IELTS Slot Booking 2023 - Check IELTS Slot Availability, Booking Process, Date & Time

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Updated on Apr 14, 2023 6:21 PM IST

The IELTS paper-based and computer-based assessments are administered at various test centres in 75 different Indian cities. IELTS online slot booking is simple and can be done at the same time as registering for the test. 

IELTS is one of the most widely used official English exams for working and studying in foreign countries. Also, it is the only exam recognised by all countries for immigration purposes. 

The test centre sends confirmation of the day, date and time of the exam after you reserve an IELTS Exam time slot. The applicant should also keep in mind that they must be at least 16 years old and carry a valid passport.

How Soon Should I Book an IELTS Slot?

To avoid the last-minute rush, candidates are encouraged to book their preferred slots much in advance. According to the IELTS official website, registration for the IELTS test can begin as quickly as three months in advance. Nevertheless, the IELTS administration permits applicants to book their test slots at the earliest 24 hours before the test is scheduled. In this case, however, it might not be possible for the candidate to select the time slot or location of their choice. 

To book a slot for the IELTS exam, the applicant must have a valid passport and a credit/debit card to pay the required registration fee of INR 16,250. Some things to keep in mind when registering for the IELTS exam:

  • The information submitted by the aspirant during registration should correspond to the information in the passport.

  • To take the IELTS exam, the aspirant must be over the age of 16.

  • Aspirants must have their debit/credit cards available when registering for the IELTS exam.

  • Candidates must bring their passports to the examination.

The complete procedure for IELTS slot booking in both online and offline modes is outlined below.

Steps For IELTS Online Slot Booking

Candidates can book their IELTS slots online at any time and day. For this, they will be required to make payments using a debit/credit card. IDP IELTS registration is the quickest and simplest way for IELTS slot booking. Follow the step-by-step instructions mentioned below to book IELTS slots for online tests.

Step 1: Go to the IELTS official website or a website affiliated with IELTS, such as IDP India.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Register for a test’ option and create a profile by feeding the correct information.

Step 3: After creating a profile, you are prompted to select the type of test (IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training) and the exam format (IELTS Computer-based vs Paper-based Test).

Step 4: Select the test center and test date according to your flexibility.

Step 5: Make the required payment using a credit card, a bank account, or a mobile wallet.

Step 6: After the payment is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. Be sure to see the information about the test slot you've booked.

Step 7: Keep the username and password of the registered email account handy for future reference. Keep the email as a bookmark so that you can easily locate it later.

Note: Ensure that IDP emails are allowed in your account settings, and check your spam/junk folder if you don't seem to be receiving any emails.

Steps For IELTS Offline Slot Booking

IDP branches nearby allow applicants to book their IELTS slot in offline mode.  For this, students must submit a photocopy of their passport's front and back pages as well as the observation pages as part of the registration process. Follow the step-by-step instructions mentioned below to book IELTS slots for offline tests.

Step 1: Go to the official IELTS website to find a test center near you.

Step 2: Fill in all the relevant details on the application form after downloading it.

Step 3: Select the format and type of exam that suits you.

Step 4: Visit an IELTS center near you and submit all the required documents for the examination.

Step 5: You can make your payment with a credit card, eWallet, or even ask for a DD (Demand Draft).

Step 6: After the test date and time are confirmed by the IELTS test center, we will send you an email with the details.

Documents Required for IELTS Slot Booking

For both online and offline booking methods of IELTS slots, read on for details of the required documents.

Documents Required for Online IELTS Slot Booking

  • A copy of the exam application acknowledgement of your IELTS exam application.

  • Proof of payment by British Council copy of ICICI bank payment slip or demand draft.

Documents Required for Offline IELTS Slot Booking

  • Completed application form for IELTS (the application form that has terms and conditions that have been duly signed).

  • Proof of payment by British Council copy of ICICI bank payment slip or demand draft.

Test Fees for IELTS

You can pay online using net banking, a debit/credit card, or a PayTM wallet. You can pay by Demand Draft (DD) or ICICI/HDFC deposit slip if you register for the IELTS exam offline at any of the IELTS IDP India branches. Below are the IELTS fee requirements for each test type:

IELTS Test type

IELTS Test fee (in INR)

Life Skills



Paper-based IELTS


Computer-delivered IELTS




IELTS Booking Confirmation

Five to seven days before your IELTS exam, you will receive a final confirmation email with specifics such as your test date, location, and time. Make sure your email account settings accept emails from IDP and keep an eye on your spam/junk folder if you do not see any emails.

