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IELTS Exam Dates 2023-24: A Quick Overview

The IELTS, or International English Language Test System, is a standard assessment used to evaluate the level of English language proficiency in a candidate. It is jointly conducted by IDP and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The test is accepted as proof of fluency in English in different educational institutions and workplaces in different countries like the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the like.

In total, the IDP conducts the IELTS exam four times every month. They schedule the Academic Tests for 48 days and 24 General Training Tests every year. Have a look at the current date sheet of the IELTS exam going to be conducted in the upcoming months of 2023-24.

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Dates of Test Type of Test
IELTS December Exam Dates 2023
 2 December 2023  Academic and General Training
 7 December 2023  Academic
 9 December 2023  Academic
 16 December 2023  Academic and General Training
IELTS January Exam Dates 2024
 6 January 2024 Academic and General Training
 13 January 2024 Academic only
 18 January 2024 Academic and General Training
 27 January 2024 Academic only
IELTS February Exam Dates 2024
Thursday, 29 February 2024 Academic only
IELTS March Exam Dates 2024
Friday, 9 March 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 16 March 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 23 March 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 30 March 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS April Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 13 April 2024 Academic only
Thursday, 18 April 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 27 April 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS May Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 4 May 2024 Academic only
Thursday, 9 May 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 18 May 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 25 May 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS June Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 1 June 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 8 June 2024 Academic and General Training
Thursday, 13 June 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 22 June 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS July Exam Dates 2024
Thursday, 4 July 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 13 July 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 20 July 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 27 July 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS August Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 3 August 2024 Academic only
Thursday, 8 August 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 17 August 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 24 August 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 31 August 2024 Academic only
IELTS September Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 7 September 2024 Academic and General Training
Thursday, 12 September 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 21 September 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS October Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 5 October 2024 Academic and General Training
Thursday, 10 October 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 19 October 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 26 October 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS November Exam Dates 2024
Saturday, 2 November 2024 Academic only
Thursday, 7 November 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 16 November 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 23 November 2024 Academic and General Training
Saturday, 30 November 2024 Academic and General Training
IELTS December Exam Dates 2024
Thursday, 5 December 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 7 December 2024 Academic only
Saturday, 14 December 2024 Academic and General Training

Whether it’s IELTS General Training or Academic Test, you need time to prepare extensively. Our eminent consultants recommend around 6-8 weeks of preparation time for the exam. So, always book your exam date beforehand to provide yourself with the best chance of preparing and thus achieving a higher band score. 

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How to Select IELTS Exam Dates and Locations?

Since the dates calendar of the IELTS exam is pre-determined and set for the entire year, there exist three effective ways to book the IELTS  exam dates and locations successfully. 
Let’s take a look at them below –

  1. Log into the official IDP Education website to easily book the IDP dates. Click on 'Book Now' from the drop-down menu of 'Register for IELTS'. 
  2. Choose the test – computer-delivered IELTS/paper-based IELTS (IELTS/IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills).
  3. Select the test type/module – IELTS General Training or Academic, IELTS for UKVI, AI & B1 (Life Skills).
  4. Select the location of the test or the city (from the extensive list of IELTS test centres in India or your country).
  5. Provide necessary details like the Date of Birth, ID Type, ID Number, and the like, along with a clear scanned copy of the passport.
  6. Proceed to pay the IELTS test fee through a Debit/Credit card (MasterCard/UPI/Visa), Netbanking, or Paytm. You will receive a confirmation mail on your registered email ID.
  7. You can even do this in person by walking into the office of the IDP Education India Pvt Ltd with a valid photograph (in case it is required).
  8. Then, complete the fee payment through the demand draft of any bank’s deposit slip.
  9. Once you have completed the payment process, your application will be submitted successfully.

For the speaking test, it is wise to schedule a slot online on your preferred date and time. If you fail to select a slot within the scheduled period, the time slot will be automatically allocated to you. 

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IELTS Test Centre Instructions

Considerable work and adequate preparation are required to ace the IELTS with flying colors. The first step to doing this successfully is to become well-versed with the rules and regulations of your IELTS test centres. 
The IELTS test centres around the world have a uniform set of rules and regulations that you should always consider before appearing for the test.

Have a look at some of them enlisted below – 

  1. You need to bring the ID that you used while registering for the IELTS exam. The staff present at the centre will verify your identification documents before allowing you to appear for the test.
  2. You can bring pens, pencils, and erasers for the paper-based IELTS exam. But, the IELTS test centre will also provide you with pencils and paper if you do not choose a computer-based test. Hence, it is not necessary to carry stationery to the test centre.
  3. You need to switch off the mobile phone and keep it along with other personal belongings in the special storage area of the test centre.
  4. You are suggested not to carry any precious items to the IELTS test centre on the day of the exam.
  5. It is not necessary to carry your passport-sized photo on the exam day as the staff of the test centre will take your photo individually as a critical part of the registration process.
  6. Inform the supervisor of the centre about any issue you face while working on the computer or while encountering any other discrepancy.
  7. Do not bring any kinds of eatables or drinks inside the centre.
  8. Carry a valid identification proof of your nationality.
  9. It is suggested to make sure that your date of birth, name, and photograph are in sync with your other identification documents and passport.
  10. Bring your passport and national proof of identity to the test centre.
  11. Make sure not to use a spellchecker, mobile phone, Bluetooth device, or any dictionary for the exam. 

