How Much Does the IELTS Cost? IELTS Fees in 2022

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Planning to take the IELTS but worried about the IELTS fees? You’ve reached the right place! In India, it costs at least INR 14, 600 to take the IELTS in 2022. The total cost will vary depending on the type of IELTS that you’re planning to take.

This article breaks down the important fees to remember when taking the IELTS in India and worldwide. Read on to learn about the different types of IELTS tests and the associated costs. We’ll also cover the additional fees you need to account for while saving up for your IELTS expenses, how to avoid penalty fees, and how to optimize your IELTS preparation.

IELTS Fees in India

The IELTS fees in India vary from INR 14, 600 to 15, 750 depending on the type of IELTS test that you’ll be taking. There are five types of IELTS exams that you can take in India. Depending on your preferred type of exam, the IELTS fees will also change. The table below summarizes the actual cost for each of the five types of IELTS exams in India.

Test Type
Cost (INR)
Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI15,750
Computer-delivered IELTS15,500
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)14, 600
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration15,750
Paper-based IELTS15,500

These costs are subject to change, so you can also double-check the costs posted in this IELTS guide. What’s important, however, is that you have a rough figure to keep in mind in case you’re working on your IETS funds. As you can see, it’s also important that you know the particular IELTS type that you’ll be taking to know your estimated IELTS expenses.

IELTS Exam Fees (Worldwide)

If you’re planning to move out of the country or you don’t live in India–don’t worry, IELTS exams are available worldwide. Of course, the fees and policies will vary depending on the location of your IELTS testing center.

If you plan to take the exam in the US, check out IELTS exam fees in the USA. For all other countries, the best way to see how much each testing center charges is to start the online registration process. Check out our post on how to register for the IELTS for a step-by-step guide!

IELTS Fees For General Test vs. Academic Test

Whether you’re taking the general or academic test, the IELTS fees remain the same. Of course, it’s important to know which test best suits you to avoid any costly mistakes. If you’re still confused as to which test you should take, this table summarizes their differences:

IELTS General Test IELTS Academic Test
  • Tests English proficiency fit for work and social situations.
  • Best for those moving to or working in an English-speaking country.
  • For paper or computer-based exams, the cost will be ₹15,500, or ₹15,750 for IELTS UVKI.
  • Tests English proficiency fit for international academic standards.
  • Best for international students or researchers pursuing studies in an English-speaking institution.
  • For paper or computer-based exams, the cost will be ₹15,500, or ₹15,750 for IELTS UVKI.

What’s important to remember is that regardless of the test you’re taking, you’ll have to prepare around ₹15,500 – 15, 750 for the IELTS cost. For the regular IELTS, it will cost you ₹15,500 while taking the IELTS UVKI costs ₹15,750. The IELTS UVKI is a special IELTS test designed for the additional requirements set by the UK Home office.

We’ve now covered all the important fees and test types to remember in preparation for the IELTS. Let’s now take a look at some of the important pointers and policies to remember about IELTS fees. Learn about the additional costs if you plan to cancel or reschedule your IELTS test as well as the additional IELTS services you might need.

Cancellation Fees

When canceling an IELTS exam, 25% of your total payment for the IELTS test will be deducted.

Don’t worry, once your cancellation request is approved, you’ll get refunded at least 75% of your fee in less than two weeks. Remember the following pointers when canceling your IELTS test schedule:

  • You can cancel your current test date as long as you apply to cancel your spot at least 15 days from the test date.
  • If you’re planning to cancel 15-34 days from the date of your upcoming IELTS, provide appropriate documents supporting your request.
  • You’ll also need to provide documents when canceling an IELTS exam paid via offline channels.

Once your cancellation request is approved, wait 8 – 10 business days for the refund. The 25% deduction will automatically be taken out – these are for the administrative charges. However, if you’re canceling due to medical reasons on short notice, the administrative charge is waived as long as you can provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the set date.

This is why it’s important to plan ahead and know important schedules. Don’t worry, if you’re planning to take the test at a later date, you can reschedule instead.

Rescheduling Fees

Up to 15 days before your exam date, you can reschedule your IELTS test without worrying about any additional charges or penalty fees. It’s important to remember these crucial dates when planning to reschedule your IELTS as some dates require additional requirements.

Rescheduling 15-34 days from the IELTS Rescheduling 34 days and above from the IELTS
Provide supporting documents and state your reason for your request. No need to state your reason for rescheduling your IELTS test.

Aside from the cancellation and rescheduling fees, there are two more possible IELTS expenses to consider: the cost for additional score reports and score revaluation fees.

There are instances when you might need additional score reporting sent to more universities or when you think you need to have your score remarked. Knowing these fees ahead of time will help you be even more prepared and help you make the best choices once you have your IELTS results.

Additional Score Reports

The first five Additional Test Report Form (or ARTF) are all processed free of charge. This means that you can select your top five universities and have IELTS process your score reporting for free. However, if you need additional score reports, prepare for an additional charge of INR 250 per university.

Keep in mind that you are only allowed to request score reporting to five universities per day. With all this in mind, research about ARTF and discern whether you’ll benefit from sending out your score reports to more than five universities or institutions.

Score Revaluation

If you’re planning to apply for a score revaluation, prepare an additional fee of INR 8,475. Seeing the cost of score revaluation, it’s important to weigh out your options before applying for an IELTS revaluation.

If you want to learn more about the IELTS revaluation success rate, we have a special article dedicated to that. Make sure to go through our discussion before deciding whether getting a score revaluation is a great option for you.

Summing It All Up

Preparing for the IELTS exam also means making sure you have covered and anticipated all the possible fees that come with it. Use all the pointers and tips we’ve provided throughout the article.

While preparing for your expenses for your IELTS exam, account for the additional fees in case you need to reschedule or cancel. Here’s a bonus for you – we’ve summarized all the possible fees through the table below. Take a screenshot or bookmark this section so you always have a handy guide with you when reviewing your IELTS funds.

IELTS Exam (Paper or Computer) INR 14, 600 – INR 15, 750
Cancellation Fee At most 25% of the IELTS fee
Rescheduling Fee None
Additional Score Report INR 250 per university
Score Revaluation INR 8, 475

This is why it’s important to plan ahead and carefully to avoid costly mistakes when taking the IELTS exam. Here are a few more tips to remember when planning for your IELTS exam:

  • Always schedule your personal and work plans with your IELTS date in mind.
  • Strategically select the first five universities for your ARTF.
  • Weigh in your options before applying for a score revaluation.

The expenses may appear daunting, so if it might take you more time to save up for the IELTS, use that time to prepare for the actual exam. Make the most out of your preparation time and remember that the IELTS is an investment towards your dream. The fees, time, and resources will pay off in the future. For now, focus on preparing for the test and gathering as many resources as you can!

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