IELTS Test Dates 2021

Updated by: Nidhi bahl on July 6, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

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IELTS Exam Date 2021

The IELTS exam is conducted 4 times in a month. Candidates willing to take the IELTS Academic test can choose to take it anytime on any one of the 48 fixed test dates in a year. Meanwhile, the IELTS General Training Test is conducted 24 times in a given year.

It should be noted that the time slot for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training may vary in India. Popular foreign universities including University of Massachusetts; University of Dayton; George Mason University; City, University of London (Pathways only) accept IELTS scores.

The IELTS test is usually conducted on Saturdays and Thursdays of every week at designated IELTS test centres across the country, for convenience and flexibility. The listening, speaking and writing section of the test is conducted on the same day, meanwhile, the speaking section is conducted within the next 7 days.

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IELTS Test Dates in July 2021

IELTS Test Dates in India are available for July and August 2021. Anyone who wishes to take IELTS can check the availability of a slot at an IELTS Test Centre and then register for IELTS. The dates on which IELTS Academic or General Training  can be taken in the  month of July is as follows:

July 10, 2021 

July 24, 2021 

July 17, 2021

July 31, 2021 

IELTS Test Dates in August 2021

The dates on which IELTS Academic or General Training  can be taken in the month of August is as follows:

August 7, 2021 

August 12, 2021 

August 21, 2021

August 28, 2021

How to Choose the IELTS Test Date?

Candidates can check the upcoming test dates on the official website IELTS and register for the test. All candidates will be asked to select the date and test centre to appear for the IELTS exam, while registering for the test. Candidates will be required to possess the following items while registering for the test.

A Valid ID

At the time of their IELTS Registration, the candidate will be asked to upload a scanned copy of their passport. It must be valid at the time of registration and on the day of the test. The age of the candidate must not be less than 16 and those who are less than 18 years of age will need parents consent. 

A Bank Card

Candidates who register online for the IELTS test will have to make the payment online. For this, they must have a bank card (credit/ debit card). Demand Draft (DD) is accepted for offline booking.

The registration fees for an IELTS test is Rs 14,000.

Once the registration for IELTS is done for a date comfortable for the candidate, they will receive a confirmation mail on the registered email ID. Therefore, candidates should provide an email ID that they use currently.

The email will contain the specified date of the test, the test time and the test centre address.

How to Reschedule IELTS Test Date?

IELTS allows a candidate to change the date of the test chosen at the time of registration on certain terms and conditions. To change the date, candidates need to request for the same at least five weeks before the test date. However, postponement requests are also accepted within five weeks of the original test date in case of illness or other medical conditions for which the candidate will have to produce a medical certificate.

Candidates are allowed to reschedule the test date only once and the new IELTS test date must be within three months from the original test date. Candidates will be charged with a small fee, called the cancellation/postponement fee.

Rescheduling requests can be made online and offline. For offline rescheduling, candidates can download the form from the official website, fill it and send it to the Gurgaon IELTS office address.

IELTS Cancellation and Refund Policy

A candidate can cancel the IELTS test up to five weeks before the original test date. The test fee is refundable but a certain amount is deducted as cancellation/ postponement fee. An administrative charge of Rs 3,500 (Inclusive of all taxes) is applicable.

The fee is refunded to the bank account that was used to make an online payment at the time of registration. If the fee is paid at ICICI bank it will be refunded via NEFT. It can take two to three days to refund the amount. 

The request for IELTS cancellation or refund can be made or offline. The application form of IELTS cancellation can be sent via email to

COVID-19 IELTS Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy 

Looking at the prevailing COVID-19 situation, IELTS has reduced the number of days prior to which a candidate can cancel or postpone the test for flexibility and ease of candidate. The decision was made effective from July 2020.

For time being, candidates can request for IELTS Test reschedule and cancellation 10 days prior to the original test date. 

Requests for cancellation/ postponement can be made by sending application and documents at It can also be sent directly to the IELTS Gurgaon office address. 

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FAQs abut IELTS Test Dates 2021

1. How many times is IELTS conducted in India? 

IELTS is conducted throughout the year at designated centres in India. The IELTS test is usually conducted on Saturdays and Thursdays of every week and 4 times in a month. 

2. How many times can I attempt IELTS in a year? 

You can attempt IELTS any number of times in a year.

3. Are all four sections of IELTS conducted on the same day?

No, the speaking section in IELTS is conducted on a separate day, while, the other three sections are conducted on the same day. 

4. How to select the IELTS test date?

The availability of a test date for a specific location can be found on the official website for IELTS. Select the location and test type to find the availability of the upcoming test dates.

5. Can I reschedule the IELTS test date?
Yes, you can reschedule the IELTS test date. However, candidates must ensure that the next test date is scheduled within 3 months of the original test.

6. Can I cancel my IELTS exam?

Yes, you can cancel your IELTS exam. However, an administrative charge of Rs 3,500 (Inclusive of all taxes) is applicable in case you cancel the test.

7. When is the speaking section of IELTS conducted?

The speaking section is usually conducted on a separate date within 7 days after the writing, reading and math tests are conducted.

8. When can I cancel or reschedule IELTS 2021?

In response to COVID- 19, candidates can request for the IELTS test reschedule or cancellation 10 days prior to the original test date.

9. How to check the availability of an IELTS test on a specific date at a specific location?

Select the type of test, mode and location under the book now option on the IELTS website and the available dates will be displayed on the screen.

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