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IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Minimum Age Limit, Qualification & Score

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IELTS Exam Eligibility 2024

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized test that helps you prove your English proficiency to study or work in a country where English is the dominant language. It is accepted by institutions located in the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and others. The IELTS exam checks your English language proficiency by assessing your speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills, and the scores are evaluated on a scale ranging from 1 to 9. The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English all jointly own IELTS. If candidates fulfil the conditions below, they are eligible to take an IELTS exam.

  • A candidate must have a valid passport 
  • They should be above 16 years of age

IELTS Exam Eligibility: Age Criteria

While there is no minimum age limit for test takers to apply for IELTS, it is recommended that the candidate should be at least 16 years of age.

IELTS Eligibility: Educational Eligibility

The IDP sets no specific educational eligibility criteria. Any candidate who wishes to work or study in an English-speaking country can register for the test.

Which countries accept IELTS?

  • UK
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Below-mentioned is the table that shows the minimum IELTS band requirements for the above-mentioned countries:

Country Minimum IELTS band requirements
UK 6.0 bands with no module less than 5.5
USA 6.5 bands with no module less than 6.0
Canada 6.5 bands with no module less than 6.0
Australia 6.5 bands with no module less than 6.0
New Zealand 6.5 bands with no module less than 6.0

Why is it important for Indian candidates to appear for IELTS?

  • Its the foremost requirement for enrolling in any course abroad
  • Its recognized Worldwide
  • For getting better proficiency in the English language
  • It helps you assess your English language abilities

What is the advantage of taking IELTS?

There are many advantages that are associated with giving an IELTS exam

  1. This standardized language test is recognized globally by both institutions & governments
  2. It helps students prove their English Language proficiency
  3. It helps candidates get admission to their preferred institution
  4. This test can help candidates in professional registrations.
  5. It helps the students as well as institutions test their skills in the English language.

IELTS Special Requirements

People who fall under the below-mentioned categories are provided special arrangements;

  • Those who find learning difficult in the first place
  • Those who cannot hear properly
  • People with visual impairments
  • Individuals with any medical or serious health issue

If the applicant notifies the authorities at least three months before the exam, they may be entitled to special accommodations at the exam sites. Additionally, the authorities must provide their consent. There are no IELTS eligibility requirements provided by conducting organizations like the British Council or IDP. Candidates who want to study abroad must have a basic understanding of English because most universities and educational institutions teach their curricula in English. 

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

2 Years

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