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What is International Language Testing System (IELTS)?


Imagine yourself in a country where nobody knows the language you speak and you don’t understand a word they say? Weird right? This is the exact problem that the IELTS exam seeks to resolve.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.

What is IELTS?

An examination that is designed to test your skills in the English language and ensure that your stay and education in the country you seek to study in will be smooth and fruitful for you. It tests your ability to read, write, speak and listen in English.

When can you take the IELTS?

With a very flexible calendar, the IELTS exam can be taken anytime the candidate feels they are prepared to take the exam. We would recommend giving the IELTS test at least 7–12 months before the start date of your course/job abroad. This is because if you don’t score well in your first attempt, then you will have ample time to prepare for your second attempt without wasting any time. The IELTS score card is valid for two years.

How to take the IELTS?

You can register for the examination from the official website of the IELTS IDP India -

You may either book your IELTS test online or visit your nearest IDP branch to book it offline. Here’s how:

  • Log on to our IELTS India website.

  • Select the option ‘Register for IELTS.’

  • Select your preferred test – computer-delivered IELTS/ paper-based (IELTS, IELTS for UKVI or Life Skills).

  • Select your test type/module – Academic or General Training for IELTS, IELTS for UKVI, A1 and B1 for Life Skills (be extremely careful while choosing the module you wish to take).

  • Pick your desired test location/city (from the available IELTS test centres in India).

  • Once done, you will find a list of dates available for your preferences. Select your desired date and time slot.

  • Fill up the required details and complete your online application. Remember, you will also have to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport to complete the process.

  • Proceed to pay the test fee. (Rs, 15,500/-)

Once your test date is booked, you will receive an acknowledgment on your registered email/phone number.

What is the format of the IELTS?

There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. Make sure that you prepare for the correct test type.The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. For a more detailed understanding you may visit the IELTS website

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