The cost of sitting a test in Sri Lanka is Rs. 22,500 (from January 2017). Test fee for 2018 dates will be LKR 23,800 (January 2018 onwards). The cost of sitting a test in the Maldives is MVR 3300.
Registrations made 10 days prior to a test date
Payments can be made within 5 days of your online registration date using any of our online or offline payment methods given below.
Registrations made within 5 to 9 days prior to a test date
Payment has to be made within 24 hours following your registration using any of our online or offline payment methods given below.
**Example A - If the test date is 20 Jan 2017 your first registration and payment deadline would be 10 Jan 2017. If you register online before 10 Jan 2017 you will have a window of 5 days for making the payment.
If you register between 10th and 14 Jan 2017 you must make your payment within 24 hours following your registration.
Please note that the registration will close when the test session is full or 5 days prior to the test date. However, payment has to be made according to the following conditions as per given deadlines.
You can make an online payment using your Visa or Master Card during the online registration process. If you wish to pay later you can always go back and login to the Candidate Area and pay online under the tab "Payment Info".
If you choose to pay online please ensure the following before starting the payment process.
- Ensure your card is enabled for online payments and there are sufficient funds to cover the transaction.
- Also ensure you have your card details with you before starting the registration.
- You should contact your bank for confirmation of your verification code before you begin (IF REQUIRED).
You will receive an email confirming your enrolment after we have received your payment and checked your documents.
Please note that incomplete applications may be cancelled. Kindly refer to the payment deadlines given above.
PAY VIA Direct Bank Transfer to our HSBC Account
Visit your nearest HSBC branch and pay directly into the British Council account for free. Please note that you are required to submit one payment slip of the exam fee for each test day and cannot make the payment in bulk for multiple test dates (Slips or RTGS only).
Bank name: HSBC
Account name: British Council Sri Lanka
Account number: 001-002377-002
Message: IELTS, Candidate’s Full Name
(e.g., IELTS, Prabhath Jayasuriya)
You need to submit the payment slip of your “Direct Bank Transfer” by login to the candidate area and uploading the scanned payment confirmation receipt under the tab “Upload Documents”. This must be done by the above stipulated payment deadlines.
No refunds will be given for bank slips sent to us after the payment deadline (payment deadlines given above). Your sitting may be cancelled automatically and you will not be able to sit the test on the day you originally applied We can instead offer you a free transfer to a future test date (within next three months) of your choice limited by availability of seats. However, failure to verify your payments in our bank records for technical or any other reason will result in us cancelling your test sitting or withholding the Test Result Form until proof of payment is established.
British Council will not be held responsible for any delays in your taking the test or in getting the results due to either not following due process on off line payments as instructed above or in verifying payment made to the bank.
Attention: We do not accept payment slips and passport copies sent to us via email, post, courier or hand delivery. in case we do not receive the payment within the stipulated deadline your registration will be automatically cancelled. Kindly refer to the payment deadlines given above.
Cash or Credit/DEBIT Card Payments at British Council Offices
Pay the IELTS exam fee in Cash or through your Credit/Debit Card at the British Council Offices in Colombo, Jaffna and Kandy. Kindly refer to the payment deadlines given above. Find out the opening hours of our branches.