Exam Dates for IELTS

How to Select the Best IELTS Exam Dates

IELTS is a globally recognised standardized test for English language proficiency. There are two modules of this test- Academic module and General Training module. While the Academic module of the test is taken by professionals like doctors and students who want to pursue higher education in English speaking countries, the General Training module is for immigration purposes or for those who want to gain work experience. If you are not sure which module to take, you can contact the organisation or institution, to which you have applied. The exam  for both these modules can be on the same day or on different days; hence, you should be clear of your choice of module when you fill the application form of the test to avoid confusion.

When to Take IELTS Exam?

Exam dates for IELTS are available on 48 fixed dates and are administered four times in a month depending on local demand. Although the test centres are available in more than 800 locations all over the world, not all the test centres offer IELTS tests, on all the exam dates of IELTS. You will have to check with your selected test centre for upcoming dates.





How Long is the IELTS Exam?

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests of the exam are completed on the same day without any breaks. The Speaking test of the exam is a face-to-face interview by a certified examiner; and may be conducted either 7 days before or 7 days after the test. In case you are not able to attend the test on the given date due to unforeseen circumstances, then the test centre may give you the next available test date.

Selecting the IELTS Exam Date:

The exam for the Academic module are available on all the 48 test dates, while the exam  for the General Training module are available only on 24 dates. If you are testing in Australia, then there are additional General Training test dates available. They are as follows: 4 Feb, 14 April, 16 June, 28 July and 3 November. The table given below states the exam dates for 2012 IELTS.

IELTS Exam Dates for Academic Module:

Months

January

February

March

April

May

June

Exam dates

07 (Sat)

04(Sat)

08(Thurs)

12(Thurs)

10(Thurs)

09(Sat)

12 (Thurs)

09(Thurs)

10(Sat)

14(Sat)

12(Sat)

14(Thurs)

14 (Sat)

18(Sat)

17(Sat)

21(Sat)

19(Sat)

16(Sat)

21(Sat) G

25(Sat)

31(Sat)

28(Sat)

26(Sat)

30(Sat)


Months

July

August

September

October

November

December

Exam dates

07(Sat)

04(Sat)

01(Sat)

11(Thurs)

03(Sat)

01(Sat)

12(Thurs)

09(Thurs)

06(Thurs)

13(Sat)

08(Thurs)

06(Thurs)

21(Sat)

11(Sat)

15(Sat)

20(Sat)

17(Sat)

08(Sat)

28(Sat)

25(Sat)

22(Sat)

27(Sat)

24(Sat)

15(Sat)


IELTS Exam Dates for General Training Module:

Months

January

February

March

April

May

June

Exam dates

07 (Sat)

09(Thurs)

10(Sat)

12(Thurs)

12(Sat)

09(Sat)

21(Sat)

18(Sat)

31(Sat)

21(Sat)

26(Sat)

30(Sat)


Months

July

August

September

October

November

December

Exam dates

12(Thurs)

04(Sat)

01(Sat)

13(Sat)

08(Thurs)

01(Sat)

21(Sat)

25(Sat)

22(Sat)

27(Sat)

17(Sat)

08(Sat)

Validity of IELTS Scores:

The IELTS scores are valid for two years and the institutions not only consider the individual band score for each section, but also consider the overall band score. Your result will be sent by post after 13 days from the test date. While there is no pass or fail for the exam, individual institutions and faculties set their own benchmark for IELTS scores according to the specific language needs of their course, study or work program. For instance, for a linguistically demanding academic course like medicine or law a band score of 7.5-9 is required, but for a linguistically less demanding course like Computer or Pure Mathematics a band score of 7.0 is acceptable.

When you select the appropriate test date, register as early as possible, preferably at least 6 to 8 weeks before the application deadline.




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