You must write in pencil for the Listening and Reading components in the IELTS exam. However, for the Writing test, you can use a pen or a pencil as per your convenience.
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
For the Paper based Test
The IELTS has about 48 fixed dates in a year – 4 test dates in a month. Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays.
For the Computer delivered Test
Up to 7 days a week, 3 times a day. To find out test dates in your area, visit IELTS official website or contact your nearest test centre.
In order to cancel or postpone your IELTS test please contact the test centre where you booked your IELTS test. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you are unable to attend due to a serious medical condition and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost. If you are delayed by circumstances beyond your control (e.g. a transport strike) the test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.
For the Paper based
Yes, request for cancellation or postponement should be given upto 5 weeks prior to the scheduled date with valid documents.
For the Computer delivered IELTS
Request for cancellation MORE than 1 weeks ahead of the test date
How much it will cost you to study IELTS vary from country to country. Your counselor will advise the test fee for your country in your local currency, or you can contact your nearest test centre. The IELTS test fee is the same for both versions of the test (Academic and General Training).