Students targeting to study abroad are well-aware of the IELTS testing service. International English language proficiency testing is mandatory for most international educational institutes for admissions and scholarships. However, booking for IELTS can be frustrating and tough if you do not know the requirements, procedure details, fee structures, and test center details.
When you feel confident and prepared, it is time to register. Thus, this article is aimed at providing you with a piece of complete, comprehensive information regarding all aspects of IELTS registration.
IELTS Testing Service Providers
In Pakistan, there are two IELTS service providers, naming Australian Education Office (AEO Pakistan) and British Council IELTS. Both facilitators share international recognition, reliability and administer the same tests while scores from both IELTS administrators are accepted worldwide. However, both have different booking and communication methods as well as testing locations and examination dates.
Test Centers in Pakistan’s Major Cities
AEO Pakistan offers three to four IELTS tests per month and runs test centers in three major cities including Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad representing their provinces. Candidates from different cities in the province have to deliver tests in these cities but have booking facilities in their nearby areas and online. On the other hand, candidates from Balochistan must contact AEO Islamabad for test registrations.
British Council, on the other hand, runs test centers in several cities naming Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Faisalabad, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Mirpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, and Abbottabad. However, the testing authority offers three to four tests a month for cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi while only one test per month for other above-mentioned cities.
IELTS registration fee is one of the most frequently asked questions. AEO and British Council offer somewhat different fee structures, and you can book for IELTS test online with both testing providers. Let’s examine the numbers.
British Council IELTS Registration Fee
|Booking & Test Centers||Punjab
Bahawalpur & Multan)
|Islamabad & Gujrat||KPK
|IELTS Test registration fee||29,464||29,464||25,400||28,702||25,400|
AEO Pakistan IELTS Registration Fee
|Booking & Test Centers||AEO Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, & Multan,||AEO Islamabad||AEO Karachi||AEO Peshawar and Abbottabad||Mirpur|
|Computer-Delivered IELTS Registration Fee (Bank Draft, Pay Order)||32,480||32,480||31,640|
|Regular IELTS Registration Fee (Bank Draft, Pay Order)||31,320||31,320||30,510||31,050||27,000|
Types of IELTS Tests
There are two types of IELTS test available: General (training) and Academic IELTS. IELTS Academic is for the students aiming to study abroad for higher education. On the other hand, IELTS General is for individuals aiming to migrate to countries like Australia, Canada, and the UK or applying for work opportunities in states where English is the first language. You have the option to apply for paper-based IELTS and computer-based exam.
IELTS Test Format
IELTS tests are designed to grade English language proficiency in all four aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Thus, the test is segmented in these four basic modules, and various tests are taken to assess the English language skills in a total time length of less than 3 hours.
Depending on its nature, IELTS Academic and IELTS General differ in reading and writing test aspect but follow the same speaking and listening segments. The reading, writing, and listening tests are conducted on the same date while the speaking segment is usually conducted on a different date.
Test Scoring and Minimum Recommended Score
IELTS score is valid for 2 years, and the admission criteria vary across educational institutes and the countries as well. However, 6 Bands are considered to be a must when it comes to IELTS scoring by experts of the field.
The scores for IELTS range from Band 1 to Band 9 of skill levels in English language proficiency testing. However, the overall band score is obtained by calculating the average of individual band scores of all the four test modules, and band score is rounded off to the nearest whole or half band.
Here is the IELTS Band scale:
|Band Score||Skill Level|
|0||Did not attempt the test|
|3||Extremely limited user|
|8||Very good user|
Registration For IELTS
Registration phase comes when you are confident of your preparation for all test components and ready to conduct the test. Registration system offered by both testing providers is different, and you can register through your preferred authority. An individual can also select from a number of options regarding testing dates and test centers where possible. Online booking service is provided by both the AEO and British Council for applicants’ ease.
The booking procedure for both agencies is given below:
The applicant can download the application form from their website’s booking portal or reserve a seat online as well as physically visiting the office in places where available.
- The applicant is to fill the form properly
- Submit required documents such as CNIC copy and bank draft/pay order.
- The duly filled form can be mailed via courier or can be personally submitted.
However, if you opt for online testing, the process differs a bit. You are required to choose testing city and module and hit the registration for the desired test, check seat availability and hit continue button (it covers all the segments except for speaking portion). You have to choose the separate day and timing for the speaking test. You will be prompted to create a new profile or enter the login details; you will have to enter the details and hit the register option.
After submission, you will be required to submit the printed email including the registration details, bank draft/pay order along with a copy of CNIC or Passport within five days.
To book from British Council, you have to visit their website, go to their online registration segment,
- Select your country, mention type of IELTS test
- Select date and city, check availability and click on apply.
Then you will have to sign the declaration, fill out the applicant’s details and hit the continue button. The next step is to pay the registration fee upon receiving the email about your seat reservation.