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IELTS Exam

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Updated on Feb 09, 2024, 08:09

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  • The IELTS fee for the Academic and General Training exam has been updated to INR 17,000.
  • IELTS One Skill Retake is now available in India.

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1. IELTS Dates

The IELTS test dates in India are offered throughout the year. IDP Education is the authorised organisation that conducts the IELTS exams in India.
 

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2. IELTS Results

The wait for IELTS test results is brief. Whether you opt for the online or offline version, your scores will be released within a week for online results or 13 days for offline results.

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3. IELTS Fees

Effective April 2023, the conducting body of the IELTS exam in India has raised the fees for both paper-based IELTS and computer-based IELTS exams to INR 16,250.

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4. IELTS Results

Your IELTS score will be scored by combining the band scores from the 4 sections. The four skills (reading, listening, writing, & speaking) will be assigned a band score  from 0 to 9.

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5. IELTS Centres

You must visit a designated test centre in your preferred city to take the IELTS test. There are 75+ cities in India where IELTS test centres are established.

 

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6. IELTS Registeration

IELTS is trusted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide as a reliable measure of individuals' authentic English communication skills in real-life situations.
 

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7. IELTS Books

The IELTS exam can be challenging, but you can enhance your chances of success with the right resources and study materials. 
 

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8. IELTS Pattern

The IELTS exam consists of 4 sections: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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9. IELTS Eligibility

There are no specific educational qualifications or minimum age requirements to take the IELTS exam. 

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10. IELTS Slot Booking

There are 75+ IELTS test locations in India, and you can book the IELTS test at the centre nearest to you.

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11. IELTS Sample Paper

Solving sample papers is an excellent way to test your progress in your preparation journey. Experts recommend aiming for 2-3 weekly practice tests.
 

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1.

IELTS Dates

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The IELTS test dates in India are offered throughout the year, providing flexibility for test takers. IDP Education is the authorised organisation that conducts the IELTS exams in India.
 

 Test dates are available in various cities nationwide, including major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata, among others. Despite the fact that IELTS test dates are offered all over the world, students should always reserve the exam dates well in advance to avoid last-minute problems. 
 

The IELTS listening, reading and writing test is conducted on the same day without any breaks, whereas the speaking test will be held before or after one week of the test date.
 

Remember that IELTS test dates can vary depending on the test centre and demand, so it's best to check regularly and plan well in advance to secure a spot that suits your schedule. Here is the table for IELTS Academic Paper-based (2024) & Computer-based Test Dates (2024):

 

IELTS Academic Paper-based Test Dates 2024

 

February3,8,17,24
March7,9,16,23
April6,13,18,27

 

 

IELTS Academic Computer-based Test Dates 2024

 

February

 

 

Throughout the week, with a maximum of three sessions per day.

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FAQs

Q. How many attempts are there in IELTS?

A. There is no restriction on the number of attempts as long as you are willing to pay the IELTS registration fees. It is not uncommon for test takers to take multiple attempts at the exam in order to achieve a satisfactory score, which requires retaking the exam. The cost of the IELTS exam remains the same regardless of whether a student is retaking it.

Q. How many times is the IELTS held in a year?

A. The computer-delivered IELTS tests are administered throughout the week, with a maximum of three sessions per day. The paper-based test is available four times a week and 48 fixed test dates in a calendar year. The number of test dates available for Academic, General Training, UKVI and Life Skills vary as per the test centres. 

Q. What happens if I don’t clear the IELTS exam?

A. There is no pass or fail in the IELTS exam. You can determine the level of your proficiency by reading the descriptor corresponding to the band score you have obtained in each module and overall in the exam. If you did not achieve your desired band score, you have the option to get your test re-evaluated by paying an administrative charge. Test takers also have the option to retake the IELTS exam by paying the registration fee. 

Q. What is a good score for the IELTS exam?

A. The IELTS exam primarily helps with studying abroad in an English-speaking country or immigrating to one. There are different band score requirements for each, and it also depends on the policies of universities and visa and immigration departments of countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. An overall score of 6.5 is generally considered competitive for applying to most universities in the above-mentioned countries. Higher-ranked universities and programs might have high IELTS score requirements. 

Q. How can I check my IELTS date availability?

A. Availability of IELTS exam dates can be checked from the official website of IDP IELTS India. It is advised to book your test date in advance, keeping in mind the university application deadline. The Speaking test is usually held within 7 days pre or post the WRL test date.

