BALTIC COUNCIL - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone under the age of 18 sit the exam?
Yes, the minimum age is 16. Exceptions can only be made in rare cases, such as the test being a school admission requirement. Generally it is strongly recommended that those under the age of 18 take Cambridge English exams instead.

Can a native English speaker take the exam?

Should I TAKE the IELTS Academic Module or the General Module EXAM?
The IELTS Academic Module exam is intended for those who want to study in an English-speaking country or where the medium of communication is English, as well as for medical professionals who want to practise abroad.
The General Module exam is for those who want to emigrate to Australia, Canada or New Zealand , undergo practical vocational training, or do a work placement.

Before you register we strongly advise you to check directly with the institution you are doing the test for. It is your responsibility to choose the module that suits your purpose.

How to prepare for IELTS?
Visit the British Council Learn English portal to try out IELTS mock papers and to brush up your speaking skills for IELTS interview.

How long does the exam take?
The written parts of the exam take about 3 hours. In the course of the afternoon the oral interviews will take place, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. You will be informed of test venue address in your letter of confirmation.

How often can I repeat the IELTS exam?
You can repeat the exam as often as you like. There is no waiting period.

What score do I need to get in the IELTS exam?
If you are taking the IELTS Test in order to study, please check directly with the university. Different universities require different scores.
If you are taking the exam in order to emigrate to Australia , Canada or New Zealand, please check with the relevant embassy.

Can I use a driving licence or student identity card as proof of identity ?
No, driving licences and student identity cards are not acceptable forms of identification. Candidates must have a valid passpor tor National ID card o be brought along on the test day.

How can I contact IELTS test centre in Riga?
If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback you want to give us please contact us by email:, or call: 67317630.

How can I make a complaint?
Preferably, you have to make a complaint on the day of the test by using this form to describe the nature of your complaint. No complaint can be processed after your results have been released by the test centre.