IELTS Exam Registration 2023 - Check Important Dates, Fees, Process, & Documents

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Updated on Apr 14, 2023 6:19 PM IST

Candidates planning to take the IELTS exam must read the detailed registration process before actually booking their slots and giving the exam. Registration for the IELTS exam can be done either online or offline.

Online registration can be done through the official website of IELTS and it is the most preferred and convenient method of completing an IELTS registration. However, the offline registration process option is also available.

Offline registration can be done by visiting the nearest regional offices and filling out the form in person. We have provided you with a detailed IELTS registration process for 2023 if you are looking to study at one of the top universities abroad.

IELTS Exam Registration 2023 - Steps to Register

Those appearing for IELTS Exam must register for the test in advance. The IELTS registration can be done multiple times a year as there is no limit set to appear for the test. However, for every attempt, an IELTS fee of INR 16,250 has to be paid. Here are the steps that need to be completed for the IELTS registration process:

Visit the IELTS Website

To begin registration, visit the official website of IELTS IDP India. Go to the registration section where candidates will be able to start the process.

Choose the Exam Type, Date, and Centre

The option to choose the exam type will appear on the screen. One has to choose between IELTS CBT and IELTS PBT. Then the test type has to be determined, ie, the IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. As this step is complete, students will be able to choose their preferred city from where they can select the dates available and the test centre most convenient to them.

Agree to the Terms and Conditions

Once the preferred test date and slot are booked, students have to proceed to agree to the terms and conditions. After this, the registration process will be initiated. 

Add Personal Details

It is the most crucial part of the registration process and all the details must be provided correctly. Students will be asked to enter their personal details such as name, email, mobile, ID document type and number, validity, date of birth, address, the reason for taking the test and the country the student is intending to go to. 

Upload the Required Documents

Candidates are then required to upload the first and last pages of their passports with 1 MB. The photos can be uploaded in JPG, JPEG, PNG and PDF format. 

Select Recognised Organisations

Students can directly send copies of their test reports to academic institutions, government bodies, professional organisations and employers. The results will be sent electronically or by post as directed. Students have to select the country, organisation, name of the person or department, and file or case number. 

Review the Application So Far

Test takers must check if all the details entered are correct. Necessary changes must be made before final submission. 

Pay the Fees

Finally, the IELTS exam fee has to be paid post which the registration process will complete.

Before selecting your preferred test date and time, check out the following links to understand what you need for IELTS registration:

IELTS Exam Eligibility

Type of IELTS Exam

IELTS Exam Dates

IELTS Test Centres

Other Modes of IELTS Registration

There are other methods of IELTS registration apart from the online mode. IDP India has the provision of registration in-person or by courier. It is possible to visit the nearest IDP centre to register for IELTS. Here is a detailed description of the other modes of IELTS registration to choose from: 

Input Mode In-Person IELTS Registration

For this type of registration, individuals have to head towards an IDP branch. There are two sub-sections of the same which are detailed below:

  • Online IELTS Registration: Candidates can access the computer at the branch and fill up their forms. They receive instant confirmation of their seats.

  • Offline IELTS Registration: This process can be completed by filling up an IELTS application form which is provided by the IDP office. They need to submit all the documents and pay the fees using a debit/credit card, demand draft or deposit money at an ICICI bank branch in the vicinity.

Note: If you choose the offline mode of IELTS registration, do not forget to ask the staff to provide you with an acknowledgement slip and a tentative seat reservation. 

IELTS Registration by Courier

It is also possible to courier the IELTS registration form to the IDP India office address. The form can be easily downloaded from the website or can be received from the nearest IDP branch. The procedure to send the registration form for IELTS through courier is given below:

  • Fill up the application form.

  • Sign the document while agreeing to the terms and conditions.

  • Attach a demand draft with the IELTS exam fee amount drawn in favour of “ IDP Education India Private Limited” payable at New Delhi. You will have to make the demand draft from any one of the approved banks.

  • The money can also be deposited at an ICICI Bank branch with the deposit slip attached to the application.

Note: Read the terms and conditions carefully before sending the same.

Submit the IELTS registration form at the given address:

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor, Sikander Ghosi,

Sector-26, MG Road, Gurugram, Haryana - 122002, India

Telephone: +91-124-4445999

IELTS Exam Fee

One cannot complete the IELTS registration process without paying the exam fee. Although the IELTS Computer-based vs Paper-based Test has significant differences, the cost of both exams is the same. The IELTS exam fee is INR 16,250 and the payment is to be done using any one of the following methods.

Online registration can be done by using credit cards, debit cards or net banking. The offline IELTS registration is possible by sending a demand draft in favour of IDP India Education Private Limited, New Delhi. Cash can also be deposited at ICICI Bank or Allahabad Bank branches. After that, the deposit has to be collected from the nearest IDP branch or the website.

IELTS Rescheduling or Cancellation

The IELTS test can be rescheduled or cancelled under specific circumstances. The test-takers who wish to cancel or reschedule the exam must do the same by:

  • Requesting for cancellation or rescheduling of IELTS Test

A letter can be written to the IDP address by candidates who wish to reschedule or cancel their tests. The proof of payment has to be attached.

IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,
Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road,
Gurugram -122002, Haryana, India
Tel: +91-124-44459

  • IELTS PBT Request for Transfer of Test Date

The request for transfer or change of date can be made by submitting the “Transfer, Cancellation Application Form.” However, the form must reach the centre at least five weeks before the earlier scheduled test date. The next IELTS test date will be allocated based on the allocated time and date.

  • IELTS CBT Request for Transfer of Test Date

The transfer of the IELTS CBT Test Date can be done by submitting the “Transfer, Cancellation Application Form.” and must reach the test centre three weeks before the original test date.

Candidates will be charged additional fees of INR 3,300 to postpone the test.

  • Refund of Money

The refund for the cancellation of IELTS dates, the amount will be processed and refunded to the candidate within 30 days of the original test date.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid During IELTS Registration

There are several spaces to make mistakes during IELTS registration even though it is pretty simple and straightforward. Here are some of the common mistakes that students must avoid during the registration process for the IELTS exam:

  • Not taking Enough Time to Prepare: A common mistake that students often make during the registration process is not giving enough time to prepare. It is necessary to prepare well before the test and then register for it. However, you must do it in time so that you do not miss out on the right date and time.

  • Registering Close to the Deadline: While it is practical to take the test before the application deadline, it should not be taken at the last moment. It is advisable to complete the IELTS registration one to two months before the university application deadline so that even if you have to re-attempt it you have enough time in hand.
  • Spelling Mistakes: While they may seem small, spelling errors can cause major problems either on the day of the test or when it comes to submitting the documents to your desired university.

  • Using Wrong Documents: As per regulations, candidates will need a valid passport to register and appear for the test. Therefore, during the IELTS registration process, make sure you use the details provided on the passport, as you will be using your passport to identify yourself on the day of the test.

One of the best ways to ensure you commit no mistakes during the IELTS registration process, it is advisable to connect with your study abroad counsellor. Or register with us and connect with our team of expert study abroad counsellors who can help you achieve your dream of studying abroad.

FAQs on IELTS Registration

How to apply for IELTS Indicator?

Visit the official IELTS British council website. Under the IELTS Indicator section, select the book now option, select country, test date and register. You may take the IELTS Indicator on any competent desktop computer or laptop with sufficient internet connectivity. You must finish the Listening, Reading, and Writing in one sitting. The Speaking test will take place either a few days before or after the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests.

What additional charges are charged for rescheduling the IELTS Test date?

Candidates must choose a new test date within three months of the scheduled exam date. For the transfer of the test date, candidates must pay an additional charge charged for rescheduling the IELTS test date with a fee of INR 3,300, inclusive of all taxes. Candidates can only reschedule the IELTS exam once.

How long does it take to take to receive the refund in case IELTS is cancelled?

If you cancel your IELTS exam up to five weeks before the test date (IELTS on Paper), you will get a refund less a 25% administrative charge. Please keep in mind that refunds might take four to six weeks to complete. If you cancel your IELTS test registration on the test day or after the exam, there will be no reimbursement.

I need to cancel IELTS. Will I receive the refund?

If you cancel your IELTS test more than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund after deducting the administration charge. You can cancel your IELTS exam and receive a refund from the British Council. If you cancel your test between 14 and 5 days before the scheduled date, you will receive a refund of 50% of the total test charge. Cancellations made after this time will not be refunded.

How to reschedule an IELTS Test?

You can reschedule your IELTS exam only if the test date is at least 15 days after the day you request for transfer. However, you can postpone for up to 34 days without giving a reason. All candidates can reschedule their IELTS test by sending in a request form to the IELTS office. There will be additional charges for rescheduling the test. The request form must reach the IELTS office at least three weeks prior to the original test date.

What details are required to register for IELTS?

The only document required for IELTS registration is your passport number and some of its data. Candidates will be required to provide basic details like their name, age, educational qualifications, address, email ID, contact number, etc at the time of IELTS registration and upload a copy of their passport along with a recent photograph. Taking the IELTS indicates that you want to study abroad or immigrate.

What documents are needed to apply for IELTS?

You must provide a photocopy of your passport (first and final page) and any observation pages to the IDP Head Office (address provided below). If you do not meet these requirements, you will not be permitted to take the test. On the day of the exam, candidates must bring their actual passport.

Can I apply for IELTS offline?

Yes, all candidates can apply for IELTS offline by visiting the nearest IDP Education India Pvt Ltd offices. You can collect the application form, fill it, make payment through DD or depositing cash at ICICI or Allahabad banks and attach the deposit slip with the form. You can also download the application form, fill the same and submit it to the nearest IDP office.

What are the payment methods to pay the application fee while register for the IELTS online?

IELTS online payment methods to pay the application fee while registering for the IELTS online are:
1. Netbanking and credit/debit cards. (Visa or MasterCard)
2. Bank deposit - Applicants can deposit cash in ICICI/HDFC bank branches using a customised deposit slip printed from the IELTS IDP India website.
3. Demand Draft - Please ensure that the demand draught is written in the name of "IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Payable at New Delhi" and is drawn from one of the recognised banks.

How can I register for IELTS?

The registration for IELTS can be done online on the IELTS IDP website as well as offline at the nearest IDP office. You can select the test format, type, and city as well as check the availability of the test date and complete the registration process through the official website for IELTS. For Offline registration, you will have to visit the nearest IDP Education India Pvt Ltd offices and fill out the form.

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