English Language Training Official Test Centre

Booking your test

To book a test, you must complete a candidate application. IELTS applications may be completed online. Click here to begin the application process or to view upcoming test dates.

BOOK your ielts test


About IELTS Calgary


IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, assesses the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. It uses the highest international standards of language assessment.

IELTS assesses four language skills:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

IELTS is the test that sets the standard. It is designed by world leaders in language assessment and test delivery. It provides a reliable and consistent measure of English language proficiency. IELTS is internationally recognized. It is accepted by over 10,000 organizations in over 140 countries worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, and immigration authorities.

Organizations that accept IELTS results include:
  • over 350 universities and colleges in Canada;
  • more than 3,000 higher educational institutions and programmes in the U.S.;
  • immigration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K.;
  • professional certification bodies covering areas such as accounting, engineering, teaching, law, medicine, and nursing;
  • employers from sectors such as banking and finance, government, construction, energy and natural resources, aviation, health, and tourism; and
  • universities in non-English speaking countries where English is a language of instruction.

Click here to learn more about IELTS in the IELTS Information for Candidates handbook.


About the test

IELTS is completed in two sessions. In one session, you will complete Listening, Reading and Writing tests. There are no breaks between these three tests. The Speaking test is completed in a separate session. It is taken up to seven days before or after the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests. The Speaking test cannot be rescheduled once it is booked. The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are completed in a group setting. The speaking test is completed in a private setting, one-to-one, with an examiner.

Fees and payment information

IELTS test fees for 2018 are $309.

There are three options for payment:

  • Online: You can pay online using Visa or MasterCard
  • In-person: You can pay in-person at our office using cash, a debit card, or a credit card. Our office is located at Bow Valley College, West Campus on the lower level in Suite W010. Click here for our address and location information
  • Other: If another type of payment is required, contact us at 403-355-1909, or email IELTSinfo@bowvalleycollege.ca.

Information and support

Our IELTS team is here to help. We can assist you with registration or provide you with information on the test. Support is available in-person or over the phone during our office hours.

Office Hours Location Contact

Tuesday to Friday

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bow Valley College

West Campus

300 - 6 Avenue SE

Lower Level, Suite 010

Phone: 403-355-1909


Preparing for your test

To avoid surprises on test day, we recommend you take some time to prepare. Here are a few tips that will help you get ready.

Make sure you have valid identification. On test day, you must present a valid passport or permanent resident card (PRC). Your test day identification must be the same identification that you used when registering for the test. Original identification is required and copies will not be accepted. You will not be allowed to write the exam without valid identification. Sorry, no exceptions.

Check the exam location. Make sure you know where the exam is located. If you are taking public transit, plan your route in advance. If you're driving, make sure you know where you can park. Pay parking is available at the College. Contact our office for more information.

Plan to arrive early. We have comfortable waiting areas available so you can relax before you exam. If you arrive late for your test, you will not be permitted to write it.

Ask questions in advance. Don't wait until test day to ask questions. Our staff are happy to answer your questions, but may not have much time on test day.

Preparation courses

Bow Valley College offers IELTS preparation courses. These courses will give you detailed knowledge of the IELTS exam format, question types, and effective strategies for taking IELTS. You will have the opportunity to take practice exams and receive personal feedback and support from your instructor. For further information about preparation classes and to register, click here or call us at 403-410-3405.

What to bring on test day

  • You must bring your original, valid passport or permanent resident card (PRC) that you used when registering for the test. You will not be allowed to sit the test without presenting this document at check-in.
  • Leave your personal belongings at home. Personal items are not permitted in the test room. Examples of items not permitted are electronic devices, cell phones, purses, bags, keys, wallets, hats, jackets, food, or drinks.


Cancellation and refunds

If you need to cancel your test, this must be done at least five weeks before the test to receive a refund. A $70 administrative fee will be charged for a refund. You cannot receive a refund if you cancel your test within five weeks of the test date.

Test date transfer

If you have booked an exam and would like to change test dates you are required to complete a transfer request. A transfer request must be made at least five weeks before the test date. A $30 administrative fee will be charged for a transfer. A test cannot be transferred within five weeks of the test date.

If you need to request a refund or test day transfer, please send the completed Request for refund or test day transfer form to IELTSinfo@bowvalleycollege.ca.

Test results

Unofficial test results

You will be able to view your unofficial results 13 days after you write your test. Unofficial results are available online. These results are accessible for 28 business days after your test. These results cannot be used for official purposes. All organizations and agencies require Official test report forms.

Official results 

Your official results will be sent out by regular mail. They are mailed out 13 days after you write your test. One Official test report form will be sent to your address. Up to five copies can be sent to recognizing organizations. Copies will only be sent to organizations listed on your application form.

Note: We are not permitted to provide results by phone or email.

Additional services, fees, and forms

Additional services are available at our centre. Fees apply.

Services and fees
IELTS test transfer $30*
IELTS test cancellation $70*
Test report forms (couriered within North America) $30 each*
Test report forms (couriered internationally) $50 each*
Additional test report forms $20 each*
Test results inquiry (test remarking) $160*

*Plus GST.


Paper application

Registration is completed online. If you prefer to submit a paper application, click here for the application form.

Payment form

Payment is made online or at our office. In special cases payment may be made over the phone. Click here for the payment form.

Additional test report forms

If you need additional copies of your Test report forms, click here for the request form.

Request for refund

To request a refund, click here for the request form.

Request for test day transfer

To request a test day transfer, click here for the request form.

Test results inquiry

If you need to have your test remarked, click here for the results inquiry form.

Centre and examiner Feedback

Do you have feedback for our centre or your examiner? We would love to hear from you! Click here for the feedback form.

Complaint form

If you would like to report about an incident on test day, click here for the complaint form. This must be submitted on the same day as your test.

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

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