IELTS Registration

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 approx. five weeks before your chosen test date. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates, availability and registration deadlines.

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 Euro 226. 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 ielts.plus@britishcouncil.de 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 ten days before the test date. 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 via email to ielts.plus@britishcouncil.de

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.

Find further information about our special arrangements and read our special needs policy.

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

Refunds and transfers

Before the test date

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 up to five weeks before the test date, please download and complete our Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form and send it via post or email to ielts.plus@britishcouncil.de. (Please note that you must sign the form.)

After the test date

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 sick notes in German or English are accepted. If we have not received both the required documents at our office in Berlin 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 four to six weeks to process.

Contact us

For more information about IELTS please send an email to ielts.plus@britishcouncil.de 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.

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