International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam



Required For

Study/Work Permit in English speaking countries

Mode of taking test

Computer Based

Paper-Pen Based

Test Type

English Proficiency Test

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About IELTS Exam

About Test

The IELTS Exam assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours. There are... Read More

Why take the test?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam measures the language proficiency of people who want to s... Read More

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Type of test

IELTS Basics


Must have a valid passport and must be 16 years of age.

General Facts

Date and Frequency
IELTS test dates are offered upto 4 times in a month making a total of 48 fixed test dates in one calendar year. The availability of IELTS dates in India may differ for the Academic and General Training module.
Center and Admit Card
The IELTS Exam is offered across more than 50 test city locations in India. There is no admit card provided for IELTS.
IELTS Exam results are released 13 calendar days after the test for the paper based and 5-7 calendar days for computer based test. The candidate will receive only ONE original Test Report Form (TRF).
Score Reporting
A candidate may request up to 5 additional TRFs to be sent to Receiving Institutions (universities, professional bodies, etc) within 1 month of taking the IELTS test. TRFs sent by courier will be sent through DHL and students will be charged accordingly. If the Receiving Institution accepts electronic submission of scores then that can be arranged through the IDP IELTS office at no charge.
Score Validity
2 Years






30 Minutes


0 - 9

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions. Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utteran Read More...





60 Minutes


0 - 9

The Reading section consists of questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.





11-14 Minutes


0 - 9

There are three parts to this section. The examiner will ask general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. In the next part, you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. The examiner will then ask few Read More...





60 Minutes


0 - 9

Topics are of general interest and there are two tasks. In the first one, a graph, table, chart or diagram will be presented and you will have to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. In the second task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, Read More...

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Registration Fees


Rescheduling Fees


Test Center Change Fees


IELTS Exam Registration Process

You can either register online and pay the test fee by Credit Card, or register by Courier and pay test fee by Demand Draft or ICICI deposit/Allahabad deposit slip or register in Person at IDP branch or Input Node

Step 1

Log on to

Step 2

Select your test date and test city

Step 3

Complete the on-line application form

Step 4

Pay the test fee by credit card

Step 5

Get instant seat booking and acknowledgement

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IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.
Please go to and read the description of the Academic and General Training tests. Individual organisations have different requirements. Make sure you check which IELTS test the organisation you are applying to recognises. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.
There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you do additional study before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Official Practice Materials.
If you would like to make an enquiry about your test results, you need to apply at the centre where you booked your test within six weeks of your test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked. There is a charge for an enquiry on IELTS test results, however this charge will be refunded if your score increases for any section of the test. Your result will normally be available in 2-21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark.