Frequently Asked Questions


  • How is the IELTS exam structured ?
    The IELTS test comprises four modules - listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.

    The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes:
    1. Listening (30 minutes)
    2. Reading (60 minutes)
    3. Writing (60 minutes)
    4. Speaking (11-14 minutes)
    The first three modules - listening, reading and writing - must be completed in one day. The speaking module is usually taken within the next three working days after or before the written modules.
  • Which test I should take, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (international English language test system) to study abroad?
    It depends on the country and college which you are applying to. However, there is a myth that students going to USA should take TOEFL and those going Australia or UK should take IELTS. It's not exactly like that. Australian High Commission in New Delhi requires IELTS to issue student visa. However, to get admitted in USA or UK, TOEFL would be more than enough if you have the mandatory score. In USA, maximum colleges need TOEFL but IELTS is gaining popularity among the US universities and Colleges now. So, which test to take (TOEFL or IELTS) or not to take at all depends on your choice of college/university and the country you are applying
  • What is the difference between the Academic and the General Training?
    All candidates are tested in four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking components are the same for all candidates, but the Reading and Writing components are divided into two modules: Academic and General Training. See IELTS Official Practice Materials or visit
  • Which exam do I have to take, the Academic one or the General one?
    Generally speaking, if you are planning to apply for tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and for professional registration, you need to take the Academic Training module. If you are going to an English speaking country to complete your secondary education, or to undertake work experience or training programmes which are not at degree level, or for immigration purposes, then the General Training module may be more suitable.

    To be sure about which module to take before you apply for the exam, you should check the requirements with your prospective receiving institutions (academic institutions/government agencies/professional bodies/employers/sponsors).
  • What happens if a candidate loses their Test Report Form?
    At any time within two years of the date of the examination, a candidate can apply to the centre which administered the test to be sent 5 copies of the original Test Report Form free of charge. These Test Report Forms will not be sent to the candidates themselves, but the universities abroad, Embassy and Consulate. For any further copies, there is an administration charge per copy. Please contact your test centre for further details.
  • When will the candidate receive their results?
    Under usual test circumstances, the candidates will receive their IELTS results 13 calendar days after the test.
  • How soon can candidates repeat the test?
    There is no limitation on how frequently candidates can sit IELTS. 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.
  • What happens if a candidate wants to postpone or cancel their test?
    Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will normally be charged the full fee unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request within 5 days of the test date.
  • Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
    The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and in this same order. The Speaking test can be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
  • Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
    You will hear the IELTS Listening test only once. The test is given in stages and the audio pauses to give you time to read the next set of questions before it continues. There are four sections and you are given one minute at the end of each section to check over your answers etc. You write your answers onto the question sheet while you are listening and then at the end of the test, you are given ten minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet.
  • Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
    Yes you can you should fill the form again, two photos and payment of every test you take.
  • What do I have to bring on the day of the test?
    You must bring your passport or National ID card. You must bring the same document that you have indicated on the application form.
  • What happens if I am absent on the day of the test without giving prior notice?
    You will lose your full test fee , unless you are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to us to explain your absence. Medical evidence must be provided no later than five days after the test date. Refunds will only be provided for serious illness and an administrative fee i,e 25% of the fee will be deducted from any refund. If your application for a test date transfer has been approved, you must select a test date within the next three-month period depending on availability in our centre. If you wish to transfer to a test date more than three months away, you should apply for a refund and then re-apply for the test.
  • Can someone else collect my results?
    Yes. On the test date, you must inform our invigilator this person's name and date of birth and he/she must present his/her ID to our staff before collecting your results.
  • Is there any age limit for IELTS?
    IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.
  • For how long is a test result valid?
    The result is valid for 2 years.
  • Is there a computer based version of the IELTS test?
    Yes, a computerized version of IELTS called (CBT IELTS) is now available (currently in Delhi only).
  • What is the test fee and how do I pay?
    1. Rs. 7,200/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Two Hundred only), payable by Demand Draft, drawn in favour of 'IELTS India Project', Payable at New Delhi (for IDP Australia)
    3. Rs. 7,200/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Four Hundred only), payable by Credit card / Debit card
  • What should I do if I am not satisfied with my results?
    You can apply for an enquiry on results (EoR) procedure within six weeks of test date, using a prescribed form. Click here to download the EoR application form. Please note there is fee of Rs. 5,550/- (Rupees Five Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty only), which must be paid prior to the processing of the appeal, i.e. along with the application. The fee must be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of "IELTS India Project", Payable at "New Delhi".