International English Language Testing System

Being an Indian, English is not your first language. Even if we are pretty much good in the linguistic use of English, you would still need to provide some evidence showing your mastery in the English Language, if you are applying for a Master’s programme in Australia. You can prove the proficiency by writing any English Language Tests. The IELTS and the TOEFL are two of the most standard choices for English knowledge assessments. These exams are well favoured by all the institutions/ Universities in Australia. These standardised exams assess everyfeature of a language – be it reading, speaking, writing or listening. Both the exams have fairly similar testing patterns, but we personally suggest the IELTS as a more comfortableoption. This section will assist you out with all the parts involved in the IELTS exam.

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Typical time required: 2-8 weeks

Test Fee: Rs. 12,100- Rs. 13,250 as of June 2019

Before You Start

  • Note down the minimum band score for eligibility in the University (E.g. Overall band score of 5.50)
  • A few universities/colleges might also mention the minimum band score persection (E.g. 5.50 in every section)
  • The IELTS Language Test can be given as a Computer-based exam or a Paper-based one.

Required Documents

  • Your Passport
  • Credit/Debit card
  • List of 5 universities to which the TRFs are to be sent (optional)

Step by step guide

  • Visit the official website for Registration for the IELTS Test.
  • Go to the “Find Test Date” option & give the criteria mentioned below; click on ‘Find’.
  • Date: Enter the month you will be writing the test (e.g. August 2020)
  • Town/City: Select the test centre closest to you(e.g. Chennai)
  • Module: Academic
  • As you need this exam for the Master's application, you need to attempt the Academic Module.
  • (Find Test Date and Check Availability): A list of available dates at your chosen town will be displayed with the respective fee of the exam. If nothing is shown, change the city/ test date and retry. Choose a suitable date & ‘Apply’ for the test.
  • TERMS & CONDITIONS: Check the Terms and Conditions well;click the radio box and click ‘Continue’.
  • CANDIDATE DETAILS: Enter the candidate details correctly. Almost every field is pretty self-explanatory. Fill in all the information as they appear in the Passport. Then click on ‘Continue’.
  • PAYMENT DETAILS: You can pay using a debit/credit card. This is a better, convenient option.
  • You can also choose to complete the payment offline. The fee needs to be paid within the next three days of application. You can pay by cash at any ICICI Bank Branch by filling in an ICICI challan. You can also pay by a DD in the name of “British Council” (payable at ‘New Delhi’).

After You Register

  • You will get an email confirming the payment. It will also contain access details to the free IELTS preparation course – Road to IELTS Points.
  • Your chosen Test Centre will provide you with written confirmation of the test venue, date and time, atleast about a week before the test.
  • The Speaking test time may be either on the same day as the IELTS exam or on a different day as well. This would be within a 7-day window, either before or after the other 3 sections. The test centre will also inform you of the Speaking test venue, date and time.
Listening4 sections - 40 questions30 minutes
Reading3 sections - 40 questions60 minutes
Writing2 Tasks (150 words, 250 words)60 minutes
Speaking3 parts11 – 14 minutes

On the Test Day

  • Arrive 25mins earlier for the IELTS Test. It will give you some time to relax your nerves& get ready for the exam.
  • At the test venue, the IELTS test staff will verify your identity with the Passport. If you haven’t carried your Passport, you will not be allowed for the test.
  • Mostly, your photograph will be taken on the test day (for security purpose).
  • Once you are present at the test centre, switch off your mobile and any other electronic device you have. You will be informed to keep all personal items in a separate room. You shall only be allowed to take with you a pen/pencil, a sharpener, an eraser & your ID proof (Passport) on your desk.
  • The Reading, Listening, & Writing sections are carried over a total duration of 2 hours 40 minutes, and there will be no/small breaks between each section. The speaking section takes a maximum of 14 minutes (mostly scheduled on a different day).

Test Results

  • The IELTS band score (‘band’ 1 to 9) is an indicator of your proficiency level in the English language.
  • The IELTS test results will be available after 5-7 days after the exam if you have attempted the Computer-based test, or after 13 calendar days if you have given the Paper-Based test. Test centres will send you the Test Report Form (TRF) by post after the test.
  • You can also view your results on the online portal 5-7 calendar days/13 calendar days after the date of the test, depending on the test you have taken. The results remain online for 28 days.
  • You need to have details like your test date, date of birth, your passport number & the candidate number to check the results online.
  • You can request for five additional TRFs to be sent to your preferred Institutions within a month of the IELTS exam.


  • It takes anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months for studying for the IELTS exam, depending on your current level of proficiency in English. Also, it takes a while for the test results to come. If you need to send the IELTS score along with your Masters’ application, plan your exam date accordingly.
  • If you aren’t sure if the IELTS exam is necessary for the course you want to apply to, search the University website, email the admission officer of the University and ask for the information. If you still don’t get the required information, give the test & send your scores anyway.
  • Attempt mock exams to get an idea of the exam.
  • You can predict the overall band score using the IELTS score calculator when you do your mock tests.
  • An overall test band score of about 6.0 is usually the minimum prerequisite for the most of the Master’s programme in Australia.
  • You can submit the IELTS scores to five colleges/universities within a month of your test.
  • The IELTS TRF has a validity of two years.
  • You can write the IELTS exam repeatedly and forward your best scores to the universities. But many attempts may/may not improve your results unless you work on the weaknesses given in your Test Report Form.


You have many resources available online to get that perfect score you are expecting! And what gets better, all these resources are totally free! A dedicated self-study should help you ace the exam. The resources mentioned below cover every part pertaining to the IELTS test.

Make optimum use of the free online preparation course – Road to IELTS. It will give you insights about the core strengths & weaknesses via tables and graphs. 

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