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

If you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, there’s an IELTS test for you. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration section.


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 experiences, 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 eight different test locations in Pakistan, i.e. Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Gujrat 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 Rupees.
  • 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.


  • 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 handwriting 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.



Dear Candidates,

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

Simply apply online, upload your ID document and pay for your IELTS test. So no need to send a copy of your ID document. Instead of sending 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.


You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service. You can check all IELTS test dates and test centres at our IELTS dates, fees and locations here

You can watch a short video on IELTS registration and what to expect on the test day. You can watch it in English or Urdu.

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 preferred test date. Of course, places may be available after this date.

To reduce the chances of disappointment please send us your payment promptly so that we receive your payment at our offices no later than 7 working days from your application and at least 5 days before your test. 

Candidates will get their test venue details at least 3 days before the test by e-mail and SMS. If you do not receive this information within the stated time, you must contact your respective Centre immediately. Candidates will be expected to bring a copy of their venue e-mail to the venue on test day.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

To register, simply click here.

Please note:

The cost of sitting a test is currently Rs.21,000 in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Hyderabad and Rs. 24,360 (Fee includes General Sales Tax (GST) levied by provincial government @ 16% with effect from 27-Nov-2014) in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad & Gujrat. 

You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

  1. By credit card
  2. By bank draft made payable to ‘British Council’.
  3. Or with cash at your local Standard Chartered Bank. Cheques are not accepted. Find out our bank details in order to make the payment here.

If a seat is available British Council will send an email  confirmation of completed registration to candidate within 3 days of confirmation of payment receipt.

If no seat is available for your first preferred date you will automatically be transferred to your next preferred test date that you indicated in your application or next available test date.


If you have paid online

  1. You will immediately be able to view an on-screen acknowledgement of receipt of your application Simultaneously you will also receive an auto email acknowledging receipt of your application 
  2. Acknowledgement of your confirmed seat will be sent to you 3 working days of receipt of confirmed payment

If no seat is available for your first preferred date you will automatically be transferred to your next date that you indicated in your application or next available test date 

If you have paid through SCB 

Acknowledgement of your confirmed seat will be sent to you 3 working days of receipt of confirmed payment

If no seat is available for your first preferred date you will automatically be transferred to your next preferred test date that you indicated in your application or next available test date 


Watches – All watches are now banned from the test rooms for all test components (effective immediately). Due to the increasing variety and accessibility of internet-enabled watches available for purchase, a decision was made by the IELTS Test Partners to ban all watches irrespective of their style and age from the test room. It is not just a ban on digital watches. This restriction is captured in the Notice to Candidates, in the IELTS Application Form. Candidates are required to leave their watches with their belongings in the secure baggage area. Centres may wish to add this restriction to their test confirmation letter issued to candidates. It is the responsibility of the test centre to ensure every test room has an appropriate clock that is visible to all candidates during the test session.

Mobile Phones – It is an audit requirement that mobile phones are switched off when left in the secure baggage area. This is not just to prevent the recording of the Listening or Speaking test (if the phone is left on and the baggage area is near the test rooms), but also to mitigate the threat of the mobile phone being used as a blue-tooth receiver (connecting to an ear-bud being worn by the candidate.) Test-day staff must make checks to ensure that the mobile phones are switched off.

Eye-Glasses – Many of you will be aware of the Google Glass product now available. These are not the only model of internet capable eye-glasses on the market, so it is recommended practice that glasses with thick frames are checked by staff before candidates begin the test to ensure the glasses are not internet enabled. For example, this could be done at the time the IAM photo is captured (when candidates are requested to remove their glasses for the photo), or once the candidates are seated in the test room. Glasses with internet capability will feel unnaturally heavy to hold as the hardware will be built into the frame. 

Metal detectors – The use of metal detectors is not compulsory on a global level, but many centres have introduced metal detectors (wands) to scan candidates before entry into test rooms. This does assist the detection of mobile phones or blue-tooth receiver devices concealed in candidate clothing. If you wish to introduce these at your centre, and it is legally and culturally appropriate in your country, your RMT will be able to advise on recommended models.

Free preparation material- Road to IELTS

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

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. 

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. 

For better understanding of the Online Registration, please click here.

For better understanding of the Paper-Based Registration, please click here.

We wish you the best of luck with your test.



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. 


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. 


We also have a selection of online preparation materials for your Listening and Speaking tests.



  • Practice your speaking with this series of online videos
  • Practice your IELTS interview skills with these online tutorials


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 the date 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.

Within one month (after the result is released)
(Free TRFs)
After one month (after the result is released)
(Charged TRFs)
  • Up to 5 TRFs free via Registered Mail Service(GPO)
  • Up to 5 TRFs free + courier charges via DHL/FedEx Rs. 1000 per address(Excluding Punjab)
  • For Punjab candidates, PKR 1160 via DHL/FedEx per address

The Government of Punjab has levied General Sales Tax (GST) @ 16 % with effect from 27-Nov-2014.

Only the candidates forwarding request for additional TRF from Gujrat, Lahore, Faisalabad or Multan centre will be subject to above tax and additional TRF fee will be as per below:
Rs1000+160=Rs1160 per address through DHL/FedEx.

  • More than 5 TRFs via Registered mail (GPO) Rs. 500 per TRF
  • More than 5 TRFs via DHL/FedEx Rs. 500 per TRF + Rs. 1000 courier charges per address (Excluding Punjab)
  • For Punjab candidates, PKR 1740 via DHL/FedEx per address

The Government of Punjab has levied General Sales Tax (GST) @ 16 % with effect from 27-Nov-2014.

Only the candidates forwarding request for additional TRF from Gujrat, Lahore, Faisalabad or Multan centre will be subject to above tax and additional TRF fee will be as per below:

Rs500+80=Rs580 per address through GPO.

Rs1000 (courier charges)+500 (TRF fee) + 240 (16% tax) = Rs1740 per address through DHL/FedEx.



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. 


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).


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 remarked.

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.


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.