Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than two million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills. 

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills. The UK Home Office has made changes to its guidance on Secure English Language Test (SELT) providers. We encourage you to check the full text here.

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:  

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test. .
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • Special arrangements: your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note, you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.

We also offer British Council IELTS scholarships that provide financial assistance to students wishing to study in English-speaking countries. Find out more about British Council scholarship opportunities.

Register

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.

Venue and time details for candidates whose registrations have been confirmed. 

To register, simply follow the steps below:

1. Read the information for candidates

Download and read the Information for Candidates, which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. 

Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16. 

2. Decide which version of the test is right for you

There are two versions of the IELTS test:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

Read our simple guide to help you decide which version of the test is right for you. 

Don’t forget to confirm the required IELTS version with the institution to which you will present your result.

3. Check the IELTS test dates 

There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register five weeks before your chosen test date. Of course, places may be available after this date. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day. Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day, or up to three days before or after your main test day. 

Your exam venue, time and oral exam details are announced four days prior to your exam date, on Tuesdays after 18:00.

4. Register online

Use our Online Registration System to book your place on the test.

Please ensure you are able to provide the documents in step 5 and are able to pay using one of the payment methods in step 6. 

Following your application, you will receive a reservation e-mail regarding your application. Upon receipt of the e-mail you need to complete your payment within 2 business days. British Council holds the right to cancel your application if the payment is not completed within the given time.

Points to consider:

  • Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your date.
  • All parts of your application must be fully completed. Otherwise, British Council holds the right to reject your application.
  • After you complete the payment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail entitled “IELTS Test Confirmation” up to 10 days prior to your exam date. This e-mail indicates that your payment has been matched with your application and your registration has been completed. After you receive the confirmation e-mail, you must wait for your venue and time details to be announced on our website on Tuesday, 4 days prior to your test. If you don’t receive the confirmation e-mail up to 10 days prior to your examination date, please contact us. If you do not receive the confirmation email and do not inform us about the situation, we cannot guarantee a place for you
  • The speaking part of the exam can take place three days before or after your written examination. Please consider this while you are organising your schedule.
  • Your exam venue, time and oral exam details are announced four days prior to your exam date, on Tuesdays after 18:00.
  • You can access the venue and time details of both your written and oral exams through this link by entering the ID No. that you have used in your application. 

Copies of your results

If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student. 

5. Prepare and upload your documents

Please make sure you upload a scanned copy of your ID document when you complete your online registration. This needs to be a valid passport or national ID card, no other form of ID will be accepted. 

Scanned documents must be smaller than 1600×1600 pixels and the file size should be 1.5MB or less (only JPEG, GIF or PNG files are supported).

6. Choose your payment options

After completing your online application, you need to transfer your payment. 

The cost of sitting a test is 115 Pound Sterling (GBP).

Please note that payments in other currencies will not be accepted.

Please transfer the fee to the following bank account:

BRITISH COUNCIL GBP Account
İş Bankası
Beyoğlu Branch
Branch Code: 1011
Account No: 3376413
Account Holder’s Name: British Council – Eğitim Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi
Swift Code: ISBKTRISXXX
IBAN CODE: TR11 0006 4000 0021 0113 3764 13 

In order to help us to match the payment with the correct candidate, please include the following information on your payslip:

  • Full name of the candidate
  • Exam date and Reference number given to you during your application.

e.g. Ali Yilmaz, 27 November IELTS, TR002-24092-00010

How can I pay for my exam?

In person:

You can go to nearest İş Bank branch and transfer the exam fee of 115 Pound Sterling (GBP) to our account, free of bank transfer charges.

Online or on your mobile:

  • Internet banking
  • Mobile banking

Candidates are responsible for any extra charges associated with the payment of examination fee. Payments below 115 £ will not be accepted.

Your registration won’t be confirmed if your payment is incomplete.

Late registration

We are not able to accept registrations after the deadline for application. However, if there is any availability we can still consider late registrations subject to payment of late registration penalty.

Candidates who want to register themselves after the registration deadline must get in contact with the exams department and ask about extra seats. Though we might not have availability for every exam.

8. After you register

After registering you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS

Your exam venue, time and oral exam details are announced four days prior to your exam date, on Tuesdays after 18:00

You can access the venue and time details of both your written and oral exams through this link by entering the ID No. that you have used in your application.

For more information please contact our Exams Services

Special Arrangements

IELTS is designed to be a fair test and your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any special needs that you may have.

We can help you with any special arrangements you require for your test. For example, we offer support for people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia.

Please contact us three months in advance of your test date to find out how you can apply for special arrangements. 

Refunds and transfers

For cancellations up to five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund, minus an administrative charge of 30 Pound Sterling (GBP). You will need to explain the reason for your cancellation. 

You can transfer your test date once, free of charge, up to five weeks before the test date. The new date will have to be set to within three months of your original application date. You can only transfer your exam to an exam with an ongoing registration date.

Transfers requested less than five weeks prior to examination date will be subject to a 30 Pound Sterling (GBP) transfer fee.   You will need to explain the reason for your transfer. 

British Council holds the right to refuse the cancellation or transfer requests.

Cancellations can be requested by sending the request for transfer or request for refund form by email.

Payments (if applicable) should be made to the British Council GBP account as indicated in the registration section.

Please make sure to state below information on the explanation part of your payment for your transfer:

  • Full name of the candidate
  • Transfer date

All documents must be submitted via e-mail in 3 business days. Otherwise you will lose your transfer rights.

Illness on the exam day

In case of illness on the exam day, candidates need to e-mail us a medical report together with a request for transfer or request for refund form within three business days. Otherwise, the candidate will lose all rights to claim compensation.

Upon receipt of the documents above, your exam fee will be refunded, minus a 30 Pound Sterling (GBP) administration charge.  Alternatively, a future exam date will be provided, provided a transfer fee of 30 Pound Sterling (GBP) is paid. You can only transfer your exam to an exam with an ongoing registration date.

If you transfer to a new examination date and fall ill on the second examination date you will not be entitled to a refund or be able to transfer to a new date.

Prepare

If you book your IELTS test with the British Council you can take advantage of our exclusive access to a wide range of learning materials – all designed to help you get the best possible score in your IELTS test. 

1. Road to IELTS Course – 30 hours of free online study

Road to IELTS, written by the British Council, is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking practice. Written by the British Council for its IELTS students, Road to IELTS includes: 

  • Practice materials
  • Timed tests
  • Tutorials
  • Online scoring
  • Self-assessment tools so that you can measure your progress

You can try our Road to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of access to the learning materials. 

2. Official IELTS Practice Materials

These Practice Materials are intended to give IELTS candidates an idea of what the test is like. They also give candidates the opportunity to test themselves and see whether their English is at the level required to take IELTS. These materials will also help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions. They offer samples of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking modules with sample answers and Examiner comments. 

For the year 2014, the price for the Official IELTS Practice Materials is 20 Pound Sterling (GBP). Please contact us to get a copy of your own.

3. Further British Council online preparation materials

We also have a selection of online preparation materials for your Listening and Speaking tests.

Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test

Prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test

4. LearnEnglish website

We have a website dedicated to learning the English language. It’s called LearnEnglish and it has a number of very useful English learning resources, such as:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Grammar and vocabulary tutorials
  • Business/work resources and a magazine
  • Games
  • IELTS tips
  • Community networking opportunities

You will find that learning materials on the site really support your preparation for your IELTS test, and they’ll give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

5. FREE IELTS PRACTICE TESTS

Prepare for IELTS with these free practice tests and answers. Time yourself and develop your exam technique.

The practice tests in this section offer you the opportunity to:

  • get to know the test format;
  • experience the types of tasks you will be asked to undertake;
  • test yourself under timed conditions;
  • review your answers and compare them with model answers.

6. IELTS WORD POWER: FREE MOBILE APP (ANDROID)

British Council IELTS Word Power is a free vocabulary practice app for IELTS test takers. With over 100 questions to test your word power, this app helps to build vocabulary in preparation for the IELTS test. Download it now from Google play on your Android mobile device.

Results

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance. 

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS results online and by post

You’ll be able to preview your results online13 days after your main test day from 16.00.

Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) will be posted to you 13 days after the date of the main test day. 

You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. 

Test Report Forms (TRFs)

Please note that if you do not complete your four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), your Test Report Form will not be issued by the British Council. If you have any special circumstances, please contact us before the test date.

You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be issued if you lose it. 

However, for a period of two years you can apply to the centre where you took the test for verified photocopies of the Test Report Form to be sent to institutions of your choice. Additional Test Report Forms can only be sent to institutions, not to candidates themselves. Please note that only one TRF can be issued per institution.

Test Report Forms for institutions

You can request additional Test Report Form anytime during the 2 years of validity. Extra Test Report Forms can only be delivered through British Council Turkey to institutes and organisations.

The fees are:

To institutions in Turkey: 20 TL per copy

To institutions outside of Turkey:

  • 50 TL for Europe
  • 90 TL for Northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Finland)
  • 90 TL for Middle East/America (Iran, USA, Canada)
  • 90 TL for Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand)

Please make your payment to the bank account below:

İş Bankası
Beyoğlu Branch
Branch Code: 1011
Account No: 1830108
Account Holder: British Council – Embassy Office of Cultural Counsellor
Swift Code: ISBKTRISXXX
IBAN CODE: TR29 0006 4000 0011 0111 8301 08

After payment, please send an email to us with your full name, mailing address, date of exam and payment. Your Test Report Form orders will be issued and delivered to the courier company within 2 working days.

The candidates who have not provided their exam details fully will not receive their test result forms. Exam details to be included are; date of exams, city where exam was taken, candidate number and exam module.

Electronic delivery of results:

Five electronic result deliveries can be made free of charge to recognised institutes. 

Candidates need to send an e-mail, stating details of their institutions and exam details to our email

Electronic results will be delivered within two business days of us receiving your email.

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test. 

Find out more about the Test Report Form.

Understand your IELTS scores

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Enquiry on Results 

If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be remarked. This is called an Enquiry on Results. If you would like to make an Enquiry on Results, you need to apply at the centre where you booked your test no later than four weeks after the test date. You can choose which parts of the test you want to have re-marked.

This service costs the equivalent of £60. Should your score improve as a result of this re-evaluation; this amount will be refunded to you. Please not that this process will take between 6-8 weeks.

To make use of this service please send us an e-mail and an IELTS representative will contact you shortly. 

Can I re-take the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.