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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.

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

Notice for IELTS Candidates

IELTS is taking test day photographs of candidates from the test session of 25 August 2012 in all IELTS test centres in Addis Ababa.

With 20 years development, IELTS is recognized for its integrity, fairness and authority by up to 7000 receiving organizations worldwide. The new policy reflects IELTS strategy of continued test service improvement as well as security enhancement.

Photographs of candidates taken on the test day will be printed onto the candidate’s TRF (Test Result Form), and will only be used for test related purposes (including but not limited to issuing TRF, receiving organization recognition…etc) under Ethiopia and international data protection regulations.

The photograph will show the head, ears and shoulders of the candidate from the front. Please don’t wear glasses for the photograph.

All other candidate requirements remain un-changed. Please still submit the passport photo to test day personnel.

Please find the test day flow chart here for your reference; you are encouraged to review it prior to attending the test.

Should you need further information regarding this new policy or have any enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

What are the costs?
Registering for IELTS test ETB 3100
Specimen material ETB 425
Preparation course /workshop ETB 400
Registered mail for Africa ETB 60
Registered mail for Europe ETB 60
Registered mail for USA ETB 60

Please note: The cost for DHL mail depends on the destination.

How do I pay?

We accept payments in Cash Payment Order (CPO) order to ‘British Council’ for all payments commencing from January 2013. Please make sure to use the correct spelling of British Council.

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?

Even if you are confident of your English skills, it is essential that you become familiar with the IELTS test format. We can help you prepare for your test by:

Purchasing IELTS specimen material together with a CD/DVD
Doing an IELTS workshop/preparation course in our centre facilitated by experienced IELTS examiners
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.
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.

What will happen before the test?
Candidates will receive notification/confirmation when they register
If the speaking test is before the main test date, candidates will be notified by telephone or e-mail.
What should I take to the test?

Proof of your identity which is the same as the identity information you provided on your application form. It must contain a number, a signature, a date of birth and a photograph.

Pens, pencils and erasers which you need for the test.

Please note: If you do not have the correct identity information 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?

Your results will be ready 13 days after the main test date and you can collect them from our centre. You will be given a band score for each of the four papers as well as an overall band score along with a brief description of your level. The result is valid for two years.

Results will be returned to you as a Test Report Form. There is no pass or fail mark. Scores are given on a band scale of one to nine (with one being a non-user and nine being an expert user of the English language).

Unfortunately results cannot be given over the phone, by fax or email, and we are only allowed to give one certificate to each student.

In addition to the certificate given to the candidate, candidates can request their results be sent to receiving institutions by covering postage costs.

In addition to the actual Test Report Form that will be prepared for you, you can now view your results online. Click here to see your results.

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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