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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)


Q1. What is the cost/registration fee for IELTS?
Ans. The registration fee for IELTS is Rs. 10400

Q2. How many times in a year is IELTS exam held?
Ans. IELTS is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the country by following the given link www.ielts.org

Q3. How many times can I take IELTS?
Ans. IELTS can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to appear for IELTS too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature)

Q4. What is the validity of the IELTS exam?
Ans. Your IELTS score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was taken

Q5. What is the scoring pattern?
Ans. Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 9 (Maximum) with 0.5 band increment. Four scores are reported on the IELTS:
Reading score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
Listening score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
Writing score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
Speaking score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment

Q6. How soon do I get my score?
Ans. The scores are available 13 days after the exam date.

Q7. If I take IELTS more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
Ans. Almost all the universities take the best score.

Q8. Do I need to have the IELTS score at the time of applying to universities?
Ans. No, you do not need to have the IELTS score with you at the time of applying.

Q9. Do US schools accept IELTS score?
Ans. US schools have started accepting IELTS score. More than 550 US schools accept IELTS score. The complete list of US schools accepting IELTS is available at http://www.ielts.org/usa/USA_Recognition_List.pdf IELTS is conducted in India by IDP and British Council.

Q10. What is IELTS ?
Ans. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS tests are held in over 900 locations across the world with tests up to four times a month.

Q11. Why to choose IELTS?
Ans. IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

Q12. How is the Test format?
Ans. IELTS test takers can choose between two versions of the test – Academic or General Training – depending on their academic or professional aims, or visa requirements. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components but different Reading and Writing components.

Q13. Academic or General?
Ans. IELTS Academic measures the English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement for those planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, and New Zealand.

Q14. Is IELTS reliable?
Ans. The IELTS nine (9) band score system grades scores consistently. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. Test materials are designed carefully so that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty.

Q15. What happenes if you could not attend the teat due to some unavoidable circumstances?
Ans. Under normal circumstances, you will be treated as an absentee. However, there are some special circumstances under which your application may be considered with some conditions. Please refer to the Transfer/Cancellation Application Form available in “Downloads” section to access the policy guidelines/terms and conditions and form for such special circumstances. However, please be informed that the acceptance of your application is subject to approval by the test centre, whose decision will be final and binding.

Q16. What if I am unhappy about the results?
Ans. Candidates may apply for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results). This must be done within six weeks of the test date. The candidate may choose which modules are to be re-marked. There is a fee of 7,425/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Five Only) (including Service Tax) for this service. The fee must be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED”, payable at New Delhi. The fee will be refunded if the result is changed. A re-mark can take six to eight weeks to be processed.

In order for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) to be processed, the candidate must return their original TRF along with a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) form which is available in “Downloads” section on this website. Once the re-mark (Enquiry on Results) has been re-marked, the result is final and no other re-mark (Enquiry on Result) for the same test/s is permitted.

All IELTS-related research activities are coordinated under a framework for ongoing test development and validation. Cambridge English Language Assessment has responsibility for specific research and development, and IDP: IELTS Australia and British Council fund and support a research program. Test data is regularly analysed to ensure that IELTS remains fair and unbiased and that it encourages, reflects and respects international diversity.

IELTS is the world’s leading test of English for higher education and migration. Last year over 2 million people took the IELTS test, and this number is growing rapidly. More than 9,000 universities, government bodies and professional organisations accept IELTS scores, and there is a growing demand for IELTS preparation services and courses. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Q17. Where all IELTS is accepted ?
Ans. General Skilled Migration:
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires applicants to have sufficient ability in English for working in Australia. IELTS is the recognised test of both Vocational and Competent English and points are awarded based on scores achieved. For details visit www.diac.gov.au

Student Visa:
IELTS Band scores are required for Student Visa applications. IELTS requirements for Student Visas vary according to the candidates’ nationality and education sector of their proposed study program. For details visit www.diac.gov.au

Canada:
IELTS is the only internationally available test of English proficiency recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for immigration purposes. Immigration candidates are awarded points according to the score they achieve in the IELTS General Training module. For details visitwww.cic.gc.ca

New Zealand:
Immigration New Zealand requires an IELTS Overall Band Score of 6.5 in either the General Training or Academic IELTS Modules. Unless meeting exemption requirements, the IELTS Band Score is mandatory for application in the General skills migration category. For details visitwww.immigration.govt.nz

United Kingdom:
The United Kingdom Border Agency is using IELTS for proof of English language ability in the Points Based System (PBS). PBS allows migrants to apply to work or study in the UK via one of five ‘tiers’. If applying under Tier 1 or 2, migrants are required to provide proof of English language ability. IELTS is an approved English language test which can provide this proof. For details visit www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk