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IELTS Registration 2024: How to Register for the IELTS Exam?

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Updated on Jul 17, 2024, 07:18

In India, IDP is a proud & sole owner, administering the IELTS test in India and quite fluently operating it through an extensive network of purpose-built test centres across the country. 
 

IELTS offers two distinct tests: Academic (individuals seeking admission to universities and educational institutions in English-speaking countries) and General Training (suitable for those aiming to immigrate, work, or undertake non-academic training programs abroad).  

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1. How to Register for the IELTS Exam?

For IELTS exam registration, you can opt for two primary options- Online and Offline. Both processes depend on the convenience of the individual. 

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2. IELTS Registration Fee 2024-25

The IELTS Exam fee for both Academic and General Training remains the same. Whereas the fee slightly differs in the case of the IELTS UKVI exam. 


 

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3. IELTS Slot Booking 2024-25

The schedule for IELTS paper-based tests in 2024 is now available. Refer to the Exam dates table above. Secure your spot early and kickstart your preparation.

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IELTS Registration Process: Apply for IELTS Exam

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For IELTS exam registration, you can choose between two primary options: Online and Offline. Both processes depend on the individual's convenience. To guide you through them, let’s break down all the information one by one in the sections below. 

 

Here's how you can apply for the IELTS exam.

 

IELTS Online Registration 2024-25

 

  • You must log in to your account at the IDP IELTS India Website
  • Click 'Register for IELTS' to create your IDP IELTS login.
  • Choose your test format: computer-delivered IELTS or paper-based.
  • Then, you can select the preferred test type/module (Academic or General Training) 
  • Pick your preferred test location/city from available IELTS test centres in India.
  • After completing the above steps, you'll see a list of available dates. Choose a desired date and time slot for the test.
  • Complete your online application by providing the necessary information. To finalise your application, remember to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport. 
  • Make the payment for your application. 
  • After successfully making the payment, you can download the acknowledgement receipt sent to your registered email or phone number.

 

Note

You can schedule your test online for IELTS paper booking based on your preferred date and time. If your preferred slot is unavailable, a time slot will be allocated automatically.

 

 

IELTS Offline Registration 2024-25

 

IELTS offline registration is straightforward. You can register for the exam at any IDP branch or head office using one of the following methods.

 

Method 1

 

  • Register online from the IDP office and pay the test fee for instant seat confirmation
  • Provide a photocopy of your Passport (first and last page), including observation pages, if any
  • Submit the signed Terms & Conditions document after reading it carefully
  • Receive an immediate acknowledgement letter confirming your test seat

 

Method 2

 

  • Complete the IELTS application form at the IDP office
  • Sign the included Terms & Conditions document
  • Attach a photocopy of your Passport (first and last page), including observation pages if applicable
     

Choose one of the payment options.

 

  • Use a valid credit/debit/ATM card.
  • Provide a Demand Draft to "IDP Education India Private Limited," payable at New Delhi, from an approved bank (listed in the Terms & Conditions).
  • Deposit cash in an ICICI bank branch using a custom ICICI deposit slip, available for download from the IDP IELTS website or at any IDP branch/Input Node. Hand over the original customer copy of the customised ICICI deposit slip as proof of payment to the IDP branch/Input Node.

 

Note

1. After payment, kindly request the IDP branch / Input Node staff to submit your application in the online registration system.
2. You'll receive an acknowledgement slip for your IELTS academic booking and a tentative seat reservation.
3. Remember that if you've paid by bank draft, your seat confirmation will depend on the bank draft's clearance.

 

IELTS Registration: Other Methods

 

Registration via Courier (Pay with Demand Draft/ICICI Deposit/HDFC Deposit Slip)

 

  • Obtain the application form from the IELTS IDP India website or your nearest IDP branch office/Input Node.
  • Complete the application form.
  • Sign the Terms & Conditions document after thorough review.
  • Include a photocopy of your Passport (first and last page) and observation pages if applicable.
  • Attach either a Demand Draft for the test fee (drawn in favour of "IDP Education India Private Limited," payable at New Delhi, from an approved bank listed in the provided Terms & Conditions document) or enclose the original customer copy of the ICICI deposit slip if depositing cash at a nearby ICICI bank branch or likewise for HDFC deposit slip.
  • Send the filled application form, along with all required documents and the test fee, to the provided address-

 

IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B,

5th Floor, Sikanderpur Ghosi,

Sector-26, M.G. Road,

Gurugram - 122002,

Haryana, India

 

Note

Your application will undergo a thorough process, and the seat allotment for the selected date will be subject to availability.

FAQs

Q. Can I register for more than one IELTS Exam in a year?

A. Yes, you can register for as many IELTS exams as you want. However, it is recommended to take a gap of 2-3 months, to get proper preparation time for your test. Note that, if you have taken an IELTS Life Skills test, and passed the test, you cannot get a retake within the next two years. However, this is only applicable if you are taking the test for the same level (such as A1, or B1). 

Q. What are the essential documents required to register for the IELTS Exam?

A. The essential documents you need while applying for the IELTS Exam are:

  • Passport
  • Identity Proof
  • Occupational Information
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Disability Certificate (if any)
  • Sign and Dated Declaration Document
Q. Can I make an online payment to register for my IELTS Exam?

