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? 


If you do not test positive but have Covid-like symptoms or have been in contact with someone who tested positive and you feel uncomfortable sitting the test, you will need to pay a £50 administrative fee for a transfer of your booking. Please note that your booking can only be transferred free of charge upon receipt of proof of a positive Covid test registered through the NHS website or a medical certificate from a GP clearly stating that you were unwell and could not sit the test. Contact us here for UK / Israel  

If you cancel your test up 24h before your test day, you’ll receive a refund minus an administrative charge (25% of the test fee). If you request a cancellation within 14 days from your payment, up to 24h before your test, you will receive a full refund.  

If you cancel less than 24h, there is no refund available.  

For information about test day operations during Covid-19, click here

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.

Prepare for IELTS

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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