The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most widely used English language competence examination for higher education and international migration. The ongoing pandemic has left many students anxious about the booking slots, dates and procedure. Read on to know more about the IDP and British Council IELTS booking dates.

Why is the Exam so Important?

IELTS is trusted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, so when you take the exam, you can be assured that it will be recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments, and professional bodies all across the world.

IELTS set the benchmark for English language testing 30 years ago as one of the pioneers of four skills English language assessment. IELTS is used by governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to process immigration applications.

How Does IELTS Work?

IELTS was created by some of the world’s foremost language assessment professionals and will examine the complete spectrum of English abilities required for success in your new career or study placement abroad.

You’ll be assessed on the following elements:





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Which is the Right Test for You?

There are two IELTS examinations available: Academic and General Training. The test you select should be based on what you want to conduct.

All the exams scheduled between 31 May – 06th June stand cancelled. Click here to find out when the IELTS slot booking dates will resume in 2021.

IELTS Academic

Determines if your level of English language competence is appropriate for an academic setting. It assesses your readiness to begin training or learning by reflecting on characteristics of academic language.

IELTS General Training

Assesses English language skills in a real-world setting. The exercises and assessments are designed to reflect both working and social contexts.

If you are taking the IELTS exam to support a UK visa application to work, live, or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training examination, as well as the IELTS for Life Skills examination.

Who Owns IELTS?

British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English jointly own IELTS.

The IELTS test is administered by two official agencies in 78 places across India, one of which is the British Council, which has branches in 40 areas. IDP Education, which has a presence in 37 locations, is another well-known organisation.

How to Register for the IELTS Exam?

IDP IELTS Slot Booking

Option A

Register online and pay the exam price using a credit card.

To use the online IDP IELTS slot booking, you must have a valid credit card on hand.

-Visit the official site.

-Select the “Register for IDP IELTS” option.

-Choose your test day and location (you will see the availability of slots)

-Fill out the online application form

-Pay the exam cost using a credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

-Get instant IDP IELTS slot booking with acknowledgement.

Documents Needed

You must deliver the following items to the IDP headquarters – Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor, Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road, Gurugram -122002, Haryana, India Tel: +91-124-4445999.

#A photocopy of your passport (first and last page), as well as any observation pages, is required. Otherwise, you will not be permitted to take the test. On the day of the exam, candidates must bring their original passport.

#When your registration is finished, you will get a confirmation message on your computer screen (you must print and bring this on the day of the test). A copy of the confirmation will also be sent in hard copy or to the e-mail address provided when you complete the application form.

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Option B

Register in person at an IDP branch or through the input node procedure.

To register, go to any IDP branch/head office or the closest Input Node and use any of the following methods.

#Register online using the office computer and pay the test cost with a credit card to receive quick confirmation of your seat (this is identical to online registration).

#Provide a photocopy of your passport (first and last pages) as well as any observation pages. Hand out the Terms & Conditions agreement, which has been fully signed.

#Take the instant acknowledgement letter confirming your test seat.


#Take an application form and fill it out.

#Sign the terms and conditions page that is included with the application form.

#Include a photocopy of your passport (first and last page) as well as any observation pages.

#Pay the test cost with a credit card, debit card, or ATM card or via Demand Draft (written in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, payable at New Delhi”) from any bank listed on the authorised banks list in the Terms & Conditions page.

#Request that the IDP branch staff or input node promptly enter your application form into the online registration system and reserve a place for you.

Option C

Register by courier and pay the exam cost with a Demand Draft or an ICICI/ Allahabad deposit slip.

You may get the application form alternatively, you may pick up an application form from your local IDP branch office or Input Node.

#Fill out the application form

#Sign the terms and conditions page that is included with the application form.

#Include a photocopy of your passport (first and last page) as well as any observation pages.

#Send the full application form, including any attachments, as well as the exam cost, to, Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor, Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road, Gurugram -122002, Haryana, India IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.

Phone: +91-124-4445999

#The application will be handled as soon as it is received, and the IELTS booking date for your seat will be subject to availability.


The IELTS test fee is INR 14,700, whichever is relevant (inclusive of all taxes).

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British Council

Booking your British Council IELTS exam involves three steps:

#Check the schedule and choose a date for your exam (you will need to select a separate test date for your Speaking test).

#Sign up for a British Council account.

#Make a reservation and pay.

#If you are under 18, you will need your parent or guardian to book the slot for you.

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IELTS on paper and on the computer – in the centre (Academic and General Training)

INR 14700.

IELTS for UK Visas & Immigration – on-site testing (Academic and General Training)

INR 15750.

IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) – INR 13,940 in the centre.

What Do You Need to Book a Test?

#A valid ID. If you’re under 18, your parents will also need to complete the Parent consent for candidates under 18 form.  IELTS is not recommended for anyone under 16.

#A bank card.


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