How to book your test 

Before you book:

  • Check that you’ve chosen the right type of test for you. 
  • Make sure you have a valid ID – a passport or national identity card from an EU country. (For Israel only Passport is accepted.) You’ll need to bring this with you on test day. 
  • Download and read the Information for Candidates here

Under 18 years of age?

Your parent or guardian will need to register you for a test place if you are under 18. We don’t recommend taking IELTS if you are under 16.

The online booking process

Step 1 – Register online

  • Fill in the online form entering your details as they show in your ID (including your middle names if applicable)
  • We’ll then send a link for free access to the Road to IELTS Last Minute online preparation course.
  • Register here

Step 2 – Pay the test fee

You can pay the test fee online here:

Step 3 – Confirmation

  • Up to a week after you’ve registered and paid, we’ll send you an email confirming your test dates
  • In our centres, your Speaking test will be scheduled on the same day as the other sections
  • Around a week before your test date, we’ll send you an email with details of the time and exact location of your Speaking test

The benefits of booking with us

Because you’re booking your test at an official British Council IELTS test centre, you get a whole range of benefits, including:

  • Free access to the Road to IELTS’s Last Minute course: This includes 100 interactive activities, nine videos with advice and tutorials, two practice tests for each of the four skills, and practice tests for both IELTS taken on paper and on a computer
  • Free access to WORDREADY: This is an online resource delivering personalised vocabulary learning to help you prepare for the test
  • Choice of taking the test on paper or on a computer
  • Professional and friendly staff to make sure your test day runs smoothly
  • Five Test Report Forms (TRF) free: Get five additional copies of your Test Report Form sent free directly to your chosen institutions

Need to cancel or move the date of your test? 

The International House Trust Assessment cancellation policy for IELTS exams is as follows:

  1. 15 days or more before your booked exam date – no charge (this means you can choose between a full refund OR transfer to a date within the next 3 months. Please note you can only transfer the same booking once.)
  2. 14 days and up to 24 hours before the exam:
    • cancellation – refund minus £50 administrative fee
    • transfer to another date – £50 administrative fee
  3. 24 hours or less – no refund possible

Please note that if you book your test 14 days or fewer before the exam date, you agree that our service to you has already begun and that there is no cooling-off period, therefore a full refund or no charge transfer is not applicable (Point 1 above). This is because some of our administrative processes begin 14 days prior to the test, such as:

  • registration of your documents
  • planning of test day staff and examiners
  • generation of test day material
  • booking of venues and test rooms

Points 2 and 3 above are, however, still applicable  

Special assistance

If you have learning, hearing or visual difficulties, medical conditions you can ask for special assistance. Speak to your local centre for details.

To take a modified version of IELTS – for example, Braille – you’ll need to give us at least three months’ notice.

If you’re entitled for special arrangements to be made – for example, extra time – you’ll need to give us six weeks’ notice.



Prepare for IELTS

We run a full range of IELTS preparation courses to make sure you get your best result.

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Test venues

IH London has several venues across the UK with test dates throughout the year.

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Check IELTS results online

When and how to check your results, certificates and IELTS scores explained.

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IELTS is recognised globally as the English test for higher education and immigration.

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IELTS for UK visa info

IELTS for UKVI and Lifeskills have been approved as SELT tests (Secure English Language Test) for UK visas.

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Common questions we receive about IELTS tests are answered here.

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