Thursday, August 2, 2007



International English Language Testing System

What's new!

For further information on IELTS, simply SMS 'IELTS' to 6767.
Exclusive offer for British Council IELTS candidates.
The IELTS Doctor is ready to answer your questions. Read more.
IELTS Dates in Indore - New British Council Test Centre
08 September (General Training + Academic module)
01 December (General Training + Academic module)
For further details, please call customer service desk at 011-42199000.
Introduction of half-band scores for Speaking and Writing.
Register Online.
Get your pre-test details for IELTS. Download the complete guide to pre and post test SMS/web services for IELTS candidates.
Read Exam News July - September 2007.
Prepare yourself or your candidates for success in IELTS. Read details.
Send free additional test report form to five universities.
For more information please contact your nearest British Council office.

The IELTS test is an internationally recognised language test of the highest standard. Universities, companies and even governments primarily demand this qualification. IELTS was developed jointly by the British Council, IDP Education Australia and Cambridge ESOL. Visit the IELTS website for more information.

Get your answers on the IELTS test here

Who should take the IELTS test?
Why do I need to take the IELTS test?
How can I register for the test?
When and where in India can I take the test?
What is Computer - based IELTS (CB IELTS)
How much does the IELTS test cost?
How can I prepare for the test?
How often can I take the test?
How and when will I get my results?
How are the scores processed?
What do I need to bring with me to the test?
What is the format of the test?
How long is the IELTS qualification valid?
What are the benefits of taking the test with the British Council?

Who should take the IELTS test?

Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.
Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US.
People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
Why do I need to take the IELTS test?

IELTS assesses your English language ability. A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide.

How can I register for the test?

To take the test with the British Council in India you can either register online or offline. Read the step by step guide for more information.
Important:You must have a valid passport to register for IELTS.

When and where in India can I take the test?

Information on IELTS test dates and locations in India can be downloaded here (PDF 609 KB).

What is Computer - based IELTS (CB IELTS)

CB IELTS is a computer-based version of IELTS. It consists of Listening, Reading and Writing tests. To maintain our personal approach, all IELTS Speaking tests will still be conducted face-to-face. The CB IELTS is being offered once each month at British Council, New Delhi.

Please note that CB IELTS is only available in the Academic module.

You can take a CB IELTS test on the days, in 2007:

26 April
May 18
June 22
July 20
August 10
September 14
October 19
November 09
December 07
New Delhi - 110 001
Tel: 91 011 42199000

How much does the IELTS test cost?

The fee for IELTS test is Rs 7200. We donot charge any extra amount on credit card payments.

How can I prepare for the test?

Access our How to Prepare for IELTS web page and get the latest tips and information on how to prepare for the test. For example, find out about IELTS preparation courses in Delhi.

If you do not live in Delhi, then read our guide on How to Choose an IELTS Preparation course before you sign up at a training centre, or find out which resources and websites you should be looking at for self-study.

You could also join one of our IELTS Orientation Sessions which are held across the country - contact your nearest office for more information.

If you are an IELTS Trainer, you’ll also find some useful tips and resources such as our IELTS Train the trainer course which is held in cities across India.

How often can I take the IELTS test?

From 1 May 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever they wish.

It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature. Gain score studies carried out under the IELTS funded research programme indicate that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without extensive English language tuition in the interim.

How and when will I get my results?

Results are declared in 13 days. You can get your results by courier to your home, and at no extra cost * on our website and by sms on your mobile. Notice to Candidates. IELTS results for South India are sent by speed post.

How are the scores processed?

All IELTS marking takes place at the test centre by trained markers and examiners. Markers are trained to understand the IELTS marking policy and are required to demonstrate that they are marking to standard before they are allowed to mark Listening and Reading papers. Markers are re-tested every two years to ensure that their marking remains up to standard. Systematic monitoring and double marking of a proportion of answer sheets is carried out at each administration.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

You need to bring your passport, hall ticket and stationery for all the modules of the test. If, you have registered online then you also need to bring a colour passport-sized photograph on the day of the test.

What is the format of the test?

The test has four parts:

Listening – 30 minutes
Reading – 1 hour
Writing – 1 hour
Speaking – 13 – 15 minutes
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are all taken on the same day. The Speaking test can take place upto seven days before or after the other papers. It is usually within one day of the Listening, Reading and Writing tests at British Council India.

How long is the IELTS qualification valid?

This depends on the receiving institution. Two years’ validity is recommended.

What are the benefits of taking the test with the British Council?

For further information on IELTS, simply SMS 'IELTS' to 6767.
Get your results and test day information online and through sms on your mobile, at no extra cost.
Free IELTS Orientation sessions.
Free Learning Resource Materials.
Free additional test report form to five universities.
We assure comfortable test venues with AC and full power back up.
Listen through infra-red headphones with individual volume control option.
Easy access to information and quick registration options.
Pay at your nearest ICICI Bank outlet.
No extra charges on credit/debit card payments.
You can register yourself for a Computer Based IELTS test.
You can register online from home or your nearest cyber café.
You can choose your test location from over 25 cities in India.

