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2023-11-29

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Overview

Every year, more than 50% of students planning to study abroad choose to appear for IELTS to prove their English language skills. A good score in IELTS can significantly help you secure admission to top-notch universities abroad. Therefore, it is quite important to prepare well for it. Knowing when the IELTS exam is conducted can help you prepare well accordingly. So, in this blog, let’s discuss the IELTS exam date and why it is conducted.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language competence test designed and administered by the British Council. For more than 30 years, the IELTS system has established the benchmark for English-language examination. Over 11,500 organisations trust it in over 140 countries worldwide. 

The test contains four main sections: Reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Further, the students appearing for this test are provided scores on a scale of 0-9 band.

Why is the IELTS Conducted?

The IELTS exam is conducted to evaluate an individual's proficiency in the English language. It serves as a standardised assessment for those planning to study, work, or immigrate to countries where English is the primary language of communication. 

Institutions and organisations worldwide use IELTS scores as a reliable benchmark for selecting candidates who can navigate English-speaking environments successfully. Ultimately, the IELTS exam ensures a fair and consistent evaluation of English language skills for diverse purposes and destinations globally.

How Many Times IELTS Exam is Conducted in a Year?

Each year, up to 48 test dates are available. Depending on the number of applicants, each IELTS test centre may hold exams up to four times per month. IELTS academic is administered four times each month, and General Training is administered twice per month. 

There is, however, no limit on the number of attempts. The examination is usually held on Saturdays. However, it can also be held on Thursdays. Below is the list of IELTS exam date 2024 in each month of the year. 

 

Month  Date Exam Type

January

6 January 2024    

Academic and general training

13 January 2024

Academic

18 January 2024 

Academic and general training

27 January 2024

Academic

February

29 February 2024 

Academic

 

March

9 March 2024 

Academic and general training

16 March 2024 

Academic

23 March 2024 

Academic and general training

30 March 2024

Academic and general training

April

13 April 2024

Academic

18 April 2024

Academic

27 April 2024 

Academic and general training

May

4 May 2024 

Academic

9 May 2024 

Academic and general training

18 May 2024 

Academic

25 May 2024 

Academic and general training

June

1 June 2024 

Academic

8 June 2024 

Academic and general training

13 June 2024 

Academic

22 June 2024 

Academic and general training

July

4 July 2024 

Academic

13 July 2024 

Academic

20 July 2024 

Academic and general training

27 July 2024 

Academic and general training

August

3 August 2024 

Academic

8 August 2024 

Academic and general training

17 August 2024 

Academic

24 August 2024 

Academic and general training

31 August 2024 

Academic

September

7 September 2024 

Academic and general training

12 September 2024 

Academic

21 September 2024 

Academic and general training

October

5 October 2024 

Academic and general training

10 October 2024 

Academic

19 October 2024 

Academic

26 October 2024 

Academic and general training

November

2 November 2024

Academic

7 November 2024 

Academic and general training

16 November 2024 

Academic

23 November 2024 

Academic and general training

30 November 2024 

Academic and general training

December

  5 December 2024 

Academic

7 December 2024 

Academic

14 December 2024 

Academic and general training

Where are the IELTS exams conducted?

The IELTS exam is conducted all over India in various cities and states. Here is the list of various IELTS test centres in India-

 

State Cities

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Anand

Baroda

Mehsana

Rajkot

Surat

Vadodara

Navsari

Gandhinagar

Nadiad

Vapi

Punjab

Amritsar

Jalandhar

Ludhiana

Moga

Patiala

Sri Muktsar Sahib

Sangrur

Raikot

Barnala

Bathinda

Faridkot

Firozpur

Gurdaspur

Hoshiarpur

Jagraon

Kapurthala

Nawanshahr

Kerala

Angamaly

Calicut

Kochi

Kottayam

Thrissur

Chengannur

Kannur

Kollam

Kothamangalam

Trivandrum

Karnataka

Bangalore

Mangalore

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

Indore

Odisha

Bhubaneswar

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

Coimbatore

Madurai

Tiruchirappalli

Delhi

New Delhi

Haryana

Gurgaon

Kurukshetra

Ambala

Karnal

Uttar Pradesh

Noida

Lucknow

Goa

Goa

Assam

Guwahati

Rajasthan

Jaipur

Sri Ganganagar

Telangana

Hyderabad

West Bengal

Kolkata

Siliguri

Maharashtra

Mumbai

Navi Mumbai

Pune

Thane

Nagpur

Nashik

Bihar

Patna

Chhattisgarh

Raipur

Jharkhand

Ranchi

Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada

Visakhapatnam

Tirupati

Uttarakhand

Rudrapur

Dehradun

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu

Conclusion

In conclusion, the frequency of IELTS exam sessions offer flexibility and convenience for individuals aiming to prove their English language proficiency. With IELTS being conducted multiple times throughout the year, candidates have the opportunity to choose a test date that aligns with their preparation and application timelines. However, while selecting an IELTS exam date, one must make sure that it aligns with one personal academic and career goals. 

If you are planning to appear for IELTS and want to get more details about the exam, then you can contact Prepare IELTS (PI) expert counsellors for further guidance. 

Our team of education experts is dedicated to providing you with the best guidance in the IELTS exam. You can get a one-on-one counselling session online via our platform. Contact us at info@prepareieltsexam.com or call us at +91 9773398388.

FAQs

Generally, the IELTS academic exam is conducted four times a month, and the IELTS General Training exam is conducted twice a month.

Yes, candidates can change their IELTS exam dates. However, the Request for Transfer of Test Date application must be backed by proper and required supporting documents/evidence, or the application will be rejected.

Candidates must book their IELTS exam dates at least three days in advance.

Yes, an IELTS test taker can select a date for the exam that is convenient for them, subject to test date availability at the chosen test centre. When registering for the IELTS exam, candidates are usually given a selection of available test dates to choose from. They can choose a day that works best with their schedule and preparation time frame.

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