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What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized and widely recognized English language assessment test for international education and global migration. It evaluates the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers, who wish to study in or migrate to countries, where English is the language of communication.

Established in 1989, IELTS is the world's most popular English language test. This language assessment test is developed by some of the world's leading language experts. It is designed to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and your effectiveness in using the language to study, work and live in an English-speaking country.

What is the importance of IELTS?

IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests across the globe with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. The IELTS certification is recognized by the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries across the globe. The certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organizations. The test is considered the standard for English language testing and their certification is recognized for both academic and immigration purposes. This test assesses the English language skills of a candidate by testing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Tests are available throughout the year in over 900 centres around the world. 

Types of IELTS exam

There are three categories under IELTS:

  • Academic
  • General 
  • IELTS UKVI

IELTS Academic Test

The IELTS Academic is an assessment to test if your English language skills meet international academic proficiency. This test is best suited for international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in an English-speaking environment and for those planning to move for professional registration.

IELTS General Test

The IELTS Academic is an assessment to test if your English language skills meet international academic proficiency. This test is best suited for international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in an English-speaking environment and for those planning to move for professional registration.

IELTS for UKVI

IELTS UKVI is the same as IELTS. The IELTS for UKVI is a government-approved Secure English Language Test (SLET). This certification can be used to prove the candidate's English language abilities for the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application purposes.

IELTS TEST TYPES

The IELTS exam can be taken online (Computer Delivered Test) and offline (Paper-Based Test). The exam format for both modes is the same. The listening and speaking sections are the same for both academic and general, while the writing and reading sections differ slightly.

IELTS EXAM DATES 2021

The IELTS examination is conducted multiple times throughout the year. The candidate can choose a date that is the most suitable for them. Students who wish to apply to universities abroad must take up the exam at least 3-4 months ahead of the university/college application deadline to avoid any delays in results.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE IELTS EXAMINATION?

You can register for IELTS examination either online or offline. 

Steps to register for your IELTS examination online:

Step 1: Visit the official British Council IELTS registration page

Step 2: Register an account with the British council

Step 3: Choose your nearest test centre

Step 4: Register for your test and make the payment online.

Steps to register for IELTS examination in person:

Step 1: Download the online application form

Step 2: Fill in all the necessary details carefully

Step 3: Submit your application in person at the British Council office

Step 4: Pay the fee through credit card/debit card, demand draft, or ICICI bank deposit slip.

During the time of your registration, ensure that you have your passport handy as you need a passport number at the time of registration. You must also make sure to take your passport with you on the day of your examination.

The registration fee to take up the IELTS examination is 14,000 INR.

IELTS Cancellation Fees

  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application five weeks ahead of the test date, the candidate will receive a refund exclusive of a 25% administrative fee.
  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application less than five weeks ahead of the test date, no refund will be provided.
  • If a candidate fails to appear for the test, it will be considered a cancellation and no refund will be provided.

IELTS Rescheduling Fees

If a candidate wishes to change their test date, they can request to reschedule their exam date at least five weeks ahead of the previously booked test. The rescheduled date must be within three months of the original test date. For the process of rescheduling, the candidate will have to pay an administrative charge of 3,300 inclusive of all taxes.

TOEFL VS. IELTS

Here are a few differences between IELTS and TOEFL you must know before you take the examination:
  • IELTS VS. TOEFL - Which is easier?

Most candidates have often felt that the preparation for TOEFL was harder than the IELTS exam preparation.

  • IELTS VS. TOEFL - Which is widely accepted?

The IELTS certification is widely recognized in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, while TOEFL is popular in the US and Canada.

IELTS VS. TOEFL - Score Comparison

S.NO
TOEFL Score
IELTS Band
1
0-31
0-4
2
32-34
4.5
3
35-45
5
4
46-59
5.5
5
60-78
6
6
79-93
6.5
7
94-101
7
8
102-109
7.5
9
110-11
8
10
115-117
8.5
11
118-120
9

IELTS SCHOLARSHIP

Based on the candidate's academic record, select universities and colleges offer IELTS scholarships for Indian students. They also offer education loans alongside other fellowships and grants on a regular basis. These scholarships and grants are of great help to students who wish to study abroad.

Detailed Information About IELTS Exam

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Exam Name
IELTS
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IELTS Full-form
International English Language Testing System
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Why take the IELTS exam?
English language proficiency test of non-native English speakers, who wish to study or migrate to countries, where English is the language of communication.
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Where is the IELTS certification recognised?
The IELTS exam score is recognised in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and 140 more countries.
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Types of IELTS exam:
There are two categories under IELTS: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
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Who conducts IELTS
British Council
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Mode of Exam Type
Computer-based (online) and Paper
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IELTS Registration Fees
INR: 14, 000
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IELTS Band Score Range
1 to 9
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IELTS Scholarship
Yes


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