A. Yes, an online payment method is available while registering for the IELTS Test. You can make your transaction using the following methods.
 

  • Debit/credit card
  • Net banking
  • UPI 
     

If you register for IELTS offline at any of the IDP IELTS India branches, you can pay through a Demand Draft or ICICI/HDFC deposit slip as well. 


 

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IELTS Registration Fee 2024-25

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The IELTS Exam Registration fee for both Academic and General Training remains the same. However, the fee slightly differs for the IELTS UKVI booking.

 

IELTS Academic & IELTS General Training Fee are as follows-

 

Type of Exam IELTS Registration Fee
IELTS Academic (CB & PB)₹17,000
IELTS General Test (CB & PB)₹17,000
IELTS for UKVI (CB & PB)₹17,250
IELTS Life Skill (A1 & B1)₹16,050

 

 

Documents Required for IELTS Exam Registration 2024-25

 


The IELTS Registration is simple because very few documents are required. You only need your passport. If you’re registering for the exam online, you must scan and upload the first and last pages of your passport. If registering offline, you must append a copy of the first and last page with your application. Also, attach the observation pages (if any).

FAQs

Q. How do I register myself for IELTS?

A. You have two registration options: register and pay online or download a printable application form, fill it out, and submit it to your selected test centre. Ensure you include a copy of your valid identity document during registration, and remember to present the same document on your test day for verification. For more information, you can read the above-mentioned sections. 

Q. Can I change my IELTS Speaking Test Date?

A. You can select your preferred Speaking test date for the IELTS exam, but please note that test centres reserve the right to modify these dates. If you need to change your Speaking test date, you can contact the test centre authorities, who will do their best to assist you based on availability.

Q. Can I appear for the IELTS exam without a passport in India?

A. The IDP follows the ‘No Passport, No Test Policy’, which means every candidate must present their original, valid passport and a copy submitted during the application process for both the Speaking test and the Listening, Reading, and Writing test. Failure to bring the original passport on the test day will result in the candidate being denied entry to the examination.

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IELTS Slot Booking 2024-25

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The schedule for IELTS paper-based tests in 2024-25 is now available. Refer to the Exam dates table above. Secure your spot early and kickstart your preparation.

In this section, let us walk you through the step-by-step process to book the IELTS exam date. 
 

  • You must find the IELTS Test Centre in your preferred location. You can check out the authorised centres from our centre page. 
  • Check available test dates at test centres; choose a date that allows ample preparation time.
  • Fill out the online registration form on the official IELTS website, providing personal and identification details and selecting the test type (Academic or General Training).
  • Make the ₹16,250 exam fee payment online using various payment methods like credit/debit cards or net banking.
  • Upon successfully submitting the IELTS registration details and payment, receive a confirmation email/receipt with the test date, time, and venue details. Keep this information safe.
  • Ensure you secure your preferred IELTS test date and location by booking your slot well in advance.
  • Prepare for the exam using credible IELTS preparation materials and practice tests, and familiarise yourself with the test format and content for improved chances of success.

 

Additional Information:

 

  • You must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for the IELTS exam.
  • During registration, the information you provide must align with the details in your passport.
  • You must bring your passports on the test day.
  • When registering for the IELTS exam, you should have your debit/credit cards readily available.

 

Cancellation or Rescheduling IELTS Exam 2024-25

 

The IELTS cancellation policy states that if you cancel your IELTS application more than five weeks before the test date, you'll receive a refund with a 25% administrative fee deducted.
 

However, if you cancel less than five weeks before the test or fail to appear for it, no refund is provided. This includes cases where non-appearance is considered a cancellation. On the other hand, those who can provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date can receive a refund after local administrative costs are deducted. 

 

As for rescheduling, you can request a test date transfer at least five weeks before their original test date. Your new date must fall within three months of the initial one. This test date transfer has an administrative charge of ₹3,300, inclusive of all taxes.

FAQs

Q. When to take IELTS for Fall 2023?

A. To be eligible for the Fall 2023 intake, taking the test in August or before is important. For the September Intake in 2023, students should commence their applications as early as November 2022, with the application window extending until July 2023. Please remember that specific Fall intake deadlines can vary depending on your chosen country and university.

Q. What are the dates for IELTS 2024?

A. The upcoming dates for the IELTS exam are as shown below. 
 

Month 

Test Date

Module

July 2024 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30Academic and General Training
August 2024 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31Academic and General Training

 

If you wish to know the entire schedule for the year, please refer to the IDP India website. You can find all the previous and upcoming dates for the IELTS exam in India. 

Q. Can I reschedule my IELTS Slot and Venue?

A. Yes, modifying your chosen IELTS exam dates and test locations post-registration is possible. However, there are specific limitations to consider. Changes cannot be made within 15 days or two weeks of your scheduled test date, and there may be restrictions regarding how far in advance you can reschedule. Additionally, please be aware that a transfer fee will be applied.

