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IELTS in Bahrain
What is IELTS?
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, taken by over 2 million people each year.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, where English is the language of communication

Over 8,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

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Why take IELTS with the British Council in Bahrain?

IELTS is now the world’s leading English language test having grown exponentially in the last few years to over 1.7 million candidates per year.

If you're planning to undertake further study, undertake non-academic training or work experience, emigrate or if you simply want to test your real English ability, then IELTS, the test of real English communicative ability, will ensure that you have the right level of English for your needs.

The British Council in Bahrain offers:

Frequent test dates throughout the year
IELTS preparation courses to help you achieve your goals
friendly, helpful and highly professional staff
online booking
' Road to IELTS’ - 30 hours of free online tuition when you book your test online
free IELTS test practice
online results preview available 13 days after your test

Take your test with us and gain your passport to international opportunity and global mobility!

Where is IELTS recognised?

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers around the world, including the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

You can find out the score you need to access the education, emigration, employment, professional registration or training opportunity of your choice by searching here.

IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

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IELTS test Registration

You can register for IELTS by following these steps:

1.Select your test details

Go to our online registration website. Select Bahrain, a test location, date and module.

2.Complete your application form

Complete the online application form. You will receive acknowledgment of your application by email.

3.Pay for your test

Print the email and bring it to the British Council in Bahrain along with payment, photographs and passport copy.

Applications will be cancelled if payment is not received within five working days of completing the online application form.

Overseas candidates must complete the payment detail form.

4.Confirmation of your test

When the British Council receives your payment, you will receive another email confirming your registration. You will also receive a password for a 30-hour online IELTS preparation course, Road to IELTS.

What documents do I need to provide?


Candidates must include a clear copy of their valid passport with their IELTS application.

No other forms of ID will be accepted (e.g. insurance cards, driving licence etc...)

The passport must be valid for at least one month from the date of the test.

Your passport must be presented on the test day in original; no other ID can be accepted for any of the 4 modules.

If your passport is not available for the test day, please inform the British Council at least one week before test day.

IELTS Test Dates

The main test (Listening, Reading and Writing) is held on Saturdays and Thursdays according to the schedule below. The speaking test can be held 7 days before or within 7 days of the main test date. You will receive an email on the Wednesday before the test giving information about your speaking test time and date.

Month Test Day Test Date Test Module
March Saturday 1 March 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 8 March 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 15 March 2014 Academic and General
April Saturday 5 April 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 12 April 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 26 April 2014 Academic ONLY
May Saturday 10 May 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 17 May 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 24 May 2014 Academic ONLY
June Saturday 7 June 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 21 June 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 28 June 2014 Academic ONLY
July Saturday 12 July 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 19 July 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 26 July 2014 Academic ONLY
August Saturday 2 August 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 9 August 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 16 August 2014 Academic and General
Thursday 21 August 2014 Academic ONLY
September Saturday 6 September 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 20 September 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 27 September 2014 Academic ONLY
October Thursday 2 October 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 11 October 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 18 October 2014 Academic and General
November Saturday 1 November 2014 Academic and General
Saturday 8 November 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 22 November 2014 Academic and General
December Thursday 4 December 2014 Academic ONLY
Saturday 6 December 2014 Academic and General

Test date registration ends two weeks prior to the exam date or when all available vacancies have been occupied.

Test Fees and Methods of payments


The test fee is BD85.
Please note that there will be a BD15 extra charge for overseas candidates.

Effective April 2014 test dates, the IELTS test fee will be BHD 90. This new fee will be applicable to all candidates who register for test dates from April 2014 onwards.

Methods of payment

We accept payment by cash, debit card or credit card.

  • Candidates who elect to cancel their registration more than five weeks prior to the test date will receive a refund less BD10 administration charge.
  • Candidates who elect to cancel their registration less than five weeks prior to the elected test date will not receive a refund.
  • Candidates who elect to cancel their test date less than five weeks prior to the test date will be required to pay the registration fee again.
  • Candidates who seek to cancel their registration within the five-week period prior to the test date will only receive a refund (less BD10 administration charge) if they can satisfy the IELTS administrator that their ability to sit the test has been affected by illness or serious cause. Serious causes include:
    • Serious illness - e.g. hospital admission or serious injury
    • Loss or bereavement – death of a close family member
    • Hardship / trauma – victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident, Military Service  

An Transfer/Cancellation form.must be submitted within five working days, on the form available from the British Council, and must include appropriate documentation and / or other evidence.

Special Needs
Candidates requiring special arrangements due to temporary or long-term disability, such as hearing/sight impairment, dyslexia or speech impediment must give three months notice to the British Council so that appropriate guidance and approval can be obtained from the IELTS Special Circumstances Unit.
IELTS Test preparation and Study Tips

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2. IELTS study tips

Taking the IELTS test soon? What better way to ace it than to get exam tips directly from successful IELTS candidates. View IELTS study tips videos and find out more.