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IELTS Results

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The wait for IELTS test results is brief. Whether you opt for the online or offline version, your scores will be released within a week for online results or 13 calendar days for offline results. 

 

Once your scores are available, you will receive notifications via email and SMS. Conveniently, you can access your Test Report Form (TRF) by logging into your IELTS account on India's official IDP IELTS website. This allows you to view and assess your performance in the exam promptly. 

 

The TRF presents your performance results across four key sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking, in addition to the overall IELTS band score. Each of these five scores is indicated on a 9-band scale.

 

Typically, a score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS is widely regarded as a favourable score, ensuring eligibility for admission to prestigious universities in countries such as the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other English-speaking nations.

 

Once you receive your IELTS results, please note that your score remains valid for two years

FAQs

Q. When are IELTS results released?

A. Paper-based IELTS test results will be available in 13 days after you complete your IELTS, while computer-based test results are available in 3 to 5 days after your test date. IELTS for UKVI results are available 13 days after your test date, and IELTS for Life Skills results are available within 7 days after the test date.

Q. Will I get my IELTS result by post?

A. No, the IELTS result is not sent by post. You will be intimated about the results via an SMS once the results become available on the official website of IDP IELTS India. To access the results, you must log in to your account and access the Test Report Form, which will have your band score for the individual sections and the overall band score.

Q. Can I pass IELTS on the first attempt?

A.Although there is no pass or fail in IELTS, scoring a higher band helps you stand out from peers during admissions. Clearing the test on the initial try can be challenging. However, it is important to remember that it is not an unattainable goal. If your aim is to score a high band on your first attempt, it is crucial to devise a plan and begin practicing diligently. Know the exam sections and the appropriate preparation methods. Valuable insights on proper IELTS test preparation can be obtained from individuals who have already taken it or from trained IELTS coaches.

Q. What can cause delays in IELTS results?

A. If your IELTS test results are not released within the normal timeline, the testing authority will inform you via email. There can be a few reasons why IELTS results can be delayed. The testing authority might need to recheck your results, or they could be doing a quality control review of how the test was managed. The test may be cancelled if any irregularity is found, in which case you will be required to retake the test. 

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IELTS Fees

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Effective April 2023, the administering body of the IELTS exam in India has raised the fees for both pen and paper-based IELTS and computer-delivered IELTS exams to INR 17,000.
 

Similarly, the IELTS fees for computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI have been adjusted to INR 16,500. The IELTS exam fee for IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) has been revised to INR 15,350.

 

IELTS Exam TypeRevised fees 2023
IELTS Academic & General Training (pen and paper-based & computer-delivered)INR 17,000
IELTS UKVIINR 17,250
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)INR 16,050


 

IELTS provides flexibility for test takers who may need to reschedule, cancel, or request a revaluation of their exam results. However, it is important to note that these services incur additional fees. If you need to reschedule or cancel your IELTS test, you should follow the procedures set by the IELTS test centre where you originally registered.

 

You should consider the circumstances carefully before opting for rescheduling, cancellation, or revaluation, taking into account the associated fees and the impact on their testing plans and deadlines.

FAQs

Q. How much is the IELTS fee in India?

A. Effective February 2024, the registration fee for the IELTS Academic and General Training exam is INR 17,000. The fee for IELTS UKVI is INR 17,250, and IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) costs INR 16,050. Apart from these, there are other fees related to rescheduling, relocation and revaluation.

Q. Are there any additional charges besides the IELTS exam fee?

A. There are no additional charges for the IELTS test in addition to the registration fee. There are additional administrative charges for rescheduling, cancellation, and relocation of the test. Also, if you want to send your test results to more than five universities, there will be an administrative charge of INR 250/- per university.

Q. Is the IELTS certificate permanent?

A. No, the IELTS certificate, which is called the Test Report Form, is not permanent. The score is valid for a period of two years from the date of the test. The score becomes invalid after that period and you will have to retake IELTS in case you need to share your English proficiency level for studying abroad or immigration purposes.

Q. Can I get a refund if I cancel my IELTS test?

A. Yes, you will get a refund if you cancel your IELTS test, but there are certain conditions. Cancellation of the test can only be requested by the candidate if the test date is a minimum of 15 days from the date of the cancellation application. In the event that the test date falls between 15 to 34 days, or if the payment was made through offline channels, the candidate may request a cancellation by submitting supporting documents. The cancellation will be processed once the request is approved. Once the cancellation is completed and approved, the refund will be initiated within a period of 8-10 business days following the deduction of administrative charges.

