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IELTS Exam 2020: Dates, Registration, Test Format, Eligibility

PUBLISH DATE 3rd April 2020

IELTS is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication.

Most popular countries where IELTS is accepted for university admissions are the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. The exam mainly measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic English language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

Recent updates in IELTS

IELTS Test Fee Update: IELTS Test fee is being revised to INR 14,000 for registrations from 1st-April-2020.

You can take the IELTS exam with the British Council or IDP up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council and IDP global schedule for test dates are 48 days per year.

Exam Name

IELTS

IELTS full form

International English Language Testing System

Official Website

https://www.ielts.org/

Most popular for

Study, work, and migration to English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK

Also accepted by

Canada and USA

Conducted by

British Council and IDP Education Ltd

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper – delivered test

IELTS Fee

Rs. 14,000 for registrations from 1st-Apr-2020

Score Range

On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)

IELTS Contact

British Council

0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00

Email: ExamsCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org

IDP Head Office

+91-124-4445999/ 1800-102-4544

Email: ielts.india@idp.com

IELTS Eligibility

IELTS can be taken by anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality or religion, however, the IELTS test is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.

What is the age limit to appear for the IELTS exam?

Minimum age requirement is lowered for language requirements for Canadian citizenship: Due to changes in the Citizenship Act in Canada, the minimum age that applicants have to prove their language proficiency for Canadian citizenship has been lowered. From June 2015, applicants between the ages of 14-64 who wish to move to Canada have to meet language requirements set by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

How many attempts can be given for IELTS?

There is no limit set by the conducting bodies of IELTS for taking the IELTS exam. You can take the IELTS test as many times as you want until you get your dream/target score. However, you have to pay the IELTS test fee for every attempt.

What is the educational eligibility to give IELTS exam?

As such, there are no minimum eligibility criteria for IELTS set by the conducting bodies of IELTS. Anyone who wishes to pursue higher studies abroad or want to work abroad can attempt the IELTS exam (both Academic and General Training). However, candidates should always check the eligibility criteria set by the educational institution or organization where they are applying.

Make sure to keep your passport handy at the time of registration as you need passport number at the time of registration. Apart from this, you also need to carry your passport on the test day. IELTS Registration can be done in easy steps:

  • First, you need to visit the official British Council registration page.
  • Create an account with the British Council.
  • Find your nearest test center.
  • Register for the IELTS test and pay online.

Those below 18 years of age need their parent or guardian to book the test for them. Once the registration is complete, your test center will send a written confirmation to you informing about the date and time of your IELTS test.

IELTS Exam Fees

The registration fee for IELTS is Rs. 14,000 for registrations from 1st-Apr-2020.

IELTS Exam Pattern and Syllabus

It is important for candidates looking to score well in their IELTS Test to understand the IELTS Exam Pattern and Syllabus in detail. IELTS Syllabus includes four sections, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. You get marked on these four sections and you get the IELTS total score as well. The total score is the sum of the scores in the four skill areas. The total test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.