Book your exam online and access our free preparation materials today.

When you book an IELTS test with the British Council, you also get free access to:

  • our popular online preparation course 'Road to IELTS Last Minute course', which includes 100 interactive activities, 9 video tutorials and two IELTS Academic practice tests for each of the four skills
  • a downloadable practice book
  • Top Tips seminar and a Writing skills workshop
  • Five extra Test Report Forms that we send free of charge to institutions you’re applying to (e.g. immigration offices, universities etc.) up to two years after your test date. 

We are testing in Colombo,Nugegoda, Malabe, Kandy, Kurunegala, Negombo, Gampaha, Jaffna, Matara and Batticaloa with extra measures to ensure your safety.
If you wish to take your test in the Maldives, please click here. 

Choose how to take your IELTS test and book online 

You can take your test at one of our official test centres on paper or on a computer. All you need is a valid identification document and a bank card if you want to pay online.

Tests we offer Fee Available test dates
IELTS Academic - in centre (on paper or on computer)

LKR 50,000


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IELTS General Training - in centre (on paper or on computer)

LKR 50,000


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IELTS Academic for UKVI - in centre (on paper or on computer)

LKR 59,000


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IELTS General Training for UKVI - in centre (on paper or on computer)

LKR 59,000


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IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) - in centre (on paper)

LKR 41,000

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What you need to book

1. A valid passport. When you register, you’ll need to upload a scan copy of your passport. It must be valid at the time of booking and on the test day. If you're under 18, your parents will also need to complete the Parent consent for candidates under 18 form.  IELTS is not recommended for anyone under 16. 

 2. A bank card. You can pay for your test either through our online registration system or via bank transfer. Find out more about how to pay:

We are currently not accepting cash payments over the counters.

Make a direct bank transfer to our HSBC account,
Direct credits can be made only after registering for a test date. In order to make a direct credit, you will first need to locate your nearest branch through  

Please make your registration payment to:
Account name: British Council 
Bank: HSBC
Branch: PO Box 73, Colombo 1
Account number: 001-002377-002
Bank and branch code: 7092 001
Swift Code: HSBCLKLX
Currency: LKR

We accept payments into our bank account through the following methods:

1. Direct deposit (using deposit slip from the bank, and not at a Cash Deposit Machine) into the aforementioned British Council bank account (recommended)

2. Electronic bank transfer from your internet banking account.

3. Direct debit from your bank.
To make the above payment you must quote your Passport Number and test date in all reference fields that are available according to the following format. In order to provide the test date, you will have to first register for the IELTS test.

  • Reference format: IELTS-Passport Number-Test Date (in DDMMYY format). Example: IELTS-N123456-210219        
  • Failure to quote your correct registration reference details as stipulated above may delay your application process; this may lead to a change from your preferred test date or cancellation of your registration.
  • Payment deadlines vary based on the type of exam you select:
    1. Computer Delivered exams - Within 24 hours of booking the exam date.
    2. Paper based exams -
    i) Booking made 5 days of the exam date - Payment to be made on the same day, and email the payment slip immediately
    ii) Booking made within 10 days of the exam date - Payment to be made within  5 days
  • You need to email the proof of payment to  
  • No refunds will be given for bank slips sent to us after the payment deadline.
  • Your registration will be cancelled automatically, and you will not be able to take the test on the day you originally registered for. Instead, we shall offer you a free transfer to a future test date (within a three-month period) of your choice limited by the availability of seats.
  • However, the failure to verify your payments in our bank records, as a result of technical or any other error, will result in the cancellation of your test registration or the withholding of your Test Result Form until proof of payment is submitted.
  • British Council will not be responsible for any delays in you taking the test or in you receiving the results, due to not following the stipulated process for offline payments and/or verifying payments made to the bank, as instructed above.

Attention: We do not accept payment slips and passport copies sent to us via email, post, courier or hand delivery. Furthermore, please note that any bank deposits which are not claimed within a 30-day period will not be refunded.

After you have booked your test 

You will receive emails confirming:

  •  the start time of your test and the venue address
  • your Speaking Test date
  • your access to the free online preparation courses: Road to IELTS Last Minute Version.  

More information about the test

Download and read our Information for Candidates to learn everything you need to know about the format, the different exam components and test results.