Q. Can I transfer my IELTS test date if I am unable to attend?

A.Yes, you can reschedule your IELTS test date in case you are unable to attend on the scheduled date. To reschedule your IELTS test, it is required that the new test date is a minimum of 15 days from the date of your transfer application. Also, for 34 days or more, you can reschedule the test date without stating any reason.

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IELTS Band Score

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Your IELTS score will be determined by combining the band scores from the four sections. Each of the four skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) will be assessed and assigned a band score ranging from 1 to 9. 

 

Additionally, an overall band score will be awarded. In each test section, you can achieve whole scores (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half scores (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5). 

 

All the scores are determined by using band descriptors.
 

IELTS band descriptors are a set of guidelines that help both test takers and examiners understand the performance expectations for each skill (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) at different band levels.

 

The band descriptors consist of four main categories:
 

  • Task achievement/response
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
     

The way these descriptors are assessed varies from section to section.
 

For example, in the writing section, the band descriptors may include criteria such as the ability to address the task requirements effectively, coherence and organisation of ideas, range and accuracy of vocabulary usage, and grammatical correctness. 

 

In the speaking section, these descriptors have different usage. Overall, they provide a clear breakdown of performance characteristics for each band score, ranging from Band 0 (non-user) to Band 9 (expert user). 
 

By referring to the band descriptors, you can understand the specific skills and levels of performance required to achieve your desired band score. 

FAQs

Q. Is getting an IELTS 7 band score hard?

A. No, scoring 7 in IELTS is not hard but requires consistent effort. To score a 7 in IELTS, you must have a scheduled study timetable, practice every day and take multiple practice tests throughout the week. Experts suggest at least 6-8 weeks of preparation. Taking coaching classes will also help if you’re a beginner. Band 7 is a great target. However, bands 6.0-6.5 tend to be enough for most undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Q. How is the IELTS band score calculated?

A. You will be marked on a scale of 0-9 for each section of IELTS. These sections are marked based on band descriptors. The number of correct answers is converted into a band score using a conversion table for the Listening and Reading sections. You do not lose points for wrong answers. In the Writing and Speaking sections, examiners assess the performance based on specific criteria and allot a score. These scores are then averaged to get an overall IELTS band score. 

Q. Which country will accept 5.5 bands in 2023?

A. Australia, Canada, and some universities in the UK are a few countries that accept a 5.5 IELTS band score. Most countries' ideal score for undergraduate degrees is 6.0, and 6.5 for post-graduate degrees. However, IELTS requirements are subject to change depending on your course. Most advanced degrees, such as psychology, medicine, and sometimes, MBA, require a 6.5+. Top universities usually require a high IELTS score due to high competition and low acceptance rates. 

Q. If I get 37 out of 40 answers right in IELTS listening, what will be my IELTS band score?

A. If you get 37 out of 40 answers right in IELTS listening, your IELTS band score will be 8.5. To get an ideal band score of 6.0 and above, you must correctly answer at least 25 out of 40 listening questions. 


 

Q. Can I retake the IELTS test to improve my band score?

A. Yes, absolutely. You can retake the IELTS as many times as you wish. Though, we highly suggest you take enough time to prepare well before the retest. IELTS recently announced a one-skill retake, which lets you retake just one section of IELTS (preferably the one you scored least in). However, this is yet to come into effect in India. 

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IELTS Centre

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To take the IELTS test, you must visit a designated test centre located in your preferred city. Currently, there are 75+ cities in India where IELTS test centres are established, including major cities such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Delhi, and Kochi. 

 

Depending on the test centre, the IELTS test can be administered in paper-based and computer-based formats. When booking your test slot, it is important to check your chosen centre's specific mode of conduct. Please note that IELTS test dates may vary depending on your selected test centre.

 

To ensure you secure a spot on your desired date and in your preferred city, booking your test slot well in advance is recommended. This will increase the likelihood of securing your preferred date and location for the IELTS test.

FAQs

Q. Are there any specific requirements for test-takers at IELTS test centres?

A. Yes, there are certain requirements for test-takers at IELTS test centres. These requirements include having a valid identification document and following the test regulations. You can also bring pens, pencils and erasers for paper-based tests. It is important to review the guidelines provided by the test centre or the official IELTS website to ensure you meet all the requirements.

Q. Can I take the IELTS test in one day?

A. The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are typically conducted on the same day. For paper-based tests, you can take IELTS speaking either on the same day or 7 days before or after your test date. However, all four sections can be taken on the same day for computer-based tests. The speaking section can be answered before or after the three parts.