Cancelling and Rescheduling IELTS Slot Booking

The fastest way to ensure that your money won't be wasted is to reschedule or cancel your test if you cannot take the IELTS test. Candidates can postpone or cancel their IELTS Exam by paying a postponement or cancellation fee. Once the administration fee that is 25% (approximately INR 3,875) has been deducted from the refund, candidates will receive the refund.

Cancelling IELTS Slot Booking

  • In the event that you cancel your test before 5+ weeks from the date of the test, you will receive a refund without an administration fee of 25%.

  • Visit the IELTS official website and fill out a request for cancellation. It is important to note that a separate cancellation fee will be charged, and refunds will be processed within 8-10 days.

  • To cancel the test less than five weeks before or so, you must provide a valid medical reason otherwise you may not receive any refund.

Rescheduling IELTS Slot Bookings

  • IELTS test-takers are free to reschedule the test for another date or time in 34 days or more after the test date without providing any reasons.

  • You will be notified about the status of your rescheduling within three days after you have submitted all the documents and the reason for it on the IELTS website.

  • Rescheduling within 15 days of an exam requires a valid reason and supporting documentation (medical transcripts, police reports, passport issues, loss of a family member, etc).

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FAQs on IELTS Slot Booking

In which month the IELTS exam slot booking test is not readily accessible?

As the IELTS exam is conducted four times every month, there are plenty of IELTS exam slots accessible. However, test-takers are always encouraged to book their slot well in advance. The number of test-takers increases during some months and IELTS slot booking dates are not widely available. It generally occurs in the months of July and August.

How can I reserve a speaking slot for the IDP IELTS exam?

To reserve a speaking slot in the IDP IELTS exam, visit the IELTS official website and click on the selected date. Choose a day for your speaking exam, then a time period that is available. In simple terms, you need to choose the day or date when you want to give the exam and then, select a time window that is available.

Can I find out if an IELTS test venue is available or not a few days before the exam?

Yes, you can find out if an IELTS test venue is available or not a few days before the exam. Check the official IELTS website (IDP IELTS) for any last-minute changes. Also, check your email two days before the exam date. If there is a last-minute change, then you would receive an email with the details.

What is the difference between IELTS exam registration and IELTS exam slot booking?

IELTS Exam registration is the whole procedure with IELTS slot booking being the most important part. After scheduling an IELTS exam slot, an applicant must pay INR 15,500 as the registration fee. The test facility will then provide confirmation on the day and time requested by the candidate. Before registering, candidates need to ensure that they have their passports.

When can I schedule my IELTS IDP speaking exam date?

You can schedule your IELTS IDP speaking exam date 12 days before your scheduled exam date. This option is accessible only to IDP India applicants who choose the paper-based IELTS. Log in 12 days before your test to select a time window. If you have not picked a time slot by 10 days before your test, then a time slot will be assigned to you.

Is it possible to change my IELTS computer-based exam to a paper-based exam?

Yes, it is possible to change the IELTS computer-based exam to a paper-based exam. If a candidate wishes to modify the format of the IELTS exam, they must contact their test centre. Generally, candidates find that the computer-based test is more convenient and efficient as compared to the paper-based format.

Are there any changes to the IELTS exam slot booking?

No, there are no changes to the IELTS exam slot booking. With the introduction of a new platform called IELTS Indicator, a candidate may now take the exam from the comfort of their own home. As the goal behind introducing the new platform suggests, an applicant does not have to choose a test centre under the new platform.

How can I access the IDP IELTS candidate login section?

Applicants can access the IDP IELTS candidate login section by visiting the IELTS official website and clicking on the link to the candidate login area available on the website's home page. Applicants must then change their password by clicking on the 'Forgot your username' option located underneath the login form.

Will there be more IELTS sessions now that computer-delivered examinations have been introduced?

Yes, there will be more IELTS sessions now that computer-delivered examinations have been introduced. In the beginning, just one computer-delivered IELTS session per day will be provided in a restricted number of test centres. For further information, contact your nearest IELTS test centre.

What happens if I am unable to attend the exam due to exceptional circumstances?

If you are unable to attend the exam due to exceptional circumstances, then in most cases you will be considered an absentee. However, there are some exceptional circumstances in which your application may be considered with some restrictions. Check the Transfer/Cancellation Application Form in the "Downloads" section on the official website. You will be able to obtain the policy guidelines/terms and conditions and form for such unique circumstances. However, please be advised that acceptance of your application is subject to approval by the test centre, whose decision will be final and binding.

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