On the Day of the Test

Find out what happens on the day and you’ll be more prepared and confident

1. Before you leave your home

  • Carry your passport/national identity card
  • Carry pencils, sharpener and an eraser
  • Avoid wearing noisy accessories which may disturb other candidates

2. When you arrive at the venue

  • Please arrive at the exam venue no later than 0800
  • Deposit all your belongings and cell phones at the baggage area. You are only allowed to take your identity document, pencil(s), sharpener and eraser into the test room.
  • Proceed towards the helpdesk, where your id will be checked and your photograph will be clicked.
  • Visit the washroom before you enter the exam hall.
  • Go inside the exam room and find the desk label with your name and candidate number on it.

3. At the beginning of the test

  • Listen carefully to the Test Supervisor and follow all the instructions given.
  • Check your data sheet carefully. You must tell the invigilator if there is any discrepancy (spelling mistakes, wrong date of birth, passport number etc) as this information will appear on your Test Report Form.
  • If you need any clarifications, raise your hand and an invigilator will come to help you.
  • Please check your headphones before the start of the listening module and inform the invigilator if there are any problems.
  • You will be given the Listening/Reading Answer Sheet and the Listening booklet.  Listen to the instructions carefully and fill in the required details.
  • Tell the invigilator immediately if you think you have not been given the right question paper.

4. During the test

  • You may not lend anything to, or borrow anything from another candidate during the test.
  • The test begins at 0900
  • Please stop writing and put your pencils down when you are instructed to do so. Candidates who fail to do so may be disqualified.
  • If you haven’t already finished speaking then check the speaking letter for your speaking test time.

5. During the speaking Test

  • Arrive at the speaking test venue 45 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time.
  • Bring your identity document with you for the speaking test.
  • Register with the help desk when you arrive and then wait in the waiting area. The invigilator will then call you for your interview.
  • You are not allowed to take anything inside the interview room. Deposit your baggage and cell phones with the invigilator.
  • At the beginning of the interview, the examiner will record your name and number in front of you. After this, the interview will begin. Your interview will be recorded for monitoring purposes.
  • The speaking interview lasts between 11 to 14 minutes. The examiner is responsible for the timing of the interview.
  • When you finish your speaking test, you should leave the test venue immediately. Under no circumstances are you allowed to talk to waiting candidates.

6. General rules and regulations

During the test you must not:

  • attempt to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test.
  • use or attempt to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone for the duration of the test. Any candidate doing so will be disqualified.
  • talk to or disturb other candidates once the examination has started.
  • smoke, eat or drink in the examination room. (Water is available at the test venue.)
  • reproduce any part of the test in any format/medium. Any candidate doing so will have their test results disqualified and be liable to prosecution.
  • remove any materials used during the examination. This includes, but is not limited to, examination papers, answer papers and working paper.

7. Feedback

  • If you would like to give us any feedback, please complete the feedback form, which is available at the test venue.
IELTS Results

   1. Getting your results

  • Get an online preview of your test results before your official results arrive at IELTS Results website, 13 days after the test and up to 2 weeks from the official results date.
  • Please collect your results from the British Council office after 13 days from the test.
  • Candidates are entitled to only receive one original IELTS TRF only and no duplicate TRFs can be issued later.
  • We cannot give any information regarding results over the phone or by email.

2. Sending IELTS results to institutions

  • Five original TRFs can be mailed free of charge (but a payment of BD 10 as courier charges) to the institutions such as Universities,Nursing Boards etc. mentioned by you in your application form within one month of the results date.
  • Candidates requesting that their TRFs be mailed to institutions (in addition to original 5 or after one month of the result date) will be charged BD 15 per TRF.

You can find out more about IELTS results here.

3. Remarking of IELTS results

  • You can request an Enquiry on Result (EoR) if you feel that your test results do not reflect your performance in the test.  This means that your test scripts/tapes will be sent to Cambridge to be re-marked by Senior Examiners.
  • The fee for this service is GBP 60 (BD 37.000) and it is the same whether you ask for one part of the test to be re-marked, or all parts of the test.
  • An EoR can only be made within six weeks of the test date. Candidates should make sure that the following complete set of application documents arrives at the Examinations Unit of the British Council before the deadline:
  • If your scores change after the EoR then:
    • A new TRF will be issued to the candidate.
    • A full refund will be made to the candidate within 15 days of the new TRF being issued.
  • If the scores do not change after the EOR then the original TRF will be returned to the candidate.
  • There is no appeal after this re-mark. The decision is final. During the period of remarking, the test results are frozen, and cannot be used to apply for a university or to be sent to an immigration office. Any extra TRF application lodged during this period will be regarded as invalid
  • This procedure takes six to eight weeks to be completed.
USA Says yes to IELTS

IELTS scores are accepted by over 3,000 institutions and programmes in the USA, including all the Ivy League schools.

Find out how IELTS can help you study in the USA.

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