IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the world’s most proven English language test and is widely accepted as proof of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations across the globe. It is used as a reliable indicator of all the aspects of communication in English for education, immigration and professional purposes. It is co-owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
IELTS is conducted on 48 fixed dates a year, that is, up to four times a month (depending on local demand) in more than 42 test locations/ cities in India. Hence, it gives a lot of flexibility to the candidates for choosing when to take the IELTS.
The test fee for IELTS Academic is INR 11,100 irrespective of the method of IELTS registration.
Since IELTS is very popular test, it is suggested that candidates book the test seat before the registration deadline.
Please note, once all the test places have been assigned and the session is full, you will not be able to see it on the online registration system.
Keep reading this article for complete information about IELTS exam dates, registration and test centre instructions.
Steps to Select IELTS Exam Dates and Location
Candidates can book the IELTS Exam dates and location in three ways:
1) British Council:
Candidates can find updated information about the test dates and availability by either using the online registration system or contacting one of the British Council centres to register in person. Usually, Listening, Reading and Writing tests are completed on the same day. The Speaking test may be conducted on the same day, or up to a week before or after the main test day, in which case, the candidate will receive a notification 5 days before the test.
There are two ways of registering for IELTS through British Council: Online and Offline.
- Visit the British Council website.
- Click on ‘Register for IELTS now’.
- Go to the box on the left side of the webpage, ‘Find Test Date’. Enter Month, City, Module.
- This will lead to IELTS Application: Check Test Availability page.
- Select the desired date and click ‘Apply’.
- The terms and conditions and declaration page will open.
- At the end of the declaration, click ‘I Agree’. Click ‘Confirm’.
- An IELTS Application: Candidate Details page will open.
- Provide all the necessary details on the form. Click ‘Continue’.
- Pay the fees online using credit/ debit card (Visa, Visa electron, Master Card).
- The final confirmation page will appear and an email will be sent to the provided email ID.
Candidates can register for IELTS via British Council through post/ courier as detailed below:
- Download the IELTS registration form from the website.
- Choose the test date and complete your application details.
- Pay by demand draft (made to British Council and payable at New Delhi) or by cash (To pay by cash visit the nearest ICICI bank with the ICICI payment slip).
- On the registration form, please provide a Blue Dart courier servicable address. Candidates may check whether their address is covered by Blue Dart or not on the link: http://www.bluedart.com/locationfinder_domestic.html. The IELTS study book and the TRF will be despatched at the address provided on the registration form.
- Send the following documents if paying by ICICI challan slip or demand draft:
- A copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement that received by email after the online registration.
- Proof of the payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘British Council copy’ of the ICICI payment slip).
The documents must be submitted within 3 days from the day of registering for the test to the British Council in Gurgaon. Candidates can also forward the application acknowledgement email with a scanned attachment of the British Council copy of the ICICI challan slip to IELTSpayments@britishcouncil.org.
- In case the payment is not received within 3 days, the IELTS application will be rejected.
- Candidates who apply using the online application form and made the payment online do not need to submit any documents.
2) IDP Education:
Candidates can register for IELTS via IDP Education in three ways: online, in- person and offline.
- Visit IDP Education website: https://www.ieltsidpindia.com/Candidate-Registration_TestType.aspx?q1=1&q2=IELTS
- Select ‘Test’ and ‘Test Type’ and click ‘Go’.
- An entire matrix of all the available test centres, city-wise and month-wise will appear.
- Select the centre according to your preference.
- Provide the following details: ID Type, ID number, validity date of ID, and date of birth.
- Click ‘Proceed’.
- Fill up your personal details on the Candidate Details page.
- Pay the IELTS fee using credit card (MasterCard/ VISA)
- After successful registration, a confirmation mail will be sent on the email ID provided on the form.
- Visit any of the IDP Education India Pvt Ltd offices.
- 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 demand draft or customized ICICI bank/Allahabad bank deposit slip. An instant confirmation of reservation will be provided.
Offline- via courier:
Candidates can complete the IELTS application form and send it by courier to the address below where the application will be processed upon receipt and the placement will be determined, subject to availability:IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
6th Floor, Plot No. 32
Global Business Square, Sector 44,
3) IELTS official website:
- Visit the official IELTS website: https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location
- On this ‘Find a Test Location’ webpage of the IELTS official website, select the IELTS you want to take: IELTS or IELTS UKVI and IELTS Life Skills.
- Select ‘Country’ and click on ‘Find a test location’.
- Choose your ‘City’ and test centre.
- Click ‘Book Now’.
- Depending on whether you choose ‘British Council’ test centre or ‘IDP test centre’, you will be redirected to their respective websites. From here, the process will be same as detailed above.
IELTS Test Centre Instructions
Candidates must acquaint themselves of the test day instructions and requirements carefully to avoid any unpleasant scenario on the test day.
What to bring into the IELTS examination room
- Only pens, pencils and erasers.
- Passport/ national identity card that was used on the IELTS Application Form will be allowed inside the examination room.
- No food is allowed inside the examination room, only a drink in transparent bottle may be taken inside.
Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor.
IELTS Test day tips
- Arrive on time and allow sufficient time for travel.
- Make sure to carry the right identification documents. The IELTS test location staff will check the ID proof when the candidates arrive. You may also require two recent identical passport- sized photographs.
- Try to be calm and relaxed.
- If you have any questions, ask the centre staff.
- Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test and follow them at the test centre.
- Switch off the mobile phone and any other electronic devices and place these with other personal belongings outside the examination room.
- The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes. There are no breaks between the three tests.
- Be prepared and eat and drink before coming for the test. No food is allowed in the test room, only a drink in a transparent bottle will be allowed.
- Listen to the supervisors carefully and follow their instructions.
- When you open your test papers, first read the instructions before writing anything.
- Avoid careless mistakes.
- Stay aware of the time so you can complete all questions.
- Work calmly, focus on the questions, don’t rush your answers and you will do your best.
- Some test locations take a photograph of the candidate on the test day. This photograph taken by the test centre will appear on the Test Report Form to provide increased identity security.
- If the candidate needs to go to the bathroom during the test, he/ she should put his/ her hand up for the invigilator without disturbing other candidates.
- In case of any questions during the test, the candidates may raise their hand to ask for help.
- While taking the Listening test, the candidates must check that they can hear the test properly. They must raise their hand immediately to let the invigilator know that the recording is not audible.
- Candidates will have 10 minutes after the Listening section to fill the responses in the answer sheet. These 10 minutes are not provided after the Reading section, so candidates must write the answers on the Reading answer sheet as each section is completed.
- A candidate must stay in the seat until the invigilator gives permission to leave the room.
- If there are any issues that may have affected the performance on the test, the candidate must inform the invigilator immediately.
- Any complaint about the test day must be done within one week of the test date.
IELTS Test Centres provide extra facilities to test takers with special needs. In case any candidate requires some modified version of the test due to special requirement, he/ she must give the Test Centre three months’ notice for the preparation of the modified test version. In case any candidate requires special administrative arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time due to special requirements, he/ she must give the test centre six weeks' notice.
The special arrangements for the candidates include the following:
- Braille papers
- Special Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses
- Lip- reading version of the Listening test
- Enlarged print or brailled Speaking task cards
Candidates with special requirements must contact the IELTS test centre at least two months before the test date to discuss their requirements and allow time for the necessary formalities, verification and arrangements to be done.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College