IELTS in Ottawa

What do I need to do to take IELTS in Ottawa?

Do you live in Ottawa, Canada? Do you have to take the IELTS test? Colleges and universities will usually require a foreign born, non-native English speaker to prove their English language skills if he/she has not attended secondary school in Canada. Also, some employers may wish to see proof of English skills. IELTS is well-recognized and widely accepted in Canada.

To learn how to on register at IELTS test centres in Ottawa, read the remainder of this article.

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Registration for the test

Before you get started, ask yourself: Which version of IELTS do I need?
There are two versions of IELTS. The General Training version is used by employers and for immigration to Canada. The Academic version is used by universities or colleges. You can register online or at a test centre once you know the version that you require.


There is a list of certified IELTS centres in the Ottawa area below. Choose one of them and click on the link. Then complete the online form on the test centre’s website. Proof of identity is required. You will need to upload a JPEG, GIF or PNG file of your ID that is less than 1.5 MB. Valid government ID is necessary for registration. A passport or Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PRC) will be the best options. The uploaded files need to clearly show your photograph, the ID’s number and your signature.

Credit cards or debit cards are the usual forms of payment for registration online. Double check what the test centre accepts as a form of payment. In Ottawa, the certified test centres use a first come, first serve system. They do not reserve seats at test centres for preferred candidates. Usually, you are expected to pay within 24 hours of registering.

Registration-paper based

The same procedure as online registration is used. However, you complete a paper form and need to give the test centre a photocopy your identification. Going to the test centre and completing and submitting the forms is faster than relying on mail. You must check the test date that you would like on the form. Also, you should mark an alternative test day in the case that your first choice is full. The dates appear on the form.
There is no limit to how many times that a person can register for and take the IELTS test.

How will I find out my IELTS results?

Your test scores are sent to you on the Test Report Form (TRF). It is the official document that shows your test scores. The TRF is released on the 13th day after you sit for the IELTS test. It is very important to check the Test Date and Results Chart for the recommended test dates so that there will be sufficient time for you to meet any university or college deadlines. If you require results for an employer, deadlines are not an issue, and you can inform the employer as to how long it will take to receive the TRF.

What locations have regular IELTS testing in Ottawa?

The locations shown below offer IELTS testing in Ottawa. Click on the links for details of times, dates, fees and directions to the locations:

Here is a list of other cities where you can sit for the IELTS test in Canada:

What things should I bring on day of the test?

You will need to prove your identity on the day of the test. Be certain that you bring the same official government identification that you used to register. If you bring a different ID, you will likely be refused permission to take the test with little or no chance of a test fee refund. Bring something to write with and have back-ups. Pencils work best to fill-in the score sheets for the reading and listening sections. A pen works for the writing section. An eraser is very helpful, too.

What are some tips to prepare for IELTS?

Learn the test format, the question forms, etc. This will improve your confidence, and it will improve your score. Use the online materials that exist. Also, a book of practice tests is useful. Find a reputable IELTS preparation course. It will help you to prepare and practice. Another way is to locate and hire a personal tutor for lessons; however, private lessons are more costly.

You will need to understand and use time management. It will be central to your success on IELTS. Schedule times to study and be self-disciplined. Write down clear objectives that meet your goals. You will waste irreplaceable time without proper planning.

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