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IELTS Exam Dates 2020 – IELTS dates in India

by Anup chowdhury
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IELTS is taken by over 2 million people every year. Individuals who wish to study and work abroad take up this test to assess their English language skills. There are two versions of the exam: Academic and General Training. IELTS academic test score is accepted by majority of universities across the world. IELTS test is meant to assess the general and academic English skills of students and working professionals. The test can be taken in paper-pen mode or computer mode. Globally, candidates can choose from more than 1,600 test locations in over 140 countries to appear for the test. As far as the IELTS exam dates are concerned, it is conducted round the year on some specific dates (paper-based) and several dates for computer-based every month in India. The students registering for the exam can select their IELTS exam dates as per their convenience and availability of slots. 

In this article, you will know about the upcoming IELTS exam dates in India. Also, know how to book a test via the British Council or IDP, test fees, etc.

IELTS Exam Dates – What is IELTS?

IELTS or International English Language Testing System is the most popular English proficiency test for study, work and migration. 

IELTS Academic is taken by candidates who wish to go for higher education or professional registration abroad. IELTS General Test is taken by those who wish to migrate to major English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK. This test is also taken by those who want to enrol in training programs, secondary education or want to gain work experience in a country where the English language is native.

IELTS Exam Dates –  How to find IELTS exam dates 2019-20 in India?

Paper-based IELTS exam can be taken in 60 cities in India. Special arrangements are made available to students in need to take the test if the test provider is British Council (BC). Students can contact the provider three months in advance of the test date to find out how they can get these special arrangements.

IELTS Test Date Booking Process

The process to find out the exam dates for IELTS exam involves the following steps:

  • Check the availability here and select test date (select a separate test date for the Speaking test).
  • Create an account with the British Council.
  • Book and pay.

IELTS Exam Dates – How to book the IELTS test through the British Council?

For booking computer-based test dates for IELTS Academic or General Training, UKVI or IELTS skills through British Council – click here.

Current paper-based IELTS exam dates via BC in the following top cities are:

Ahmedabad

IELTS Exam Dates Module  Registration Last Date
23/11/2019 IELTS Academic 16/11/2019
30/11/2019 IELTS Academic 23/11/2019
7/12/2019 IELTS Academic 30/11/2019
12/12/2019 IELTS Academic 5/12/2019
14/12/2019 IELTS Academic 07/12/2019
4/1/2020 IELTS Academic 28/12/2019
11/1/2020 IELTS Academic 4/1/2020
16/1/2020 IELTS Academic 9/1/2020
18/1/2020 IELTS Academic 11/1/2020

Bengaluru

IELTS Exam Dates Module  Registration Last Date
23/11/2019 IELTS Academic 16/11/2019
30/11/2019 IELTS Academic 23/11/2019
7/12/2019 IELTS Academic 30/11/2019
12/12/2019 IELTS Academic 5/12/2019
14/12/2019 IELTS Academic 07/12/2019
4/1/2020 IELTS Academic 28/12/2019
11/1/2020 IELTS Academic 4/1/2020
16/1/2020 IELTS Academic 9/1/2020

Delhi

IELTS Exam Dates Module  Registration Last Date
23/11/2019 IELTS Academic 18/11/2019
30/11/2019 IELTS Academic 21/11/2019
7/12/2019 IELTS Academic 28/11/2019
12/12/2019 IELTS Academic 3/12/2019
14/12/2019 IELTS Academic 5/12/2019
4/1/2020 IELTS Academic 26/12/2019
11/1/2020 IELTS Academic 2/1/2020
16/1/2020 IELTS Academic 7/1/2020
18/1/2020 IELTS Academic 11/1/2020

Hyderabad

IELTS Exam Dates Module  Registration Last Date
23/11/2019 IELTS Academic 16/11/2019
30/11/2019 IELTS Academic 23/11/2019
7/12/2019 IELTS Academic 30/11/2019
12/12/2019 IELTS Academic 5/12/2019
14/12/2019 IELTS Academic 07/12/2019
4/1/2020 IELTS Academic 28/12/2019
11/1/2020 IELTS Academic 4/1/2020
16/1/2020 IELTS Academic 9/1/2020

Mumbai

IELTS Exam Dates Module  Registration Last Date
23/11/2019 IELTS Academic 18/11/2019
30/11/2019 IELTS Academic 21/11/2019
7/12/2019 IELTS Academic 28/11/2019
12/12/2019 IELTS Academic 3/12/2019
14/12/2019 IELTS Academic 5/12/2019
4/1/2020 IELTS Academic 26/12/2019
11/1/2020 IELTS Academic 2/1/2020
16/1/2020 IELTS Academic 7/1/2020
18/1/2020 IELTS Academic 11/1/2020