Q. What if IELTS isn’t offered in my city?

A. IELTS test centres are widely available across India and are established in all major cities, including Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, and Chennai. If IELTS isn’t offered in your city, you may book a test centre close to where you live. The difficulty level, format and pattern remain the same for all centres, so choose a location based on your convenience. 

Q. Which centre is best for the IELTS exam?

A. All test centres deliver the same modules and test modes; the difficulty level does not change with where you write the test. The best centre for you would be the one closest to your home. Being relaxed on exam day is crucial, and choosing a location near you will eliminate the stress of travelling.

Q. How can I find the nearest IELTS test centre?

A. You can visit the official IELTS IDP website to find the nearest IELTS test centre and use the test centre search tool. You should be able to find the closest test centre by entering your current location. You can also go through our list of IELTS cities and find an IELTS test centre near you. 

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IELTS Registration

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IELTS is trusted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide to measure individuals' authentic English communication skills in real-life situations.
 

To register for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, find a test centre at the official IELTS website and use the "Find a Test Location" tool to locate an authorized IELTS test centre near you. The website will provide a list of test centres in your country or region along with their contact information. Check the available test dates and choose the one that fits your schedule. 

 

Keep in mind that popular test dates might fill up quickly, so it's advisable to register well in advance. If you want to take the IELTS exam, you need to register for it on the official IDP IELTS India website. 

 

You can register online or go to your nearest IDP branch to book the exam in person. During the registration process, you will need to provide identification details, such as your passport or national identity card. Your identification document should be valid and not expired.
 

Documents required for registration:
 

  • Valid passport
  • Recent photograph

 

IDP guidelines say students cannot register for IELTS without a passport.

FAQs

Q. How can I register for the IELTS exam?

A. To register for the IELTS exam, visit the official IELTS website. Create an account and fill in the required personal details, including your name, contact information, and identification document details. Choose your preferred test date and location from the available options. Pay for the exam fee, which can be done online through various payment methods. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.


 

Q. How far in advance should I register for the IELTS exam?

A. Registering for the IELTS exam as early as two to three months in advance is recommended to secure your preferred test date and location because registration slots can fill up quickly. This will give you ample time to prepare for the exam and make any necessary arrangements.

Q. Can I change my test date or test centre after I have registered?

A. Yes, changing your test date or test centre after registering for the IELTS exam is possible, but it is subject to availability and certain conditions. You can request a change to a test date or test centre by contacting the registration centre where you initially booked your exam. However, it is important to note that such changes may incur additional fees, and you should make the request well in advance.

Q. What documents do I need for the IELTS registration?

A. During the IELTS registration process, you will typically be required to provide a valid identification document, such as a passport, which will be used to verify your identity on the test day. It is important to ensure that your identification document meets the requirements set by the test centre or the IELTS authority. 

Q. Is a passport required for IELTS registration?

A. Yes, the aspirant needs a valid passport to book a slot for the IELTS exam. It is important to note that the passport should be valid and not expired at registration and on the test day. The test centre may not accept expired passports or other forms of identification, which could result in the candidate being unable to proceed with the registration process.

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IELTS Books

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The IELTS exam can be challenging, but you can enhance your chances of success with the right resources and study materials. This is where the best IELTS books come into the picture. You must have a good set of IELTS books to achieve a higher band score.
 

IELTS books contain a thorough explanation of all the sections, a few handy tips, and include the most relevant sample questions and answers. 

 

IELTS exam preparation books help you in different ways. Here are some key benefits:
 

  • Enhances your concentration in each section 
  • Improves your confidence on exam day
  • Helps you get acquainted with the IELTS exam pattern.
  • Enables self-paced learning
  • Offers effective test-taking strategies
     

Choosing the right IELTS books is very crucial. There are numerous IELTS books available in the market. Some of the very popular IELTS books are:
 

  • Cambridge IELTS 16 Academics Students Books
  • IELTS Trainer by Cambridge
  • Simon Braveman's Target Band 7
  •  Barron's IELTS Superpack by Lin Lougheed
  • Road to IELTS by British Council
  • Check Your English Vocabulary for IELTS by Rawdon Wyatt
  • Focus on IELTS Foundation: Foundation Coursebook by Sue O'Connell

FAQs

Q. What is the cost of an IELTS book?

A. The cost of an IELTS book varies depending on various factors, such as the publisher, edition, and the country where it is purchased. On average, an IELTS preparation book can range from  INR 1000-1500. However, it's worth noting that free or low-cost online resources are available, including practice tests, sample papers, and study materials, which can help prepare for the IELTS exam. Additionally, some libraries or educational institutions may have IELTS books available for borrowing or reference.

