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IELTS Exam 2024 - Test Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Preparation

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Updated On: Jan 03,2024 , 01:00 PM IST

What is IELTS?

IELTS is an English language proficiency test required for studying or migrating purposes to English-speaking countries USA, UK, Canada and Australia. This test helps people seek admission to an educational institute or move to an English-speaking country. Students or professionals dreaming of studying or moving overseas can gain a lot of opportunities by taking the IELTS exam. A person can easily experience success in a foreign land and several opportunities open up for them after appearing for this test. An IELTS test also helps students seek admission to world-renowned universities & educational institutions and later on go for permanent residency in that nation.

IELTS Exam Type

Generally, there are four IELTS exam types available worldwide

IELTS Academic - Students must take the IELTS Academic exam when applying to graduate school or a professional program.

IELTS General Training - The IELTS General Training is intended for people who want to move to English-speaking countries, such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, or New Zealand. Other than that, students who want to get engaged in training or work abroad can also opt for this IELTS exam type.

IELTS Life Skills – Students who must prove their English proficiency at Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1 must take the IELTS Life Skills exam.

IELTS for UKVI – The Academic test is for students who wish to study at the undergraduate or postgraduate level in the UK or are seeking professional registration in the UK. The General Training test is for test takers who wish to migrate to the UK and train or study below degree level.

IELTS Exam Format

The IELTS Exam is structured in the following way:

Sections Description Time Total Number of Questions
Reading Section
  • Academic Version: 3 long passages
  • General Training Version: 4 short passages and 1 long passage
60 minutes 40
Listening Section 4 parts with 10 questions in each part 30 minutes 40
Writing Section
  • Academic Version: 1 Report of at least 150 words,1 Essay of at least 250 words
  • General Training Version: 1 Letter of at least 150 words,1 Essay of at least 250 words
60 minutes 2 Tasks
Speaking Section

  3 Parts

  • Part 1 – Introduction based questions
  • Part 2 – Cue Card Topic
  • Part 3 – Discussion based questions
11-14 minutes 3 Parts

The most important query about the IELTS exam that comes to an aspirant’s mind is ‘What is the format of the IELTS exam?’ Well, the IELTS test is mainly structured into four sections – Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. This test assesses the ability of a person to comprehend, write and speak in the English language.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted on a single day, while the Speaking test is conducted “on a different day” or “on a different date”. The Speaking test slot can be booked online or offline as well “on a date of” the test taker’s preference. In case, the student does not book his speaking test, it is automatically booked for him. The total time of the IELTS exam is approximately 2 hours and 45 minute for Listening, Reading and Writing tests. The Speaking test takes about 11 to 14 minutes to be conducted.

Different Versions of the IELTS Exam

The IELTS test has two different versions as follows:

  1. IELTS Academic Version: This version of the IELTS test is mainly for students who wish to study in the English-speaking nations like Canada, New Zealand, Australia and UK.
  2. IELTS General Training Version: This version of the IELTS test is taken by people who wish to migrate or work in the nations like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom.

IELTS Exam Syllabus for Academic and General Training Version

The IELTS exam has four different sections – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The IELTS exam is structured in different manners for both versions although it is assessed in the same manner.

The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both versions. There are differences in the Reading and Writing sections between the two versions. The Reading section for the General Training version consists of four short passages and one long passage, whereas the Academic Version consists of three long passages. Though the total number of questions is 40 in both versions of the test. For the Writing section, both versions have two Tasks. The General training version has a letter and a short essay, whereas the Academic version has a report and a short essay as two writing tasks.

IELTS Exam Fee in India

Type of Exam Total Fee (INR)
Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI 16,500
Computer-delivered IELTS 16,250
Pen and Paper-based IELTS 16,250
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration

16,500

IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) 15,350

Cancellation or Reschedule Fee for IELTS Exam

In case you would like to cancel or reschedule your IELTS exam, you need to keep the following points in mind:

  • You will receive a refund minus administration fees if you cancel or reschedule your IELTS test more than five weeks before the test date.
  • If you cancel or reschedule your IELTS within five weeks of the test date, you will be charged the entire cost for the test unless you have some major medical issues.
  • If a medical certificate is presented within five days of the test date, you will be given a refund less any applicable local administrative fees.

How to register for the IELTS exam?

The process to register for the IELTS test is very simple. You need to keep your Passport handy while registering for the test and need to follow a few simple steps as follows:

  1. Visit the official IDP website.
  2. Create an online account on the website for registration.
  3. Locate the nearest test centre.
  4. Complete your registration details on the website .
  5. You can pay the fee online by Debit Card, Credit Card or even Netbanking.

After registering for the test, every student will receive a written confirmation from the test centre. This confirmation will be about the date and time of the test .

Study and Settle Overseas

IELTS band requirements differ for migration and study permit. They also vary from country to country.

Australia

Australia

6.0+ Band

7.0+ Band

Canada

Canada

6.0+ Band

7.0+ Band

USA

USA

6.0+ Band

7.0+ Band

UK

UK

6.0+ Band

7.0+ Band

Date and Frequency

IELTS test dates are offered upto 4 times in a month making a total of 48 fixed dates in one calendar year. The availability of IELTS dates in India may vary for Academic and General IELTS.

Center and Admit Card

The IELTS Exam is offered at more than 50 locations across India. No admit card is provided for the IELTS examination.

Result

IELTS Exam results are released 10 calendar days after the paper-based exam and 5-7 calendar days for the computer based test. The candidate will receive only ONE original Test Report form (TRF).

Score Reporting

A candidate may request to have upto 5 additional TRFs sent to the receiving institutions (universities, professional bodies, etc) within 1 month of taking the IELTS test. TRFs sent by courier will be sent via 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 free of charge.

Score Validity

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