IELTS was developed by some of the world’s leading language experts 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.
We are offer both paper-based and computer-based IELTS tests in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI ensuring we offer convenient test dates and locations near you.
We offer academic and general English language tests in Halifax, Truro, Charlottetown, and Saint John.
Registration is now open!
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:
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.
After you have entered you details in the Online Registration System, please send the following documents to the test centre via email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Along with your ID document, you will need to submit your test fee immediately after registering for the test.
HALIFAX, NS - $340
TRURO, NS - $350
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - $350
SAINT JOHN, NB - $350
You can pay for your IELTS registration using the following methods:
- Online payment options available. We will email you the online payment link once your registration is complete!
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.
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.
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.
Test Result Report Forms (TRF)
Paper based IELTS test results are available 13 days after the test date.
Computer delivered IELTS test results are available 3 - 5 days after the test date.
Hard copies of the Test Report Form are posted to the mailing address provided on the application form through Canada Post via regular postage. Should you require a courier please contact email@example.com
Details regarding in-person Test Report Form pick up will be emailed to test takers on the result release date.
Additional test report forms can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fees are as follows:
Additional Test Report Form - $25 (Regular postage)
Local Courier ($25) International ($45)
Candidates may request up to two additional TRFs under conditions such as damage or loss. Submissions must be made in writing, using the form above, to the Test Centre with a copy of the ID used on test day. Fees listed above apply.
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Enquiry on Results (EOR)
As IELTS scores are reliable and therefore errors in scores are rarely made. However, if you wish your test to be rescored, you can ask for or download an Enquiry on Results. This inquiry must be made within 5 weeks of your test date and will take 2-21 days to be returned. The time depends on several factors including the number of sections requested to be remarked. There is a $200.00 fee for this service.
- Email email@example.com for the Enquiry on Results form
- Email completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the office to make a payment with a credit card
When EOR is returned, you will receive an email, stating your final result status. You will be required to return your previously issued Test Report Form (TRF) if your result is changed before a new one can be issued. If your inquiry results in an improved score, the enquiry on results fee will be refunded.
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 to ensure you have registered for the correct version of the test for your needs.
You can cancel your IELTS test registration at any time before taking the test by notifying your Test Centre. Refund terms depend upon when you cancel and whether exceptional circumstances apply.
1. Time to test date
More than 14 days before the test:
If you cancel your IELTS test registration more than 14 days before the test you will receive a 75% refund of the total test fee.
Within 14 days but more than three days before the test:
If you cancel your IELTS test registration within 14 days but more than three days before the test you will receive a 50% refund of the total test fee.
Within three days of the test:
If you cancel your IELTS test registration within three days of the test you will not receive any refund.
2. Test taker exceptions
You may make a case for exceptional circumstances to your test centre before the test and up to five days after the test date if you did not attend the test. Your test centre will respond to you within seven working days of receiving your case in writing. Your test centre will assess your case for exceptional circumstances.
All cases for exceptional circumstances and supporting evidence must be received by your test centre no later than five days after the scheduled test date.
If your test centre approves your case, you will receive a full refund less an administration fee of no more than 25% of the test fee.
If your test centre does not approve your case, then the terms given in Section 1 will apply.
We define exceptional circumstances as:
- serious medical conditions which prevent you from attending or performing normally on test day; such conditions require supporting evidence of a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner
- evidence of bereavement, trauma or other forms of significant hardship
- military service.
3. Test centre exceptions
Under certain circumstances outside test centre control, we may have to cancel your test. These circumstances include, and are not limited to, extreme weather conditions, natural disaster, civil unrest and industrial action.
In these circumstances, your test centre will provide you with as much notice as possible and give you the choice of either:
- a full refund, or
- a transfer to a future test date convenient to you.
In cases where your test centre cancels a test under circumstances within its control then in addition to a full refund or transfer to another test date, you may be eligible to apply for compensation for expenses incurred. Your eligibility will be assessed as a reasonable claim or not by the test centre and any compensation will be awarded depending on the following conditions:
- The test centre will assess whether the decision to cancel is within or outside its control.
- Any compensation awarded will be limited to travel and accommodation expenses only and which are:
- directly incurred as a result of planning your attendance on test day
- evidenced by payment receipt(s)
- evidenced that cancelled travel and/or accommodation charges are non-recoverable from vendor
- benchmarked against lowest reasonable market rates for the expenses in question (this will be carried out by the test centre).
- If you travel further than the closest test venue to your normal place of residence then the test centre will not find your claim reasonable.
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 sections of the paper based IELTS 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. Start times for Computer Delivered IELTS sessions vary. Speaking tests may be offered before or after the Listening. Reading and Writing Computer Delivered IELTS 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.
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IELTS is the most widely recognized high stake english language test system for visa and citizenship purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Due to its outstanding international reputation, IELTS is accepted worldwide by over 11,000 organizations including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
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