You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.
Please note that there are websites pretending to be British Council IELTS registration sites. They are not associated with us and we are not responsible for the content on those sites. Before you enter any personal details, please make sure that you are using our secure online registration system and check that “British Council” is spelt correctly.
Please Note: We are experiencing intermittent payment issues on IELTS customer journey at the moment. The issue is due to problems being faced at our payment supplier end. Some candidates can still successfully pay however a lot of candidates are unable to pay. We are in contact with our supplier and working to resolve this issue as soon as we can.
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
Please note that if you are taking IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes then additional options (and rules) are applicable. Visit what is IELTS for UKVI for relevant information.
If you are not taking IELTS for UKVI purposes, there are only two versions of the IELTS test:
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 two months 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 upload a clear copy of your identification document (N.I.C. or Passport, whichever is appropriate) when you register for your test:
If you face challenges uploading your identification document, please scan and email us a copy or hand deliver at either our Bulawayo or Harare offices.
6. Choose your payment options
The cost of sitting a test is USD 270.00. All Payments are made online while completing your online application form, it is advised that you have your visa or debit card ready to make payment before commencing the application process.
7. Complete your registration
Print the Application Summary at the end of the registration process (or the email you receive after registration).
- Send all documents from step 5 and your Application Summary to your nearest British Council office:
|Harare office||Bulawayo office|
|16 Cork Road, Belgravia, Harare||2nd Floor West, Zimdef House, 102 Fort Street, Bulawayo|
We need to receive all documents within five working days of your online registration. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within five working days your application will be cancelled.
We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.
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 email four to five weeks before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address
For more information please contact us.
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.
You can apply for a refund:
- If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund of the test fee, minus a 25% administration fee.
- If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, you will not receive a refund unless you can provide appropriate evidence to support your cancellation. If you want to do this you will need to complete and submit a Request for Refund Form along with the supporting evidence. We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence at least five days before the test date. Please contact us for more details.
Test day transfers
If you want to transfer to a different test date, you need to notify us at least five weeks prior to the test session you have registered for. To do this you will need to complete and submit a Request for Transfer Form. Please contact us for more details.