How to Register for IELTS

Different Modes of IELTS Registration Explained

The IELTS exam, also known as the International English Language Testing System is a standardised test for testing proficiency in English. It is a joint initiative started in cooperation by the British Council, IDP Education and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The test has become a frontrunner in English tests required for admission in US universities for higher education and for purposes of migration. In 2009, a record 1.4 million people appeared for the test.

Individuals planning to appear for the test should register for the test well in advance to get dates and test centres of their own choosing. Registering for the exam is not a difficult process as several options are available. The popularity of the exam and its widespread acceptability had led to a standard of 48 rounds of tests being conducted in a single year and having over 800 test centres in more than 130 countries. All this leads to ease as to when you have to book for the examination.

Before you register, you should find out your nearest test centre. This can be easily done by logging onto, the official website, and using their Test Centre Search application. All you need to do is select your country and your city. The program then generates the location of the test centre closest to you. You can also find out the fees of taking the test in your country by using the IELTS Worldwide Search. After you are done with that, find out which module of the test you need to appear for - General Training or Academic. This can also be done by simply checking on the Global Recognition System which will give you information on which module your desired university accepts. Alternatively, you can go onto the website of the university you want to apply to and find out which module of the test it accepts.

The following documents are required for registration:

  • A completely filled and signed application form.

  • Two passport sized photographs of yourself which should be signed by you at the back. You are required to not wear glasses in the picture and the picture should be less than six months old.

  • A photocopy of your passport (which should be valid). Some centres also accept a National Identity Card. Note that you should carry only that identity proof that you have attached along with your application.

You can register for the test in the following ways:

  • Registering Online: Those of you with busy schedules can opt to register online for the exam on the website of the institution which you have chosen to conduct your exam - generally it is the British Council or the IDP. The benefit of online registration lies in the fact that you can register according to your time and convenience. Your registration is processed as soon as you submit your online application. They will ask you to choose your preferred date of the exam, the city and the module you wish to appear for. Seats are allotted on the basis of availability so if you do not get your desired dates, it is only because all the seats for the exam have already been filled up. You will be asked to fill in the online application form and then supply your bank details. The centre will confirm your test dates via email.

  • Registering In Person: You can register in person by going to your nearest test centre and obtaining the application form. If the test centre is located very close to you, you can choose to go to the test centre and personally submit your form. The filled application form is to be submitted along with the requisite documents to your test centre. You will be confirmed of your application and test dates through the telephone and also via post.

  • Registering through Mail/Post: An applicant can register through post or mail and send the completed application form to his nearest test centre or office. This option is particularly viable and useful for those individuals whose nearest test centre is far off and physically going to the test centre does not seem possible. The application will be processed upon its receipt and the availability will be judged after the application has been received.

Now that the various means through which you can register yourself have been explained, it is hoped that you would not face any difficulty in the process. Good luck!

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