International English Language Testing System

As Indians, we (usually) do not speak English fluently and regularly as our first language. Even if we are well versed in English, you would still be required to submit some evidence showing our level in the mastery of the English Language, if you are applying for a Master’s programme in Canada. You can give proof by attempting any English Language Tests. The IELTS & the TOEFL exams are two of the most famous choices for the English language assessments. These exams are well known by all Canadian institutions. These standardised English exams assess every feature of a language – reading, listening, writing and speaking. Both TOEFL and IELTS have somewhat similar challenging patterns, but we suggest the IELTS be more comfortable and easy to attempt. This section will guide you on all the phases involved in the IELTS.

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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

  • Check the minimum required band score for eligibility for Masters (E.g. Overall band score of 6.00)
  • A few institutions might also mention the minimum band score per section (E.g. 5.50 in every section)
  • The IELTS Language Test can be either Computer-based / Paper-based.

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 portal for the IELTS Exam
  • Go to the “Find Test Date” option; enter the criteria mentioned below, click on ‘Find’.
  • Date: Enter the month you will be sitting for the test (e.g. April 2020)
  • Town/City: Select the city closest to you(e.g. Chennai)
  • Module: Academic
  • As you need this exam for an eligibility in Masters, you need to attempt the Academic Module.
  • (Find Test Date and Check Availability): You will see all available dates at your chosen city and the fee for the respective exam. If nothing is displayed, change the city or the test date and retry. Choose a suitable date and ‘Apply’ for the test.
  • TERMS & CONDITIONS: Read the Terms & Conditions involved, click the radio box and click ‘Continue’.
  • CANDIDATE DETAILS: Enter the candidate’s information accurately. Fill in all details as they appear in the Passport. Then click ‘Continue’.
  • Make sure your name & passport details are spelt correctly.
  • PAYMENT DETAILS: You can now pay using either a debit or a credit card. This is a convenient option.
  • You can also choose to pay offline as well. The fee needs to be paid within the next 3 days. You can pay by cash at any of the ICICI Branches by filling an ICICI challan. You can also pay with a DD in the name of “British Council” (payable at ‘New Delhi’).

After You Register

  • You will get an email in your inbox confirming the payment receipt. It will also contain the details to access a free online IELTS preparation course – Road to IELTS Points.
  • Your Test Centre will send you a confirmation on the test centre venue, date & time, at least a week before the test.
  • The Speaking test time may be conducted either on the same day as the other 3 sections or on a different day. This would be within a 7-day gap, any time before/after the written test. You will be informed about the Speaking test venue, date & 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 at least 20 mins earlier to the test centre. It will give you some time to relax & prepare for the exam.
  • At the venue, the IELTS test staff will check your Passport. Without the Passport, you shall not be permitted for the test.
  • Usually, your photograph will be clicked for security purposes.
  • Once you arrive at the test centre, switch off all electronic devices. You will be asked to keep all your personal items in a separate room. You can carry only a pen/pencil, sharpener, an eraser and your ID (Passport) to your desk.
  • The Reading, Listening, & Writing sections are conducted over a total duration of 2 hours 40 minutes. There will be no/small breaks between every part.
  • Speaking section takes around 11-14 minutes (usually scheduled on a different day).

Test Results

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


  • It typically takes between 2 weeks to 2 months for preparing for the IELTS, depending on your current proficiency in English. Also, it takes a maximum of 13 calendar days for the test results to be released. If you need to forward the TRF along with your Masters’ application, plan your exam date accordingly.
  • Attempt many mock tests to get an idea of the exam.
  • A band score of 6.0 is usually the requirement for the Master’s programme in Canada.
  • You can send the IELTS scores to 5 institutions within a month of your test.
  • The IELTS TRF is valid for a period of two years.


So many resources are available online to help you get the BEST score! And guess what, all these resources are absolutely free! These resources cover every aspect of the IELTS test.

You should make the most use of the free preparation course – Road to IELTS. It contains 4 e-books, 9 practice tests & advice videos given by British Council IELTS.

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