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IELTS Test Centre Rules

All IELTS applicants must be well-versed in the norms and regulations of exams. There are strict rules in place, and you must adhere to all these rules and regulations to refrain from being disqualified. These rules also include extra features for candidates who demand special needs.

Some of these rules and regulations are as follows –

  1. Do not bring electronic gadgets like mobile phones (even if they are switched off), iPads, calculators, Laptops, etc.
  2. When entering the examination hall, keep the ID ready for inspection.
  3. If you have any kinds of doubts or need clarifications, simply raise your hand from your place. The nearest IELTS examiner will come and assist you.
  4. Lip-reading session of the listening test module will be offered.
  5. Braille-speaking test cards or large-sized prints will be given to blind people.
  6. Braille papers will be given to blind individuals.
  7. Special listening CDs will have the correct stops and pauses.
  8. Candidates who have special requirements must visit the nearest IELTS test centre at least two months in advance and provide their service request.
  9. Notify the invigilator or test supervisor on a test day if any conditions impede any performance in any manner.

Since the IELTS exam dates for both General Training and Academic tests are conducted throughout the year, students who desire to achieve the highest IELTS band scores should select their test dates in advance. Again, IELTS scores are needed for Canada PR and other English-speaking countries quite early, so it is wise to keep it in mind while choosing the dates.

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Frequently Asked Questions By Students

International students' writing, speaking, reading, and listening abilities are assessed by the standardised English language test IELTS. There are four times per month, or 48 times a year. So, you have no restriction on how many times you can attempt this test.

You can check the upcoming IELTS exam dates anytime. When you register on its official website, you can get live updates of every exam slot, number of exam dates, etc., directly on your registered email.

You can cancel your IELTS test registration at any time by notifying the test centre. But you can reschedule the test only if the date is at least 15 days from the date you're applying for rescheduling. For 34 days and above, you can reschedule the date without giving any reason. Remember to choose a new exam date when available within three months of the original date.

Yes, you can choose the date that works best for you once you've chosen your preferred test format and venue. However, log on 15 days prior to your test if you intend to select your spot. Ten days prior to your test, if you haven't selected a slot, one will be automatically assigned to you.

You can book the test dates as early as three months in advance of the preferred test date and as late as one week before the test date, according to the IELTS official website. This is the perk of the IELTS test; you have the flexibility to choose your exam date whenever you want.

You might have registered for the IELTS exam online only to discover that you cannot take the test on the scheduled day. For situations like this, when you miss the exam date, 
you will simply need to reschedule the exam date.

It's true that IELTS exam dates are set by a global timetable. This means you can take the test in more than 1,200 venues across 140+ nations and territories, as per the global time schedule. For this, you have to adjust to your local time and manage the exam schedule.

Yes, you can change your IELTS exam date multiple times after booking it. However, depending on how close to the exam day you submit your transfer request, it can be considered a cancellation. If a different test date becomes available, you must choose it within three months of your initial test date.

Within three months of the scheduled exam date, candidates must choose a new test date. For the change in test date, you will surely have to pay a fee. For example, if you are from India, you must pay an administrative fee of Rs 3,300 inclusive of all taxes.

The difference between paper-based and computer-based IELTS exam dates is that with the Computer-based IELTS, you get access to more test dates and get results in 3-5 days. On the other hand, you can opt for the IELTS paper-based test, which will take the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections on paper with either HB pencils or a pen.

While registering, you can find the nearest test centre with available IELTS exam dates on the official site. Depending on the country you belong to, you will get a list of cities, among which you can choose your test centre. The best part is you will also get the upcoming dates when choosing the centre.

The results dates will vary depending on the medium of test you have given. So, suppose you appeared for the paper-based IELTS test; your results will be available in 13 days. Again, if you have given the test computer-based, you will receive the results 3 to 5 days after your test date.

Yes, the Academic version of the test has a certain speciality. It is available for all 48 IELTS exam dates, while you get only 24 dates for the General Training version.

Yes, you can cancel the registration for the IELTS test by notifying the test centre. However, note that the Refund policies vary based on when you cancel and the existence of extraordinary circumstances.

Anyone who is 16 years old or older, regardless of gender, nationality, or background, is eligible to take this exam. There are exceptions only when a school requires the IELTS scores for admission. 

Yes, the IELTS exam can be taken online at home or from a quiet, well-lit location with a reliable internet connection. Just be sure you can put in two hours and fifty minutes of uninterrupted time.

It is generally recommended to devote 2-3 months to your IELTS exam preparation. You can use this time to study for exams, analyse your strengths and shortcomings, and concentrate on developing your reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities.

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