How to Postpone IELTS Exam?

By Samarpita Goswami Updated On - May 25, 2022 05:38 PM

The IELTS exam date can be rescheduled or postponed by following a few simple steps. Scroll through to find the answer to the frequently asked question - 'How to postpone IELTS exam?' 

How to Postpone IELTS Exam Date IDP? This question is often asked by students when faced with an emergency that prevents them from appearing for the selected IELTS exam date and they have to postpone it.

The IELTS is one of the oldest English proficiency tests in the world and has an immense popularity. Non-native English speakers take IELTS or International English Language Testing System to migrate to a country where English is the primary language. The migration can be for higher studies, a job, or settling abroad. While earlier IELTS in India used to be conducted by both the British Council and IDP India, IDP is now the sole administrator of the exam in India.

Let us now discuss the relevant information related to ‘how to postpone IELTS exam date?’ and the conditions under which it is possible for test-takers.

Can I Postpone the IELTS Exam?

Anyone can postpone the IELTS exam and reschedule it without giving any reason if they do so before 34 or more days of the IELTS test date. Apart from that, you can postpone the IELTS Exam within 34 days from the IELTS exam date in case there is an emergency. However, you must make sure that the emergency you will be citing is true and that you can show solid evidence to prove it. Also, the IELTS Exam can be postponed only once, so it is mandatory to be present for the examination on the changed date. No further postponement is encouraged.

Deadlines to Postpone IELTS Exam Date

Refer to the deadlines to successfully postpone IELTS exam date:

IELTS Exam Type Deadlines for Rescheduling IELTS Exam
IELTS Less than 5 weeks before the IELTS exam date
IELTS UKVI Less than 5 weeks before the IELTS exam date
IELTS for Life Skills Less than 5 weeks before the IELTS exam date
Computer-delivered IELTS Less than 3 weeks before the IELTS exam date

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How to Postpone IELTS Exam Date?

If you want to know how to postpone your IELTS exam then you must be aware of how to book a slot for the IELTS exam in the first place. You need to log in to the official website of IELTS India to register for the exam, choose the test centre, and book your date and time to appear for the test.

To postpone the test date, you need to write an email or fax or visit in person to the IDP office. You must inform the authorities of the reason behind your IELTS Exam rescheduling and submit proper proof to support your reason. This has to be done if you are trying to postpone your IELTS exam date 15 days ahead of the exam.

If the test organisers are convinced of the postponement of the IELTS exam after verification of your documents, then they will allow you to choose the next IELTS exam dates for rescheduling. The decision of the IELTS test centre must be followed by the candidate.

Steps to Postpone IELTS Exam Date IDP

For test-takers applying within India, the IELTS exam is conducted by IDP India. Hence, if you wish to postpone and reschedule your IELTS exam then you must contact the organisers of the test at IDP.

Here is the step-by-step process of how to postpone IELTS exam date IDP:

Step 1: Download the ‘Transfer, Cancellation Application Form’ from the official IELTS India website.

Step 2: Fill up the application form with your personal and other required details.

Step 3: You will have to choose the option ‘transfer’ in the row dedicated to ‘request for Transfer/Cancellation’.

Step 4: Choose two possible IELTS dates to reschedule or transfer the IELTS exam.

Step 5: Submit a cancelled cheque along with the application form.

Step 6: Give details of the medical practitioner in case of a medical emergency.

Step 7: Submit the form in person, by email, or by fax.

The IELTS test centre will study your application form and scrutinise your evidence in case you are postponing IELTS within 34 days of the IELTS test date. They will provide you with another IELTS test date according to the availability at the test centre.

How to Postpone IELTS Date British Council?

The IELTS exam in India is no longer conducted by the British Council. Therefore, there is no application process with the British Council for Indian students. In any case, if you want to know more about how to postpone IELTS Date British Council in other countries, here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • If candidates request to postpone IELTS exam more than five weeks before the IELTS exam dates, they will receive a full refund.

  • In case it is postponed within five weeks, some amount is deducted as administrative fees.

  • Only in case of an emergency, can the IELTS exam be postponed within three days.

  • You can reschedule the IELTS exam only up to three months after the previous examination date.

Please note that proof has to be submitted if the IELTS exam is postponed within five days.

How to Reschedule IELTS Exam Online

Now it is possible to transfer or reschedule the IELTS exam date online. You can reschedule the IELTS exam date if: 

  • You apply for postponement 15 days before the test date.

  • You can also reschedule the test date without stating any reason if you postpone before 34 days of the IELTS exam dates.

Steps to Transfer/Reschedule IELTS Test Online

If you are already aware of how to register for the IELTS exam online, then let us move on to the steps to postpone and reschedule IELTS test online:

  • Step 1: Log in to your account on the IDP IELTS website.

  • Step 2: Select the reason for your transfer or reschedule.

  • Step 3: Upload supporting documents.

  • Step 4: You will receive an acknowledgement of the submission of the request.

  • Step 5: If your transfer/reschedule request is not accepted you will be mailed or an SMS will be sent.

  • Step 6: If accepted you can move on to the next step.

  • Step 7: Choose another IELTS test date and location.

