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Frequently Asked Questions - General

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two (2) years.

A candidate may resit the IELTS test at any time.

IELTS Test is not recommended for candidates under 16 years. However, if they wish to take the test, they may.
IDP IELTS Test Centres India administers tests which are available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. Please refer to the National Test Dates for test dates and test cities. Please note that new cities are added on a regular basis.

You can register for the IELTS test in any of the following manner:

  • On-line via our website. You may pay the test fee using your credit card (MasterCard/VISA), and receive instant confirmation of your reservation. This is the most convenient way to book your IELTS test.

  • In person at any of our IDP Education India Pvt Ltd offices. You may complete the form on-line or complete a paper application with the assistance from one of our friendly staff members. You may pay the fee by credit card/debit card or demand draft or customized ICICI bank deposit slip. You will receive an instant confirmation of your reservation.

  • By completing an IELTS application form and sending it via courier to the below address where your application will be processed upon receipt and your placement determined subject to availability:

    IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
    61, 2nd Floor, Chimes Building,
    Sector 44,
    Gurgaon – 122003, (Haryana), India

No. Payment of the test fee by cheque or cash is NOT acceptable. You should never pay cash to anybody towards payment of your IELTS test fee. If you do so, you will do it at your own risk and cost.
Withdrawals/Cancellations are permitted on the following grounds:
1) Applicant forwards request in writing, along with their original proof of test payment to the below address:


IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
61, 2nd Floor, Chimes Building,
Sector 44,
Gurgaon – 122003, (Haryana), India

2) Only withdrawal/cancellation requests that are received more than five weeks before the test date will be considered. This will incur an administrative fee of INR 2,475 (Rupees Two Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Five only) (including Service Tax) is applicable until 31st March 2015 only. The fee is subject to change.

 

Important Notice: INR 2,600 (Rupees Two Thousand Six Hundred only) (including Service Tax) will be applicable will be applicable for all test dates w.e.f. 1st April 2015..

 

3) Requests for withdrawal/cancellation within the five week period prior to the test date will not be considered and no refund is applicable.

4) For more details, please refer to the Transfer/Cancellation Application Form available in “Downloads” section. The decision of the test centre will be final and binding on the applicant.

5) All approved refunds will be processed and sent within 30 days of the examination date originally booked for.

Test date transfers (postponements and preponements) are permitted on the following grounds:
1) Applicant forwards request in writing, along with their original proof of test payment to the below address:

IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.
61, 2nd Floor, Chimes Building,
Sector 44,
Gurgaon – 122003, (Haryana), India

2) Only transfer requests that are received more than five weeks before the test date will be considered.

Request for Transfer of Test Dates : An administrative charge of INR 2,475/-including preferred transfer date is on or before 31st March 2015 (Rupees Two Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Five only) (including Service Tax) is applicable until 31st March 2015 only.


Important Note: Request for Transfer of Test Dates for registrations on or before 31st March 2015 with preferred test dates after 1st April 2015 onwards will have an administrative charge of INR 2600/- plus INR 500/- amounting to INR 3100/- (Three Thousand One Hundred only) (including Service Tax) will be applicable for all test dates w.e.f. 1st April 2015.


The fee should be deposited in IDP branch (Demand Draft or ICICI cash deposit slip or Credit Card/Debit Card Swipe) or should be couriered to IDP Gurgaon office (Demand Draft or ICICI cash deposit slip). The demand draft should be drawn in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED”, payable at New Delhi.

3) Transfer requests received within the five week period prior to the test date will not be considered.

4) For more details, please refer to the Transfer/Cancellation Application Form available in “Downloads” section. The decision of the test centre will be final and binding on the applicant.

5) Allocation to the requested test date will be at the sole discretion of the test centre.

In the event a registered candidate fails to appear for their IELTS test, the candidate is deemed an absentee and a refund will not be applicable.
Under normal circumstances, you will be treated as an absentee. However, there are some special circumstances under which your application may be considered with some conditions. Please refer to the Transfer/Cancellation Application Form available in “Downloads” section to access the policy guidelines/terms and conditions and form for such special circumstances. However, please be informed that the acceptance of your application is subject to approval by the test centre, whose decision will be final and binding.
Candidates may apply for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results). This must be done within six weeks of the test date. The candidate may choose which modules are to be re-marked. Complete the application for and submit/courier the same, along with the fee of INR 7,425/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Five only) (including Service Tax) is applicable until 31st March 2015 only.


Important Notice: INR 7,800 (Rupees Seven Thousand Eight Hundred only) (including Service Tax) will be applicable will be applicable for all test dates w.e.f. 1st April 2015.


The fee must be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED”, payable at New Delhi. The fee will be refunded if the result is changed. A re-mark can take six to eight weeks to be processed.

In order for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) to be processed, the candidate must return their original TRF along with a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) form which is available in “Downloads” section on this website. Once the re-mark (Enquiry on Results) has been re-marked, the result is final and no other re-mark (Enquiry on Result) for the same test/s is permitted.
No. IELTS materials are confidential and past papers are not released to candidates under any circumstances.
If a candidate has lost or damaged their TRF, we are unable to provide the candidate with another copy; however we can forward a TRF to an institution/organisation on behalf of the candidate.

We do not submit results to migration agents.

This form MUST be completed by the Candidate and the FEE MUST be enclosed to enable processing.

