IELTS registration

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service. You can find out about IELTS test dates, fees and locations here


We have been made aware of fraudulent websites pretending to be the British Council IELTS registration sites. Please be advised that they are not associated with us in any form. We are also not responsible for the content available on these websites.

To ensure your details are safe, please only book your test by clicking on the registration link here on this site or on the TakeIELTS website. 

Before you enter your personal details, please check that you are using our secure online registration system. You can do this by making sure the website address starts with “https://”. In addition fraudulent sites may use incorrect spellings in the website address, so check that “British Council” is spelt correctly. 

If you are not sure, please use this link to book your IELTS test

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 working 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 email 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 for IELTS click here.

Choose your payment option

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.

After you register

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

If you paid online:

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

If you paid through Standard Chartered Bank:

  • Acknowledgement of your confirmed seat will be sent to you within 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 as indicated in your application or the next available test date.

Important information

Please note that in the test room you are allowed to have:

  • Your identification document
  • A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
  • An eraser
  • A sharpener
  • A transparent bottle of water

You will not be able to take anything else into the test room.


There will be a cloakroom where you will need to leave all your belongings. The cloakroom will be locked during the test. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving valuables, such as mobile phones and computers, at home.

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.