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FAQs

Q. How long is an IELTS exam score valid for?

A. IELTS exam scores typically remain valid for two years from the test date, during which they can be used for admission or immigration purposes. However, once this two-year validity period elapses, the scores are no longer considered current and may not be accepted by institutions or immigration authorities. It is crucial to know that individual institutions or organisations might have their policies regarding score validity. Therefore, it's advisable to verify with the specific institution or immigration body whether they accept IELTS scores beyond the standard two-year period.

Q. How can Indian students register for the IELTS exam?

A. IDP is the sole responsible and authorised body for conducting the IELTS exam, registration process, and slots for Indian students. 
 

  • Start with logging in and select: 'Register for IELTS'
  • You must choose your preferred test format: computer-delivered IELTS or paper-based
  • Select your desired location, date & time slot and proceed accordingly
  • You will then be asked to fill in your details and complete the application
  • At the final stage, pay the IELTS exam fee of ₹16,250
     

If your booking is successful, you will receive a confirmation notice on your registered email or phone number.


 

Q. How many days in advance can I register for the IELTS exam?

A. While booking the IELTS exam well in advance is recommended, you can choose a date that aligns with your preparation. According to the IELTS official website, you can schedule your test dates as early as three months in advance or as late as one week before your preferred test date. Here are the upcoming dates for your reference: 

 

Computer-based: 

 

Month 

Test Date

Module

July 2024 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30Academic and General Training
August 2024 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31Academic and General Training

 

Paper-based:

 

Month 

Test Date

Module

July 20246 SaturdayAcademic and General Training
11 Thursday Academic
20 SaturdayAcademic 
27 SaturdayAcademic and General Training
August 20243 SaturdayAcademic 
8 ThursdayAcademic and General Training 
17 SaturdayAcademic 
24 SaturdayAcademic and General Training
Q. What is the registration fee for the IELTS exam in India?

A. As stated above, the IELTS exam fee in India is currently ₹16,250. Test takers are required to pay this fee each time they take the IELTS exam. It's crucial to be aware that exam fees may change. To obtain the most accurate and current information regarding exam fees in India, IELTS test takers can refer to our IELTS exam fee page or visit the official IDP IELTS India website.


 

Q. Can I retake the IELTS reading test only?

A. With IELTS One Skill Retake, a new feature aimed at assisting you in achieving your desired test score without having to retake the entire exam. If you wish to enhance your score in a specific IELTS skill, you can retake any of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking. You can also consider the IELTS app by IDP for this dilemma. 

Q. Can you prepare for the IELTS exam in 15 days?

A. In 15 days, although it's a relatively short timeframe, you can still make meaningful progress in preparing for the IELTS exam by following these tips: Familiarise yourself with the test format, identify your strengths and weaknesses, practice with sample questions and past papers, work on grammar and sentence structure, develop time management skills, and seek guidance and feedback. While extensive preparation may not be possible in this short period, consistent and focused studying can enhance your skills and improve your chances of achieving a satisfactory score.


 

Q. Which course is best for IELTS preparation?

A. You can opt for online IELTS courses offered by various organisations or institutions in India for effective time management. Leap Scholar is growing fast in IELTS registration by Indian students. We provide top-notch online IELTS courses to help you score 7+ bands in just 4 weeks! We have some of the best and Asia’s most highly renowned experts for IELTS classes. As an additional benefit, you can avail a Free IELTS Masterclass with Leap. 

Q. Is it possible for a student to achieve 6.5 Bands in IELTS in 1 month of preparation?

A. While guaranteeing a specific score is challenging, you can progress significantly in one month with focused prep. To boost your chances of hitting a 6.5 band score, follow these tips: 

 

  • Familiarise yourself with the test format
  • Assess yourself and create a study plan
  • Use official materials.

 

Individual results vary; success hinges on your effort, focus, and dedication. Consistent practice, targeted prep, and a positive mindset can greatly improve your IELTS band score.

Q. How many times can a student attempt the IELTS exam?

A. While there isn't a strict limit on the number of IELTS exam attempts per year, students can take it multiple times, paying ₹16,250 for each attempt, as long as test dates are available. However, frequent retesting without adequate preparation may not yield desired results. Therefore, students should focus on skill improvement before attempting the exam again.

Q. Having a valid Indian Passport for the IELTS exam is mandatory?

A. It is important to adhere to the requirement of bringing valid Indian passports to the test centre, as it is a crucial part of the IELTS registration process. Throughout registration, individuals will be prompted to furnish a valid identification document, with a valid Indian passport being the preferred choice. IDP strictly follows the No Passport, No Test policy. 

Q. Is it easy to score an 8-band score in the IELTS exam?

A. Achieving an 8-band score in the IELTS exam signifies a remarkable level of English proficiency, but it is challenging. Here’s how you can do it: 

 

  • You must show precision, fluency, and complexity in language usage
  • Develop a firm grasp of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures
  • Use official IELTS preparation materials and take practice tests
  • If you need, seek guidance from tutors or enrol in preparatory courses
     

The IELTS assessment covers various English language aspects in the Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking sections, each graded on a scale of 0 to 9. Consistently excelling in all sections is necessary to achieve an overall band score of 8.