The IELTS Test Partners
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly owned and managed by British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia (IDP:IA) and University of Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Vientiane College is the national IELTS Testing Center for Lao PDR.
Hard copies of the above downloads are available from our IELTS office.
Thousands of educational institutions, government agencies and professional organisations throughout the world recognise IELTS as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.
In Laos the test fee for standard IELTS (Academic and General Training) is US$200.
Why IELTS?IELTS tests communicative English language ability in all four core language skills; listening, reading, writing and speaking. The scores awarded are internationally recognised and provide a detailed profile of candidates' language skills.
Who should take the IELTS test?Anyone requiring international validation of their language skills; people wishing to travel overseas for work or study or those seeking academic scholarships. The test is not recommended for beginners or elementary learners.
Which test do I take?There are two types of test to choose from; Academic and General Training. Candidates wishing to study overseas at higher education institutions are required to take the Academic test. General training tests provide IELTS scores commonly requested for overseas immigration or entrance into high schools abroad.
How do I take the test?
Candidates for the IELTS test sessions need to apply online here. You will need to pay the test fee at Vientiane College Finance Office and Register for the test by presenting your receipt and ID Passport or Lao National Identification Card at Vientiane College IELTS Office within 5 days of applying online. After applying online, you will receive an email with more detailed instructions.
After applying online, you will receive an email with more detailed instructions.
There are one or two test dates each month and places should be booked in advance. The test costs are as follows:
IELTS US $200
CANCELLATION FEE up to 25%
EXTRA TRF FEE US $20 PLUS POSTAGE
RE-MARK FEES US $115
Payment must be received before your IELTS application is finalised. Vientiane College is open for IELTS applications Mon-Fri (08:00-16:30)
How can I prepare for the test?
Test preparation courses are available every term at Vientiane College (cost 3,250,000 Kip for 54 hours). The course provides candidates with a knowledge of test strategies and the opportunity to practise with sample materials. Self-practice IELTS books are also available from Vientiane College or other reliable bookstores and on-line vendors. Also, please visit IELTS Essentials for sample tests and further information. Cost is US$405 for 50 hours.
When are the IELTS Examinations in 2017 - 2018?
Download the IELTS Testing Schedule 2018.
IELTS tests are available on 13 fixed dates this year. Tests are normally taken on Saturdays, with some sessions on Thursdays. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are all taken on the same day. The Speaking test can take place up to seven days before or after the other papers; this is decided by the centre.
To register for an IELTS test, you need to submit your application form at least 5 weeks before the test date.
The test centre will confirm your IELTS test date and time.
If the speaking test is to be on a different day, the centre will inform you.
What other IELTS information do I need to know?Candidates are required to register five weeks in advance of the IELTS Examination to have a better chance of confirming their test placement for their preferred date. Some months have large numbers reserved in advance so it is important to register early!
Candidates are required to complete the online IELTS Test Application Form which is available through the Vientiane College website (www.vientianecollege.com) and then come to Vientiane College at least one week before the test date to have a portrait photograph taken.
In addition, candidates are required to have a finger scan made of their right index finger which is done at the IELTS office. This is a new security protocol which we must enforce. All this data is kept confidential by IELTS.
If candidates try to apply online within 10 days before the test date they will be denied access. So they will need to come to the IELTS office at Vientiane College to have the IELTS administrator enter their application on their behalf, provided that there are still vacancies for that testing session.
It is very important when applying online to enter the details of your passport or national identity card correctly. The IELTS Administrator uses these spellings (names) and details (date of birth) for the test report form and official data entries. Always remember to bring these I.D. when coming to apply for IELTS and when attending the test sessions.
What do I need to know about my results?The IELTS test results are available thirteen (13) days after the test in a Test Report Form (TRF). You can check your result online, but the TRF must be collected in person from the IELTS office at Vientiane College. You may arrange for a proxy to collect on your behalf, or have the TRF sent to you or a third party, but you should contact the IELTS Administrator in advance for more information. Click here for contact details.
What if I am not happy with my test result?IELTS Enquiries on Results. If you are unhappy with your test result, you can apply for a re-mark. You must make the application no later than 6 weeks after the test date. You can choose which test components are re-marked. There is a fee for this service which will be refunded if your score is increased. These re-marks take 6-8 weeks to complete because they are sent to Australia.
What if I want to cancel the test or I can’t take it for some reason?
For more information about IELTS, please ask at the reception at Vientiane College,
Find out more about the IELTS, go to WWW.IELTS.ORG