We recommend that you register atleast two weeks before your required test date. However, you can register upto five days before the test subject to the availability of seats.
We are always there to assist you. You may email or call our Customer Services Team and get up-to-date information at:

Chennai (South India)
Tel : +91 (0)44 4205 0600
(0900 - 1900 Mon - Sat)

Mumbai (West India)
Tel : +91(0)22 2279 0101
(1000 - 1800 Mon - Sat)

Delhi (North India)
Tel : +91(0)11 4219 9000
(0900 - 1900 Mon - Sat)

Kolkata (East India)
Tel : +91 (0)33 2282 5370
(1000 - 1700 Mon - Sat)

Or visit your nearest British Council office/ library.


For more information, contact your nearest British Council Office.

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If you are a British Council online member you can join Mary Spratt for an online discussion on Error Correction and the TKT from the 18 October – 1 November. Entry for members only. Read details.

Cambridge Seminars are an introduction to the different exams. They are designed for anyone who is interested in finding out more about these exams before they register, or for students who have already or are about to register for an exam and want some tips to help them pass!. Read details and schedules.

Business related exams

If you are a young professional or student and want to develop your skills for the workplace then try one of our business English exams. Gain a qualification which will help you get a job or a place on an MBA course by taking the Business English Certificate (BEC) or assess your level with the Business English Language Testing System (BULATS).

General English Tests

If you want to assess your overall proficiency in English then take a general English exam. Cambridge Main Suite Examinations have something for every age from 13+ to 60+ and for every level of English from beginner to advanced.

Young Learners' English Tests'

If you have a child between the ages of 7 – 12 and you want your child to experience a fun, stimulating and international test, then register for the YLE now!

English Language Teaching Qualifications

Whether you are an experienced or newly qualified English Language teacher or professional, why don’t you check out the newly launched Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) or try the Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other languages (CELTA)? Find out more from our guide to English Language Teaching (ELT) qualifications available in India.

Teacher Support Programmes

If you are a teacher, principal or head of an institute and want to help prepare your students for any of our English tests then why don’t you register for our Teacher Support Programmes for Examinations. Launched in April 2006, these courses will give you all the information and skills you need to get you started.

Educational Exams

Want an international qualification? Measure your academic abilities with our educational exams. Successful completion will qualify you for entrance to higher and professional studies in the UK and other countries.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Exams

A successful GCE exam provides you with the basic qualification for entrance to higher and professional studies in the United Kingdom and other countries. Find out more.

Professional UK examinations you can take in India

The British Council can help you gain internationally recognized UK professional qualifications by taking various examinations of the top institutions in the UK.

You can register for some of these examinations directly at the British Council and for the others you need to register directly with the institutions in the UK. The British Council will then arrange your examinations in India.

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British Council to conduct MRCS Orientation Course Find out more.


A wide range of examinations/qualifications for medical professionals are offered. The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test is designed to assess your knowledge and skills, and your ability to work safely in your first appointment as a senior house officer in British hospitals. The Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) exams are considered as an entry qualification for higher specialist training in the UK and membership to various professional bodies.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the largest global professional accountancy body, with nearly 110,000 members and 260,000 students in 170 countries offers three qualifications – a professional qualification, a technical level qualification and a diploma for managers who are non-accountants and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) the voice of over 70,000 students and 55,000 members in 156 countries focuses on management functions making it unique and their financial qualifications are recognized internationally.


The aim of the Association of Business Executives (ABE) is 'the promotion and advancement of efficient administration and management in industry, commerce and the public service, by the continued development of the study and practice of administration and management'. ABE believe that students successfully completing its examinations will be more effective managers.


The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) the world's largest marketing association, work closely with the marketing profession, industry and commerce to develop greater awareness and understanding of what marketing can contribute to UK and International business. CIM helps to increase your knowledge, learn new skills and develop your career as a marketing professional. We currently offer the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma level qualifications.


Indian lawyers will soon be able to qualify as Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales without having to travel to England to do so. The College of Law has been invited by the English Law Society to open two test centres for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) in India. The QLTT is the conversion examination enabling overseas lawyers to qualify as solicitors.


Whether you are an experienced or newly qualified English Language teacher or professional, why don’t you check out the newly launched Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) or try the Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)?


The British council conducts examinations on request for many other professional bodies in the UK for details contact the nearest British Council Office.


UK examinations you can take in India

The British Council can help you to take vocational qualifications with some of the UK's most prestigious professional organisations. You can register directly with the bodies in the UK, or through institutions in India offering courses connected to these awards. The British Council will then arrange the examinations in India.

We'll also show you how to find registration, syllabus and other useful information directly from the websites of these UK organisations here.


In today's highly demanding, competitive employment market , individuals need both academic and vocational qualifications, together with highly flexible, proven, transferable skills in order to survive and succeed. In recognition of these demands, CIE has developed a new suite of Cambridge qualifications called Cambridge Skills and Career Awards (SCA)


The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board (LCCIEB) is a major international provider of vocational qualifications, operating in over 86 countries around the world, and one of the UK's largest awarding bodies for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).


The National Computing Centre (NCC) is the UK's foremost independent Membership organisation for users of Information Technology. Our mission is to help organisations manage technologies, processes and people to deliver effective IT solutions.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.


The Associated Board is the world's leading provider of graded music examinations, trusted and respected by tens of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of candidates around the globe. The Board's grades are seen as international benchmarks, and recognised by teachers and institutions from over 80 countries.


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