IELTS is accepted by over 3,400 US institutions and programmes as proof of English language skills, including Ivy League institutions. IELTS testing is offered in over 48 locations throughout the US through independent testing providers managed by the IELTS USA office in Los Angeles.

Available tests, fees and booking links

IELTS

Academic and General Training tests available.

Test fees: USD 215 – USD 310 depending on location.

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IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration

Academic and General Training tests available.

Test fees: USD 295.

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IELTS Life Skills

A1 and B1 tests available.

Test fees: USD 195.

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Before you book your test

  1. Make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to. If you are looking to work, study or live in the UK, there is a specific IELTS test for UK visas and immigration. See which IELTS test is right for you.
  2. Have a form of valid ID (Passport or national ID card) at hand, as you will need to upload a clear photocopy of it when you book your test. Please note that candidates under 18 years of age have to supply written consent by a parent or guardian in order to apply for a test place.
  3. Download and read our information for candidates, which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16. 
  4. At the British Council, we are committed to providing you with the support you need to enable you to do well in the test. When you book with us, you get free access to IELTS Ready Premium. This includes nine videos giving advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two IELTS Academic practice tests for each of the four skills.
  5. Pay for your test. Requirements vary so check with your booking centre.

IELTS test date confirmation

  • You will receive a confirmation email approximately 5-10 days before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.
  • Your Speaking test may be scheduled on the same day as the other sections, or on a different day within a 7-day window before or after your main test day. The test centre will send you a confirmation for the Speaking Test date.
  • You will also receive your IELTS Reference Number to access the Test Taker Portal.  Please make sure that you have included your email address correctly when you book your test.