IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2021

Updated by: Nidhi bahl on July 28, 2021, 12:45 p.m.

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IELTS Eligibility Criteria

IDP and British Council, the conducting bodies for the exam, have not set any minimum IELTS Eligibility Criteria, as such. IELTS or the International English Languate Testing System is a standardised test conducted to check the language proficiency of the candidates who wish to take admission in foreign universities or work/receive professional training in a number of English-speaking countries including the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and more. Almost all top universities such as Middlesex University Dubai, Auburn University, Harvard University and Arizona State University accept IELTS scores.

Each university that accepts IELTS score has its own set of admission requirements including a specific IELTS score that candidates must meet in order to get admission in their course of choice.

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IELTS General Eligibility Criteria

For those looking to apply for the IELTS Examination, here are some of the key highlights for IELTS Eligibility criteria:

  • There is no specific educational qualification required for a person to appear for IELTS. However, depending on the course a student wishes to pursue and the purpose of travelling abroad, students must choose to either take the IELTS Academics or IELTS General Training.

  • An applicant will be able to take the IELTS test any number of times. However for each time that one takes the test, they will have to register and make the payment every time.

  • Candidates must be proficient in the English language in all aspects such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

  • Candidates must also have a valid passport to appear in the IELTS test.

IELTS Age Limit Criteria

IELTS can be attempted by any candidate worldwide regardless of their nationality, gender, race, religion or age. There is no upper age limit to appear in the test. However, it is not recommended to be taken by any person under the age of 16 years at the time of the test.

IELTS Special Requirements

IELTS tests can also be taken by candidates with some special requirements. Students under the special requirement criteria are allowed to take the test under fair opportunities for everyone who wants to study abroad and pursue a career. People under this special category include:

  • People with difficulties in learning

  • People with a hearing impairment

  • People having a visual impairment

  • People with specific medical conditions

Those who fall under any of the conditions mentioned above are eligible to receive special arrangements at the test centres provided they inform the authorities at least three months before taking the test. The same must be approved by the authorities as well.

IELTS Indicator (Online Home Test) Requirements

IELTS Indicator is the new online IELTS test format that can be taken at home by all applicants. It was introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to bring some relief to students applying for admissions abroad, especially if they are not able to take the in-person IELTS test. 

Applicable for candidates from India, the candidates appearing for IELTS Indicator are needed to meet certain requirements before taking the test, which have been defined below:

  • Candidates must have a laptop or desktop computer.

  • The space or room where candidates will be attempting the test must be quiet and comfortable to avoid interruption during the test.

  • Candidates must ensure that their internet connection must be reliable.

  • The candidate must have good quality headphones.

  • The laptop or the desktop must also include a webcam, which should be properly functional.

  • For the purpose of the test, candidates must instal Zoom applications to appear for the test.

  • Candidates must also download and install the Safe Exam Browser (SEB). 

Why should you Take IELTS Indicator Test? 

There are many reasons why students should choose the IELTS indicator test, some of which have been mentioned below:

  • The IELTS Indicator test can be used for application purposes. Most universities and colleges abroad are allowing students to upload the IELTS Indicator score to apply for admissions in case they are not able to appear for the in-person IELTS test.

  • IELTS Indicator gives students an opportunity to analyse their abilities in English  Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking section. 

  • It is an opportunity for students to take the test at home and apply for admissions abroad, especially at a time when a number of the assigned certain test centres are suspended, due to the pandemic.

FAQs about IELTS Eligibility Criteria

1. Is there any educational qualification required to appear for IELTS 2021?

No. There is no specific educational qualification required to appear for the IELTS 2021 test.

2. What is the age limit to appear for the IELTS 2021?

The conducting body has not imposed any upper limit for candidates wishing to appear for the IELTS test. However, applicants under the age  of 16 are advised against attempting the test.

3. What is the minimum age required to appear in IELTS 2021?

If you are attempting IELTS for immigration purposes then you must follow the guidelines related to the age defined by the respective countries. For IELTS Academics, there is no specific age defined to appear in IELTS. However, only candidates above the age of 16 are recommended to appear in IELTS.

4. How many times can I take the IELTS?

The IELTS test can be taken any number of times. However, for each test, you need to register and pay the respective registeration fee.

5. Can a candidate with a visual impairment attempt the IELTS?

Yes. Candidates with a visual impairment can attempt IELTS. Such candidates are supported under the special requirements with test centres providing special facilities to aid the students in attempting the tests.

6. Can a candidate with a hearing impairment appear in IELTS?

Yes, candidates with a hearing impairment can attempt the IELTS test. Such candidates included under special requirements and special facilities are available for them at the IELTS test centres.

7. Is there any university-specific eligibility criteria to appear in IELTS?

No, Universities do not specify the eligibility criteria for candidates to appear in IELTS. However, each university sets its own IELTS score requirement for the purpose of admissions.

8. Who can take the IELTS test?

Any candidate can appear for the IELTS test, irrespective of their age, gender, nationality or academic background for admissions in IELTS participating universities or immigration purposes.

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