How to book your test

If you wish to use a result from IELTS or IELTS Life Skills as part of your application for UK visa purposes (apart from some types of student visa), you will need to take the test at an IELTS test centre which is specifically authorised by UK Visas and Immigration for this purpose. 

Before booking your IELTS test, please read this security warning.

Test conditions, availability & fees

The test will be given under conditions specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). 

Test are available on a wide range of dates from a number of permanent global locations selected by the UK Government.

In addition these are supplemented by additional locations, referred to as “pop-up” locations, selected by the UK Government. IELTS for UKVI* and IELTS Life Skills in these pop-up locations will usually be made available on a quarterly basis where there is demand. 

You can check on test availability and fees from our online registration system.

*From March 2016, some IELTS test takers for UK Visas and Immigration will be able to take their IELTS test on computer. A limited number of places will be available at the British Council for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer at a number of locations in the UK, China, Malaysia, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Brazil and Nigeria.

How to book your test using the online registration system

If you are applying to move to or stay in the UK and have to take IELTS for this purpose, you can book your test using our online registration system. Follow these instructions:

  • Step 1: Before booking, check which test you need and the level you need to achieve for your visa purpose, see UK Visas and Immigration website.

  • Step 2: Check which test type and location you require. IELTS test for UKVI includes IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training, IELTS Life Skills A1, IELTS Life Skills A2 and IELTS Life Skills B1, see What is IELTS for UKVI.

  • Step 3: Visit the online registration system (which will open in a new window) and follow the on-screen instructions.

You will need to submit valid identification documents (ID) as part of the registration process.

Please note that you are required to produce your original and valid identification document (ID) on the Test Day. It must be the same ID with which you register for the test. So make sure the ID documentation you use will be valid on your test date as if you fail to bring your original and valid ID on the test day, you will not be allowed to continue with your test. You may also lose your entire test fee.

In addition to this, you will also be required to submit a copy of the same ID on the test day.