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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is regarded as the world’s most popular English Language Proficiency Test. The IELTS exam in India is presently conducted by two bodies – IDP, a renowned Australian education service firm, and British Council. Candidates aiming to take the IELTS exam can select from either IDP or British Council as their test center.

IDP is a leader in global education services. As an Australian listed company, they have operations in more than 50 countries. British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. British Council has been present in India for 73 years. In India, British Council creates opportunities for young people to succeed in a global environment. The test of both the organizations IDP and British council is run by Cambridge University. There are a total of around 78 IELTS test locations in India. Out of this British Council has 40 and the IDP has 37 centers.

It is only recently news has announced of IDP acquiring British Council IELTS India’s business. This means that all IELTS tests in India will be delivered by IDP. Under the terms of the agreement, IDP will acquire 100 per cent of British Council’s India IELTS business for & pound;130 million on a debt free, cash free basis. The terms also outline that British Council employees working on IELTS in India will become part of the IDP team. 

What does this mean?

This means that from the 25 th of july 2021 all tests will be delivered by IDP. Don’t panic, there will be no change to the test content, structure or evaluation. 

For the paper based test if the test is on or before 11 th of july 2021 the booking will continue with British council India as planned. If the test is after the 11th of july it will be transferred to IDP and the consent team from the IDP will get in touch with you to confirm the details.

For the computer based test if the test is on or before  24th of july 2021 the booking will continue with British Council India as planned. Any booking after 24th of july 2021 will be transferred to IDP and the consent team from the IDP will get in touch with you to confirm the details.

Remember, wherever you take IELTS, you can have confidence in your score – you earned it.

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