IELTS

Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills. 

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.   

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:  

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • Special arrangements: your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note, you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.

Register

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.

To register, simply follow the steps below:

1. Read the information for candidates

Download and read the Information for Candidates (PDF, 934 kb) which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16. 

2. Decide which version of the test is right for you

There are two versions of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic

IELTS General Training

Read our simple guide to help you decide which version of the test is right for you. 

3. Check the IELTS test dates 

IELTS dates, fees and locations

There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register two months before your chosen test date. Of course, places may be available after this date. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day. Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day, or up to a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

4. Register online

Use our Online Registration System to book your place on the test.

Please ensure you are able to provide the documents in step 5 and are able to pay using the payment method in step 6. 

5. Prepare and send your documents  

Please submit the following documents by post or in person at our Dar es Salaam office within five working days of submitting your online application:

  • A signed copy of your confirmation form.
  • Proof of payment (see payment details below).
  • Two passport sized photographs not older than six months. Candidates should not wear glasses on the photos and should have a neutral expression.
  • A valid passport (we will take a photocopy), valid on the test day. If you are posting documents from outside Dar es Salaam, we will accept a scanned copy of your passport.

6. Pay for your test

The cost of sitting a test is 365,000 TZSYou can pay for your test via a bank transfer/deposit. Bank details will be provided at our customer service desk.

7. Complete your registration

Print the Application Summary at the end of the registration process.

Submit all documents by post or in person at our Dar es Salaam office within five working days of submitting your online application.

You will receive the final confirmation email only when we have received all of your documentation within the five day deadline. Otherwise we regret that we will have to cancel your registration and you will have to start the procedure again.

We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.

Copies of your results

If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student. 

8. After you register

After registering you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS.

  • We will send you a confirmation email ten days before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address

For more information please contact us

Special Arrangements

IELTS is designed to be a fair test and your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any special needs that you may have.

We can help you with any special arrangements you require for your test. For example, we offer support for people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia.

Please contact us three months in advance of your test date to find out how you can apply for special arrangements. 

Refunds

If you want to request a refund, please read our refund policy (see downloads section below) prior to making a request.

You can apply for a refund: 

  • If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund of the test fee, minus a 25% administration fee. To do this, please complete and submit a request for refund or test day transfer form (see downloads section below).
  • If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, you will not receive a refund unless notice is given in writing supporting the following; serious illness, loss or bereavement, hardship/trauma or military service. We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence at least five days before the test date.

Test day transfers

If you want to transfer to a different test date, you need to notify us at least five weeks prior to the test session you have registered for. To do this, please complete and submit a request for refund or test day transfer form (see downloads section below). 

For proven cases of illness on the day of the test, a candidate will be transferred to another date providing a medical certificate is provided within five days of the exam. An administration fee of 25% of the test fee will be deducted.

Prepare

If you book your IELTS test with the British Council you can take advantage of our exclusive access to a wide range of learning materials – all designed to help you get the best possible score in your IELTS test. 

1. Road to IELTS Course – 30 hours of free online study

Road to IELTS, written by the British Council, is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking practice. Written by the British Council for its IELTS students, Road to IELTS includes: 

  • Practice materials
  • Timed tests
  • Tutorials
  • Online scoring
  • Self-assessment tools so that you can measure your progress

You can try our Road to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of access to the learning materials. 

2. Further British Council online preparation materials

We also have a selection of online preparation materials for your Listening and Speaking tests.

Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test

Prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test

3. LearnEnglish website

We have a website dedicated to learning the English language. It’s called LearnEnglish and it has a number of very useful English learning resources, such as:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Grammar and vocabulary tutorials
  • Business/work resources and a magazine
  • Games
  • IELTS tips
  • Community networking opportunities

You’ll find that learning materials on the site really support your preparation for your IELTS test, and they’ll give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

4. IELTS official preparation materials

IELTS’s official preparation materials – the official IELTS preparation set includes a full practice test with an answer key and a CD for the listening and speaking parts. It helps candidates get an initial idea of their level and familiarises them with the format of the test. The set costs 55,000 TSH. Contact us to request an IELTS preparation pack.

5. British Council IELTS preparation course

If you think that you would benefit from face-to-face preparation, we provide an IELTS preparation course taught by highly qualified English language teachers with an in-depth knowledge of the IELTS test. 

Find out more about our IELTS preparation course.

6. FREE IELTS PRACTICE TESTS

Prepare for IELTS with these free practice tests and answers. Time yourself and develop your exam technique.

The practice tests in this section offer you the opportunity to:

  • get to know the test format;
  • experience the types of tasks you will be asked to undertake;
  • test yourself under timed conditions;
  • review your answers and compare them with model answers.

Results

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance. 

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS results online and by post

You’ll be able to preview your results online 13 days after the main test day.

Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) will be posted to you 13 days after the date of the main test day.

You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. 

Test Report Forms (TRF)

You will receive one copy of your personal Test Report Form. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be issued if you lose it. 

However, for a period of two years you can apply (to the centre where you took the test) for verified photocopies of the Test Report Form.

Test Report Forms for institutions

We can also arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you register. 

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test. 

Understand your IELTS scores

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

How to query your score

It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked. 

There is a fee for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.

Can I re-take the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.