The IELTS exam is essential to the documentation needed to study or work abroad in English-speaking countries. People choose IELTS instead of other language proficiency tests like TOEFL, PTE, CELPIP, etc., because IELTS is the most widely recognised test globally to validate and measure one’s English proficiency.
Every year, the International Development Program (IDP), the British Council, and Cambridge English jointly conduct the IELTS exam in different countries. However, in India, the whole responsibility is in the IDP’s hands.
You have the option of online registration through the official IELTS website or in-person booking at your nearest IELTS branch to book your seat for your IELTS exam.
The blog will lead you through the step-by-step process of applying for the IELTS exam with success. From initial registration to the test day, we have all the essential information for you in this blog, so read carefully.
Let’s start the first section on the different modules of the IELTS exam per its varied purposes - IELTS Academic and IELTS General.
You may choose IELTS Academic when your purpose for going abroad is your studies, whereas you can select the IELTS General when you are going to work or simply immigrate over there as this exam evaluates your everyday English for social and workplace settings.
Now that you have decided which test you want to take, let’s move on to the ways to take IELTS exam. There are two ways to attempt this examination one is computer-based, and the other is a paper-based test. However, both kinds of modes have no difference in structure and assessment system.
In this context, choosing computer-based mode will let you set your Listening, Reading, and Writing tests on the system at the official test centre. Here, you will see questions on the screen, and answers will be submitted online. Only the Speaking section will be conducted face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.
In contrast, selecting the paper-based mode will let you sit at a desk with question papers and answer sheets for listening, reading and writing tests in the official test centre. You must hand-write all the answers with a pen or pencil, but the speaking section will be done similarly to computer-based tests, face-to-face with an IELTS examiner.
You are now aware of how to take the IELTS exam, yet you must apply for the exam as per the module and mode you choose. Let’s have a look at the detailed instructions on how to register for the IELTS exam, whether it’s offline or online.
You can take the IELTS Paper-delivered test on 48 fixed dates yearly, offering flexibility. For the computer-based test, registration is available 7 days a week, thrice daily.
Moreover, you can also reattempt the test without limits. Further, you can register online or at an IDP branch. Here are the concise steps to register for the IELTS exam:
Log in to the IDP IELTS India website.
Select "Register for IELTS" to create your IDP IELTS login.
Choose your test type: computer-delivered or paper-based.
Specify your test module: Academic or General Training.
Pick your test location/city from available centres in India.
Select your preferred date and time slot.
Fill out your details and upload a scanned passport copy.
Choose colleges or universities to send your IELTS Score Report.
Review your information.
Pay the exam fee.
Receive an acknowledgement and print the receipt.
To register for the IELTS exam offline, there are three methods:
You can use a computer at the IDP Branch/head office to register online and pay the exam fee.
You must provide a photocopy of your passport (first and last page) along with any observation pages.
You are required to sign the Terms & Conditions document.
You will then receive an instant acknowledgement letter confirming your seat.
You must fill out an application form available at the IDP office/Input Node.
You are then required to sign the attached Terms & Conditions document.
You must include a photocopy of your passport (first and last page) and any observation pages.
You are required to pay the exam fee at this point.
You must request the staff to submit your application form in the online registration system and get an acknowledgement slip.
You are required to download the application form from the official website or obtain it from your nearest IDP branch/Input Node.
You must finish the application form and sign the Terms & Conditions document.
You must also provide a photocopy of your passport (first and last page) and observation pages.
You need to pay the IELTS exam fee.
You must send the filled application form, required documents, and the test fee to:
IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
IDP Head Office
Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,
Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road,
Gurugram - 122002, Haryana, India
Phone: 1800-102-4544 (Mon to Sat - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
After understanding the registration process, quickly examine the fees you must pay to apply for the IELTS exam, which can vary per your test type. The table below shows detailed information for the same:
|Test Type||Cost (INR)|
Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration
Pen and paper-based IELTS
What if you need to postpone or reschedule your IELTS exam? In that case, you must follow the steps below to apply for IELTS or reschedule your exam date:
You must log in to your account on the official IELTS IDP India website (https://www.ieltsidpindia.com/).
You must download the "Transfer, Cancellation Application Form" from the official IELTS website.
In the form's "Request for Transfer/Cancellation" section, you must select the "transfer" option.
You must then fill in all the required details on the form.
You can now upload supporting documents if necessary, such as a medical certificate, death/cremation certificate, doctor's note, police FIR, or proof of passport renewal or immigration department receipt.
After submitting the form, you must await an acknowledgement.
You will receive confirmation of your new test date within 3 days. The notification will be sent via email and SMS if your request is declined.
Once your request is approved, you can book the new test dates and locations.
Rescheduling is allowed if your test date is at least 15 days away from your transfer application date.
If your test date is 34 days or more in the future, you can reschedule without providing a reason.
There is an administrative charge of INR 3,300 for the test date transfer, including all taxes.
Aside from postponing your IELTS exam, sometimes you may need to cancel your exam application. In this case, you must follow the steps mentioned to apply to cancel your IELTS exam:
You need to visit the official IELTS website and log in to your account.
You must choose the cancellation option from the available list.
You are required to provide the necessary documents and valid reasons for cancelling your test.
You can request cancellation if your test date is at least 15 days away.
For test dates between 15-34 days or payments made through offline channels, you can apply for cancellation with supporting documents.
Once cancellation is approved, expect a refund within 8-10 business days, minus administrative charges.
To sum up, successfully registering for the IELTS exam in India for 2024 is a crucial step for those striving to pursue educational or career opportunities abroad. This comprehensive guide has provided insights into test types, registration methods (online and offline), fees, and the processes for rescheduling and cancellation.
With this knowledge, you can confidently navigate the IELTS journey and achieve your global goals. We hope we have provided you with helpful insight into the IELTS Exam registration process.
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