Frequently Asked Questions


Who should take the IELTS test?
Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US.
People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

What is Academic Module?
The Academic Reading and Writing Module assess whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or post graduate level.

What is General Training Module?
General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English Speaking Countries to undertake work experience or immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Why do I need to take the IELTS test?
IELTS assesses your English language ability. A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide.

How can I register for the test?
To take the test with the British Council in India you can either register onlineoffline. Impel is an authorized center for Test Date booking for British Council  and candidates can register through Impel in-order to appear for the test.
Important: You must have a valid passport to register for IELTS.

How much does the IELTS test cost?
The fee for IELTS test is Rs 7200.

How often can I take the IELTS test?
From 1 May 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever they wish

It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature. Gain score studies carried out under the IELTS funded research programme indicate that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without extensive English language tuition in the interim.

How and when will I get my results?
Results are normally declared in 13 days.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?
You need to bring your passport, hall ticket and stationery for all the modules of the test. If, you have registered online then you also need to bring a colour passport-sized photograph on the day of the test.

What is the format of the test?
The test has four parts:
Listening – 30 minutes
Reading – 1 hour
Writing – 1 hour
Speaking – 13 – 15 minutes

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are all taken on the same day. The Speaking test can take place up to seven days before or after the other papers. It is usually within one day of the Listening, Reading and Writing tests at British Council India.

How long is the IELTS qualification valid?
This depends on the receiving institution. Two years’ validity is recommended.

I have heard from some students that test-takers from IDP get better results when compared to British council, is that true?
No, absolutely not. The IELTS test is jointly owned and administered by University of Cambridge – Local Examination Syndicate, The British Council and The IDP Education Australia. You can take your exams with any of the above administrators.  There is no such arrangement where in students from IDP get better scores, that’s just a taboo.

What is the mandatory level English (IELTS) in-order to apply for Australian student visa?
5 band s IELTS is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a student visa, in other cases where the student has less than 5 overall band score, then he/she might be required to take an English programme for an entire year.