Q. Can I only rely on IELTS books for preparation?

A. While IELTS books are valuable resources, it is recommended to complement them with other learning methods. Engaging in regular English language practice, listening to podcasts or English radio, watching movies or TV shows in English, and seeking opportunities for conversation with native speakers can further enhance your language skills and overall performance in the IELTS exam.

Q. Which IELTS books are recommended for preparation?

A. Several IELTS books are available, including those published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Some popular IELTS books include The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS, Barron's IELTS Superpack and Target Band 7 by Simone Braverman, Road to IELTS by British Council and Check Your English Vocabulary for IELTS by Rawdon Wyatt. Choosing books that suit your learning style, provide ample practice materials, and align with your target IELTS band score is important.

Q. How do I choose the right IELTS book for my preparation?

A. Choosing the right IELTS book depends on several factors, such as your current English proficiency level, specific areas you want to improve, preferred learning style, and budget. It's a good idea to read reviews, compare different books, and seek recommendations from teachers, fellow test-takers, or online forums dedicated to IELTS preparation.

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IELTS Pattern

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The IELTS exam consists of 4 sections: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

 

IELTS Format 2023
 

As the name implies, the IELTS Reading section requires you to read and analyse the three excerpts and answer the following questions. 

 

The IELTS Writing section is divided into two tasks: Task 1 and Task 2. In Task 1, you must describe or summarise the given graph, table or chart. Task 2 will present an argument, problem, or opinion, and you must write an essay responding to it. 
 

In the IELTS Listening section, you will be given four audio recordings, followed by 10 questions for each recording. Examiners mainly intend to understand your ability to absorb ideas and information.

 

The IELTS Speaking section tests your fluency in three parts. This section is conducted in a 1-on-1 interview-like setting, where the examiner asks questions about your home, family, and work, as well as some general topics, abstract ideas and world issues. 

 

IELTS SectionsFormatTime Allotted
IELTS Reading3 passages, 40 questions60 minutes
IELTS Writing2 tasks, 1 question in each60 minutes
IELTS Listening4 recordings, 10 questions in each30 minutes + 10 minutes transfer time
IELTS Speaking3 parts, the number of questions vary11-14 minutes

 

Recently, IELTS introduced the ‘one skill retake’ or ‘single module retake’ option for test takers. If you are not satisfied with your performance in one particular skill on the IELTS test, you will now have the chance to retake only that skill. It allows candidates to focus on improving their weaker areas without retaking the entire exam. The feature is being slowly rolled out worldwide and will soon be available in India, according to IDP IELTS.

FAQs

Q. What is the pattern of the IELTS exam?

A. The IELTS exam consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both the Academic and General Training versions, while the Reading and Writing sections differ slightly between the two versions.

Q. How long is the IELTS Speaking test?

A. During the Speaking test, your proficiency in spoken English will be evaluated. The duration of the test will range from 11 to 14 minutes, during which you will engage in discussions on a range of topics with an IELTS examiner. The test will be conducted in a tranquil environment, and the examiner will provide encouragement to keep the conversation flowing. Unlike an automated test, an IELTS examiner has the ability to create a relaxed and confident atmosphere. They are also adept at comprehending different accents to ensure that you receive the highest possible score. The Speaking test consists of three parts.

Q. Is the IELTS exam paper-based or computer-based?

A. The IELTS exam is available in both paper-based and computer-delivered formats. It also depends on the test centre where you take the exam. The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are conducted on paper and are also computer-delivered, while the Speaking section is always conducted face-to-face with an examiner.

Q. What are the modules of IELTS for UKVI?

A. The IELTS for UKVI serves as an authorised English language assessment for individuals seeking to obtain a UK Visa for purposes of studying, working, or migrating to the UK. This test evaluates your proficiency in English across multiple areas, including Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, within both academic and everyday contexts. Familiarise yourself with the various components of the test as well as the different types of questions you can anticipate encountering.

Q. How is the IELTS Speaking section conducted?

A. The IELTS Speaking section is a face-to-face interview with an examiner. It is designed to assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken English. The interview consists of a brief introduction and general questions, a short speech on a given topic, and a discussion based on the topic introduced.

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IELTS Eligibility

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There are no specific educational qualifications or minimum age requirements to take the IELTS exam. Anyone who wants to demonstrate their English language proficiency for academic, immigration or professional purposes can register for the test.
 

