IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. If you’re looking to work, study or live abroad then taking an IELTS test can help you make that dream come true.

Special notice

At the British Council, the health, safety and well-being of our staff and customers is of utmost importance to us. In light of the continually evolving Covid-19 situation and following the latest directive from the government to impose an island wide curfew, all IELTS tests scheduled to be delivered by the British Council in all locations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, have been suspended until further notice.

We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibility of delivering examinations to the best of our ability, while prioritising your welfare and that of our staff and community at all times. We aim to open new test dates as soon as possible and will contact registered candidates accordingly as and when we do that.

We also wish to notify you that we will be accepting requests for transfers and refunds only after your registered test date has passed. This is being practiced as we are unable to forecast which future test dates would be cancelled owing to the prevailing situation in the country

Requesting Postponement or Refunds: 

After your registered test date, you can apply for a transfer or a refund by filling in the refund application form.  Please email the completed refund form to

Should you require more information, please send us an email to

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you. We know how hard you have been working in preparing for the IELTS exam, and what a huge disappointment this must be, but we can assure you we are monitoring the situation closely and will recommence testing as soon as allowed by the authorities, focusing particularly on clearing the backlog in test-takers. 

Thank you again for choosing the British Council and await until hearing from us for your new test date.