Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 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. On 22 May, the UK Home Office issued guidance on secure English language test (SELT) providers. We encourage you to check the full text and FAQ 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 seven different test locations in Pakistan, i.e. Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Peshawar and Hyderabad. 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 in Pakistan Ruppees.
  • Fast results: You will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • SMS Service: You can opt to receive notifications about when you are registered, what your test dates are, specific venue details and results.
  • 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.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Where are the IELTS exam papers checked?

Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated examiners. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures. Examiners are supported by the IELTS Professional Support Network, a system of recruitment, training, standardisation and monitoring. The Professional Support  Network is jointly managed by British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

  • If my hand writing is bad, does that have a negative impact on my scores?

Most types of handwriting can usually be assessed by examiners as they are trained to be able to do so. However examiners can obviously only mark what is readable. If your writing difficulty that prevents you from writing you are advised in advance of your test to apply for an Amanuensis to whom you can dictate during the test or you can use a computer. These facilities need to be agreed in advance with the Centre 

  • For the entire list of FAQs, click here.

 

Register

Dear Candidates,

British Council is always looking for ways to make it easier for you to take IELTS with us!

Up till now, candidates have been required to send in their application form, a copy of their ID document and payment to book their IELTS test with us.

We are happy to announce that starting from 24th of April, 2014, if you are applying with the help of a partner agent / IELTS tuition provider linked with British Council , you will no longer need to send in a copy of your ID document for your seat confirmation with British Council. Simply pay for your IELTS test and take the proof of payment to our IELTS partner agent. The partner agent will register you with us and you will get the confirmation of your seat. Instead of sending in the copy of ID document prior to the test, we request all of you to bring in the ID document along with a copy on the test day where we shall collect it from you. You can get more details by clicking here.

Please note that if you applying directly, you need to attach a copy of your ID document with your application form. You do not need to send in photographs for registering with British Council. You can get further details by clicking here.

We wish you the best of luck with your test.

IELTS Team

 

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

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. LEARNENGLISH WEBSITE

The LearnEnglish website is dedicated to helping you learn the English language. It hosts 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

The learning materials will support your preparation for your IELTS test, and will help give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

4. IELTS BOOKS

You can buy a selection of IELTS self-study books from us. Our books are written by some of the world’s leading English language experts.

Results

IELTS Results for test date 10 May 2014

We are sorry to announce that  due to technical issues, some IELTS results for the IELTS test date on 10 May will be delayed. As a result of the technical problems candidates will not be able to receive a Test Report Form on Friday 23 May. We know how important your results are to you and we apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. Please be assured that we are working on a resolution as a matter of urgency.  We thank you for your patience and results will be issued as soon as possible.

 

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 the 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. 

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.

TEST REPORT FORMS FOR INSTITUTIONS

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

Additional TRFs are available to any institution upon request. Note that this will incur a fee of Rs. 500 per TRF, and is only available up to two years after dat of registration. If a courier service is required this may also incur additional costs.

If the addresses of the institutions were entered incorrectly when you registered you can change them by contacting us.

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

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

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. 

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

It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can fill out IELTS Enquiry on Results Form to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked.

There is a fee for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.

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.