About Exam

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an examination that is taken to evaluate the English language skills of the test taker. The IELTS Exam is jointly conducted by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS Score is used for three purposes– for study, for work or for migration. The IELTS Exam is conducted to assess the four skills related to the English language –IELTS Listening, IELTS Writing, IELTS Reading, and IELTS Speaking. The first step to take IELTS is selecting the IELTS Exam Date and centre. This can be done by completing the steps of IELTS Registration, available in both online and offline modes. IELTS is jointly managed by three bodies- Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), IELTS IDP (International Development Program): IELTS Australia, British Council. IELTS helps to create an opportunity for those who either want to study, pursue any profession or migrate to some other country. The IELTS Score is accepted as a proof of English language skills by more than 9,000 organizations. Results for IELTS examination are declared 13 days after the test is conducted.

Eligibility

In India, the fee is Rs.11300, payable at the time of registration. You can pay by the means of a nationalized bank draft payable to the British Council.

Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will normally be charged the full fee unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request within 5 days of the test date.

For Indians: If a candidates wishes to transfer the test date then the candidate will have to pay Rs.1,900/- as transfer fee.

If a candidate wishes to cancel the test date then there will be a deduction of Rs.1,900/- from the test fee and the balance is refunded to the candidate.

Candidates who request for a cancellation of their registration more than 5 weeks prior to the test date will receive a refund of Rs.5,700/- (75% of the test fee).

Exam Process

IELTS Registration

Before registering for IELTS, the candidates must check theavailability of test dates. There are 42 test centres in India that the candidatecan choose from. It must be kept in mind that once a test centre has been fullybooked then there will be no remaining sessions, and it will not be shown inthe online registration system.

IELTS Exam Fee andMode of Payment

The amount that needs to be paid as the IELTS exam fee isINR 11,100 until September 30, 2016. After 1st October 2016, the fee will beincreased to INR 11,300.

There are two ways to register for IELTS – online andoffline - and hence two ways to make the fee payment. To pay the IELTSregistration fee online, the applicant can choose either a credit card or adebit card. Visa, Visa electron and Master Cards are also accepted.

If the applicant has opted for offline registration process,he will need to pay the fee using the offline mode. The IELTS registration feeoffline can be done either by cash or a demand draft. If making cash payment,candidate should visit an ICICI bank branch and use the ICICI payment slip. Topay using a demand draft, the applicant must draw it in favour of “the BritishCouncil” and make it payable at New Delhi.

Registration

The IELTS Registration can be done both online and offline.For offline process, the application form would have to be downloaded from theofficial IELTS website, filled out correctly and then sent to the nearest testcentre along with the fee.

In order to register online, the candidate can visit eitherone of the IELTS website or the British Council website. Both of them provideaccess to the registration portal. It must be noted that for Indian users, whenaccessing the registration system from the IELTS website, the applicant will beautomatically redirected to the British Council website.

Offline modeVisit the link – www.ielts.org to download the application form.

Take a printout of the form and fill all the details carefully.

Choose atest date online by visiting the official website.

Make feepayment in either cash or by demand draft.

Send theform to the nearest test centre along with the proof of payment of applicationfee.                                                                Online mode

Visit thelink – www.ielts.org to register for IELTS.

Fill out theonline application form correctly.

Make feepayment using a credit / debit card.

In case the fee is paid via an offline option, that is, incash or by a DD, the candidate will be required to send a copy of the IELTSTest application acknowledgement along with proof of fee payment to the BritishCouncil office.

Pattern

While every student has to take the same listening andspeaking components, it is the reading and writing components that differ for thetwo formats - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The total duration forthe test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, reading and writing tests are donein one sitting while speaking test may be on the same day or within 7 daysbefore or after the test.

The IELTS 2017 speaking test is conducted as a one-on-onetest to assess candidates’ English communication skills. This means that thecandidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to gettheir English conversation skills tested.

Listening: 30minutes: 4 sections, 40 items

Reading: 60minutes: 3 sections, 40 items

Writing: 60minutes, 2 tasks

Speaking: 11-14minutes, 3 part one-on-one conversation

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