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Academic & General IELTS by IDP


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognized assessment of the English language, particularly for non-native English speakers. In India, IELTS is administered by IDP, and it is offered year-round.

Types of IELTS test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) offers two main types of tests: the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training. The choice between these two types depends on your specific goals and the requirements of the organization or institution you are applying to. 

  • Academic IELTS test - Students who wish to pursue education in an English speaking country, are required to appear for the academic IELTS test. Typically, there are four IELTS exam dates available each month for the Academic IELTS. Candidates have the flexibility to select their preferred test date from the available options and can choose from a list of 55 diverse test centers, covering a wide range of locations.
  • General IELTS test - Individuals who wish to migrate to an English-speaking country for employment purposes need to appear for the general IELTS test. The general training IELTS exam is offered twice a month. This test is available for 24 days in 2023. General IELTS tests are mostly held on Saturdays and Thursdays for the student's convenience.

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Types of IELTS test formats

In addition to the types of IELTS tests (Academic and General Training), there are two primary test formats available to suit the needs of test-takers.

  • Computer-based IELTS test- The computer-based IELTS test offers greater flexibility, as it is available throughout the month with multiple time slots available each day.
  • Paper-based IELTS test - The paper-based IELTS test is available four times a month, typically on either a Thursday or Saturday. This format results in a fixed set of 48 test dates in a single year.
Latest Update: IELTS exam fee is increased from INR 15,550 to INR 16,750 (w.e.f April 1, 2023)

Paper-based Academic IELTS dates 2024

IELTS exam dates for January 2024

TestDate TestType
Saturday, 6 January 2024 Academic Test
Saturday, 13 January 2024 Academic and General Training Test
Saturday, 27 January 2024 Academic and General Training Test

IELTS exam dates for February 2024

TestDate TestType
Saturday, 3 February 2024 Academic and General Training Test
Saturday, 17 February 2024 Academic and General Training Test
Saturday, 24 February 2024 Academic Test

IELTS exam dates for March 2024

Test Date Test Type
Saturday, 9 March 2024 Academic and General Training Test
Saturday, 16 March 2024 Academic Test

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Computer-based Academic IELTS dates 2024

As mentioned earlier, IELTS delivered on computer can be taken any day of the month and has 3 time slots in general (this can change depending on the test center sometimes)

Slot Timings
Slot 1 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
Slot 2 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Slot 3 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
It is important to book your IELTS test date well in advance to ensure availability and to give yourself enough time to prepare for the test. The demand for IELTS tests can be high, especially during peak testing periods, so it is advisable to book your test date at least 2-3 months in advance. Get yourself acquainted with the IELTS syllabus and pattern before you Start your online IELTS preparation today with video lessons followed by practice questions and mock tests with personalized feedback for thorough preparation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new rules for IELTS IDP?

Starting from 10 August 2023, candidates are no longer obligated to score a minimum score of 6.0 bands in each module. Instead, candidates now need an overall score of 6.0 bands, which makes it simpler to choose IELTS Academic to show your language skills.

What is the validity of the IELTS exam?

The IELTS test is valid for two years. However, IELTS results for skilled migration applications are valid for three years.

How many attempts are allowed for IELTS?

IELTS is a test that checks how well international students can write, speak, read, and listen in English. It takes place 48 times every year, which means there are 4 times a month when you can take it. There is no limit on the number of times one can appear for the test.

Is a passport required for IELTS?

Yes, a passport is a mandatory requirement for the IELTS test.

What can I bring into the IELTS test room?

In the IELTS paper-based test, students are allowed to bring their own pens, pencils, and erasers. However, in the IELTS computer-based test, the authorities provide you with paper and pencils.