Here are answers to some common queries asked by candidates like you.


This comes down to personal preference and choice. Some test takers prefer paper-based tests as it feels similar to other test situations from school, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing and opt for IELTS on computer. View this video to help you explore which IELTS is right for you!

You can choose from multiple test sessions – available up to two times a day when you take IELTS on computer. For paper-based tests, you can choose from 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. You can refer to our date calendar for test dates and cities. New cities are added on a regular basis.

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two (2) years.

IELTS test is not recommended for candidates under 16 years. However, if you wish to take the test, you may.

The network of IELTS test centres managed by IDP is vast. IELTS Nepal offers 6 test locations across the country – Biratnagar, Birtamode, Butwal, Chitwan, Kathmandu and Pokhara. Currently, IELTS on computer is available only in Kathmandu.

The IELTS test fee remains the same for both versions – computer and paper-based. As an IELTS candidate from Nepal, you will be required to make a payment of NPR 21,500 for IELTS General Training and Academic (subject to change without prior notice).

You can find a list of test rules and guidelines on the ‘Notice to Candidates’ segment provided in the IELTS application form. You are also advised to read the ‘Information for Candidates’ booklet carefully so that you understand the test format and know what to expect on the test day.

IELTS on computer

IELTS on computer remains the same as paper-based IELTS in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and question types; the only difference is that you will be able to take your Listening, Reading and Writing tests on computer.

IELTS on computer is currently available only in Kathmandu.

The test fee for IELTS on computer is the same for both modules of the test (Academic and General Training) i.e. NPR 21,500 (subject to change without prior notice).

One of the USPs of IELTS on computer is the availability of multiple test dates. The test lets you choose a date and time of your preference from a wide range of available sessions.

No. You’ll be taking your Listening, Reading and Writing tests on computer. It’ll be the same as paper-based IELTS in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and question types. The Speaking test remains the same and will still be carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.

Find out all about IELTS on computer.

registration process

Find the complete information on IDP IELTS Nepal for information about booking your test.

No. Payment of the test fee by cheque or cash is NOT acceptable. You should never pay cash to anybody towards payment of your IELTS test fee. If you do so, you will do it at your own risk and cost.

Payments can be made by cash at the bank or by card at IDP IELTS office. Payments can also be made online through banks. Our preferred banking partners are Nepal Investment Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Please contact the test centre where you booked your IELTS test from. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge.

If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you are unable to attend due to a serious medical condition and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

If you are delayed by circumstances beyond my control (e.g. a transport strike) the test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.

about test day

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break.

You will do the Listening component first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test.

Only pens, pencils and erasers.

You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room.

Mobile phones and other devices must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/other devices or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified.

You can now choose your own Speaking test slot when you opt for paper-based IELTS. The window to select your slot opens 15 days before your test date and closes on the 9th day before the test date.

Please note you will have not have the option to pick a slot for the Speaking Test for computer-delivered IELTS.

You must bring the same passport/national identity card you mentioned on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same identity documents for each part of the test. Your identity will be checked before you enter the interview room.

As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents is used in both of these tests.

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.

You must write in pencil for the Listening and Reading components. In the Writing test, a pen or pencil may be used.

Yes. The examiners marking your answers to the Listening and Reading questions will not see your question paper.

test results

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational university or school sets its own minimum IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. To find out more, search the list of organisations accepting IELTS scores.

Your Test Report Form (TRF) will be available to you within 5-7 days of your test day when you take IELTS on computer. If you’ve registered for paper-based tests, you will have your TRF in 13 calendar days after your test date. You will only receive one copy of your TRF, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Proof of application to CIC must be provided.

You will only receive one copy of your TRF, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Proof of application to CIC. Up to five copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you. Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the test centre which issued the results. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test centre which issued your results.

If the test centre where your test was taken has closed, we can still send a copy of your TRF to organisations for two years after your test. Check our list for contact details.

To request a TRF, you will need to complete an Additional TRF application form. It is important to fill your family and given names exactly as they appear on your identification document. Submit the form by clicking the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the form.

Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document that you used when you took the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the Additional TRF application form). TRFs can only be sent to institutions and organisations. Additional copies will not be sent to students, their families or friends. There is no charge for this service.

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so. However, we strongly recommend you do additional study before taking the test again.

Test seekers are also welcome to use the free IELTS practice materials on our website. Contact your local test centre for more information.

You can apply for a re-mark, known as an Enquiry on Results (EOR), at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which will be fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.

If you lose or damage your TRF, we’ll be unable to provide you with another copy; however, we can forward a TRF to an institution/organisation on your behalf. We do not submit results to migration agents.

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