Updated on - November 12th 2019 by Piyush Bhartiya


How to register for IELTS?

The registration process for IELTS is online as well as offline.

Steps for the online registration

  1. Visit the official IELTS website i.e. https://ieltsregistration.britishcouncil.org.
  2. Proceed to book your test by selecting the appropriate test.
  3. Choose your test date and test city (you can view the seat availability status)
  4. Complete the entire online application form
  5. Pay the test fees by selecting the appropriate mode.
  6. Get instant seat booking and the acknowledgment.

Offline registration steps

  1. Take the application form and fill it completely.
  2. Sign the terms and conditions sheet attached to the form.
  3. Attach Photocopy of your Passport  
  4. Pay the test fee either by Credit card or Debit card or ATM card or using DD.
  5. Request the IDP branch staff to enter your application form in the online registration system immediately and then give you the acknowledgment of your booking.


IELTS Exam Date




Saturday, 2 Mar. 2019


Same day

Saturday, 2 Mar. 2019


Same day

Saturday, 2 Mar. 2019


Same day

Saturday, 2 Mar. 2019


2–3 days before/after your listening, reading, and writing


IELTS Eligibility Criteria






No upper limit but the lower limit is considered as 16.



You must have a valid passport; it is taken as identification proof.


IELTS Quick facts

IELTS exam has two versions, one is the Academic and the other one is General. The structure of the examination is well organized, you have to complete the modules in a specific time frame. Native English Speakers and Non-Native English Speakers have the same opportunity of achieving a band 9 score. In the Speaking Part, asking the Examiner to repeat the question will not at all affect your IELTS Score.  Forcing yourself to restrict to your examiner’s opinions can reduce your response’s substance and delivery.

  • All the IELTS test centers uphold the same standards.
  • The test comprises of four sections writing, reading, speaking and listening.
  • The listening and speaking sections are identical on both tests.
  • The listening section is 40 questions in 30 minutes.
  • while the speaking section is an 11-14-minute interview with a trained IELTS examiner.


Step by Step Guide to fill IELTS Registration Form

Candidate can register for IELTS either online or by post/courier. But online registration is a quick and hassle-free experience.

To register for the IELTS exam, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Read the information provided for the candidates properly. This will help you to understand the test format properly.
  2. Select the appropriate version for the test i.e. either General or Academic.
  3. Generally, the IELTS General exam is for candidates to use at work, work-related training or for migration. And the academic version is for those who plan to undertake academic study.
  4. Check the IELTS Dates.
  5. You can use the online registration system to find information about test dates and availability.
  6. Choose your payment mode
  7. If the Candidate is registering online /post/courier he/she can pay using these methods- Credit and Debit card, Net Banking, Payment wallets, Cash (make cash payment at any nearby ICICI bank branch), and Demand Draft (it should be made to British Council and payable at New Delhi.
  8. The fee for registration is INR 12,650 for test dates till 31 Mar 2019 and for the test dates from 01 April 2019 the test fee is INR 13,250.
  9. You must fill the form CLEARLY using CAPITAL LETTERS.
  10. Test City: You will see a rubber stamp with a box. Please write the name of the city from where you wish to appear for the test. The cities where the test is held is given on the date sheet "National Test Dates."
  11. Please select your preferred date from the "National Test Dates". You must provide two choices, just in case the first selection is not available (in case of completing the paper form)
  12. This is the Surname and must be the same as it appears on the Passport. Please check this with your passport before completing. If your Surname does not fit in the available box, please use the boxes in the next line. Please remember to check any observation pages on your Passport.
  13. Please fill the appropriate time.
  14. Here you must enter your First Name or the Given name. Be sure that you write your First Name as it appears on your Passport. Please remember to check any observation pages on your Passport
  15. Be sure to give full address including your PIN code. If you provide incomplete address your TRF may be returned undelivered.
  16. It is suggested that you provide your Mobile number as you will receive SMS alerts from the test center.
  17. Please provide your Email ID. It is suggested that you provide your most frequently used Email ID, as you will receive important communication from the test center on your Email.
  18. Please provide your Date of Birth. Please ensure that your date of birth is the same as mentioned on your Passport.
  19. Please select your Gender. Circle "M" for male and "F" for female as the case may be.
  20. You must "tick mark" 'Passport' and provide your Passport Number. Please be sure that your passport is valid at least up to the test date. There is NO alternate ID accepted other than the Passport.
  21. Provide the code number of the country where you were born. If you are born in India, please put '089' in the code. The full code list is given on 'Page ii' of the IELTS application form.
  22. The first language means your "Mother Tongue", for e.g., Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, etc. Please select the appropriate first language code from 'Page iii' of this form. If your language is not listed, please write 000 in the box and write your language name in the small box given below the code.
  23. Normally you must tick the 'Pen and Paper Test’.


Helpline numbers




British Council in India



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IELTS important points

  1. All the IELTS exams registration is done online as well as offline.
  2. The online mode is considered more safe and fast.
  3. For the registration process, you need a digital copy of valid passport as an identification proof.
  4. Candidate must be sure about module he/she is taking, whether it is academic or General depending on his/her purpose.
  5. The modules, both academic and general, are the same cost; the fee depends on the country and location of the test.
  6. After finishing your application for the IELTS exam, you will receive a number of emails like, one email will contain your username information, another email will verify that your ID document is correct and accurate, you will also receive a payment confirmation email and finally, you will receive an email with your test day information included.
  7. If you cancel your test more than five weeks before the exam date, you will receive a refund. If you cancel your test within five weeks of your exam date, you may be charged the full amount. 
  8. Your IELTS results will be released 13 days after the exam date. 
  9. Over the next 30 days, starting from your exam date, you are able to receive five additional test report forms. 
  10. If you are applying for the first time, you are a new candidate. You have to create a new user account with a username and password.



  1. Where can I apply for the IELTS exam?
    All applications for the test can be done online at www.ieltsessentials.com. Once you are here, you can click ‘Book a Test’ or ‘BOOK’ and start the process of registering for the test.

  2. What do I need to apply?
    You will need a few pieces of information to apply, but most importantly, you will need a digital copy of your valid passport. Without this, you cannot apply for the test. Please make sure your copy is clear so the IELTS administrator is able to read and see all pertinent information such as the expiry date and photo.
    You should also know when and where you want to take the exam. If you are unsure of the specific date you want to take the test, at least have a preferred month in which you want to write the exam and the website will populate specific dates for you.
    Also knowing what module you are taking is important. The academic module is usually for purposes such as applying for university or registering with a professional body. The general module is mainly for immigration purposes.

  3. Am I a new candidate or an existing user?
    If you have taken the test before and have applied online, you are an existing user. If so, you can simply enter your username and password and begin the process of applying for another test date. The process will be a lot faster and easier because your information is already complete and you do not need to upload a copy of your ID document again. Remember to have the information from your previous tests, such as the date and location because the website will ask you to provide it.
    If this is your first time applying for the IELTS exam, you are a new candidate. You will create a new user account with a username and password. The username cannot be changed and it will be sent to you by email for future access. Also, please create a password that you are able to remember but is also secure.

  4. What personal information will I need when applying?
    Firstly, you will need your name. This must match what is on your passport or permanent residency card. Secondly, you will need to enter your nationality. This is the country your passport was issued, not where you are currently living. Thirdly, you will need your email address. Please use an active account that you check frequently as all correspondence will be through email. Finally, you will need your complete mailing address. Make sure to include your unit or apartment number as your test results will be sent to you.
    Please ensure you keep a detailed record of the information used to register, you will need the identical information to view your test results.

  5. What if I have special requirements when taking the test?
    When applying for the test, you need to provide documentation from a professional such as a doctor for any special requirements needed for the test such as enlarged print test papers, special amplification equipment, extra time, etc. You must provide this documentation at least 90 days before your test date.

  6. How much is the test and what are my payment options?
    Although the modules, both academic and general, are the same cost, the fee is INR 68,000.
    Payment options include cash, online transfers, bank drafts, in person or over the phone.
    Please note that your registration for the test is not complete until you have paid in full.

  7. What happens once I have applied?
    Once you have finished your application for the IELTS exam, you will receive a number of emails. One email will contain your username information. Another email will verify that your ID document is correct and accurate. You will also receive a payment confirmation email. Finally, you will receive an email with your test day information included. If you do not receive this final email, please contact your test center as soon as possible.

  8. What if I need to cancel my test date or I’m sick on the day of the test?
    If you cancel your test more than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund. If you cancel your test within five weeks of your test date, you may be charged the full amount. Only serious medical reasons will be taken into consideration for refunds within the five-week period.
    If a medical certificate is received by the test center within five days of the test date, you may receive a refund. You will have to complete and submit the proper documentation to your test center. Also, in situations such as major weather events where you are not able to attend, your test center may be able to reschedule your test date.
    However, if no notice is given to your test center that you will be absent, despite the reason, you will not receive any refund.

  9. When will I receive my test results?
    Your IELTS results will be released 13 days after the test date. They will be released online at https://results.ieltsessentials.com/ and your test report forms will be sent out by mail on the same day.
    Please note that on very rare conditions your result may not be issued 13 days after the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide writing and speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances, you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.
    Your result may be canceled after it has been issued if any irregularity is identified. You may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.

  10. Am I able to receive additional test report forms?
    Over the next 30 days, starting from your test date, you are able to receive five additional test report forms. If you know the organizations you want these forms to be sent to, you need to fill in the complete mailing address for those organizations on the additional test report form that you can get from your test center. Adding your student ID number if you have one on the test report form is also important, to aid the organizations receiving your test results.
    It is very important to note that your test results will be sent out automatically to these organizations if you have filled out their information before the test. You may prefer to wait to see your score and then fill out a test report form. In addition, as long as your test report form is valid, you can get as many additional test reports sent to other organizations as you want, however, there will most likely be a fee associated with such a request.

  11. How much does it cost?
    IELTS test fees vary from country to country. Your IDP Education student adviser will advise the test fee for your country in your local currency, or contact your nearest test center. The IELTS test fee is the same for both versions of the test (Academic and General Training).
    The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. You can check the cost of your IELTS test here.

  12. How do I book/register for the test?
    You can book the test online.

  13. What if I need to postpone or cancel my IELTS test?
    Please contact the test center where you booked your IELTS test. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you are unable to attend due to a serious medical condition and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost. If you are delayed by circumstances beyond control (e.g. a transport strike) the test center may offer you a test on the next available test date.

  14. Do I take all parts of the test on the same day? Which part do I take first?
    The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. You will take the Speaking test up to 7 days either before or after the test date, depending on the test center. Many of our test centers will allow you to choose if you wish to complete all four components of the test on test day or if you wish to complete the Speaking component on a different day, depending on what suits you best. You will do the Listening component first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test center, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

  15. What are the test rules?
    Test rules and guidelines can be found on the Notice to Candidates provided in the IELTS Application Form. You are also advised to read the Information for Candidates booklet carefully so that you understand the test format and know what to expect on test day. IDP Education offers practical advice for the test day on www.IELTSessentials.com
  16. What can I take into the examination room?
    Pencils and erasers are provided by the test center. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified. Find out more about test day.

  17. What is the Speaking test?
    The Speaking test is a discussion over 11-14 minutes with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audio cassette or a digital recorder.

  18. What do I need for the Speaking test?
    You must bring the same passport/national identity card you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same identity documents for each part of the test. Your identity will be checked before you enter the interview room.

  19. What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?
    As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents is used in both of these tests.

  20. Can I write in capital letters?
    Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.


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