How to book IELTS

It’s easy to book an IELTS test. Use our handy step-by-step guide to help you book yours.

You can book an IELTS test online or at your nearest test centre, depending on local arrangements. 

Before you book

Read these tips before booking your test:

1.    Make sure you book the right test: Choose IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training or IELTS for UKVI, depending on what you’re planning to use your test results for. We suggest:

  • If you’re planning to study at an English-speaking institution or join a professional organisation, you should check their requirements first. Visit Who accepts IELTS?
  • If you plan to emigrate, the relevant immigration authority will tell you which version of IELTS you need, and the score required. Find out which test to take.

2.    Stay safe online: Before booking online, make sure your details are safe. Read our security tips before you book.

3.    Read our guide on how to book: Make sure you read the guidelines below on how to book your IELTS test online.

How to book your test

Go to Book now and find a convenient test location using the drop-down menu.
On the countries/territories page, check the test locations and upcoming test dates.
On the countries/territories page, review the documents you will need to complete the application process, such as your passport, photograph, ID or other information.
Review the payment amount and your payment method.
When you’re ready to book your test, gather together the documentation needed to complete the booking process.  
Complete the application form to book your test. We recommend that you book online (where available) as this is the most efficient way to reserve your test with a British Council test centre.
List the details of five organisations that you would like your Test Report Form sent to.
If you have a disability or other condition and need us to make special arrangements for your test, inform your test centre as soon as possible. If you’re booking online, make this clear in your application.
Once you have submitted your application, remember to make a note of any instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: The address where you take the test will be confirmed after booking. This may be different from the administrative address of the test centre. 

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