Centre may send up to five additional TRF's to reorganizations. The centre may charge a postal fee for results sent internationally or by courier as follows

Preferred Mod of Dispatch: Ordinary Mail (Fee is Rs. 250 **/- (Including Service Tax) Per college/ University/ Institution)/ courier (Fee is Rs. 1250/- (Including Service Tax) Per College/ University/ Institution) (circle as appropriate)

*Many STED RO's accepts electronic score only. To Know more Please call 1800 102 4544.

**No Tracking reference number will be provided & IDP will not be responsible for TRF delivery.

#All additional TRF will be processed within 7 to 10 working days from the date of submission.

If you are applying for a UK visa in the UK, there is an IELTS test for you.

For visa applications to the UK, you may need to have an English language qualification. In particular, for many categories of visa, you must submit an English language qualification which is included on the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (often referred to as SELT tests). IELTS and IELTS L

To find out whether you need to take an approved test, what level you need to achieve, and which test you can use, you should contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For more information, please visit Guidance on Applying for UK Visa – approved English language tests.

  • Tier 4 Student Visa

  • Those who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means you can apply with an IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide unless your institution has additional requirements. See  here for a list of test locations. Official list of British Universities and Colleges with Highly Trusted Sponsor Status

    As a guide, you can use the following table:

    Visa description   CEFR level required  Skills   IELTS test and score required 
    Tier 1 (General) visa C1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa B1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa B1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa B1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 2 (General) visa B1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa A1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 4.01 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening ELTS - 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level B1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 4.03 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above  (see relevant information above) B2 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 5.53 overall, and for each of the four skills
    Family of a settled person visa A1 Speaking, and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A1 - Pass
    Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship2 B1 Speaking, and Listening IELTS Life Skills at B1 - Pass

    1 IELTS is accepted by UKVI at band scores 4.0 and above, equivalent to CEFR level B1.

    2 UKVI will accept a test on the SELT list or an Of qual regulated test for this immigration category. The test must cover Speaking and Listening at B1 level

    3 Scores mentioned above for TIER 4 categories are the requirement of UKVI. Universities and colleges may require a higher band score for the course that you are applying for. Please check with them on the band score requirement for your course

    Please note that these changes do not affect the use of IELTS by people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and ‘majority English speaking countries’ as defined by the UK Home Office. More information on  www.gov.uk/english-language .

If you wish to use an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test result as part of your application for UK visa purposes (apart from some types of student visa), you may need to take the test at an IELTS test centre which is specifically authorised by UK Visas and Immigration for this purpose, and the test must be taken under conditions specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

You will receive an IELTS – or IELTS Life Skills – Test Report Form which shows that you have taken your test to meet the UKVI requirements.

The tests are available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). These IELTS test centres will be announced here shortly.

We will be announcing dates for registration and testing here shortly.

For IELTS and IELTS Life Skills, test dates will be available within 28 days of booking your test.

There are no restrictions on retaking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.

For IELTS Life Skills candidates ONLY - Candidates who have previously taken the IELTS Life Skills test and have passed are not allowed to re-take the test at the same level within two years. E.g: a candidate who has taken an IELTS Life Skills A1 test and has passed cannot take another Life Skills A1 test within two years. Similarly a candidate who has taken an IELTS Life Skills B1 test and has passed cannot take another Life Skills B1 test within two years.

The IELTS test for UK visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are only specified by UK Visas and Immigration. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session.The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

Yes. IELTS test results are accepted by more than 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, colleges, governments and employers

If you take IELTS on or before 5 April 2015 you may be able to use it for your application up to 5 November 2015. We advise you to confirm this with UKVI before making your application.

From 6 April 2015 you must take the test at an IELTS test centre authorised by UKVI to run IELTS tests for UK visa and immigration purposes and you must confirm at the time of registration that you wish to use your test for these purposes.

IELTS Life Skills is a new English Language test offered by the three IELTS Test Partners - British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.

We will be announcing dates for registration and testing here shortly.

IELTS Life Skills tests are available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration. The IELTS Life Skills test centres will also be announced here shortly.

To find out whether you need to take an approved test, what level you need to achieve, and which test you can use, you should contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For more information, please visit Guidance on Applying for UK Visa – approved English language tests.

You take the test with another test taker and one Examiner. Your own performance on both speaking and listening will be assessed during this one session.

The new test has been designed to meet specific immigration requirements for which applicants only need to demonstrate speaking and listening skills.

IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16-18 minutes and Level B1 is 22 minutes.

No, you will be assessed on your Speaking and Listening skills at the same time.

A certificated IELTS Examiner will assess your performance throughout the Speaking and Listening test based on the following criteria

• obtaining information • conveying information • speaking to communicate • engaging in discussion

Free test samples will be available here shortly.

You will receive one copy of the IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form.

Test results are normally available within 7 days of your test.

For IELTS and IELTS Life Skills, test dates will be available within 28 days of booking your test.

There are no restrictions on retaking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.

If you pass IELTS Life Skills, you cannot retake it for a period of two years. If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

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  • Ahmedabad:+91 79 44118888

  • Amritsar:+91 183 5093888

  • Bangalore: +91 80 44118888

  • Chandigarh:+91 172 4411888

  • Chennai::+91 44 44118888

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  • Delhi::+91 11 44118888

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  • Hyderabad:+91 40 44118888

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  • Kochi::+91 484 4411888

  • Ludhiana: +91 161 4411888

  • Mumbai::+91 22 44118888

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  • Pune: +91 20 44118888

  • Vadodara: +91 265 2324606

  • Vijayawada: +91 866-2454888,+91 866-2488990

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