Test dates, fees and locations

Sri Lanka IELTS exam centre map

The British Council offers IELTS tests in eight locations across Sri Lanka and the Maldives. All registrations are handled by the British Council in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Places are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so we strongly recommend that you register online at least two months prior to the test date. Please note, once all the test places have been assigned and the session is full, the test will no longer appear on our online registration system.

You will receive an email one week before the test date confirming the venue for your test and the speaking test timetable with the exception for the candidates who will be sitting for the test at the Kandy centre. Kandy centre will inform you of your speaking test timetable at the registration time. 

Upcoming test dates and venue information for 2014

A - Academic
GT - General Training

Date Colombo Kandy Jaffna Batticaloa Matara
07 June GT/A GT/A -  GT/A  -
21 June GT/A GT/A - - -
28 June  A - - - -
10 July GT/A GT/A GT/A - -
19 July GT/A GT/A - - -
26 July A - - - -
02 August GT/A GT/A - - GT/A
16 August GT/A GT/A - - -
21 August A - - - -
06 September GT/A GT/A GT/A - -
20 September GT/A GT/A - - -
27 September A - - - -
02 October GT/A GT/A - - -
18 October GT/A GT/A - - -
25 October A - - - -
1 November GT/A GT/A - - -
13 November A - - - -
22 November GT/A GT/A GT/A - -
06 December GT/A GT/A - - -
13 December GT/A GT/A     GT/A

Please note: Please check for availability on our online registration system.   


The confirmed venue details will be provided to you one week before via email. 

For information requests, please contact the British Council.


The cost of sitting a test is Rs. 19200 (Sri Lanka exams) and MVR 2850 (Maldives exams). You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

i)  With a cheque made payable to 'British Council'.

ii) In person at the British Council Colombo or Kandy customer services desk. If you want to pay in person, we accept:

  • Cash (the exact amount only)
  • Credit card

Find out the opening hours for our branches.

iii)  Via a bank transfer

Please find below our bank details in order to make the payment

Bank name: HSBC
Account name: British Council Sri Lanka
Account number: 001-002377-002

Locate your nearest HSBC branch

  • In the REFERENCE section of your payment please write: IELTS, Candidate's full name e.g. IELTS, Prabath Jayasuriya.
  • Once you have made the payment, please send us the bank transfer receipt with the rest of your registration documents.