How to Take an IELTS Test in Manila Philippines?

February 18, 2010

Have you heard about IELTS? This is the famous abbreviations for those who graduated college and wanted to work abroad

or immigrate in other countries such as Canada and Australia.

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IELTS is short for International English Language Testing System.  A test that will measure how well do you speak, read, write and listen in English.  This is measured in bands from 1 to 10 and often difficult to get the band score of nine (9) if English is not your native or first language.

How to Take IELTS in Manila, Philippines?

1. Going to the IDP Center to apply for IELTS exam.

My sister wanted to have her IELTS test for her immigration application for Canada.  So we inquired at the IDP Makati, a partner in IELTS.  We called their hotline 816 0755. They advised us to just visit their office from 9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and bring passports with us.

I checked their address and found out that it was just beside Greenbelt Makati. Here is the map with that red circles…


If you’re going with a car, better take Pasay Road (currently ARNAIZ Ave.) and enter Paseo De Roxas and be in the right lane before reaching Pioneer House.  You can park your car along Gallardo Street with a P35 parking fee.

If you are commuting, aim for the Greenbelt building and exit to the gate facing AIM, Asian Institute of Management.  Walk through your right leading to Pioneer House.

IDP’s office is on the 2nd floor of Pioneer House building.  You can ride the elevator or burn your fat out by using the stairs.

2. Filling Out the Forms and Fees

Ask the receptionist about the IELTS exam and she will give you some forms to fill up.  Fill in all the details on the forms and choose the date when you want to take the exam.

Take note that you have to take the test in General stream for immigration and Academic if you are intended to study or work abroad. You will be asked if where do you intend to claim the result? We chose to claim it on their office. It does not mean we have no trust on our postal system, we just want to make it sure.

They have three batches in a month for the exam, so don’t worry, you have plenty of schedules in a year.  Prepare to pay P8,000++ pesos for the IELTS exam fee.

After you have completed the form and paid for the exam, they’ll inform you what time and date when to take it.

2. Taking the Exam

Bring with you a ballpen and your passport.  Just bring all of your documents just in case.

The exam has four parts, which is reading, writing, listening and speaking.  My sister was asked to come back on the next day to take the speak test.  I don’t know what was the reason but maybe it’s because of the time constraints.

3. The Result

The result was released after 2 weeks of the exam.  We found the result good enough for the immigration requirements.

The result was in a piece of paper with the applicants picture and some personal details in it.  On the lower portion, it displayed the band score of each category and the average band score.

4. Items to Bring

These are the items to bring before visiting the IDP office.

a. Ballpen

b. Passport,

c. 2 pcs passport size photos

d. Application FEE (P8,000++)

IELTS is valid for 2 years so better practice your English skills by updating your blog often.  Talk to your English speaking friends.  Just like me, I’m doing it now.

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19 Responses to How to Take an IELTS Test in Manila Philippines?

  1. rose on October 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you so muct it helps a lot for first timer like me.

  2. mangalary on October 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Roselyn, You’re welcome…

  3. marijess maniclang on November 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    my questions is to take ielts for paying 8,000.00 is this including books or application only I would like to know

  4. marijess maniclang on November 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    do you have schedule for classes next year 2011

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  6. mangalary on November 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Hi mari, the P8,000 is the fee for taking the IELTS itself. They don’t give books but some informational brochures/booklet that will guide you about the nature of the test. Other than that, no freebies were included.

    If you need books and references, then you have to enroll to the IELTS Review centers and there are quite a few in Manila. You can check this link

  7. mangalary on November 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Sorry, but I don’t have the schedule as of now. I’ll try my best to give you those, as soon as I can. By the way, thanks for visiting our site.

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  9. felix aguadera jr on March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    may i know where is the nearest ielts review center? i just want to take the ielts exam but i need first the price for taking the exam? may i know also the passing grade?

  10. marievic arica on April 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    good morning miss marie,can i ask you a question about review in IELTS actually i enrolled unlimited review in niner in a past 3yrs but i cannot continue it bec of hard time and difficult to study their lesson,i admit i’m not fluent to speak in english and now i just wanted to review again and i need to achieve a score of 4.0 for my application in canada.can you help me?how to pass the exams in take one only ?tnx …

  11. JenLiv on April 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Hi there!

    Do you have an office or a schedule of exam in Cebu? Thanks in advance!

  12. divine grace marcelo on July 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    good afternoon miss!

    thank you so uch for the is really hepful.i am planning of taking the ielts exam because i have plans of going to australia,,i want to ask if it is really hard to get a grade of 7 and if what suggestions could you give me for me to pass,,btw,,,im a fresh graduate,,do i need a license before i can take the ielts?thank so much!

  13. myla on August 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I would just like to ask because I will be commuting(coming from the province in the North), do I need to take the MRT/LRT and which station should I get off or taxi is more accessible for that? I really need to know. Thank you very much!

  14. mangalary on August 27, 2011 at 1:03 am

    You can ride the MRT and stop at Ayala Station. You can walk to Greenbelt, then check the location of the building which is encircled at the map.

    Another option is to ride a taxi from Ayala MRT Station to Pioneer House…

  15. elizabeth on September 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    hi, how can i improve my English grammar to take ielts?

  16. shinobi101 on November 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    thank you for the information! hi five to you!

  17. ijhey atienza on December 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    hi. is it hard to get a score of 6.0?

  18. Donna Retania on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’m in Riyadh Saudi Arabia right now and I want to take an IELTS Exam on May 26, 2012 as scheduled. How can I process my application? How to send the payment for my reservation.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you.

  19. darlye on June 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hello poh how can I apply for ielts I’m not college graduate..I’m 1st year high school should I apply for ielts even I’m not college grad? My English is not good too..I want to learn how to speak English..

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