IELTS Exam: Registration, Application Fee, Practice Test, Results
International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is an international standardized test that measures the level of proficiency of English Language of Non-native English Speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. There are two types IELTS- Academic and General Training. In 2017, more than 3 million candidates took IELTS Exam in more than 140 countries.
IELTS is available on 48 test dates for the Academic Version and 24 test dates for General Training in a year. The availability of test dates depends upon the demand at the local test centre. IELTS Test Score is valid for 2 years from the date of its release.
- IELTS Score is used for three purposes– for study, for work or for migration.
- IELTS Test Score is widely accepted in Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. It is also accepted by more than 3000 academic institutions in the USA and various work organisations across the globe.
- IELTS Registration fee varies from country to country depending upon the local currency. The test fee in India is 12650 INR and the same in US ranges between $215-$240.
IELTS 2018 Highlights
|Exam Name||International English Language Testing System|
|Level of the exam||International|
|Organising Body||Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia|
|IELTS fee||Varies depending upon the local currency|
|Skills Tested||English- Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing|
|Band Score Range||0 to 9|
|IELTS Test Centres||more than 1200 in 140 countries|
|IELTS IDP India Helpline||1800-102-4544 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
About IELTS Administrators
IELTS is jointly managed by three bodies- Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), IELTS IDP (International Development Program):IELTS Australia, British Council.
IDP IELTS (International Development Program)
- International Development Program is an educational organization with 45 years' experience in international higher education.
- IDP education has a global network of test centres which offer the candidate with more than 400 test locations in 50 countries. Candidate can search for his / her nearest location by country and city.
- IDP IELTS helps various governments to assess migration. It also plays a major role in the admission of prospective candidates in international Universities or Institutions.
British Council IELTS
- The British Council is a co-owner of the IELTS Exam.
- It is known to have more than 75 years’ experience in teaching and testing English. IELTS British Council aid candidates in more than 90 countries in gaining the English language qualifications.
- British Council own 500 IELTS test locations around the world.
The various advantages of British Council IELTS are:
- Avail various preparation resources and expert’s help.
- Access IELTS Practice Test (30 hours of free training)
- Convenient IELTS Exam Dates and centre booking.
Why should one take IELTS Test?
The IELTS is basically an English language assessment examination. The IELTS Exam can be taken for three fundamental purposes-study,work,migration in countries where English is considered as the main language.
- There are two formats of IELTS Exam Pattern – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
- The Academic format is more suitable for those who are taking IELTS for study purposes.
- The General Training is for those who wish to migrate to another country for employment purposes.
IELTS for Study
- Universities and institutions across the globe consider IELTS score to judge the proficiency of a candidate in English language.
- The examination helps to determine the English speaking and comprehension capability of a candidate seeking admission in an institution where English is the primary language.
- Candidates taking IELTS for the purpose of pursuing education in English speaking country need to take IELTS Academic test.
IELTS for Work
- Evidence of acceptable English language skills is a prerequisite for applicants and international graduates seeking professional registration in English speaking countries.
- The required level of proficiency varies among organisations, professions, by country and by jurisdiction. The IELTS band score and version of the test (Academic or General Training) is thus decided by organisation as per their requirements.
- Candidates applying for employement and professional reasons need to take IELTS General Training version.
Industires that require IELTS in the English Speaking Countries
- Registration bodies representing the healthcare professions, such as nursing, medicine and pharmacy
- Professional bodies from sectors such as accounting, engineering, law and veterinary practice
- Range of employers from sectors such as ﬁnance, government, construction, energy, aviation and tourism
IELTS for Migration
- An individual seeking permanent residency in an English speaking country is required to take an English language test.
- IELTS Score is accept by the governments of English speaking countries for granting visas/ permanent residency.
- It is accepted as an evidence of English Proficiency in countries like Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and many more
How to find organizations accepting IELTS score
Over 9000 organizations and educational institutions in over 140 countries all over the world accept IELTS score for ascertaining English language proficiency. Follow the steps given below to access the complete list.
- Visit the official website – www.ielts.org
- Click on “About the test”
- In the drop down, select “Who accepts ielts scores?”
- Either type in the name of institution/organisation in the search box and click on Search IELTS Organisation or
- Click on Advanced option and select the type of organisation you are looking for
- Alternatively, visit www.ielts.org/about-the-test/who-accepts-ielts-scores/
- Enter Location – country, cities/states and band score.
