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Partnering with the Lebanese International University

Lebanese International University was founded in 2001 and currently has 9 branches across Lebanon. LIU has been keenly pursuing all that pertains to quality education and assessment, student success and achievement, and national and International recognition. Propelled by academic and professional principles as such, LIU’s official testing partnership with IELTS has been to nobody’s surprise, thanks to all success, persistence, and professionalism LIU has exerted in its professional pursuits.

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

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study, work where English is the language of communication and migration. IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test as over 2.2 million IELTS tests are taken around the world each year. Tests are held on selected Saturdays across LIU’s regional campuses.
The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

LIU accepts IELTS as an accepted certificate including the score.


Test Format

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours. There are four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training.
All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. The distinction between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training lies in the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components.

Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The order in which these tests are taken may vary.

The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to a week before or after the other tests. This will depend on your test center.


Test Format – Listening
30 minutes

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions.

These include questions that test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas.

A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.

Section 1
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Section 2
A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Section 3
A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Section 4
A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

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Test Versions

There are two versions of the IELTS test format:

  • Academic: People looking to study at undergraduate/postgraduate level in English are required to sit for the academic version of the test. This test version could be required for professional pursuits such as training or working in a foreign country.
  • General Training: The general version is less difficult compared to the academic one as it is designed for migrants and students who intend to study at below degree level, or work in or migrate to an English-speaking country.

All test candidates take the same listening and speaking tests, regardless of the version they sat for. The reading and writing tests differ in content, depending on whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are assessed using the same standards.


IELTS Scores

The IELTS test is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. You will receive IELTS scores for each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.
Your overall band score may be crucial if you intend to migrate, apply for university or take up a job in an English-speaking country.


IELTS Section Summary

Listening Module

Time: 30 minutes
Format: 4 sections, 40 questions
Topics tested: Spoken English
Problem types: 1 dialogue, 1 conversation, and 2 monologues

Reading Module

Time: 60 minutes
Format: 3 texts, 40 questions
Topics tested: Reading comprehension, vocabulary, language usage
Problem types: Reading passages followed by a series of questions

Writing Module

Time: 60 minutes
Format: two tasks
Topics tested: General writing, argument development and presentation
Problem types: written interpretation and analysis of information presented in a table or diagram (20 minutes);
written reaction to an opinion, argument, or problem (40 minutes)

Speaking Module

Time: 11 - 14 minutes
Format: 3 parts
Topics tested: Fluency and coherency of language usage, range and accuracy of vocabulary and grammar, clarity
Problem types: general questions relating to personal experience (4-5 minutes), response to a prompt (2-3 minutes), and conversation about topic from prompt (3-4 minutes)


To fill an application, you need to visit the British Council located in Mathaf/Sodeco Street
Berytech Bulding, 8th Floor.

How to Register for IELTS

How to Register in Person

Step 1
Bring your National ID or Passport with you to register.

Step 2
Pay the required test fees in cash or via credit card.

Step 3
Receive a confirmation letter, support folders and a receipt.

How much does IELTS Test cost?

IELTS Academic or General Training Test Fee is 200 USD.
This also includes a package of:

  • Training and online material
  • Mock testing


Late Registration

Applications are accepted up to one week before the test date unless the test venues across all LIU campuses are completely filled. If the test venue is full, you will be advised to sit for the test at another test venue or wait for the next test date.


Special Requirements

Special arrangements can be adapted for IELTS test takers with special needs including hearing, visual impairment or learning difficulties. Visit for more information on how to acquire this service.


What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?

If you postpone or cancel your application more than 4 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge.

If you postpone or cancel within 4 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a validated reason such as serious medical reasons, death in the family or an accident.


What if I am absent or sick on the test day?

If you are absent on the test day, you will lose your full fee.

IELTS Rules and Regulations

It is important that all candidates are familiar with the rules and regulations regarding the IELTS test.

  • Make sure that you bring your National ID card or passport originally used during the registration to be allowed to sit for the test and to do the speaking exam. Your passport and National ID must contain the required number, signature, date of birth and photograph.
  • No other items are allowed on your desk except, your pencil/pen and eraser that our test venue provides, along with your passport or National ID card for identification.
  • Ensure that your cell phone, pagers and any other electronic device are switched off and placed with the personal belongings outside the test room (or preferably left at home or in your car). Candidates who do not switch off their phone/pager or who retain one in their possession will be immediately disqualified and asked to leave the test room.
  • Notify the Invigilator or Test Supervisor immediately if test day conditions deter your performance in any way.

You are prohibited from:

  • Impersonating another individual or have another individual impersonating you
  • Attempting to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test
  • Using or attempting to use a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or cell phone during the test
  • Talking to or disturbing other candidates once the examination starts
  • Smoking or eating in the examination room
  • Reproducing any part of the test in any format/medium. Any candidate doing so will have his/her test results disqualified and will be liable to legal prosecution.
  • Removing or taking any materials used during the examination. This includes, but is not limited to, examination papers, speaking task cards, answer papers or working papers.

Any breach of any of the above requirements by any candidate will result in disqualifying him/her from test, as well as asking him/her to leave the test room.

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