Key Takeaways

  • IELTS stands for International English Language Test
  • It assesses students proficiency in English
  • IELTS is widely accepted in the USA, UK, Canada Australia, & New Zealand
  • The IELTS exam fee is ₹14,700
  • Students can claim refunds or reschedule test dates at added costs

A one-stop guide to IELTS Exam fees

Are you dreaming about studying abroad? If you are, you may need to appear for an English-language test. [1]The International English Language Test or IELTS Academic is one such test that measures your capacity to blend seamlessly into an English-speaking environment. Accepted in over 140 countries, it is a prerequisite for students hoping to gain admission into Graduate and Post Graduate courses in countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. While the test is available in two formats – online and offline, you have to be present at the centre. Here’s how IELTS exam fees are structured.

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IELTS fees

Test Type

IELTS Registration Fee

Additional Comments

Computer-delivered IELTS (online test)


Inclusive of all taxes

Pen & Paper based (offline test)


Inclusive of all taxes

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The above IELTS registration fees are applicable W.E.F 1st April 2021. The IELTS board has revised the registration fee from the former amount of ₹14,000 valid up to 31st March 2021.[3]

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IELTS Exam Fee - Refunds, Cancellation & Transfers[2]


IELTS cost

Additional comments


Refund minus 25% administrative fee

This applies only if the student cancels the appointment 5 or more weeks before the test date.


Depends on your testing centre

Within 5 weeks of the test date

No show due to exceptional circumstances (as mentioned on the official IELTS website)


Depends on your testing centre


You must inform the test centre via E-mail, providing proof of exceptional circumstance anytime before the test date or up to 5 days after the test date

Rescheduling/Transfer Fees


You can reschedule your appointment at least five weeks prior to the test date by paying a transfer fee. The rescheduled date should be within 3 months of the original test date.

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IELTS – Refund Policy

You can claim a refund of your IELTS exam fee. However, the refund amount differs from geography to geography. For Indian student, an administrative fee of ₹3500 is deducted in lieu of processing the refund. To be eligible for a refund upon cancelling your appointment, you need to place your request at least 5 weeks prior to the test date, if you opted for the Pen & Paper based IELTS. If you opt for the computer-based IELTS, you should place your cancellation/refund request at least 3 weeks prior to the test date. Requests placed within the 5 and 3-week window respectively, will not be eligible for refunds. You need to fill an online application form on the IELTS website to place your cancellation/refund request. If you paid your IELTS fee through online remittance via your bank account or debit and credit cards, the refund amount will be credited to your source account. Cash deposits made through select banks (more on that later) are refunded via NEFT. Refunds are typically processed in 3-5 weeks1.

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Modes of Payment for IELTS fees

You can remit your IELTS exam fee through different modes. The commonly accepted modes of payments include:

Bank cards: Visa and Master Card debit and credit cards are widely accepted

Net Banking: You may also pay the IELTS fees through your net banking account

Demand Drafts: Demand Drafts should be in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Payable at New Delhi”. The DD should be drawn of listed and *approved banks only.

Cash deposits at select banks: You may deposit cash through a customised deposit slip (in original, along with the IELTS application form) in any ICICI Bank or Allahabad Bank branch. You can download the deposit slip from the IELTS IDP India website or visit your nearest IELTS IDP branch office or agent to obtain the deposit slip.

*Send an e-mail to [email protected] to find out the list of approved banks or call 1800-102-4544 between 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Mondays - Saturdays for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the accepted modes of IELTS fees remittance? Can I make payments in cash or cheque?

The accepted modes of remitting IELTS exam fees are credit and debit card, net banking, and demand drafts. You may also make cash deposits at select banks, by filling in a customised IELTS deposit slip. Cheque payments are not permitted. Also, if you make a cash payment to an agent helping you register for the exam, the IELTS board will not be responsible for the same.

I am unhappy with my IELTS score? Can I apply for a revaluation?

Yes, if you are dissatisfied with your scores, you can apply for a revaluation within six weeks of your test date. You need to select the modules you want re-assessed, fill an application form and send a demand draft of ₹11,025 drawn in favour of “IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED”, payable at Delhi. The DD should be sent along with the original test report form to the below address:

IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,

Sikanderpur Ghosi,Sector-26,

M.G. Road, Gurugram,

Haryana - 122002, India.

Tel: +91-124-444599

Will I get a refund if my score changes after revaluation and how long with it take to get the new score?

Yes, you will be eligible for a refund if your score changes. It can take anywhere from two to four weeks to get the new score and refund processed.