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IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for education and emigration. Over 1.5 million tests are taken each year in over 500 locations worldwide.

Book your test now or explore our TakeIELTS website to find out everything you need to know about the test. TakeIELTS will help you choose and prepare for your test using our free study resources and exclusive Road to IELTS online preparation kit. It also has a database of countries and institutions that accept IELTS, and instructions for accessing your results.

Click here to view the IELTS Customer Journey

New Road to IELTS:
New Road to IELTS is an online resource for both the Academic and General Training modules of IELTS
Practice zones with e-books to help you prepare for each of the 4 components of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Sample videos with tips from candidates and teacher tutorials, highlighting what to do and what not to do on your test
Timed practice tests to measure your progress
A My Progress section to help you compare yourself with other students worldwide
A My Profile section to remind you of your test date

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Chevening Scholarship Applicants
We welcome all Chevening Scholarship applicants seeking to take an IELTS test to demonstrate their English language ability. IELTS is the world's most popular English Language test and is your route to study in the UK. We urge you to prepare well and book early to ensure that you receive the score you require. You will receive your results within 13 days. Information on how to book and prepare for IELTS including free practice materials are available on the TakeIELTS website.

When you have booked your test please return to this page to browse your country's frequently asked questions.

What are the costs?
Exam British Council Reference Number & Price
IELTS Test only BC001 P 2,000.00
IELTS Specimen Pack BC003 P 450.00
How do I pay?

We only accept payment via cash deposit into our bank account.

British Council banking details: 
Account holder: British Council
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited
Branch code: 66 27 67
Branch name: Hemamo
Account number: 0100176604300
Type of account: Current

Use your Name & Surname as payment reference.

Please remember to send us your proof of payment by email at IELTS.admin@britishcouncil.org.za or fax it to +27 86 570 0422.

When and where can I take my test?

IELTS registration

Register for your IELTS test by visiting the 'Take IELTS' website. Select your location/area and find suitable test dates.

How do I prepare for my test?
1. Please click on the 'prepare for your test' link to the left to find information about ‘Road to IELTS’ - an exclusive online offer to British Council candidates.
2. Purchase an IELTS study pack, containing a CD-ROM, handbook, test information, and practice papers. The official IELTS Practice Materials kit including sample tests and a listening CD can be purchased from your nearest British Council office. Please complete and follow the outlined process on the IELTS Practice Material form.Collect your study pack at our office in Gaborone. Please take note that you will need to produce your original proof of payment with a bank stamp before the study pack is issued to you.
3. Do you want to practice your English vocabulary? British Council IELTS Word Power is a free vocabulary practice app for IELTS test takers. Download IELTS Word Power or follow these instructions.
British Council IELTS Word Power App
What will happen before the test?

Approximately one week before the actual test, you will receive a letter confirming details of both the written and oral test. Please note that the oral test should be scheduled to occur within a seven-day period before or after the test. You will also receive an SMS to confirm the details of your test date and venue. Should you not receive either of these, please contact us.

Unfortunately we cannot reserve places before you have paid. For those candidates who have paid the fee, but not made a booking, we are unable to carry over or retain fees on your behalf. Such candidates will have to apply for a refund and book at a time convenient to them. Please note that fees cannot be carried over from year to year.

What should I take to the test?
Proof of your identity (ID book or passport). This must be valid and must be the same document used when you apply for the IELTS test. No other form of identification will be accepted.
Two passport sized photographs (without spectacles) Please bring along on the day of the exam two recent, identical passport-sized photographs taken against a white background. No caps or glasses/spectacles to be worn in the photographs.
Note that your results cannot be printed without a photo.
Pen and pencil.

Please note: If you do not have the correct identification document or you do not bring the two photographs, you will not be able to take the test. Make sure you arrive on time so that you have enough time to get comfortable.

When will I receive my results?

Results are available 13 working days after the test. You can either pick your results up from our office or request them to be sent to you.

Unfortunately results cannot be given over the phone, by fax or email, and we are only allowed to give ONE certificate to each student. Candidates can however request to pick up their results in person instead of receiving them by post. This request can be made on the date of the test and we will ask you to add your name to our collection list. When the results are available we will call you; to collect your results you simply need to bring your ID book.

In addition to the certificate given to the candidate, candidates can request on their application forms (Section 24), that up to 5 copies of the results be sent to receiving institutions. Receiving institutions are local academic institutions (e.g. universities) and overseas institutions not registered to view candidate results online. Registered institutions only receive results online; here is a list of registered institutions. Unfortunately we cannot send to local institutions or departments (e.g. immigration agents). Please note: results will only be sent to institutions free of charge if this is indicated in your original application form. Should you need to send the results to an institution after you have registered you will need to make use of the Test Report Form Service. Apply for the results service by downloading and completing the test report form. Your results will be sent via courier to any international institution.

refund, cancellation and re-marking policies?
Refund, transfer of date and cancellation policy
Enquiry on results policy
Do you need more information?
If you require further information about IELTS, please visit the TakeIELTS website. You can also e-mail our exams team.
The British Council and the examining boards take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. We feel sure you will understand, however, that we cannot be held responsible for any interruptions caused by circumstances beyond our control. If examinations or their results are disrupted, cancelled or delayed, every effort will be made to resume normal service as soon as possible. The British Council’s liability will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or retesting at a later date. All fees are valid for the current registration period only and are subject to change. Please check the relevant web pages for the latest fees before registering for the next session of exams.
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