Study and take the IELTS exam at NEW CAMBRIDGE

IELTS Exam @ New Cambridge Institute, the specialist IELTS centre in Thailand. NC World Education Links, a centre for overseas education guidance, offers comprehensive advice and assistance in one spot for the convenience of students. It also serves as an official IELTS testing center.

The institute is located on the 14th floor of CENTRAL Tower @ Central World (beside Central Chidlom, opposite Apple Store, accessible by office elevators). You can easily reach it via BTS Skytrain, either from Siam Station or Chit Lom Station.

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What is the IELTS exam?

IELTS scores are used for applying to universities that teach in English language, and over 10,000 institutions worldwide recognize and accept IELTS test results, especially in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. IELTS scores can be submitted for student visas and for relocation purposes.


Additionally, IELTS scores are accepted by more than 3,000 universities in the United States. They can also be used to apply through the TCAS system for the first round of admissions for various Thai language programs, as well as for graduate-level programs across both domestic and international universities.

The IELTS exam is scored on a scale of 1-9 to measure English language proficiency, ranging from a beginner (score around 1) to an expert user (score of 9). The exam covers skills in all areas, including Writing, Listening, Reading, and Speaking.


For students planning to study abroad, the IELTS General Training exam is typically taken. However, for those specifically aiming to study in the UK, we recommend taking the IELTS for UKVI exam.


This is because the scores can be directly used for applying to foundational courses in the UK. For students or individuals looking to work or study in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, IELTS scores are predominantly required for various processes. These countries often use IELTS results for expediting different procedures. Therefore, registering for the IELTS exam and obtaining scores from your home country, such as Thailand, is the quickest option, allowing you to submit the scores immediately.

The IELTS exam comes in two modules.


The first module is for study purposes abroad, where students need to register for the Academic Module. The other module is for training or working abroad, where candidates need to register for the General Training Module.


Both modules of the exam are similar by about 80%, differing primarily in the Reading section of the General module being somewhat easier than the Academic module. Additionally, in the Writing section of the General module, there is no requirement to describe the graphs or diagrams.


Due to the high demand for Thai students pursuing international education, the IELTS Academic Module is the most popular test in Thailand, accounting for over 50% of test-takers.


In this article, New Cambridge will delve deep into this type of IELTS exam, providing detailed insights and addressing all the questions that test-takers may have.

The IELTS scale

IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale. They are designed to be simple and easy to understand.

They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

All formats of IELTS use the same scoring system.


Band Score Skill Level Description
9 Expert user The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8 Very good user The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7 Good user The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4 Limited user The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2 Intermittent user The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-user The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test The test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS Examination Fees

IELTS Regular (Paper-Based & Computer-Based) : 7,300 Baht

IELTS for UKVI (Paper-Based & Computer-Based) : 7,990 Baht

IELTS Life Skills : 6,300 Baht

In-depth Exploration of Various Parts of the IELTS Academic Exam
Along with Techniques to Achieve High Scores in the IELTS Exam, this section focuses on the IELTS Academic Exam and provides strategies to excel your score.
How Many Types of IELTS Exams Are There?

The IELTS exam assesses all four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

It is divided into two types:

  1. IELTS Academic (For Further Education): This is used for university admissions, both domestically and internationally. It is suitable for students preparing to pursue higher education in foreign countries or various institutions. The exam is designed for those who will study in programs primarily taught in English.
  1. IELTS General Training (For Training and Work): This is for individuals aiming to study at a level below a bachelor’s degree, those planning to migrate, or those seeking employment abroad. It measures Basic English language proficiency. The General Training exam is less complex compared to the IELTS Academic exam.

In both types of exams, there are differences in the Reading and Writing sections, while the difficulty level remains consistent in the Listening and Speaking sections.

IELTS Test Module
  1. Listening Part: The first skill that you have to encounter in the IELTS exam. This section consists of 40 questions and allows 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for transferring answers to the answer sheet.
  2. Reading Part: The second skill assessed in the IELTS exam. This section includes three passages with a total of 40 questions and provides 60 minutes.
  3. Writing Part: The third skill assessed in the IELTS exam, comprising two tasks: Writing Task I and Writing Task II. Participants are given 60 minutes for this section
  4. Speaking Part: The final skill evaluated in the IELTS exam. It is divided into three sections, and the total time allocated for this part is approximately 11-15 minutes. The Speaking exam typically takes place on the same afternoon as the other three skills, or it may be scheduled for the following day.
Scoring Criteria for IELTS

– IELTS scores are divided into four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

– The lowest possible score for IELTS is 0.0, while the highest achievable score is 9.0. Scores can include half bands, such as 0.5.

IELTS LISTENING PART (with Sample Questions)

Time for IELTS Listening Test: [30 minutes / 40 questions] with 4 sections in total.


The question format you will definitely encounter in this part is the multiple-choice format. Additionally, you may encounter various question formats such as matching, plan/map, diagram labelling, form completion, flow-chart completion, and short answer questions.

These question formats are mostly randomized, so test-takers should be prepared by practicing various question formats.

Test-takers listen to the instructions through headphones and the provided IELTS listening device. Then, there will be 10 minutes allocated for writing answers. Each part contains 10 questions, divided as follows:

IELTS READING PART (with Sample Questions)

Time for IELTS Reading Test: [60 minutes / 40 questions] with 3 passages in total. These passages may come from advertisements, flyers, book excerpts, or magazines, and each passage will focus on general topics.


