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. 

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.

Register

Dear Candidates,

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

Up until 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, you will no longer need to send in copy of your ID document for your seat confirmation with British Council. Simply apply online or on a paper application form, pay for your IELTS test and we shall be able to confirm your seat. You can get further details by downloading the 'Customer Journey for Candidates who wish to register with BC directly' from the Downloads section.

This also applies to all of our candidates who are applying with the help of a partner agent / IELTS tuition provider linked 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. You can get further details by downloading 'Customer Journey for Candidates who who register through partner agencies' from the Downloads section.

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. Please also note that you do not need to send in photographs for registering with British Council.

We wish you best of luck with your test.

IELTS Team @BritishCouncilPakistan

You can download the Process guide for Partner Agents for details from the Downloads section.

 

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 

You can check all IELTS test dates and test centres at our IELTS dates, fees and locations webpage.

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. 

Note: Customers in Rawalpindi and Islamabad can register, pay their deposit fee or inquire about IELTS at Gerry’s touch point.

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5. PREPARE AND SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS  

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

  • Two recent photos (passport size) that:
    • have been taken within the past six months
    • are taken against a plain background
    • show the test taker with a neutral expression (no smiling) with mouth closed
    • show the test taker without glasses (if you wear them)
      (Please be aware that your picture may appear on your Test Result Form)
  • A photocopy of your identification document (your passport or student ID card)
  • If you are a non-European citizen, you must also provide a copy of your visa

6 CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS

The cost of sitting a test is Rs.19,000 You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

  1. Online through the online application form
  2. Through bank drafts made payable to ‘British Council’.
  3. Or at your local Standard Chartered Bank. Cheques are not accepted. Find out our bank details in order to make the payment

In the REFERENCE section of your payment please write: [IELTS / family name / city / test date] e.g. IELTS/ Ansari/ Karachi/ 1st July

7.  COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

If you are registering online and also paying online than there is no need to visit the bank or courier any document to us.

If you are paying in a Bank , please make sure you send following documents to your respective British Council Office . Unfortunately, if we do not receive these documents within five working days your application will be cancelled. 

  • IELTS Online Application summary page
  • Copy of valid ID Document if you are registering offline
  • IELTS registration Fee: Standard Chartered Bank Deposit Slips/Demand Draft in favour of British Council Pakistan

 

Offline applications will be processed on first come first serve bases, subject to the availability of seats.

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 ten days before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

You can also refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details on refunds, special arrangements, registration detail amendments and much more.

For more information please contact our Exams Services.

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

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.