Most of the overseas bound students often are perplexed about the procedure to apply for the IELTS Examination. They do understand that the exam is a basic requirement but fail to understand the way how to apply for IELTS. This article explains briefly about the IELTS exam and the process of application for the IELTS exam. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam considered as a prerequisite for the migration overseas for the purposes of the study, immigration or employment.
The exam is taken by the candidates belonging to countries where English is not the First Language. Considered the most widely given English Proficiency examinations around the world, more than 3,400 institutions in the US and thousands of institutions in English speaking countries. The exam is conducted several times during the years and at different centres. Candidates can check the available dates and the centres from the IELTS Official Website. The examination evaluates the proficiency of the candidates in four skills mainly Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The exam is jointly conducted by the University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP, the exam is of approximately 3 hours duration.IELTS examinations begin with the Listening section followed by the Reading and Writing Sections respectively. The three sections take a total of 2 hours and forty minutes and the speaking test involves a brief interview of candidate with the examiner for 10-15 minutes, where he is asked questions ranging on topics based on personal interests or a short conversation on a given topic. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of Band Score (0-9) and the scores are given for the overall exam as well as individual section.
Filling the Application Form
There are two modes for IELTS exam the Online and Offline mode. Prior to the filling of the Application Form, it is necessary that the students should register themselves. Registration for IELTS Registration can be done in any one of the three methods i.e. Online, Courier and in Person.
Most of the people opt for Online Registration. Candidates should observe prudence in entering their personal details. Online registration can be done seven days prior to the test.
Payment can be made by using credit cards or debit cards.
Registration by Courier
Following the download of the Registration form (PDF version), the student should review it and attach a demand draft of the test fee, affix it with the form and send it to the following address.
IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd. 61, 2nd Floor, Chimes Building, Sector 44 Gurgaon – 122003, Haryana Ph: 91-124-4411888. Tel: 91-124-4411888.
Registration in Person
There are a couple of regions where the candidates can register themselves at a local regional office of IELTS. Payment for the registration can be done by a demand draft of Rs. drawn favouring “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Payable at New Delhi.
Application Process for IELTS Exam
Filling the Application Form
IELTS Examination is conducted in two modes which are Offline and Online respectively. But before filling the application form one should book the test date and venue, There are many dates and locations when and where the test is conducted. Candidates can choose as per their convenience.
i) Offline Application
Great care has to be observed while completing the application form as there are numerous fields to be filled. Whatever the mode is, it is necessary to read the form carefully before filling it. Applicants choosing the offline option should accompany the specified documents along with the application form.
ii) Online Application Form
IELTS Online Test is booked in 3 stages.
Step 1. First and foremost check the location and the date for the IELTS exam. You should note that the date for the speaking test is different.
Step 2:Create an account with British council.
Register yourself and complete all your details including the Identity Number and the Username/Password.
Step 3:Book and pay.
Candidate can pay through Credit or debit Card,(If you are under 18, you will need your parent or guardian to book the test for you).
Essential Requirements to book the IELTS test online.
- Your ID is the main item. Usually, Passport is the only form of accepted ID document. Ensure to have a photocopy or a photo of the identification document at hand, as you will need to upload this as part of the booking process.
- A payment card (if the online payment option is available and you wish to pay online)
The steps to be followed in filling the IELTS Application Form offline is explained below.
i) Download the IELTS application form from the official IELTS site.
*ii) Complete the application form correctly, followed by providing a recent clear photograph and identity number(Usually Passport Number ).
iii) Form shall be submitted to the nearest centre along with the application fee.
iv) Await for the confirmation of date and time by the centre.
v) Candidates are asked to report to the centre along with the documents which include the confirmation email and the Identification Document.
Candidates have the options to pay Offline or Online. Application fee for the IELTS Exam was Rs 11,100 until September 30, 2019, following which it was increased to INR 11,300. For the applicant opted for the offline registration process, needs to pay using the offline mode. The application form can be paid by cash. Candidates opting to pay by Demand Draft, it should be made favouring “the British Council” and make it payable at New Delhi. Candidates choosing to pay online can pay it through a debit or a credit card.
Necessary Details to be filled in the IELTS Application Form
Date of the test of the candidate’s choice
- Name of the candidate
- Test city
- Date of birth
- Identity document and number
- Code and name of the country of nationality
- Code and name of the first language
- Sector and level of occupation
- Reason for taking the test
- Which country does candidate wish to apply to?
- Where is the candidate studying English?
- Level of education
- How many years has the candidate studied English?
- The version of the IELTS exam
- Candidate’s address
- Email and phone number
- Permanent disability
- Details of organisations or agencies that the candidate would like to have his result sent to
- Declaration, Signature and Date
- Occupation details, there are certain codes for the level and sector that the applicant will have to refer to and choose from.
Guidelines to be noted for completion of the IELTS Application Form
As mentioned before great care needs to be observed while completion of the IELTS exam. With money and career at stake, one simply cannot let this mistake ruin the chances. Guidelines need to be made aware of the prospective candidates on how to complete the form effectively. Candidates should double-check if all the necessary documents are accompanying the form. In order to ensure that everything is taken care of in a professional manner, it is important that one takes the help of an overseas study consultant who has some experience in this field.
The British Institute of Languages and Overseas Education (TBIL) is the best overseas education consultants in Chandigarh. Far-Sighted Management and Experienced faculty are ever ready to help the candidates at all the stages of the application process in addition to the filling of the application form. Thus in order to omit these mistakes, and to prepare thoroughly for the exam, the candidate should seek guidance from the best faculty. Avenue Abroad is one of the best IELTS consultants of Chandigarh. With more than a decade they have assisted numerous candidates to improve their BAND scores to achieve their desired goals. Whether it is for Study or just to make the pointcut for the CRS (Express Entry), the consultants are ready to help you in every way possible to make your dreams come true.