The IELTS exam is designed for individuals aspiring to live or study in English-speaking countries. No specific academic qualifications are necessary for individuals planning to take the IELTS exam. 

 

As long as you are 16 years old or above, you are eligible to take the IELTS test regardless of your nationality. Moreover, there is no upper age limit, meaning individuals of any age can sit for the exam, regardless of their age. 

FAQs

Q. What is the 12th percentage required for the IELTS exam?

A. No percentage criteria are required to appear for the IELTS examinations. Regardless of the percentage you have secured in your 12th grade or its equivalent, you can still take the IELTS exam. The IELTS test focuses on assessing your English language proficiency and has no specific academic percentage requirements.

Q. What are the age and qualification requirements for IELTS?

A. The IELTS exam does not have any specific age restrictions. Individuals of any maximum age can take the IELTS exam, irrespective of their region. Regarding qualifications, no specific educational qualifications are required to appear for the IELTS exam. Anyone planning to study, work, or settle abroad can take the IELTS test, which is widely accepted in all countries and measures English language proficiency. 

Q. Can I take the IELTS exam without passing the 12th grade?

A. Yes, you can take the IELTS exam without passing the 12th grade or equivalent. The IELTS exam is open to individuals 16 years of age or above. Whether you have completed 12th grade or not, as long as you meet the age requirement, you can appear for the IELTS exam. The IELTS exam assesses your English language proficiency rather than academic qualifications.

Q. How many attempts can I make at the IELTS exam?

A. There is no limit to the number of attempts you can make at the IELTS exam. You can take the IELTS exam as often as you wish until you achieve your desired score. Each attempt allows you to improve your language skills and know yourself with the test format. Remember to register for each attempt separately and pay the exam fee accordingly.

Q. How long is the IELTS score valid?

A. Generally, the validity of your IELTS results is two years from your test date. This means your IELTS scores are considered valid for two years for most purposes, such as applying to universities, immigration, or job opportunities. 

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IELTS Slot Booking

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There are 75+ IELTS test locations in India, and you can book the IELTS test at the centre nearest to you. The paper-based test is available 4 times a month or 48 times a year, while the computer-based test is offered almost daily. 

 

This gives you flexibility in choosing when to take the exam. The computer-based test is available 3 times a day and 7 days a week at various test centres in major cities across India.
 

Taking the IELTS exam 3 to 4 months before your college application deadline is recommended. This will give you enough time to retake the exam if you do not get your desired band score. 

 

To book a slot for your IELTS exam, you will need a valid passport and a photograph. 

FAQs

Q. Can I book IELTS 2 days before?

A. According to the official IELTS website, you can book your test dates as early as three months before your preferred test date or as late as one week before the test date. This allows you to plan and secure a suitable test slot well in advance or make a last-minute booking if needed.

Q. How can I book my IELTS test?

A. You can book your IELTS test online through the official website of the test centres or authorised IELTS registration portals. Simply create an account, select your preferred test date and location, and follow the instructions to complete the booking process.


 

Q. Which time slot is best for IELTS?

A. The examiners are individuals with their own human experiences, just like you. As a result, if your test is scheduled for the early morning, their minds may not be fully alert yet. Conversely, if you happen to be one of the last candidates on their schedule, they might be anticipating the end of their workday. Being somewhere in the middle of the schedule could be advantageous in terms of examiner readiness. However, it's important to note that these are general considerations and should not impact your score in any way.

Q. Can I choose the test date and location for my IELTS exam?

A. Yes, you can choose your preferred test date and location during the booking process. However, availability may vary depending on the demand, so it is advisable to book well in advance to secure your desired test slot.

Q. Can I cancel my IELTS test booking?

A. Yes, you can cancel your IELTS test booking. However, cancellation policies and refund procedures may vary depending on the test centre or registration portal. It is recommended to review the terms and conditions of cancellations before booking.

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IELTS Sample Paper

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Solving sample papers is an excellent way to test your progress in your preparation journey. Experts recommend aiming for 2-3 weekly practice tests.
 

IELTS sample papers can give you a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses. By reviewing your performance, you can make the perfect study plan and improve your skills continually. 
 

Sample papers do not contain the same questions that might appear in the test. However, it can give you a great understanding of the test format, question types and difficulty level.

 

To prepare better for the IELTS exam, you should familiarise yourself with various IELTS topics and question types you may encounter on the test day. 

 

The best solution for this is to solve a good number of sample papers. Here is a sample question and answer for the Speaking sections. 

