IELTS Test Registration

The Best IELTS Test Registration Option

The IELTS exam is conducted the world over for the purpose of ascertaining an individual's proficiency level in the English language. This test is required to be taken by everyone who wants to seek admission in foreign universities for higher education. It is also required whilst applying for migration or general work experience or training. It has come to be one of the most important criteria while making admission decisions in universities.

The most important step while planning to take this exam concerns your registration for taking the IELTS. It is advisable that you register for the test as early as possible so as to get a date of your choosing. Since the exam is conducted from over 800 test locations, spread over more than 130 countries, choosing a date suitable to you is not a very difficult task. To find a test date and test center closest to you, visit the following link - http://www.ielts.org/test_centre_search/search_results.aspx. You will be able to move on to the website of the test center once you have used this application to locate the nearest test center. Three major ways of registering have been made available by all test centers:

  • Online
  • In Person
  • By Mail

Before we move on to discussing these methods in details, we must also briefly touch upon the documentation you must be ready with while registering for the exam. Four main things are required:

  • A filled up application form.
  • Two passport sized photographs of you.
  • A copy of your passport or national identity card.
  • Registration fee.

Once you have arranged the above items, you can easily register for the exam.

Registering Online

For online test registration, all you have to do is visit the website of the test center of your choice. When you click on the option asking you to register online, an online test registration form will appear which you are expected to fill completely. Next, you will be asked to choose the test date that you prefer. The availability of the test date will be conveyed to you side by side. You can either be asked to pay online or send the money via mail. Within three days of registering for the test, you are required to email your passport sized photographs, a copy of your passport/national identity card and a copy of the email confirming your registration. This option is great if you do not have the time to go to the test center yourself as you will be granted the convenience of time and place as well as the benefit of immediate processing of your registration request.

Registering In Person

You can go to your chosen test center and choose to complete your  test registration in person as well. If you choose this option, you will be required to carry all the necessary documentation with you so that you can submit it on completion of your form. You will be asked to select the module you want to test in and the test dates you wish to take the exam on. Once your registration has been processed, your test center will contact you and confirm your registration.

Registering By Mail

If your chosen test center is too far, the organizers of the test provide you with the option of registration by mail. To do this, you must first download and take a printout of the application form (http://www.ielts.org/PDF/IELTS_Application_Form_November2011.pdf). You must fill it up completely and email it to the address of your local test center along with two passport sized photographs, a copy of your passport and the registration fee. The center will get back to you for confirming the test registration. One shortcoming of this method has been that there is no way of knowing whether your registration has been confirmed or not until after a few days.

Choosing the Best Registration Option

Now that three methods of registering for the exam have been enumerated, you can choose the one that suits you the best. These days, it is felt that the online registration option is the most convenient and the best option. This is because you are provided with the option of registering at your own ease, all information about the test is available online and your registration is processed immediately. The next best option is registering in person as at least you can submit all documents alongside and do not have to mail them later. The least preferred option is registering by mail.
For more information, visit the official website of IELTS - http://www.ielts.org.