IELTS 2016 APPLICATION & REGISTRATION
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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a test that aims to evaluate the English language skills of the test taker. The test is jointly conducted by University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP. Those wishing to pursue their studies or careers, in a country where English is the spoken language, are required to take IELTS exam.
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There are 3 reasons for candidates to take the IELTS – for study, for work and for migration purposes. For instance, if a person wishes to gain a job in an English-speaking nation, he will need to take the IELTS examto prove his language skills. This is also applicable in case, that the person wants to pursue his studies in such a country. Another circumstance, under which it is necessary to take IELTS, is if someone wishes to settle permanently in an English-speaking nation.
The IELTS exam aims to appraise the candidate’s English language skills in 4 areas – Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking. The entire test may take around 3 hours to complete and there are sectional time limits applicable. IELTS is a task-based test where the applicant must finish several tasks of varied nature while writing the test.
The first step of the IELTS application process involves booking a test date and venue. After selecting and booking the IELTS test date and IELTS test centre, the candidate can proceed with filling out the application form. This can be done in either of the two ways – online or offline. The IELTS registration fee can also be paid by using either online or offline options.
The IELTS application form consists of several fields that the applicant will have to fill. It is very important to read through the form carefully before proceeding with form filling to understand the various nuances. If the applicant has chosen the offline method of application, the form must be submitted with specified documents.
Candidates must acquaint themselves with the IELTS Registration process before starting. The IELTS test is available in 2 formats – Academic and General Training – and candidates can choose to take the test in either depending on their requirements.
The IELTS can be taken for a variety of reasons. Depending on the motivation to take the exam, test takers can choose from the two versions of the IELTS exam formatavailable. The Academic format is more suitable for those who are taking IELTS for study purposes. The General Training is for those who wish to migrate to another country or to have a job there.
The IELTS Academic version can be opted by all those who wish to pursue their under graduate or post graduate study in an English-speaking country.It can also be chosen for professional registration purposes.
The IELTS General Training version should be taken up by those planning to migrate to and reside permanently in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK. It can also be taken by people wishing to train or study at below degree level.
To settle permanently in English-speaking countries, the IELTS is a requirement. It is looked for when people are applying for several visa categories including the permanent residence visa. Each country has its own specifications and applicants must check the relevant details.
If the candidate wishes to gain admission in an institution located in English-speaking country, they will be required to appear for the IELTStest. IELTS scores are accepted by over 9000 institutions internationally, including some colleges in non-English speaking countries where English is the language of instruction.
For those seeking professional registration in English-speaking countries, IELTS is a pre-requisite and acts as an assessment of the applicant’s English language skills. The version of IELTSexam required varies according to different companies.
The General Training format is usually needed for vocational training, such as in construction, hospitality and tourism industries. IELTS is accepted by a wide range of professional bodies, for instance, in healthcare, engineering, law, ﬁnance, government, energy and aviation.
The IELTS score is required for residence visa of English-speaking countries, namely, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK.
The IELTS score is accepted by nearly all universities in Australia, New Zealand and UK. It is also accepted by over 3000 institutions located in USA and almost all universities in Canada.
In many countries, namely, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK, IELTS Scores are required for taking visa.
Over 9000 organisations and educational institutions in over 140 countries all over the world acceptIELTS scorefor ascertaining English language proficiency. Follow the steps given below to access the complete list.
It may be confusing to choose from the 2 available versions of IELTS exam. The applicant must clearly understand his purpose of taking the test in addition to the requirements of the organisation that he is applying to.
Different firms have their own specifications and candidates must refer to these before choosing their version. Further details regarding these formats can be found below.
This is required in case the applicant wishes to pursue a UG or PG course in a country abroad where English is the native language for communication. It can also be opted, if the candidate joins a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
This should be chosen if the applicant wants to train or study at below degree level, work or relocate to an English-speaking country.
The entire process of taking the IELTS exam is divided into 5 broad steps, as explained below:
The applicant is given the option to select the IELTS exam dates according to their convenience. There are several dates available for test taking throughout the year. There are 42 locations all over India where the British Council conducts IELTS exam.
There are two websites that the applicant can visit for the purpose of booking a test date for IELTS exam – the British Council website and the IELTS official website. Steps to be followed for this purpose through each website are provided below.