 

Let’s have a look:
 

Speaking Sample Question – Part 1:

General Discussion/ Introduction

 

Part 1 of the Speaking section will last around 5 minutes. In this section, the examiner will then ask you general/ simple questions related to your background, home, work, studies, friends, family, interests, hobbies and so on. You’ll have to answer these questions very casually and honestly.
 

# Who do you spend the most time studying/working with?

 

Answer: As a university student, I have a couple of classmates who are close friends with whom I spend a considerable amount of time studying or discussing different topics related to our studies or assignments. If I had to single out a person among them, I would say I spend the most time with “Rishabh”, a very close friend and brilliant student.

 

# Did your parents choose your name?

 

Answer: Yes, my parents selected my name. My parents wanted me to have the best name when I was born. My mother told me my father had brought a

baby name book before I was born. So the credit of my name solely goes to them.

 

# Which is more important to you, friends or family?

 

Answer: To be honest, family comes first. However, some friends become our family members. The bond between family members is often stronger, but this does not mean we do not have less important friends. Being with the family makes us who we really are, and friends make our life worth living.

FAQs

Q. What are IELTS sample papers?

A. IELTS sample papers are practice tests that closely resemble the actual IELTS exam. They are designed to help candidates educate themselves with the test format, question types, and time constraints.IELTS sample papers typically include practice tests for the Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking sections and answer keys or model answers for self-assessment. Candidates can use sample papers to assess their English proficiency, identify improvement areas, and develop effective test-taking strategies.

Q. How can I practice for the IELTS exam?

A. After learning the complete format, acquaint yourself with all the topics you must cover while preparing for the test. You can get online practice tests and do them while following the time. Prepare for the Listening test by listening to the audio recordings. Similarly, prepare for the Reading and Writing sections accordingly.

Q. Where can I find IELTS sample papers?

A. You can find IELTS sample papers on various platforms, including the official IELTS website, test preparation books, and online resources. The official IELTS website provides a free downloadable sample test for each module (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). Test preparation books, such as the Cambridge IELTS series, offer many sample papers with detailed answer keys and explanations.

Q. Are IELTS sample papers similar to the actual exam?

A. IELTS sample papers are designed to closely resemble the actual exam's format, question types, and difficulty level. They are created by experienced test developers who ensure that the sample papers accurately reflect the content and structure of the actual test. By practising with sample papers, you can gain a good understanding of what to expect on the actual exam day.

Q. Can I rely only on IELTS sample papers for my preparation?

A. While IELTS sample papers are valuable resources for practice, it is advised to supplement your preparation with other materials and resources. This includes studying relevant grammar and vocabulary, practising with authentic reading materials, listening to various English accents, and receiving feedback on your writing and speaking skills.

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FAQs

Q. How often are IELTS test dates available?

A. For paper-based tests, there are up to 4 dates available in a month, and a total of 48 dates available in a calendar year. The computer-based tests, however, are available all days of the week. It's important to note that while test dates are generally available year-round, they may fill up quickly, especially during peak periods. It is advisable to register for the test well in advance to secure your preferred date and location. Additionally, it's recommended to check the official IELTS website or contact your local test center to get accurate and up-to-date information on test dates availability in your area.

Q. How long does it take to receive IELTS test results?

A. The time it takes to receive IELTS test results can vary. In most cases, the results are available within 13 calendar days for paper-based tests after the test date. For computer-delivered tests, it takes around five days for the results. However, it's important to note that this is an approximate timeline and can vary depending on various factors, including the test centre and the specific administration of the test. Some test centres may offer an online preview of the results after a few days, but the official Test Report Form (TRF) will be available on the 13th day. 

Q. What is considered a good IELTS band score?

A. A good IELTS band score depends on the specific requirements of the institution or organisation to which you are applying. The IELTS test provides results on a scale of 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest score. Different institutions may have different minimum score requirements for admission or employment. In general, a band score of 6 or above is considered a good score, as it demonstrates a proficient level of English language skills. However, keep in mind that the score requirements can vary depending on the specific context. For example, universities or employers in English-speaking countries may require higher scores, typically in the range of 7 to 8 or higher, especially for competitive programs or positions. It's crucial to check the score requirements of the institution or organisation you are interested in to determine what is considered a good score for your specific situation.

Q. What is the IELTS exam fee in 2024?

A. The exam fee for IELTS Academic and General Training tests in 2024 is INR 17,000. The IELTS UKVI test costs INR 17,250, and the IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) test fee is INR 16,050.

