Recapitulating IELTS

Recapitulating IELTS


Introduced in 1989, IELTS is one of the most renowned and widely accepted standardised English language proficiency tests for non-native English speakers. It is accepted in more than 11,000+ educational institutions, organisations and government agencies. Candidates looking to study or work in any country with English as the primary medium of communication have to appear for this test. The Ielts Online Test is conducted jointly by the British Council, IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English in over 140 countries across 1,600+ test centres.

IELTS Academic test: This IELTS test is suitable for students who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate courses in any of the English-speaking nations. The aim of this test is to determine if a student is ready to take up higher studies in English.

IELTS General Training Test: The General Training test is ideal for those who wish to move to Canada, the UK, Australia or New Zealand for secondary education or employment. It focuses on assessing basic survival skills in a workplace environment. The format and question pattern is almost the same for both. Each of the tests consists of four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Candidates can expect various types of questions like MCQs, sentence completion, essay writing, letter writing, identifying data, matching lists and more. Candidates can choose the test type depending on their future plans and the institutions they are applying to. Apart from these, there are also other types of IELTS:

IELTS for UKVI: Those planning to move to the UK have to take an IELTS that is approved by the UK government for UK Visa and Immigration purposes. The format, content, scoring pattern and everything remain the same. However, the IELTS for UKVI follows some specific protocols to ascertain the authenticity of the candidates.The Ielts Online Test for UKVI are divided into the following types: IELTS for UKVI Academic, IELTS for UKVI General Training and IELTS Life Skills (A1, A2, and B1). IELTS Life Skills are for those who are required to prove English listening and speaking skills for a UK Visa. Candidates can also appear for two types of IELTS based on the mode of examination. These are:

Computer-based Test: Starting in 2017, the computer-based Ielts Online Test requires students to answer the Reading, Listening and Writing section tasks through the computer. The test result is delivered within 5-7 days of the test. 

Paper-based Test: The paper-based IELTS comes with pencil and answer sheets. One has to deliver the task responses within the given time on the answer sheets. The Speaking section test usually takes place 7 days before or after the actual test date. It can take up to 13 days for the test results to be published. 

Scoring Pattern for IELTS

The IELTS score band is calculated simply by finding out the average score of all four sections. IELTS score ranges between 0 and 9. In case the average score band comes out in decimal, it is shifted to the nearest whole number. For instance, if the overall score of a candidate is 6.75, they would receive a final score of 7. The score of IELTS is provided in a Test Report Form. While candidates can view their results online, they are eligible to receive one TRF. However, they can send their TRFs to up to five universities as part of the admission application. Students need to score the minimum IELTS score to be eligible for admission to an institution. The minimum IELTS score requirement varies across universities.


  • From this year in 2023 students will have the provision to retake the IELTS for one component if they did not get the desired score on the first attempt.
  • Students who wish to study abroad can now take an IELTS retest in a module for which they did not get the desired score.
  • Currently, the system requires students to take the entire test again for all four modules: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. So, if a student is not satisfied with their band score, they will have to take the test again instead of retaking the entire module.
  • This is good news for students, as they will not have to go through the pressure of appearing for the whole exam again. They can peacefully focus on improving the only required area.

The IELTS exam fee in India is going to hike from April 1, 2023.

According to IDP India Website, The IELTS test fees in India is going to increase on April 1. The test fees for academic and general training will be upgraded to ₹16250.

But there’s a good news, the test fees for IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) will stay the same.

So, if that’s the test you’re taking, you won’t be affected by the fee hike.

Currently the IELTS fees in India is ₹15750 for ‘Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI’ and ‘IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration’. And, ₹15500 for ‘Computer-delivered IELTS’ and ‘Pen and paper based IELTS’.

Check out the following table:

Test Type

Current Cost (INR)

New Cost (INR)

Computer-delivered IELTS



Pen and paper based IELTS



Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI



IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration



IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)





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