Computer-delivered IELTS test via BC is available in India in the following cities:

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Pune
  • Vijayawada
  • Ahmedabad

If you apply for the computer-based test via BC there are currently 31 test dates available to book for. Computer-based IELTS dates for the above cities are given in the table below:

Month Dates
November 19/11/2019

 

20/11/2019

21/11/2019

22/11/2019

23/11/2019

24/11/2019

26/11/2019

27/11/2019

28/11/2019

29/11/2019

30/11/2019

31/11/2019

December 1/12/2019

 

3/12/2019

4/12/2019

5/12/2019

6/12/2019

7/12/2019

8/12/2019

10/12/2019

11/12/2019

12/12/2019

13/12/2019

14/12/2019

15/12/2019

17/12/2019

18/12/2019

19/12/2019

20/12/2019

21/12/2019

22/12/2019

January 2/1/2020

Benefits of taking the Computer-based IELTS:

  • More test dates to choose from
  • More venue options
  • Exam results are available in 5-7 days

Students selecting the computer-delivered IELTS  have to attempt Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer. The speaking test will remain face to face with a trained IELTS examiner.

For paper-based IELTS, the test dates can be booked through British Council – click here.

IELTS Exam Dates – IELTS Test Fees

Here, we have given the cost of academic or general training  IELTS test:

  • IELTS Academic and General Training – paper-based test – INR 13,250
  • IELTS Academic and General Training – computer-delivered test – INR 13,250
  • IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic and General Training) – INR 18,500
  • IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) – INR 13,850
Do you want to know how to check IELTS scores and send to universities abroad for admission? Read “IELTS results” article here.

IELTS Exam Dates – What are the IDP IELTS Dates?

For computer based IELTS academic or general training test booking via IDP, there are multiple dates available from 19 November 2019 until end of February 2020, except holidays.  Individuals can book test slots via IDP in 20 cities in India. For paper-based, selected dates are available for upcoming months. Students can visit this link and select the city and test type (computer or paper; academic or general) and book for a test date.

IELTS Exam Dates – FAQs

Q. Is IELTS exam difficult?

A. It is as difficult as any other English proficiency test. Although straightforward questions are asked in the test, you need to prepare well for different components of the test. It is designed to assess how well a student can use English and not trick or test their opinions.

Q. What is the fees for the IELTS exam in India?

A. It costs 13,250 for IELTS academic paper-based or computer-based test.

Q. How many times a student can take the IELTS test?

A. IELTS test can be taken as many times as the applicant wants. Each time they have to pay fees for the test.

Q. How long is the IELTS score valid?

A. IELTS results are valid for two full years from the date of the test.

Q. When can the IELTS slot be booked?

A. The slot for IELTS exam can be booked in two ways, online and in person. Check the British Council or IDP website for the next dates.

Q. Which score will be used by University to assess me, if I have taken IELTS multiple times?

A. Instituitions are not interested or look for how many attempts have you made for IELTS exam. They recieve and analyse score report which you send them. You can apply for IELTS as many a times you want and decide on yourself which one is better for sending to universities abroad for admission.

Q. Should I join any IELTS offline coaching course? Are there any online options available for IELTS training?

A. British Council offers online IELTS course which can give confidence to application as they have methodical training. It can enhance all-rounded development of applicants in the four assessed skills. There are four course levels: Elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate. The weekday courses is 50 hours course across 3 weeks and the weekend courses is about 50 hours across 5 weeks. Applicants from New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkta can apply for the course. Course fee for applicants from New Delhi is 16,000, Chennai -13,500 and for Kolkata -13,500. To apply for the course, first book English level consultation.

Q. What is the difference in IELTS for UK Visas?

A. People who want to apply for Tier 4 Student Visa to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a Tier 4 Sponsor university are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. Both Academic and General Training versions are accepted and the CEFR requirement for each skill must be met.

Q. What is IELTS Lifeskills? When should I appear for the same?

A. IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening and is available at CEFR Levels A1, A2 and B2. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes. IELTS Life Skills tests are available throughout the world, as specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The UKVI will not accept results from other testing locations. Test dates are available within 28 days at permanent locations.

Q. Is there any difference in IELTS conducted by IDP and British Council?

A. There is no difference between IELTS test conducted by the IDP and British Council. Also, there is no difference between examiners and marking system between the two. Both of them are part owners of IELTS along with Cambridge English Language Assessment. All the tests used at BC and IDP are compiled by Cambridge English Language Assessment who is joint owner of IELTS.

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