- Click on Search IELTS Organisation
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How to register for IELTS?
IELTS Registration is available in both online as well as offline mode. The candidates can opt for any of the modes according to their convenience. However, the most easily accessible and convenient way of IELTS Registration is the online mode.
Step 1- Find the nearest IELTS test location
- Visit the official IELTS website – www.ielts.org
- Click on “Book a Test”
- Choose “Find a test location” from the drop down menu
- Select between IELTS or IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills
- Select country/territory from the list provided
- Click on “Find Test Location”. The list of all the available test locations will be displayed on the screen.
- Choose the preferred test location and click on “Book Now”. You will be redirected to the local registration website of IDP or British Council.
Step 2- IELTS Registration-Online mode
- On the IDP/ British Counil page of your country/ territory, Click on “Register For Test”
- Select Test, Test type, Test City.
- Select the Test Date from the list of dates available for a month.
- Fill in the details asked in the application form:
- Personal Details:
|Personal Details asked in IELTS Registration|
|Name||ID Document- Passport|
|Mobile Number||ID Number|
|Email ID||Validity of Passport|
|Date of Birth||-|
- Registration Details:
|Registration Details asked in IELTS Registration|
|Address- City, State, Pincode||Reason for taking IELTS|
|Country of Nationality||Country applying to|
|First Language||Level of Education|
|Occupation Sector||Number of years studied English for|
|Occupation Level||Permanent Physical Disabilities Status|
- Uploading the Documents
- Scanned images of the first and last page of candidate’s passport must be uploaded. This, however, is an optional step.
- Files must be up to 1 mb in size in JPG, PNG. JPEG or PDF format.
- Review all the information filled. If any changes are required click on “Edit Details”, else click on “Proceed”
IELTS Registration-Offline mode
- Visit the official IELTS website – www.ielts.org
- Click on “Book a Test”
- Select “How do I register?” from the drop down menu
- Click on “Download an Application Form”.
- The application form will open in a new window. Download it and fill in all the details asked.
Step 3 – IELTS Application Fee and Payment
The Application fee for IELTS varies from country to country. It is charged in the local currency of the region a candidate is applying from. For eg: the IELTS Test fee in India is12650 INR and the same in US ranges between $215-$240.
- Online Payment:
- The option to pay the application fee online is only available for candidates filling the registration form online
- Candidates can pay the fee using VISA/MASTER Debit or Credit Card or Netbanking.
- Offline Payment – In person:
- Visit the nearest offices of IDP or British Council
- Complete the online form online or a paper application with the assistance from the staff
- Fee payment can be made by credit card/ debit card or cash. An instant confirmation of reservation will be provided.
- Offline Payment via courier:
- Candidates can complete the IELTS application form and send it by courier to your local IELTS Test Centre
- You can find the address for your local test centre on the official website.
Click Here to Find Your Local IELTS Test Centre
Enclosures to be sent with the IELTS Application Form
In case of offline IELTS Registration, the documents to be sent with the application form vary according to the mode of application and mode of fee payment. The details can be found below:
- In case of online application and fee payment using a Credit or Debit card, there are
- No documents required.
- In case of online application and fee payment by Cash or Demand Draft, the following documents must be sent with the application form:
- A copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement (to be received after registering online).
- Proof of fee payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘British Council copy’ of the ICICI payment slip).
- In case of offline application and fee payment by Cash or Demand Draft, the following documents must be sent with the application form:
- The completed IELTS application form.
- Proof of fee payment made
Cancellation or Requesting a Transfer of IELTS Test Date
Request for cancellation or postponement of IELTS test is available. The request, however, must be made strictly 5 weeks before the test date via email or in person only. Telephone cancellation or postponement will not be accepted.
- Cancellation more than five weeks ahead of the test date will receive a full refund (less a 25% administrative fee)
- Cancellation less than five weeks ahead of the test date you will receive no refund
- Failure to appear for the test without notification is considered a cancellation, no refund will be issued, and you must register and pay again if you wish to take the test on another date*
Candidates seeking cancellation or transfer within the 5-week period prior to the test date, or those who fail to appear for their scheduled test, can receive a refund (less a 25% administrative fee) if they can provide evidence within 5 days that their ability to sit for the test has been affected by serious illness or cause:
- Serious Illness – hospital admission or serious injury
- Loss or Bereavement – death of a close family member
- Hardship/Trauma – victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident
- Military Service
Candidates are required to fill a “Request for Refund” or “Test Day Transfer Form” and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence:
- A medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner
- A death notice or certificate
- A police report.
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IELTS Exam Dates
IELTS is available on 48 dates for the Academic version and 24 dates for General Training Version throughout the year. It is the discretion of the candidates to choose when and where to take the IELTS Exam. The information regarding the can be accessed from anyone of the following websites
- British council IELTS
- IDP IELTS
- IELTS –official website
Steps to be followed for this purpose through each website are provided below.
British Council IELTS
- Visit the official link: www.britishcouncil.in
- Click on “Register for IELTS”
- Provide the test date, test city and version of exam in the left-hand box and click on “Submit”
- Select the appropriate date and venue
- Visit the link: www.ielts.org
- Click on “Register for IELTS”
- All available dates and cities will be shown
- Select the test date and venue according to your convenience
IDP IELTS Website
- Visit the official websitewww.ieltsessentials.com
- Under the “Register your Exam” head
- Choose the format-Academic or General
- Click on “Book Now”
- You will be redirected to the page where you have to choose the IELTS Exam Date and centres
IELTS Test Format
- The IELTS Exam tests a candidate’s reading, wiritng, listening, and speaking skills in the English langauge.
- The duration of exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- The two types of IELTS- Academic and General Training, have the same Listening and Speaking section. The subject matter for Reading and Writing parts differs for the both.
- The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the IELTS are completed on the same day without any breaks in between two sections.
- IELTS Speaking, however, can be taken up to a week a before or after the other three tests. You can approach your local test centre to take advise on the same.
IELTS Speaking test assessses a candidate’s fluency in the spoken English. This is a face to face interview round between an examiner and the test taker. This component of IELTS is divided into 3 parts and every part is recorded. The duration of IELTS Speaking is 11-14 minutes.
- Part 1: A candidate is asked general questions about himself/herself, his/her home, family, work, education, interests and hobbies. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
- Part 2: Candidate is given a card with a particular topic stated on it. The candidate is then given one minute to prepare himself and then speaking on the given topic for two minutes.
- Part 3: Candidate is asked question on the topic given in Part 2. Here, a candidate gets an oppurtunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue with the examiner. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
IELTS Listening test is 30 minutes long. Candidates are required to listen to four separate recordings of native English speakers and answers a series of questions based on these recordings.
A candidates ability to comprehend the main idea and detailed factual information, opinions and attitude of the speakers are tested in this test.
- Recording 1: It consists of an everyday conversation between two people in English. For eg: Two people talking about weather.
- Recording 2: It is monologue framed in an everday social scenario. For eg: A speech about local facilities for public.
- Recording 3: It is a conversation taking place between up to four people in an educational or training context in. For eg: A professor discussing an assignment with a group of three students.
- Recording 4: It consists of a monologue on an educational/academic subject. For eg: A lecture in a philosophy class of some university.
IELTS Readingtest is of 60 minutes and consists of 40 questions created to test a candidate’s English Reading skills. The questions include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understaning logical argument and identifying writers’ opinions, attitude and purpose.
- IELTS Academic Test:
- This consists of three long texts which can be descriptive, factual, discursive and/or analytical.
- These excerpts are taken from newspapers, journals, books, and magazines.
- The selected text is intended for a non specialist audience. These texts are appropriate for people seeking admissions into university courses and professional trainings.
- IELTS General Training Test:
- This contains three sections. Each section consists of extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advestisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
- It is intended for candidates applying for jobs in the English speaking countries.
- The material used to prepare IELTS General Training Reading test is what a candidate likely encounters on day-to-day basis in an English speaking domain.
The IELTS Writing test is 60 minutes long and consists of two compulsory tasks. The two tasks are designed to test a candidates English writing skills, grammar, etc. The answers are to be written in complete sentences in a paragraph and not as notes, phrases or in bullet points.
- IELTS Academic Test:
- Answers to both the tasks must be written in a formal language style.
- Task 1: Candidates are presented with graphs, tables, charts or diagrams and are required to describe, summarise or explain the presented information in their own words.
- Task 2: Candidates are required to wriet an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
- IELTS General Training Test:
- Task 1: Candidates are given a situation and required to write a letter requestion information or explaining the presented situation. The writing style of the letter can be personal, formal or semi formal.
- Task 2: An essay is to be written in response to a point of view, argument or problem in candidate’s own words (personal style).