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Before registering for IELTS, the candidates must check the availability of test dates. There are 42 test centres in India that the candidate can choose from. It must be kept in mind that once a test centre has been fully booked then there will be no remaining sessions, and it will not be shown in the online registration system.
The amount that needs to be paid as the IELTS exam feeis INR 11,100up until the September 30, 2016. After 1st October 2016, the fee will be increased to INR 11,300.
There are two ways to register for IELTS – online and offline - and hence two ways to make the fee payment. To pay the IELTS registration feeonline, the applicant can choose either a credit card or a debit card. Visa, Visa electron and Master Card are also accepted.
If the applicant has opted for offline registration process, he will need to pay the fee using the offline mode. The IELTS registration fee offline can be done either by cash or a demand draft. If making cash payment, candidate should visit an ICICI bank branch and use the ICICI payment slip. To pay using a demand draft, the applicant must draw it in favour of “the British Council” and make it payable at New Delhi.
The IELTS Registrationcan be done both online and offline. For offline process, the application form would have to be downloaded from the official IELTS website, filled out correctly and then sent to the nearest test centre along with the fee.
In order to register online, the candidate can visit either one of the IELTS website or the British Council website. Both of them provide access to the registration portal. It must be noted that for Indian users, when accessing the registration system from the IELTS website, the applicant will be automatically redirected to the British Council website.
The steps for each method are described below:
There are a lot of details that the candidate will have to provide while filling out the IELTS application form. Following are the fields mentioned in the form:
For occupation details, there are certain codes for the level and sector that the applicant will have to refer to and choose from. These are given below:
For e.g., in case the applicant is a student, he should fill 7 as the level and since the sector is education, he should choose 08 as the sector.
Similarly, for the field regarding reason to be taking the exam, there are specified codes that the candidate will have to choose from. These are given below:
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For e.g., If the applicant is taking theIELTS exam in order for employment purposes, he must fill 6 as the required detail.
The documents to be sent with the application form vary according to the mode of application and mode of fee payment. The details can be found below:
All candidates who have registered online will be sent an email confirming the receipt of payment and containing details regarding how to access the free IELTS online preparation course, called “Road to IELTS”.The applicant’s IELTS test date will be confirmed once the email has been received.
Such candidates who have registered by the offline mode (post / courier) will receive their confirmation receipt and access details for the preparation material via email within 7 days of receipt of their documents. Applicant must be careful to preserve this email as it would contain important information.
The IELTS registration fee can be paid in two ways and the candidate is free to opt for the payment method that he finds convenient. The methods are discussed below:
Either a credit card or a debit card can be used for this purpose. Visa, Visa electron and Master Card are the ones that are recognised.
The fee can alternatively be paid offline either by cash or by a Demand Draft. For the purpose of cash payment, the applicant must visit an ICICI bank branch and use the ICICI payment slip. If paying by the option of DD, it must be drawn in the favour of “British Council” and be payable at New Delhi.
If the candidate wishes to cancel his scheduled IELTS exam, he must keep in mind that he will be charged the full test fee if this is done within 5 weeks of the test date. Transfer of application fee will be granted only if the applicant manages to produce appropriate medical evidence, within 5 days of the test date.
In order to apply for cancellation and postponement of test date, the candidate must fil out the “Request for Postponement or Cancellation”form. After filling out the form, the candidate will need to send it by post or courier to the following address:
BC Examinations and English Services India Pvt. Ltd.,
6th Floor, One Horizon Centre,
Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon - 122002.
The form must be sent up to five weeks prior to theIELTS test date. Any form received after this deadline will be accepted, only after retaining the complete application fee. No amount of the registration fee will be transferred to the candidate. Also, there is a cancellation fee that will be charged as well when processing the cancellation request.
The cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund of the candidate’s application fee. Once the request has been made by the applicant, it may take about 2 weeks' time to process it. In case of refund for an online payment, the refund amount will be made to the card from which the original payment was received.
The candidate must attach the original payment receipt of test fee along with the form. The cancellation fee varies as given below:
If the candidate wishes to postpone his IELTS test date to a later time, he will be required to pay a postponement fee. This must be done through a DD. The Demand Draft must be drawn in favour of 'British Council', payable at New Delhi, and sent along with the postponement application form.
The candidate must attach a copy of the payment receipt of test fee along with the form. The postponement fee differs as given below: