IELTS 2020 Exam

IELTS is an abbreviated form of International English Language Testing System. It is the English Proficiency Test established in 1989. This test is taken across 10,000 organizations worldwide.  In UK and Australia IELTS is accepted. In USA approximately 3400 institutions and numerous institutions at other English speaking countries accepts this Proficiency exam.  This test is taken for checking the English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers. The proficiency level is measured through a nine-band scale. The test comprises of 4 sections i.e. listening, writing, reading and speaking. There are 2 types of the module in the IELTS test – Academic and General Training.

Every year more than 3.5 million people take the test.

British Council IELTS

British Council is a British organization specilized in international cultural and educational opportunities and an organizer of IELTS around the World.

What is IELTS?

IELTS examination format is developed by some of the World’s leading language experts. IELTS Score is derived on the basis of your English language skills in the field of:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing

Types of IELTS Test

IELTS provides two different tests as per the requirement. The two types of IELTS Exams are:

  • IELTS Academic:It measures English proficiency in the candidate for an academic environment. It is used if the test taker plans to take up some education or training in the countries.
  • IELTS General Training:It measures English proficiency in the candidates for practical and everyday purposes. This test is taken up by the ones who plan on living or working in the countries

Why choose IELTS?

IELTS opens opportunities for candidates to study and work in foreign countries. It prepares them to converse with people of different accents. With their Academic Training, IELTS prepares the students and make them fluent in English language but at the same time help them get better results in their academic papers.

In the computer based test IELTS test results are available in 5-7 days whereas in the Paper based Test it takes13 days. The test is offered in 140 countries with more than 10,000 organizations accepting IELTS as a proof of the candidates’English efficiency.

Where is IELTS Required?

IELTS is required where English proficiency is mandatory. IELTS is used in three cases:

IELTS for Admissions: IELTS is highly popular among students who are interested in studying abroad specially, UK and Australia. IELTS Academic Test is compulsory for accessing the student’s ability academically.

IELTS for Job: IELTS is required for Work Visa when someone plans to work for a few years in a foreign Country. It is required by the companies abroad and the Employers across the world.

IELTS for Immigration: In countries such as Australia and Canada, IELTS is a requirement for those who plans to move out permanently and takes up the citizenship of other country.

IELTS Exam Highlights

Official Website
Fee INR 13,250
Score Range Minimum – 0 (only if not taking the test)

Maximum- 9

Contact British Council
0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00
IDP Head Office
+91-124-4445999/ 1800-102-4544


IELTS Registration


Registering for IELTS a easy online procedure. Steps to register are as following

  1. Visit the website of British Council for IELTS.
  2. Book the IELTS TEST from
  3. Choose your Test Type
  4. Select Book Now.
  5. Choose the Date, Place and Module(Academic/ General)
  6. Accept the terms and Conditions
  7. Fill in your details and Passport Number ( Ensure that the Passport is valid for 6 months till the commencement of your potential course)
  8. Make payment and you are registered for an IELTS Exam.

IELTS Exam Dates- 2020

You can choose to your test on (To get admission in Australia) and (Countries other than Australia) as well.

IELTS Exam Fee

IELTS Fee is the same irrespective of the type of test that you take. The general fee remains INR 13,250

Test Type IELTS Exam Fees
IELTS Academic and General Training – paper-based test INR 13,250
IELTS Academic and General Training – computer-delivered test INR 13,250


IELTS Exam Preparation

There are several resources available for you to prepare for IELTS. Once you register to the British Council for IELTS Exam, it provides:

  1. Free online course: Road to IELTS
  2. Free online course: Understanding IELTS
  3. Free IELTS preparation apps from the British Council
  4. Free IELTS Practice Tests
  5. IELTS videos

What happens on IELTS Test Date?

There are several questions that arise in mind when you take the IELTS Test. It is important to be aware of everything that will happen during your exam.

  1. Your confirmation Email for the test will provide you with the location and time of test and the procedures that need to be followed.
  2. If any adjustments are required as a result of any condition, adjustments will be provided on the day of the test.
  3. You are not allowed to take food into the test room and will only be allowed a transparent bottle.
  4. All candidates under the age of 18 are expected to carry two consent forms by parents or guardians duly signed by both on Speaking and Reading- Writing and Listening day.
  5. The Listening, Reading and Writing test takes place for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Your speaking test can be taken on the same day or one week later or before.
  6. You can take your ID, a Pencil and a Pen, and an Eraser. You can also bring a transparent bottle of water.
  7. Once you finish your test, wait for the invigilator’s instructions to leave the room

IELTS Result

You can log into your Test Taker Portal to check your result which stays there for 28 days.

Online Result: IELTS Result is declared within 13 days of taking your Paper-based test and 5-7 days of taking the Computer- Based Test.

Result Report: The Test Report Form or your IELTS Score is mailed ten days after the Paper-based test and five days after the Computer-based test. Results are never declared through phone or email.


The score for IELTS is from 0 to 9 increasing as per the understanding of a Student for Academic English. Scoring in IELTS is an important factor as many Universities have a cut off for their own courses which remain the same for every course.

Band Skill Level
Band 9 Expert
Band 8 Excellent
Band 7 Good
Band 6 Competent
Band 5 Moderate
Band 4 Limited
Band 3 Weak
Band 2 Incompetent
Band 1 Non- User
Band 0 Did not Attempt

How is IELTS Scored?

IELTS Result is based completely on your quality of English in every test. The test marks your result on the basis of your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. IELTS marks are between 1 to 9, 0 is given to the students who do not attend the test without any notice. You can receive whole marks like 1,2,3,4,… or decimals in 0.5 as 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5,…..

How many Colleges accept IELTS?

IELTS is widely accepted by more than 10,000 Organizations across 140 Countries. These include Universities and Colleges. Over 3,000 Institutions in the USA accept IELTS while every University in the UK and Australia accept IELTS.

Some of the top Colleges accepting IELTS are:

S. No. University/ College Band
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 7
2 Harvard University 7
3 University of Cambridge 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
4 Stanford University 7
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 7.0 (Graduate admissions)
6 University of Oxford 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
7 UCL (University College London) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5
8 Imperial College London 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5
9 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
10 University of chicago 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
11 Princeton University 8.0
12 National University of Singapore (NUS) 6.0
13 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each
14 EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) 7.0
15 Yale University 7.0
16 Johns Hopkins University 7.0
17 Cornell University 7.0
18 University of Pennsylvania 7.0
19 Kings College London 7.5 with minimum of 7.0 in each
20 The Australian National University 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5
21 The University of Edinburgh 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5
22 Columbia University 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
23 The Chinese University of Hong Kong 6.5
24 McGill University 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0
25 Tsinghua University 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each
26 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 6.5
27 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 7.0
28 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 6.0
29 Duke University 7.0
30 The University of Hong Kong 6.5
31 University of Michigan 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each
32 New York University (NYU) 7.5
33 The University of Manchester 5.5(international foundation), 6.0(undergraduate),7.5(graduate)
34 University of Toronto 7.0
35 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 7.0
36 Seoul National University 7.0
37 University of Bristol 6.0 and 6.5
38 Kyoto University 6.0
39 The University of Tokyo 6.5
40 University of Wisconsin-Madison 7.0
41 University of Amsterdam 7.0 overall, 6.0 each
42 The University of Melbourne 6.5
43 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 6.5
44 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 7.0
45 The University of Sydney 6.5 overall and 6.0 each
46 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) 6.5 overall and 6.0 each
47 The University of Queensland 6.0
48 The University of Warwick according to courses, minimum 6.5 and max 8.0
49 Brown University 7.0
50 University of British Columbia overall 6.5 and 6.0 each

How to Cancel or Reschedule IELTS Exam British Council India?

If you wish to cancel of Re-schedule your IELTS exam then the IELTS Test Fees is refundable after deducting the cancellation/ postponement fees only if the candidate provide the original medical certificate confirming illness is provided within five days of the test date

Only medical certificates are considered which can be mailed to   or posted Gurgaon Office the address can be found at .

If you want to change your date of examination, it must be done five weeks before the exam after the deduction of the cancellation/ postponement fees. The next date should be within three months of the original date.

IELTS Admit Card

  • Admit card will be sent on the registered email Id of the test taker.
  • It will contain details like candidate name, photo, test center name and an authorized seal of the test center.
  • Candidates must show the admit card at the time of appearing for the exam.

IELTS Eligibility and Age Limit

IELTS can be taken by anyone who is interested to study or work abroad, but candidates below 16 years are not advised to take this test

In Canada, as per the Updated Citizenship Act, the minimum age for students to prove their language proficiency is reduced to 14-64 for those who wish to move to Canada.

How many attempts are allowed in IELTS?

IELTS has no limit to the number of attempts, you can take it as many time you want to take. It is conducted every month for 5-6 years, but it is advisable to take a break of two to three months between the two tests to prepare better and acquire great results.

The validity of IELTS Score is 2 years. If your second test result is less than the first one, you can use your previous result, making sure of your IELTS validity. Remember, for every test, the payment is different.

Is there any Educational Qualification for IELTS?

For IELTS there is no specific educational qualification required. Anyone with a desire to study or work in any English speaking country can take this test.

IELTS Exam Pattern

IELTS Test Pattern includes Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listen

IELTS Exam Syllabus- 2020

The Syllabus of IELTS is prescribed by British Council, IDP and Cambridge Assessment English. The test is designed in a way that identifies the use of the English language in our daily life.

There are 4 sections in the IELTS Course:

·         Reading

There are 3 reading passages with questions of various types.

Multiple Choices -.

Identifying information –

Identifying the writer’s views/claims –

Matching information –

Matching Headings –

Matching features –

Matching sentence endings –

Sentence Completion –

Summary –

Diagram-Label Completion –

Short answer question – Answers have to be written by using words from the text.

·         Writing

There are two tasks under this category.

Task 1 – A situation is given and the test taker is required to write a response in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter with a minimum of 150 words.

Tasks 2 – The test takers are provided with the information about a point of view, argument or problem and have to support their case with examples and proofs from their experiences.

·         Listening

There will be 4 recordings with 10 questions in each section.

Section 1 – Recording of conversation between  2 speakers.

Section 2 – Monolouge.

Section 3 – Conversion in between two people.

Section 4 – Monologue on academic subject.

The candidates have to answer the module in 6 tasks.

Multiple choices –

Matching –

Plan, Map and Diagram Labeling –

Sentence Completion –

Short answer questions – Answer within the given word limit.

·         Speaking

There are 3 parts to the speaking test.

Part 1 – Test taker has to introduce himself and have to answer basic general questions such as his home, family, hobbies, etc.

Part 2 – Test taker has to talk about a given topic which includes some point which he needs to cover in his conversation/ explanation.

Part 3 – Related to the second part in which the discussion takes place in greater depth.

How to prepare for IELTS?

Tips for the Listening test

  • Listen to as many conversations as possible.
  • Practice listening to English news and bulletins regularly.
  • Practice multitasking as it will help to take notes while listening.
  • Practice shorthand writing as it will help to take down notes quickly.
  • Be accurate with spelling while noting down the points.

Tips for the Reading test

  • Read as much as possible as it improves vocabulary.
  • Learn to make notes while reading.
  • Repeat the reading exercises as it helps to find new points.
  • Practice comprehension as it sharpens comprehension skills.

Tips for Writing test

  • Read sample essays.
  • Practice essay writing.
  • Practice grammar as it helps avoid mistakes.
  • While writing an essay try to stick to the topic and avoid writing irrelevant information.

Tips for the Speaking test

  • Add interesting facts in the reply.
  • Be quick and prompt in answering.
  • Think before speaking as it ensures clarity in the information.
  • Talk confidently to avoid confusion.

IELTS Scholarship

IELTS provides with different Scholarship opportunities to students of India to promote their education and give chances in better Universities. IELTS provides several Scholarships like:

Hornby Scholarships 2020

Scholarships funded by Organisations and UK Higher Education Institutions

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

GREAT Scholarships 2020 India

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

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