IELTS

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 9,000 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.   

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.

Contact us

For more information about IELTS please email or call us on +49 (0)30 31 10 99 10 (Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00), or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Register

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

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. 

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 a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

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. 

5. Prepare and send your documents

Please make sure you send us ALL of the following documents when you register for your test:

  • A clear photocopy of the identification document (passport or ID card (for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals only), you indicated on the application form. The document has to be valid on the test day and must be the one you registered on your test application.
  • Please also note that candidates under 18 years of age have to supply written consent by a parent or guardian in order to apply for a test place.

6 Choose your payment options

The cost of sitting a test is 215 Euros. You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

Our bank details will be sent to you by email if you decide to pay by bank transfer

In the REFERENCE section of your payment please write: [IELTS / family name / city / test date]

Once you have made the payment, please send us the bank transfer receipt with the rest of your registration documents.

7.  Complete your registration

Send all documents from step 5 and 6 via email to Exam Services or by post to the address below:

British Council
IELTS Department
Alexanderplatz 1
10178 Berlin

We need to receive all documents within three working days of your online registration. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within three working days your application will be cancelled. 

We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.

Normally, the deadline for applying for a test is 2 weeks before the test date. However, if there are places still available after this time, it might be shorter than that. Always check the application deadlines on our test dates, fees and locations page.

Please note: once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back to change your details.

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. 

8. After you register

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

We will send you a confirmation approximately one week before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

Please note: once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back to change your details.

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.

Further information is available here.

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 refund, minus an administration charge of 25% of the test fee.

To cancel your test date, please download and complete our Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form and send it via post or e-mail. (Please note that you must sign the form.)

If an original medical certificate confirming illness on the date of the test is provided within five working days of the test date, together with the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form, the fee is refundable, minus an administration charge of 25% of the test fee. Only original yellow sick notes in German or English are accepted. If we have not received both the required documentation by the fifth working day after the test, you will be marked as absent and forfeit all claims. Copies sent by fax or e-mail are not accepted. We recommend sending medical certificates by registered mail.

Please note that we do not accept sick notes issued by family members.

Requests for transfer of the test date are accepted up to five weeks before the test date and are free of charge. Please note that the new date must be within three months of the original date. In cases of illness, transfer is possible within five weeks of the test if an original medical certificate is provided within five working days of the test date, together with the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form

Candidates who receive a transfer to a new test date (either before the test or due to illness) and who are ill on the second test date are not entitled to a refund of the test fee nor to any further transfer to a new test date.

Please note that refunds can take 4 to 6 weeks to process.

Contact us

For more information about IELTS please email or call us on +49 (0)30 31 10 99 10 (Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00), or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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. Further British Council online preparation materials

You can order the Official IELTS Practice Materials 2, a set of a book and a DVD containing one full practice test with answer keys and model answers directly from us.

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

3. IELTS Preparation Course

Do you want to maximise your performance in each part of the IELTS test?

The British Council in Berlin is now offering a nine hour IELTS preparation workshop to help you do so. 

Find out more.

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’ll 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.

Contact us

For more information about IELTS please email or call us on +49 (0)30 31 10 99 10 (Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00), or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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 online 13 days after your main test day.

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)

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

Test Report Forms for institutions

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.

We can arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.) within two years of their validity. If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you register. 

You can ask for your results to be forwarded by emailing us the completed details listed below along with a copy of your valid ID. Emails that have been sent in without proof of identity cannot be processed.

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Test Date
  • City
  • Full name and address of each institution* 
  • File case/application number at each institution (if applicable).

* Please do not forget to write the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address we are not able to check whether the institution has access to the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service that allows it to view your results after we have submitted them electronically.  In case they do not access this service your results will be sent by post.

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).

How to query your score

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 six 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 (Euro price dependent on current exchange rate). 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 download the Enquiry on Results Form. Please complete the form and return it to us along with your original Test Report Form and proof that you have paid the fee within 6 weeks of your test day.

Our Bank Details 

Account Holder: British Council
Bank: Deutsche Bank Berlin
IBAN: DE52100700000433443900
BIC: DEUTDEBBXXX
Reference: Enquiry on Results, Your name

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.

Contact us

For more information about IELTS please email or call us on +49 (0)30 31 10 99 10 (Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00), or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.