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Who Can Take IELTS

No. 'IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting one million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system. Visit the IELTS website at http://www.ielts.org.'

You do not need any special computer skills.

IELTS Academic is mostly hand written test and for listening you will have an audio file played. Finally for speaking you will have an invigilator sitting in front you and assess you speaking skills.

No. IELTS Academic has been designed to recognize speech from non-native speakers of English.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organization or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.


You can register for IELTS quickly and easily either online or by post/courier.


There are two versions of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic: this is recommended for candidates who plan to undertake academic study.

IELTS General Training: this is recommended for candidates to use at work, work-related training or for migration.

Decide which version of the test is right for you. It is strongly recommended that you also check with the organizations you wish to apply to before you book your test.


There are a limited number of places for all the IELTS test sessions. IELTS test with the British Council are very popular, so it is recommended that you register one month prior to make sure you get a place.

You can use the online registration systemto find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing tests will be completed on the same day. Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day, or up to a week before or after your main test day. You will receive a notification if your Speaking test is on a different day from your main test day 5 days before the test.


The registration fee for IELTS test administered is INR 12,650
You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through the online registration portal

Pay online using Net Banking, eWallets or Card (Visa, Visa electron, Master Card)

Register offline by completing the following three steps.

1. Download the IELTS registration form.

2. Complete your details and choose the test date

3. To pay by cash or demand draft visit the nearest ICICI bank with the ICICI payment slip

NOTE: Your passport will be the identity document for IELTS registration. Please keep the passport number ready at the time of registration. You must carry your passport on the test day, it is the only form of identity that will be accepted. The document must be valid/not expired at registration and on the test day.


If registering online/ via post/ via courier you can pay using the following methods:

1. Cash (make cash payment at any ICICI bank branch by filling in the ICICI payment slip )

2. Demand Draft (send a demand draft drawn in favour of 'British Council' payable at Delhi along with a copy of the online registration confirmation / completed application form.


Candidates who apply using the online application form and are paying online by Credit/Debit card:

1. No documents required.

Candidates who apply using the online application form and are paying by Cash or Demand Draft must submit the following documents:

1. A copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement that they receive by email after registering online.

2. Evidence of the payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘acknowledged copy’ of the ICICI payment slip).
The documents must be received at the head office within 3 days from the day of registering for the test. If paying at ICICI Bank, candidates are required to upload the deposit slip duly stamped and acknowledged by the ICICI bank in thecandidate area.

Candidates who apply using the paper application form and are paying by Cash or Demand Draft must send:

1. The completed IELTS application form.

2. The evidence of the payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘acknowledged copy’ of the ICICI payment slip).

NOTE: If the candidate is below the age of 18 years at the time of registration or on the test day, a duly filled consent form must be produced at the time of appearing for the examination.


Those registering online will receive an email confirming payment receipt and Your test date is confirmed once you receive this email.
Those registering by post/courier will receive a confirmation receipt within 7 days of receipt of your document. You will receive an email confirming payment receipt.

On Test Day

You’re bound to feel a little bit nervous on test day. To help things go as smoothly as possible for you, we’ll conduct mock sessions before your test day.

We recommend you arrive by 11:30 am to give you enough time to get settled. Unfortunately, if you arrive after the start of the test you will not be allowed to take the test on that day.

You need to bring your original and valid passport, along with a color photocopy. Driving licenses and student IDs are not accepted as identification documents

Note: Candidates without valid ID will not be allowed to take the test.

1. Your identification document

2. A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)

3. An eraser

4. A bottle of water which should be transparent without any writing or labels on it.

5. You will not be able to take anything else into the test room.

On the day of the test you should verify your information provided at the time of registering on the candidate data sheet as this information will be printed on your Test Report Form.

There will be an area where you will need to leave all your belongings. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving valuables, such as mobile phones and computers, at home.

At least 30 minutes before the start of your test. This gives you plenty of time to check in and pass security.

You should show your passport when arriving at the test center.The name on the ID should exactly match the name used when booking the test.

Raise your hand and explain your situation to the test administrator. They will advise further.

If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee. However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

You do the Listening test first following by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test center, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

Yes. You will be given an erasable booklet. If you run out of space, you can ask for another booklet.You are not allowed to make notes until the test has started.

Yes. At the beginning, you hear instructions and a sample question. Then you read section 1 questions, listen to section 1 and answer the questions.

No. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time.

The test center may offer you a test on the next available test date.

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