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When and where in India can I take the test?

Information on IELTS test dates and locations in India can be downloaded here.
What is Computer-based IELTS (CB IELTS)
CB IELTS is a computer-based version of IELTS. It consists of Listening, Reading and Writing tests. To
maintain our personal approach, all IELTS Speaking tests will still be conducted face-to-face. The CB
IELTS is being offered once each month at British Council, New Delhi. Please note that CB IELTS is
only available in the Academic module.
How much does the IELTS test cost?
The fee for IELTS test is Rs 7200. We donot charge any extra amount on credit card payments.
How can I prepare for the test?

Access our How to Prepare for IELTS web page and get the latest tips and information on how to
prepare for the test. For example, find out about IELTS preparation courses in Delhi.
If you do not live in Delhi, then read our guide on How to Choose an IELTS Preparation course before
you sign up at a training centre, or find out which resources and websites you should be looking at for
self-study.
You could also join one of our IELTS Orientation Sessions which are held across the country-contact
your nearest office for more information.
If you are an IELTS Trainer, you’ll also find some useful tips and resources such as our IELTS Train
the trainer course which is held in cities across India.
How often can I take the IELTS test?

From 1 May 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-
taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever
they wish.
It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test
on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a
serious nature. Gain score studies carried out under the IELTS funded research programme indicate
that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without extensive English language tuition in the interim.
How and when will I get my results?

Results are declared in 13 days. You can get your results by courier to your home, and at no extra cost
on our website and by sms on your mobile. Notice to Candidates. IELTS results for South India are sent
by speed post.
How are the scores processed?
All IELTS marking takes place at the test centre by trained markers and examiners. Markers are trained
to understand the IELTS marking policy and are required to demonstrate that they are marking to
standard before they are allowed to mark Listening and Reading papers. Markers are re-tested every
two years to ensure that their marking remains up to standard. Systematic monitoring and double
marking of a proportion of answer sheets is carried out at each administration.
What do I need to bring with me to the test?

You need to bring your passport, hall ticket and stationery for all the modules of the test. If, you have
registered online then you also need to bring a colour passport-sized photograph on the day of the test.
Who owns the test?
The IELTS test is jointly owned by The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and University of
Cambridge-ESOL Examinations.
What is the Test Format?
All candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same
Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules, where a candidate
can either opt for Academic or General Training Module.
The first three Modules-Listening, Reading and Writing-must be completed in one day. The Speaking
Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, either seven days before or after the other
three modules.
Which Module should I sit for, Academic or General Training?

The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in
the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and
postgraduate courses is based on the result of these Modules. The General Training Reading and
Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic
purposed, but emphasize basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General
Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their
secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for
immigration purpose to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic
or General Training Modules. Centres are not responsible for providing this information. The general
Training module is not offered at all test administrations. It must be noted that it may not be possible to
change module later or on the day of the test.
Is there any age limit for IELTS?

IELTS is nor recommended for candidates under the age of 16


Can IELTS be taken as an alternate to TOEFL?

YES, over 544 US institutions recognise IELTS and accept either IELTS or TOEFL for admission to
award courses. For an updated list please log on to www.IELTS.org

Can I retest only for the module where I did not score well instead of repeating the whole test?

IELTS provides a profile of a candidate's English proficiency at a given time. It provides not only an
indication of ability in a particular module but also an indication of overall ability. This would not be
possible if modules were not taken at the same time. Stakeholders require an indication of proficiency
at a given time. Stake holder have expressed a preference for full re-testing to gain an accurate
assessment of a candidate's language proficiency. Therefore a candidate will have to re-take the full
test and cannot re-take a specific module
For how long is a test result valid?
There are a number of variables affecting the length of time over which an IELTS score remains valid.
As a general rule it is recommended that a Test Report Form (TRF), that is more than two years old
should only be accepted as evidence of present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate
has actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency.
How soon can I repeat the test?
From 1 May 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-
taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates are able to repeat the test whenever
they wish. Candidates will still be asked to indicate on their application form whether they have taken
the test before. This information will appear on the Test Report Form and will only be used for monitoring
purposes.