you need your results sooner

Candidates are only allowed 1 original copy of their test report form, so please keep it safely. This one copy is only for your records.

If you would like to send your results to a university or other organization, please find instructions on how to do so in “How to request additional Test Report Forms (TRF)”

Note: Test centers are not permitted to give results out over the phone or by email.

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Transfers / Cancellations / Refunds / Failure To Attend for IELTS on paper AND IELTS on computer tests in the USA

Requests to transfer/postpone or cancel your IELTS must be submitted in writing by email to the test center where you have registered.

Transfer/postponement or cancellation requests made via telephone will NOT be accepted.


IELTS on Paper: Transfer requests received more than 5 weeks prior to the test date will be charged a transfer fee of up to 25% of the cost of the test.

IELTS on Paper: Transfer requests received less than 5 weeks prior to the test date due to a medical condition or exposure to COVID-19 will be rescheduled and will be charged a transfer fee of up to 25% of the cost of the test (Proof of circumstance must be provided, such as a letter from the local health authority or a physician).

IELTS on Paper: Transfer requests from an IELTS on paper to an IELTS on computer test received more than 5 weeks prior to the original the test date will be charged a transfer fee of up to 10% of the cost of the test.

IELTS on Paper & Computer: A second transfer request due to a medical condition or exposure to COVID-19 will result in cancellation of your registration and a refund of 50% of the cost of the test will be refunded if the test center is notified prior to the test date.


IELTS on Paper: Cancellation requests received more than 5 weeks prior to the test date will receive a refund less an administrative fee of up to 25%.

IELTS on Paper & Computer: Travel Restrictions impacting your ability to attend the test date will result in a cancellation of your registration and a refund of 50% of the cost of the test will be refunded if the test center is notified prior to the test date (and proof of restrictions is provided).

IELTS on Paper: Cancellation requests received less than 5 weeks ahead of the test date will NOT receive a refund.

Failure To Attend

IELTS on Paper: You will NOT receive a refund if you fail to provide information/proof of inability to attend the test within 5 days of the test date.


How to request an Additional Test Report Form (TRF)

During registration, you will have an opportunity to add “recognizing organizations.” If you do not add an organization at the time of registration, you can request for your results to be sent to one or more organizations within 2 years of your exam.

To request a Test Report Form (TRF) to be mailed to a college, university, or other institution, please fill out the form Additional TRF Request Form in this link and return it to us at, so we can assist you with your request. Once we receive your request, we will inform you whether an additional payment must be made.

Please note that:

  • Each test taker will be issued one hard copy of their TRF free of charge which will be sent by USPS mail on the date of the release of results.
  • Test takers applying to IRCC will be issued a second copy free of charge on request.
  • Electronic results (if the Institution is registered to receive electronic results) will be provided free of charge within 2 years of the test date.
  • From the point of registration and up to 2 years following the test date, test takers can request Centers to send their results by post, free of charge, to up to 5 recognizing organizations of their choice.
  • For each additional hard copy paper TRF requested over the free allocation of the 5 copies, there will be an administrative charge of U$10 per copy.

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Enquiry On Results (EOR)

If you are not happy with your result, you can request a review of your score(s) through a service called an Enquiry on Results (EOR).

During the review process:

  • Test papers are re-marked by senior Examiners/Markers, who are not aware of the original marks awarded for each of the test sections (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking).
  • Your test center is then notified of the re-mark result and if the mark has changed, they issue a new Test Report Form (TRF).

The request for a re-mark must be made at your test center within six weeks of the date shown on your TRF. You may ask to re-mark the whole test or any sections (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking).

You must pay an Enquiry on Results fee ($123), which is fully refunded if your band score changes.

In order to request an EOR, please send an email to, including your full name and test date.

Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark.

If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact our test center.


Test Center Information

Inlingua, Washington DC Test Center

CDI Test Venue and Administrative Offices
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 301
Arlington, VA 22209

PB Test Venue
Hilton Arlington 950 N Stafford St, Mezzanine Floor
Arlington, VA 22203

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