IELTS Examination Guide

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Test Dates

IELTS examination is conducted on 48 test dates throughout the year. These dates can be found from the official web site of the examination mentioned above. This test is conducted on Saturdays and Sundays only. Every test date may not provide you the options of both of the modules of the test. On some of the test dates you may be able to take only one particular type of module.


More than 700,000 people all over the world take this test every year. A candidate has to pay around $140 or 90 GBP for registration. You need to produce either a passport or a national identity card as an identity proof during the time of registration. Your ID must contain a unique serial number (of passport or of national identity card), your signature, your date of birth and your photograph. You also need to provide two of your identical passport size photographs on registration. The same ID card must be produced during each of the exam sessions.

Test Center Procedure

Like any other exam, IELTS also has a particular set of rules and regulations to be followed at the exam center. A candidate must report to the center at least half an hour before the exam starts. The examination generally starts at 9 a.m. So you must reach the exam hall before 8.30 am. You should carry only the identity proof material and the writing material inside the exam hall. Electronic devices are strictly prohibited. You may be disqualified from taking the test should you be found breaking the rules of the exam hall. Generally this test is conducted in a conventional paper-pen format. However at some of the test centers you may find a computer based examination for academic module only.

IELTS Examination Preparation

You will find a number of books available in the market for preparing IELTS. These study materials also include the audio CDs/cassettes for the reading session. One can find out about these books online. You may find free study material available on the net. The official web site of the test also provides you with free samples of the preparation materials. You can also subscribe for the complete set of materials from this web site or any other web site.


There are some of the finest academic institutions present in some of the English speaking countries. Also some of the countries like the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia provide excellent job opportunities for people from around the world. It becomes imperative for you to possess good English language skills to perform well in these countries. So, IELTS is one of the preferred tests for judging the English language proficiency skills of the candidates. It is used by a variety of government, academic and private institutions for graduation, job and immigration purposes.

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