The Language Centre

IELTS Testing

What is IELTS?

IELTS was developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment to assess the four main English skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening of those who aim to study, work, immigrate and integrate into an English-speaking environment.

Global recognition

Due to its outstanding international reputation, IELTS is accepted worldwide by over 9000 organizations including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

Accepted and trusted in Canada

IELTS is the preferred high stakes English language test in Canada. Trusted by over 350 Canadian organizations, it was the first test to be recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants), Quebec-selected skilled workers, Provincial Nominees and more. In May 2014, the CIC announced it was renewing its trust in IELTS for another five years. With IELTS, you can go anywhere in Canada, and beyond.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

The IELTS test comes in two formats:

  •  IELTS Academic: If you want to study at university, at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
  •  IELTS General: If you want to apply for Express Entry or any other immigration program in order to establish anywhere in Canada.

Please check your requirements or confirm with our centre to ensure you have registered for the correct version of the test for your needs.

For more information, visit: www.ielts.cawww.takeielts.org.

How to register for the IELTS Test

For a list of our upcoming test dates please see the online registration page for Saint Mary's University.

To register for the IELTS Test in at Saint Mary’s University you should:

  1. Complete the on-line application – apply here. Please bear in mind that sessions will not be visible in the system after the registration deadline. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back to change your details.
  2. After you have entered you details in the Online Registration System, please send the following documents to the test centre via email to ielts@smu.ca or via post to the address below. Please note that your place is not guaranteed until payment is confirmed so you are advised to send payment as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. As a supporting document you must send a clear photocopy of your valid passport information page or Permanent Residency card.
  3. Along with your ID document, you will need to submit your test fee payment of $300 (taxes included) immediately after registering for the test. You can pay for your IELTS registration using the following methods:
    • Credit Card (to pay by Amex, Visa or Mastercard please call the IELTS office at 902.491.8683 or email the completed IELTS credit card payment form to ielts@smu.ca.
    • Money Order - Written out to Saint Mary's University. Please note IELTS in the memo.
    • Bank Draft - Written out to Saint Mary's University. Please note IELTS in the memo.
    • Debit - You can pay in person here at The Language Centre at Saint Mary's University at 960 Tower Road.  

If you prefer to use post, please see our mailing address below.

IELTS Administrator - CA099
The Language Centre - Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 3C3

Your registration will not be confirmed until both your payment as well as a copy of your valid Passport or valid Permanent Residency card have been received. You MUST have this original ID with you on the test day. You will not be able to write the test without your passport or PR card.

  1. You will receive a registration confirmation and further test day information after receipt of your documents and payment. This information will be sent to you by email.
  2. Please note you must bring your passport or Canadian Permanent Residency Card on the test day. No other form of identity will be accepted and no exceptions will be made. Without your ID, you cannot sit the test. Please bring whichever ID you used on the application form.

NOTE!! Please note that, as part of our ongoing commitment to test security, all IELTS candidates will have their photograph taken by IELTS staff just before the test. This photo will then appear on the candidates’ Test Report Forms (TRF).

You must bring the original proof of identification that you submitted with your application on test day.

Cancellation, transfer and refund

  • Request for cancellation or postponement of your test must be made via email or letter. Once the request has been made, we will send you the "Request for Refund or Test Day Transfer" form to complete.
  • Cancellations or postponements made by telephone will not be accepted.
  • Cancellation requests received more than 5 weeks ahead of the test date will receive a full refund (less a $70 administrative fee).
  • Cancellation requests received less than 5 weeks ahead of the test date will be treated as a cancellation and no refund or transfer will be approved.

Test day registration

On the test day, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your individual speaking test time. You will receive your individual speaking test schedule via email one week prior to the test date. The Listening, Reading and Writing Section sections of the test will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM without a break. Any candidates that arrive for the afternoon session later than 12:30 PM will not be permitted to take the test. Missed tests will only be considered for refund if the absence was the result of serious illness, death or hardship.

Stationery and possessions (Test day)

  • The Test Centre will supply you with a pencil and eraser. 
  • Cellular phones and other electronic devices are not permitted in the test room. A secure cloakroom will be provided, however, you are encouraged to leave valuable items at home.
  • If you bring drinks, such as water, please make sure they are in a clear container and that any labels have been removed.

Resources

Contact

For questions and concerns, please contact.

Michelle Ford
IELTS Administrator - CA099
The Language Centre - Saint Mary's University
Direct line: 902-491-8683
michelle.ford@smu.ca