IELTS 2020 Examination Updates

IELTS 2020 Examination Updates

The IELTS is an English exam that must be taken by international candidates wishing to study or work in a country where English is the primary langua

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The IELTS is an English exam that must be taken by international candidates wishing to study or work in a country where English is the primary language of communication. The most popular countries where IELTS is admitted to university are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. The exam primarily measures candidates’ ability to communicate in four basic English skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. The IELTS exam is conducted jointly by IDP Education Australia, the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment. With the number of IELTS tests, which reached a record 3.5 million in 2018, the company has developed into a leading company in the field of international higher education. It is accepted at 100% of universities in the UK and Australia. In addition, it is accepted in more than 3,400 facilities in the United States and in thousands of facilities in English-speaking countries.

FEE Update: IELTS test fees has revised from April 1, 2020 for registrations New Updated Fees: INR 14,000.

IELTS Rescheduling Fees: Candidates need to pay an administrative charge of INR 3,300 inclusive of all taxes for transfer of test date.

CORONAVIRUS ALERT: IELTS partners have also introduced the IELTS indicator, an online English language test for students affected by COVID-19 who cannot access the IELTS test center. The IELTS indicator assesses the student’s language skills in English when reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students can take the test online from home.

Bookings for the IELTS Indicator will be open from 22nd-April-2020.



  • Academic Test: IELTS Academic is taken by those who apply for higher education or professional registration abroad.
  • General Test: IELTS General Test is taken by those who wish to migrate to major English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK. This test is also taken by those who want to enroll in training programs or secondary education or wants to gain work experience in a country where English is the main language used for communication.


Exam Name


IELTS full form

International English Language Testing System

Official Website

Most popular for

Study, work, and migration to English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK

Also accepted by

Canada and USA

Conducted by

British Council and IDP Education Ltd

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper – delivered test


Rs. 14,000 for registrations from 1st-Apr-2020

Score Range

On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)

IELTS Contact

British Council

0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00

Email: [email protected]

IDP Head Office

+91-124-4445999/ 1800-102-4544

Email: [email protected]

IELTS Eligibility

IELTS can be taken by anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality or religion, however, the IELTS test is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.

IELTS Registration

Make sure to keep your passport handy at the time of registration as you need passport number at the time of registration. Apart from this, you also need to carry your passport on the test day. IELTS Registration can be done in easy steps:

  • First, you need to visit the official British Council registration page.
  • Create an account with the British Council.
  • Find your nearest test center.
  • Register for the IELTS test and pay online.

Those below 18 years of age need their parent or guardian to book the test for them. Once the registration is complete, your test center will send a written confirmation to you informing about the date and time of your IELTS test.

IELTS Band Scale


Skill Level


Band 9

Expert user

Has fully operational command of the language

Band 8

Very good user

Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies

Band 7

Good user

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations

Band 6

Competent user

Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations

Band 5

Modest user

Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes

Band 4

Limited user

Have frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns occur in communication

Band 2

Intermittent user

Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English

Band 1


Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided

Note: From the time you obtain your IELTS results, your IELTS score is valid for two years.