IELTS Exam Dates 2024


IELTS Exam Dates and Planning

The IELTS  is a paper-based  English language proficiency test that measures the ability to understand and use English. The IELTS tests the four language skills, namely Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
The IELTS exam is a popular English language Testing system that is taken widely by students who:

  • wish to study abroad in a native English speaking country
  • seek employment in native English speaking country
  • wish to migrate and settle in a native English speaking country
  • wish to evaluate their proficiency in English


IELTS Exam Dates in India for 2024

In India, the IELTS computer delivered exam is conducted throughout the year except major holidays. However, IELTS Paper based test is available on selected dates only and not ALL centers offer the test on each of these days. Test takers need to check available test centers from the official IELTS website. Before registering for the test, make sure your nearest IELTS test location has the IELTS exam dates and slots available that you are planning to take.

Preparing for the IELTS Exam

Test takers are advised to communicate in English as much as possible. Communication should not just be restricted to speaking but also include reading, listening and writing in English.


Simulated Tests and Test Reviews

Take simulated tests and do not be tempted to skip any section. Unless you take full-length tests you will not be ready for the real test experience. Test reviews are also critical to improving scores; consistency is the key to high scores and you need to pay particular focus to time management during the test.


Assess Your Learning Style

Introspect your personal learning style – if you can put in the hours required and prepare your own study plans then self-preparation, an online course, or access to reliable test IELTS preparation books and tests is a safe bet for you.
Choose an IELTS prep course if you prefer structured classes or in-person sessions, have been out of a learning environment for some time, or require guidance and mentoring. Look at the provenance of teachers, online resources, and quality of content while taking a decision to join a prep course.


Developing Skills for the IELTS Exam

Speaking – practice speaking loudly and clearly and ensure that you correct any pronunciation errors. There is no need to sound like an expert speaker but the pronunciation and intonation must be clear and not hinder the graders’ understanding. Work with someone to improve your body language for the in-person speaking section. You can also consider recording yourself and assess how well you have been able to express yourself verbally.
Reading – read newspapers, articles, magazines, journals etc daily. This will not only improve your reading skills but also improve your vocabulary. While the passages on the tests always include the information required to answer the question, you can work on developing speed reading skills.
Listening – actively listen to TV Shows, radio, online broadcasts, podcasts etc.  Try and think of a 3-5 sentence summary of the content that you have listened to. Get familiar with different accents that could be used in the recordings.
Writing– day-to-day writing tasks such as emails, notes, and reminders are a good way to keep in touch with writing skills. Avoid writing them as short notes, instead of complete sentences. You could also maintain a diary or journal to consistently improve your writing skills.
Have a positive mindset
Test-day pressures will only get in your way. Strong IELTS test takers take the exam with a positive approach – they believe they are prepared and have confidence in their abilities.


On Test Day

  • Have a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast
  • Dress in layers and be prepared for different temperature levels
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your test appointment
  • Read the instructions carefully and stick to them
  • Do not waste too much time on a single question
  • Guesses are not penalized, so do not skip any question, just make a random guess and move to the next question
  • Be well-groomed on the day of your Speaking section. While there are no points awarded for  your clothes – you need to  be comfortable and not let anything detract you from the tasks at hand.

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Which version of IELTS is for me?

There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying. Take this test if you want to study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world, apply for a Student Route visa (Tier 4) at a university that is a Student route (Tier 4) Sponsor in the UK

Take this test if you would like to study or train below degree level, work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country, emigrate to an English-speaking country, get another job in your own country.

Can I choose a date for the IELTS exam as per my convenience?

Exam dates are available throughout the year, and one can choose the IELTS Exam dates as per their convenience. The dates are available on the official websites( IDP and British council. Computer-based tests have a broader timeframe to choose from since they are conducted thrice a day on all the days of the week(except public holidays). The paper-based IELTS Exam dates are conducted four times a month, and students can choose a date of their convenience.

How many hours do I need to prepare for the IELTS exam?

On average it takes about 200 hours of preparation to move up a band in IELTS (e.g. 5-6). It is recommended that students can take IELTS online coaching classes to cover the extensive preparation requirements and achieve their target band score.  The time also depends on person to person and how proficient one is in the English language.

What is the pass or fail marks in IELTS?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. It tests a candidate’s language skills, therefore there is no pass or fail.

Is it possible to prepare for IELTS exams in 15 days?

Yes, 15 days is certainly a long time but still when it comes to IELTS preparation these fifteen days may not be enough. Top IELTS test-scorers are those who spend like one month to two-three months for the preparation of the IELTS exam.

Should I join a coaching institute for IELTS exam preparation?

It is important for the test-taker to be well versed with the IELTS pattern and the skills in which he/she will be judged. Unfortunately, it has been observed that many test-takers are confused not only with the pattern but also with the overall exam. The best solution is to join an IELTS coaching institute and take the guidance of a coach. The student will be aware of the test nuances and prepare in a structured manner.

Are all four sections of IELTS conducted on the same day?

If you take the paper-based test the Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test are completed immediately after each other on the same day. In some test centres, you will sit the Speaking test on the same day, or up to 4 days before or after your test date.

If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be taken on the same day, either before, or after the other three parts of the test.

How many times is the IELTS conducted in India?

IELTS test dates are offered up to 4 times in a month making a total of 48 fixed test dates in one calendar year. The availability of IELTS dates in India may differ for the Academic and General Training modules. While the Academic version is available on all 48 dates, the General Training version is available on 24 dates. In order to create flexibility and convenience, tests are mostly held on Saturdays and Thursdays.

Note: Due to the current pandemic many states are under lockdown, so test centres in your area may not be functioning. Check at the time of registration whether your test centre is functioning or not.

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