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Required For

Study/Work Permit in English speaking countries

Mode of taking test

Computer Based
Paper-Pen Based

Test type

English Proficiency Test

Official website

About IELTS Exam


IELTS is also known as International English Language Testing System. This test is one of the most popular English Language proficiency tests all around the world. This exam is for those candidates who want to work, study, or live abroad where people use English to communicate. Countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia accept IELTS. This exam assesses candidates Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills. There are 2 types of IELTS exams: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The Listening and Speaking modules of the IELTS exam are the same for both tests. But the subject matter of the Writing and Reading module differs depending on which test you take. The IELTS Listening, Reading, and Writing test are conducted on the same day without any breaks. The total duration of this test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Why You Should Take The IELTS Exam?

The IELTS exam is one of the most widely used to assess English ability and is accepted by more than 11,000 universities worldwide. It is accessible to many people with over 1000 test locations in more than 140 countries. This test isn’t just important for working or studying abroad. This test also helps candidates in improving their spoken and writing skills. Authorities who grant visas can ensure that candidates can easily communicate with the locals and won’t face any major communication difficulties by checking candidates’ English proficiency.

IELTS Basics


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

General Facts

Date and Frequency IELTS exam conduct a total of 48 times in one calendar year. So, Candidates can give the IELTS exam up to 4 times a month. In India, the availability of IELTS dates may differ for IELTS GT and Academic.
Center and Admit Card In India, there are 50 test city locations where candidates can give the IELTS exam. There is no admit card provided for the IELTS exam.
Result If a candidate has a paper-based IELTS test, then they will get their IELTS result 13 calendar days after the test. If a candidate has a computer-based IELTS test, then they will get their IELTS result in 5-7 calendar days. The candidate will only get 1 original test report form (TRF).
Score Reporting If candidates need more original TRF, then they can request for up to 5 additional TRFs to be sent to Receiving Institutions (professional bodies, Universities, etc) within 1 month of taking the IELTS exam. The additional TRFs candidate will get by courier through DHL and they will be charged accordingly.
Score Validity 2 Years

IELTS General Training


2 Tasks

60 minutes


In the writing module, the candidate has to complete two tasks. In task 1, the candidate has to write at least 150 words. Candidates are given a visual representation in form of a table, chart, graph, or diagram and they are asked to describe that. In writing task 2, candidates will get an essay topic in which they have to write at least 250 words


60 minutes


Questions in the Reading section are designed to test a variety of reading skills such as skimming, understanding logical argument, reading for gist, reading for major ideas, reading for detail, reading for understanding, and recognizing the opinions, attitudes, and purposes of writers.

Introduction, cue card topic, follow-up questions

13-15 minutes


In this Speaking Module, the candidate will get 3 parts. In part 1, the examiner will ask general questions about himself and a variety of familiar topics such as work, studies, home, family, and interests. In part 2, the examiner will give a cue card topic in which candidates have to talk for 2-3 minutes. In part 3, the examiner will ask a few questions on the part 2 topic


30 minutes


In the Listening Module, the candidate will listen to four recordings of native English speakers in which different tasks are given to the applicants. Candidates have to answer according to those recordings. Examiners will be on the look for evidence that you can understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the aim of an utterance, and proof that you can follow the development of ideas.


Registration Fees

INR 15500

Rescheduling Fees

INR 3300

Test Center Change Fees

INR 1312

IELTS Exam Registration Process

You have three options for registering for the test: online and pay with a credit card; by courier and pay the test fee by demand draft; or in person at an IDP branch or input node.

  • Step1

    Go to the official website for IELTS in India

  • Step2

    Select your test date and test city

  • Step3

    Complete the online application form

  • Step4

    Pay the test fee by credit card

  • Step5

    Get instant seat booking and acknowledgement

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Which organisations accept IELTS?
More than 11,000 organizations worldwide accept the IELTS exams. These include immigration departments, professional bodies, universities/colleges, government agencies, and multinational companies.
What are the types of IELTS exams?
There are two types of IELTS exams:
IELTS Academic: This test is for those who want to go abroad for higher education and professional registration where English is the main language.
IELTS GT (General Training): This test is for those candidates who want to go abroad for migration, secondary education, or work experience purpose
How long is the IELTS score valid?
The result of the IELTS score is valid for up to 2 years from the declaration date. But it also depends on the organization to set their score validity for different purposes.
How many times can I take the IELTS exam?
There is no certain time limit to retaking the IELTS exam, you can take the IELTS exam many time if you want to get a good score.
How long do IELTS results take?
The result for paper-based IELTS will be taken 13 days after the test date. The result for computer-based IELTS will be taken 3-5 days after the test date.
Is a passport required for the IELTS exam?
For the IELTS exam, A passport is necessary. Any modification to your identity document must notify the testing center prior to the test date. Bring the same form of identification listed in your application on the day of the test.
Which is the most difficult section in IELTS?
Writing is considered the most difficult IELTS module, according to surveys on the exam’s modules.