Portland City Center IELTS Test Center


What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

Why choose IELTS?

IELTS tests all four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. For a list of organizations that accept IELTS scores, visit www.ielts.org/recognition.


  1. Fill out an registration form online at www.ieltsusatest.org. The PELA IELTS Test Center is called 'Portland English Language Academy, Portland' on the IELTS registration form.
  2. After you have completed payment at www.ieltsusatest.org and we have checked your registration details (including the uploaded scan of your passport), we will send a confirmation email. See below for other methods of payment.
  3. If the image you uploaded does not meet the requirements set we will send a message requesting a new image.
  4. Your booking on www.ieltsusatest.org will automatically expire if payment has not been made within ten days of when you started the registration process.
  5. IF YOU REGISTER WITHIN 1 WEEK OF THE TEST DATE, you must pay within 3 DAYS or we cannot guarantee your seat.
  6. Please DO NOT make multiple registrations for the same test date.

NOTE: There are two IELTS test centers in Portland: PELA ('Portland English Language Academy, Portland') and ELS Portland.


The IELTS Test fee is $245.

Payment can also be made at PELA during IELTS office hours (Monday through Friday 11 am to 3 pm), or by online invoice but please arrange this via email (IELTS@portlandenglish.edu). FOR RECEIPTS from ONLINE PAYMENTS: After paying online, view your Booking Details at www.ieltsusatest.org and click on the “Payment summary” tab.

Confirmation of Registration

We will confirm your test registration by e-mail using the e-mail address you provide on the IELTS Registration form. Please check your e-mail regularly. If no e-mail is provided, confirmation will be made by fax or mail. The confirmation will include information about registration time, test location, and test type booked. It is the responsibility of the test taker to notify the test center if the confirmation email has not been received within 7 days of the test.

Cancellations, Transfer of Test Date, Refunds

Requests for Cancellations or change of test date must be made in writing and received at the Test Center more than 5 weeks before the scheduled test date. Cancellations made before the 5 week cut-off date will receive a refund of test fee minus $50 for administrative processing. Cancellations or request for a different date within the 5 week cut-off date are normally not eligible for refunds.
Test takers seeking cancellation or transfer within the 5 period prior to the test date can receive a refund or transfer without charge if they can provide evidence that their ability to take the test has been affected by illness or serious cause. A Test Day Refund/Transfer form must be completed and returned not more than five working days after the test date, with full supporting documentation, before refunds or transfers can be considered.


PLEASE NOTE: This testing center is located in the Lloyd Center in NE Portland. It is not the testing location at Concordia University (ELS). Our IELTS testing does not take place at the ELS Portland test location at Concordia University.

Test takers must be prepared to spend the entire day at the test center because there is a Speaking interview in the afternoon. Speaking interview appointments are scheduled in the order that test registration payment is received. A limited number of Speaking tests may be available on the Friday immediately prior to the test. Test takers may email the Test Administrator for details at: IELTS@portlandenglish.edu.

Doors will open at 8:00 AM and close at 8:45 AM. Test takers who are in line when doors close will be registered and allowed to sit the test. Any test taker who is not already in line when the doors close will not be allowed to take the test and will not receive a refund or be allowed to transfer to a future test date.

NOTE: You MUST have your passport with you to take IELTS. Photocopies or other forms of ID will not be accepted.

A wide variety of public transportation is near PELA. You may plan your trip at http://trimet.org/.

Please note that the mailing address of the building is 2007 Lloyd Center, Portland OR 97232. The IELTS Test Center is located on the 3rd Floor. Follow the signs for 'IELTS Registration.'

A valid passport is required and is the only acceptable form of identification. This must be the same passport used when registering for the test. Test takers who do not bring their passport will not be permitted to take the test. The only materials allowed in the testing room are passport, a bottle of water in a transparent bottle, and reading glasses if needed (no case). Anything else will be held in a secure room until test takers are finished with the test. Pencils and erasers will be provided and test takers are not allowed to bring in their own supplies.


Test results are valid for two years. Results are released on the 13th day following each test date. Test results are not released over the phone or email.
To preview your IELTS test result, complete all fields at results.ieltsessentials.com. The preview of your IELTS result is usually available online 13 days after your test date, and will remain available for 28 days thereafter. Your official Test Report Form will be mailed to you 13 days after the test. Please note the preview of your IELTS result cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result.

Disclaimer: The online preview of your test result may not be used as an official score report. IELTS USA, the test center and the IELTS Partners give no guarantee as to the accuracy of the preview result, and will not accept any responsibility for an inaccurate score. IELTS USA, the test center and the IELTS Partners will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display, whether due to technical fault or administrative procedures.

The atmosphere at PELA is very good and makes it easier to study. PELA provide a environment that students have the have the freedom of exchanging their opinion in class. Thanks guys!
Kuo, TaiwanKuo, Taiwan

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