There will be at least 1 passage that emphasizes logical argument in a multiple-choice format, which is typically the most challenging question type in this part.


Similar to the Listening part, the question format you will definitely encounter in the Reading part is multiple choice. Other question formats that you may encounter include (True/False/Not Given), matching, sentence completion, flow chart, diagram, and short answer.


Each passage in the IELTS Reading part will have 13-14 questions, and you should spend no more than 20 minutes per question. The difficulty level of each passage may vary.

IELTS WRITING PART (with Sample Questions)

Time for IELTS Writing Test: [60 minutes / 2 major tasks] with 2 tasks in total.


Each task in the Writing part will have different point values. Task 2 will carry more points compared to Task 1, with a score that may be twice as much.


In the IELTS Writing Task #1 exam, test-takers should spend no more than 20 minutes and allocate the remaining 40 minutes to complete IELTS Writing Task #2. These two tasks in this part are fundamentally different. This part of the exam consists of 2 main components.

Preparing for the IELTS Speaking Exam along with Tips

Time for the IELTS Speaking Test: [11-14 minutes / 3 parts] with a total of 3 topics.


This part of the exam assesses how effectively test-takers can communicate. It considers fluency, grammar proficiency, accurate language use, and pronunciation.
The conversation topics in each part of the IELTS Speaking Test vary in difficulty and how to respond.

IELTS exam schedule for the month at New Cambridge

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New Cambridge Institute has collaborated with IDP to establish an official IELTS Test Center, providing convenience for learners who wish to take the IELTS test at New Cambridge without having to travel to other test locations.

Students interested in taking the IELTS test can register at New Cambridge Institute

IELTS exam schedule at New Cambridge Institute

IELTS exam schedule at IDP Test Center

Preparing for the IELTS Exam

Recommendations for preparing for the IELTS exam after practicing and preparing well. Many people may be concerned about the upcoming exam. New Cambridge has some tips to help you prepare for the exam confidently, as follows:

  1. day before the exam, you should rest to reduce stress and avoid staying up late, preparing yourself for the exam.
  2. Prepare necessary items for the exam, including your identification card or passport.
  3. Check the exam venue and travel route, allowing extra time for travel.
  4. It is advisable to bring a sweater to the exam in case the exam room is cold, so it does not hinder the test.

Receiving IELTS Test Report Form (TRF)

Test results (TRF) will be announced 13 days after the IELTS test. Test-takers can receive the TRF on the 13th day after the test, starting at 1:00 PM at the IDP Office, CP Tower Silom, 4th floor.


For test-takers who come to collect their results in person, please bring your original identification card or passport. In the case of someone else collecting on your behalf, please provide a copy of your identification card or passport along with a signature and an authorization form.


For checking the exam results online, you can check them on the website The results can be checked after 13 days from the test date, approximately between 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and onwards.


For test-takers who choose to receive their results by mail within the country, you will receive your results within 5-7 days after the release of the exam results.

Using IELTS Scores for Study Abroad

For those who wish to study abroad, you may wonder what IELTS score is needed to apply for university admission abroad. New Cambridge Institute has gathered popular IELTS score requirements for studying abroad as follows:

United Kingdom and United Kingdom Territories


For most universities, an IELTS score of 6.0 is generally sufficient for admission. However, universities ranked around the top 100-200 in the world may require an IELTS score of approximately 6.5. For highly prestigious universities like the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in all skills is recommended.


United States of America


Top 100-ranked universities globally may require an IELTS score of around 6.5. Top 50-ranked universities like Stanford University, Harvard University, or Princeton University typically expect an IELTS score of 7.0 in all skills.


Australia and New Zealand


For universities in these two countries, an IELTS score of 6.0 to 6.5 is generally sufficient for admission to most universities.


In addition to achieving high IELTS scores, applicants should also strive for good grades, write a compelling personal statement, include relevant extracurricular activities, and showcase accomplishments in their chosen field of study to increase their chances of successful university admission.

How to Choose an IELTS Preparation Institution and Study Abroad Counseling Center

Scoring a minimum of 7.5 in the IELTS Academic test for admission to highly-ranked universities is not a shortcut. Proper training and guidance from experienced and directly IELTS-experienced experts, with at least 10 years of expertise, are essential to ensure you don’t waste your time and money without gaining anything in return.


New Cambridge Institute in Thailand has compiled the following criteria for selecting an IELTS preparation institution, considering the quality attributes of such institutes:


  • Institution’s Establishment: How long has the IELTS preparation institution been operating? Longer experience instills trust in the institution’s reputation and its ability to comprehend students’ challenges.


  • Quality of Instructors: This is a prime consideration. If your English foundation is not solid, learning from a Thai instructor might be preferable. However, if you are confident in your English proficiency, foreign instructors, especially native speakers, should be your best choice. This allows you to practice Listening & Speaking skills directly with language experts.


  • Course Content: For beginners with no prior IELTS experience, it’s advisable to select an institution with foundation or basic courses to familiarize yourself with the IELTS exam structure before tackling actual test questions. Some institutions offer extracurricular activities to enhance various skills.


  • Course Fees: Course fees are usually similar among institutions, so focus on the learning outcomes. Both Thai and native speaker instructors may have comparable pricing. Prioritize institutions that offer tangible results.


  • Direct Study Abroad Counseling Centers: Some IELTS preparation institutions have integrated study abroad counseling centers. After receiving your IELTS scores, you can immediately consult these centers for guidance. This can save you a significant amount of time and money.

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