  • Step 8: Accept the privacy policy and terms and conditions of the IELTS exam.

  • Step 9: Upload passport.

  • Step 10: Pay the IELTS exam fee.

Emergency Reasons to Postpone IELTS Exam

The IELTS conducting body has laid down some emergency circumstances under which the exam can be rescheduled or postponed to another date. These are:

  • Serious illness - The illnesses linked to hospital admission or serious illnesses like surgery, typhoid, jaundice, eye flu and infectious diseases will be considered. Viral fever, cough and cold, and stomach ache do not fall under the category of serious illness.

  • Serious injury - Injury related to hospitalisation, or fracture of body parts such as hand which will prevent the candidate from writing.

  • Death of near and dear - loss of a close family member or friend, hardships and traumas related to it.

  • Other reasons -

    • Victim of a crime, 

    • Victim of traffic accident, 

    • Loss of passport after applying for the IELTS exam or passport submitted to the passport office for some purpose.

Candidates must submit an application form and relevant documents signed by a first-class government official.

Documents Required to Postpone IELTS Exam

The documents required to postpone IELTS exam are:

  • A medical certificate containing the signature and registration number of the practitioner.

  • In case of absence due to hospitalisation, candidates have to submit a hospital admission certificate and discharge summary.

  • Police report/diary/FIR in case of a victim of crime or loss of passport.

  • Death certificate of the deceased with registration number and signature of the doctor.

  • Receipt from the Passport Office containing the passport number and the tentative date to return the passport.

The centre administrator of the IELTS test centre will verify the documents and make the decision known to the candidate.

IELTS Reschedule Fee India

In order to postpone IELTS exam dates, a transfer fee has to be paid. The fees chargeable to applicants for rescheduling different types of IELTS exams are:

IELTS Exam Type

Transfer Fee to Postpone IELTS Exam

IELTS Paper-based

INR 3,875

IELTS for UKVI Paper-based

INR 3,935

IELTS for Life Skills

INR 3,650

Computer-delivered IELTS

INR 3,875

Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI

INR 3,935

Note: These fees are applicable from April 2022 and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

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Is it possible to prepone the IELTS date?

IELTS IDP India does not provide any provision to prepone the IELTS exam date. There is a provision only to postpone or cancel the IELTS test date. Students should check the admission deadlines of the universities and register for the IELTS exam date accordingly. As there is no option to prepone the test date, it must be selected carefully.

Will the rescheduled IELTS exam remain on the same date and time?

In all probability, the rescheduled IELTS exam will remain on the same date and time. The applicants will be conveyed about the rescheduled IELTS exam date and time five days before the exam date via email and two days before via SMS. Students must reach the IELTS test centre on the given date and time.

Within how many days do I need to book an IELTS test date after postponement?

Applicants have to reschedule their postponed IELTS exam to an exam date within three months of the previous test date. After that, no request will be entertained. Therefore, students should be careful while deciding the test date and appear for the same within 90 days. The postponement should be done in time to avoid complications.

What documents are required to postpone the IELTS exam?

The documents which are required to postpone the IELTS exam depend on the cause of the transfer of the IELTS exam date. The commonly accepted documents are a medical certificate issued by a registered doctor, hospitalisation details, police reports in the form of a diary or FIR, the death certificate of the deceased (must be a close one) or receipt from the passport office.

Will my IELTS exam be postponed if I miss the exam?

If you miss the IELTS exam due to a medical emergency, you can apply for a retest by providing a medical certificate. If you face any difficulty to reach the IELTS test centre, you must immediately inform the IELTS test centre about the same. The test administrators can take immediate steps to accommodate you on any other test date.

Can the IELTS test centre postpone the IELTS exam on its own?

Yes, the IELTS test centre can postpone the IELTS exam date on its own if there are circumstances that are not under control. Extreme weather conditions, pandemics, natural disasters, and civic or industrial unrest can be a few reasons for the deferment of the IELTS exam. The students will be provided notification well ahead of time.

Can the IELTS exam be postponed online?

Yes, the IELTS exam can be postponed online. For this, test takers have to log in to their account on the IDP IELTS website, then write the cause of postponement and submit the document to be verified. They will receive an email or SMS confirming the postponement of the IELTS exam.

How much does it cost to postpone the IELTS exam?

It costs INR 3,650 to INR 3,935 to postpone the IELTS exam depending on the type of IELTS exam you are appearing for. Postponement is possible only till 15 days ahead of the IELTS test date by giving a proper reason for the same. For rescheduling, before 34 days of the IELTS exam, you do not need to give any reason.

Can I postpone the IELTS exam one day before?

The IELTS exam cannot be postponed one day before unless there is an emergency.  You can show a medical certificate to the IELTS test administrator within five days of the exam and get your IELTS exam date postponed. IELTS exam cannot be postponed without any concrete reason before one day of the exam.

Can I postpone the IELTS exam for the second time?


No, you cannot postpone the IELTS exam for the second time as the IELTS exam date can be postponed only once. If you miss the second exam date, the IELTS exam stands cancelled.

Students must take necessary precautions so as to not miss the second IELTS exam date or else they will lose the whole IELTS fees.

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