IELTS FAQ

Yes: we'll be happy to make the necessary arrangements.  Please tell us:

  • the exam you wish to take,
  • your chosen date and location.

Some exams are available in Braille, large print and special audio format. We also have services for candidates with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Please be sure to provide the appropriate certification when you enrol.

It’s very useful familiarize yourself with the format of the IELTS test. You can do this by following the Road to IELTS online preparation course - you will gain automatic access to this course when you register for IELTS with the British Council. There are also a number of books with audio and video assistance.

Learn more about preparation and study resources for IELTS.

13 days after your test date, online and by post.

You can apply for an Enquiry on Results procedure at the centre where you took the test. You must do this within four weeks of the issue of results and you will be charged a fee, which is refunded if your score changes as a result of the review.

You’ll be graded on your performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an overall score (known as a ‘Band Score’), also between 1 and 9.

Your IELTS score is valid for two years.

If you have to cancel more than five weeks before the test date you will receive a refund of the fee you have paid, minus an administrative charge of 47 €.

IELTS is an English language ‘level test’ which measures your level of language competence - there is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Other Cambridge English exams such as the First or the Advanced certify English language competence at specific levels.