What is the Full Form of IELTS?

The full form of IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is an English proficiency test accepted for admission to prominent universities abroad. This test is developed and run by the British Council in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English and IDP Education. This test is accepted for admission to top universities in prominent study abroad destinations like the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, etc. If you are a non-native speaker of the English language, you will be required to obtain a good English proficiency test score.


What is the importance of the IELTS Exam?

IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests across the globe with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. The IELTS certification is recognized by the UK, USA, AustraliaCanada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries across the globe. The certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organizations. The test is considered the standard for English language testing and their certification is recognized for both academic and immigration purposes. This test assesses the English language skills of a candidate by testing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Tests are available throughout the year in more than 1600 centers in over 140 countries. With IELTS scores, you can study in some of the best universities in Australiatop universities in Canada, USA, UK and New Zealand.

Types of IELTS exam

There are three types of IELTS Exam:

  • IELTS Academic Test (IELTS-A)
  • IELTS General Training Test (IELTS-GT)
  • IELTS for UKVI

IELTS Academic Test

The IELTS Academic Test is an assessment to test if your English language skills meet international academic proficiency. This test is best suited for international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in an English-speaking environment and for those planning to move for professional registration.

IELTS General Training Test

The IELTS General Test is an assessment to test whether you possess adequate language skills for the workplace and social situations. People migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, those applying for secondary training programs and work experience in any English-speaking environment can opt for IELTS General Training test format.


IELTS for UKVI is the same as IELTS. The IELTS for UKVI is a government-approved Secure English Language Test (SLET) for those people who want to study, work or migrate to the UK. Students who need to prove their English language abilities for the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application purposes can opt for IELTS UKVI Academic test format. 

What is IELTS Life Skills Test?

IELTS Life Skills is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) that assesses only your English speaking and listening skills. This is a part of a UKVI application for those people who want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently; who are already living in the UK and want to make it their permanent home and who want to become a British citizen.


The IELTS exam can be taken

  • online (Computer-delivered IELTS)
  • offline (IELTS paper-based test).

 The exam format for both modes is the same. The listening and speaking sections are the same for both academic and general, while the writing and reading sections differ slightly.

How to register for the IELTS exam?

You can register for the IELTS examination either online or offline.

Steps to register for your IELTS examination online:

Step 1: Visit the official British Council IELTS registration page

Step 2: Register an account with the British council’s IELTS registration page

Step 3: Choose your nearest test centre.

Step 4: Register for your test and make the payment to Nabil bank.

Steps to register for the IELTS examination in-person:

Step 1: Application form for the registration is given by AECC Global.

Step 2: Fill in all the necessary details carefully

Step 3: Submit your application in-person at the AECC Global office-Test Prep Department.

Step 4: Pay the IELTS Exam Fee through mobile banking/e-sewa/Khalti or hand cash.

During your registration, ensure that you have your passport handy as you need a passport number at the time of registration. You must also make sure to take your passport with you on the day of your examination.  


The IELTS registration fee / IELTS exam fee in Nepal

IELTS exam fee in Nepal for different IELTS Test type
IELTS Exam Fee in Nepal
IELTS Academic and General Training - IELTS exam fee in Nepal for Paper-Based test NPR 31,500
IELTS Academic and General Training - IELTS exam fee in Nepal for Computer-delivered test NPR 28,800
UKVI NPR 34,000
Life Skills NPR 24,000

Note: Please note that upcoming test dates registrations which you book and pay till 30th April 2024 will be charged at the current test fees for all products. All registrations booked on and after 1st May 2024 will be at the new test fees.

IELTS Exam Cancellation Fees:

  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application more than 14 days before the test date, the candidate will receive a 75% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application within 14 days, the candidate will receive a 50% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If a candidate cancels their IELTS application within 2 days before the actual test date, the candidate will receive a 25% refund of the total IELTS exam fee.
  • If the candidate cancels the test on the day of the test or after the test, no refund will be provided.  

IELTS Reschedule Fees

If a candidate wishes to change their test date, they can request to reschedule their exam date at least five weeks ahead of the previously booked test. The rescheduled date must be within three months of the original test date. For the process of rescheduling, the candidate will have to pay an administrative charge inclusive of all taxes.


Here are a few differences between IELTS and TOEFL you must know before you take the examination:

  • IELTS VS. TOEFL - Which is easier?

Most candidates have often felt that the preparation for TOEFL was harder than the IELTS exam preparation.

  • TOEFL VS. IELTS - Which is widely accepted?

The IELTS certification is widely recognized in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, while TOEFL is popular in the US and Canada.

TOEFL vs IELTS - Score Comparison


IELTS Scholarship for Nepalese students

Based on the candidate's academic record, select universities and colleges offer IELTS scholarships for Nepalese students. They also offer education loans alongside other fellowships and grants on a regular basis. These scholarships and grants are of great help to students who wish to study abroad.

Important links - IELTS EligilityIELTS Dates in Nepal, IELTS Preparation, IELTS Syllabus, IELTS Results and IELTS Scores

Detailed Information About IELTS Exam

Exam Name
IELTS Full Form
International English Language Testing System 
Why take the IELTS exam?
English language proficiency test of non-native English speakers, who wish to study or migrate to countries, where English is the language of communication. 
Where is the IELTS certification recognized?
The IELTS exam score is recognised in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and 140 more countries. 
Types of IELTS exam:
There are two categories under IELTS: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 
Who conducts IELTS
British Council,IDP
Mode of Exam Type
Computer-based (online) and Paper-based
IELTS Registration Fees / IELTS exam fee in Nepal
On-paper NPR 31,500 and On-computer NPR 28,800  
IELTS Band Score Range
1 to 9
IELTS Scholarship
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