Read Detailed IELTS Test Format
- IELTS Score is declared 13 calendar days after the candidate sits / appears for the examination. Candidates can access the IELTS Score online as well as offline.
- An official IELTS Test Report Form is made available tentatively after the aforementioned duration.
- In case, a candidate applies for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), he / she can earn two copies of the Test Report Form.
- The acquired IELTS Score is valid for two years.
Information required to access IELTS Scores
To access IELTS Scores, candidate must keep following information in hand:
- Candidate’s Identification document number.
- IELTS Exam candidate number provided during examination at the test centre.
- Date of IELTS exam.
- Date of birth.
Following are the modes and related steps to access the IELTS score:
- Visit the website stated above.
- Click on Results on the British Council IELTS website. Login using your passport number and date of birth on IDP website
- Enter identification document number.
- Enter Candidate number, Date of IELTS exam and Date of birth.
- IELTS Score will be displayed on the screen
- Candidates will be sent IELTS Test Report Form or TRF 13 days after the exam via post.
- Candidates can also get a copy TRF from the local test center of British Council or IDP.
- For those who have applied for CIC i.e. Citizenship and Immigration Canada, two copies of TRF / Test Result Form can be provided.
Read more about IELTS Result
How IELTS is Scored
- Each section of IELTS has a rough score out of 40. This is to help candidates estimate the number of answers they got right.
- The rough score of each is then converted to Band Score out of 9.
- This is then compiled into an Overall Band Scoure on a scale of 1-9.
The Rough Score Equaivalent of Band Score of each section is given in the table below:
|Listening raw score (Academic and General Training)||39–40||37–38||35–36||32–34||30–31||26–29||23–25||18–22||16–17||13–15||10–12||8–9||6–7||4–5|
|Reading raw score (Academic)||39–40||37–38||35–36||33–34||30–32||27–29||23–26||19–22||15–18||13–14||10–12||8–9||6–7||4–5|
|Reading raw score (General Training)||40||39||37–38||36||34–35||32–33||30–31||27–29||23–26||19–22||15–18||12–14||9–11||6–8|
IELTS Band Scale
IELTS is scored on a nine band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified level of proficiency in the English Language. The table below enlists the Band Score and Skill level corresponding to that band score:
|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.|
Minimum IELTS Score Required for issuing Visa
IELTS Score is used by English speaking countries like UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada to issue visas for educational, professional and immigration purposes. They have set a minimum score at which any visa will be granted.
|Visa||Minimum IELTS score required overall and in each skill|
|Tier 1 (General) visa||7.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 2 (General) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa||5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level||4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above and including some pre-sessional courses||5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills|
|Family of a settled person’ visa||IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass, IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening|
|Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship||IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass, IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening|
|Visa category||Minimum IELTS score required|
|Skilled Migrant||Principal applicant: 6.5. Partners and children aged 16 and over: 5.0|
|Business categories (Investor, Entrepreneur, Long Term Business Visa, Employees of Relocating Business)||Principal applicants: 5.0. Partners and children aged 16 and over: In some cases partners and children are not required to meet the minimum level of English at the time the application is lodged, but can provide evidence at a later stage.|
|Department of Immigration Level of English||Minimum IELTS score||Visas|
|Functional English||4.5||Permanent and provisional skilled visas (to avoid paying the English Language Charge)|
|Vocational English||5.0||457 visa, ENS and RSMS visas through the Temporary Residence Transitional stream for people who have held a 457 visa for 2 years with the employer|
|Competent English||6.0||ENS and RSMS visas through the Direct Entry Stream, Skilled migration (6.0 is the minimum threshold, but receives 0 points)|
|Proficient English||7.0||Points Tested Skilled visas (to obtain 10 points)|
|Superior English||8.0||Points Tested Skilled visas (to obtain 20 points)|
Canada has set Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) as the national standards for describing, measuring and recognising proficiency in the English language. The IELTS equivalent of CLB is given in the table below:
|Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)||Reading||Writing||Listening||Speaking|
The table below shows the minimum level of CLB required to acquire various types of visas in Canada:
|Visa category||Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) required)|
|The Federal Skilled Worker Program||CLB 7|
|The Federal Skilled Trades Program||CLB 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing|
|The Canadian Experience Class||CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs, CLB 5 for NOC B jobs|
|Business start-up visa||CLB 5|
|Provincial Nominee Programs||CLB 4 for NOC C and D jobs|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College