Q. What are the different modules for the IELTS test?

A. IELTS exam has four modules: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening module assesses your ability to understand spoken English in various contexts. The Reading module evaluates your reading comprehension skills. The Writing module assesses your ability to express your thoughts and ideas in written English. In the IELTS Academic version, you will be required to write a descriptive report based on visual information (e.g., graphs, charts, or diagrams) and an essay in response to a prompt. In the IELTS General Training version, you will write a letter and an essay.

Speaking: This module evaluates your speaking skills in a face-to-face interview with an examiner. It consists of a conversation divided into three parts. In Part 1, you will answer general questions about yourself and familiar topics. In Part 2, you will speak for a few minutes on a given topic. In Part 3, you will engage in a discussion with the examiner on more abstract and complex issues related to the topic in Part 2.

Q. Who is eligible to take the IELTS test?

A. IELTS is open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. However, it is recommended that you are at least 16 years of age before taking an IELTS test as it is an advanced-level test. The IELTS Academic test is suitable for individuals applying to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate level or seeking professional registration in an English-speaking country. The IELTS General Training test is suitable for individuals planning to undertake non-academic training programs, work experience, or immigration purposes in an English-speaking country.

Q. Can I reschedule or cancel my IELTS test after I have registered?

A. Yes, you may reschedule or cancel your test location by paying an additional administrative fee. In order to reschedule your IELTS test, it is necessary for the desired test date to be at least 15 days after the date you submit your transfer request. You have the flexibility to reschedule your test without providing any specific reason if the requested reschedule date is 34 days or more in the future. To request a cancellation of your test, the test date must be at least 15 days after the date when you submit the cancellation application. If the test date falls between 15 to 34 days from the current date, or if the payment was made through offline channels, candidates can apply for test cancellation by submitting relevant supporting documents. The cancellation request will be processed once it is approved. Once the cancellation is approved and completed, the refund will be processed within a timeframe of 8-10 business days, with administrative charges deducted from the refund amount.

Q. Is online coaching the best way to prepare for IELTS?

A. Online coaching is a convenient and affordable way of IELTS preparation. With the help of the technology you can access the best preparation resources from the comfort of your home or private space. There are many innovative features available on IELTS preparation apps which can help you prepare efficiently for the test. The availability of personalised study plans, extensive study material and training resources, expert guidance and feedback make online coaching classes the easiest mode of IELTS preparation.

Q. What is the duration of IELTS exam?

A. The IELTS Academic and General Training tests take a total of 2 hours 44 minutes for completion, and an additional 10 minutes of transfer time for the paper-based test. The Reading and Writing sections take an hour each. The Listening section goes on for 30 minutes, and the Speaking section takes up to 14 minutes. The IELTS Life Skills CEFR Level A1 takes 16–18 minutes, and the IELTS Life Skills CEFR Level B1 is 22 minutes. 

Q. How early should I book the slot for the IELTS exam?

A. You may book as early as three months before the test date. The last date to book your slot is one week before the test date. It is advised to write the IELTS test as early as possible, depending on your university or visa application deadlines, which will leave you with enough time to retake the test in case you do not achieve your desired score on the first attempt. There are no limits on the number of times you can attempt the IELTS test. 

Q. How many IELTS sample papers should I practice?

A. The number of practice tests you need depends on your proficiency level. If you’re a complete beginner, it is advised to take two tests a week to assess your progress continually. Online coaching classes are a great way to access sample test papers for the IELTS test. You will not only have access to the most recent question types asked in the IELTS exam but also get expert guidance on improving your scores. The more sample papers you practice, the better you will be able to manage your time on test day.

Q. Can I change my IELTS test centre after booking?

A. Yes, you are allowed to change your test centre after booking a test centre. You will need to contact your test centre in advance. For computer-based IELTS tests, you must apply at least three weeks before your test date. For paper-based IELTS tests, the test taker needs to apply at least five weeks before the test date to change the test centre. This can be done via email or in person. You can change the location only once after registration. 

Q. How many questions are there in each IELTS section?

A. The IELTS test consists of four sections: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The Listening section has four recorded monologues and conversations, with typically 40 questions in total, with 10 questions for each recording. The Reading section has three reading passages, with typically 40 questions in total, with around 13 or 14 questions for each passage. The Writing section has two tasks, and the test taker is assessed based on their ability to complete the given tasks within the specified word count. The speaking section consists of a face-to-face interview with an examiner. There are three parts in the speaking section, and the number of questions asked can vary based on the test taker’s responses.