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You can register and pay for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service or IELTS registration centres. Now you can receive your free practice book delivered to your inbox within two days if you register and pay online. For more information read instructions below.

To register, simply follow the steps below:


Download and read the Information for Candidates 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. 


There are two versions of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic
This is recommended for candidates who plan to undertake academic studies. 

IELTS General Training
This is recommended for candidates to use at work, work-related training or for migration.

It is strongly recommended that you also check with the organisations you wish to apply for before you book your test.

Please note that if you are taking the IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application you need to take the UKVI IELTS.  Please visit our IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration page to find out how you can register for UKVI IELTS.


Places for the IELTS test are limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore we strongly recommend that you register online at least two months prior to the test date to avoid disappointment. You can visit our test dates, fees, and locations page to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Please bear in mind that the sessions will not be visible in the system after the registration deadline.


Your Listening, Reading and Writing tests will be completed on the same day.  Your Speaking test will be carried out within a week prior to your written test date. The exact schedule will be communicated to candidates 2-3 days prior to your written test date or as appropriate, via email and SMS.

Same day speaking can be arranged on request. However please note that the places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. To request same day speaking, please send a request via email to at least seven (7) days prior to your registered test date.

No test day refunds/transfer will be allowed if you have completed at least one component of the test. Furthermore, you will not receive a Test Report form for partially completed tests.


To register, please visit our Test dates, Fees and Locations page and select the required date and click 'Apply Now'. The test fee is LKR 24,100. Maldives fee is 3500 MVR. 

Before going on to the Online Registration System, please ensure you read the instructions given below carefully. This is the most convenient way to register for the test and saves you time. 

Once you are in the registration system, please follow the instructions given below.


Select the test date of your choice.


Choose the preferred date and time slot for your speaking test.


Enter your personal data into the registration system. This would create an account for you through which you can access all relevant information with regards to the IELTS test (see section 6). Please read and accept the terms and conditions of the account creation to proceed to the next page.


Your account has now been created. Please log-in to your account, in order to confirm your test reservation. Once you complete this step your test selection will be held for the next 25 minutes.


Enter the details of the test taker (your details or the details of your child [under 18 years old]) into the registration system.


Enter the details of your passport (passport number, expiry date and issuing authority). No other ID document is accepted.


Complete the additional details section with the relevant details of the test taker.


You may enter up to five receiving organisations to whom we could send your IELTS test report forms free of charge. These organisations may include; academic institutions, government agencies, professional bodies and employers. This step can also be completed later (see step 15).


Review all details which you have entered thus far and accept the terms and conditions of the IELTS test as well as the cancellation policy. This would take you to the payments page. 


The Sri Lanka test fee is LKR 24,100. Maldives fee is 3500 MVR

You will reach the payments page, after completing the aforementioned steps in Section 4. Please follow the steps shown below in order to complete your payment. 


Select the payment option as well as the details of the person or organisation to whom the invoice should be sent. If you opt for any other payment option other than online payment (bank transfer or cash/card payment at a British Council office or registration centre), please ensure that the payment is made within five days in order to secure your booking.


You have now booked your IELTS test. However, do not forget to complete your payment and upload the proof of payment, if you haven't made an online payment.



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.


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

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We accept payments into our bank account from the following:

  1. Direct deposit (using deposit slip) into the above named British Council bank account
  2. Electronic bank transfer from your internet banking
  3. Direct debit from your bank

From the above payment options, we mostly recommend the option one to be used as much as possible.

To make any of the above payments you must quote your registration reference number in all reference fields that are available.

Please make your registration payment to:

Bank: HSBC
Branch: PO Box 73, Colombo 1
Account number: 001-002377-002
Bank and Branch Code: 7092 001
Swift Code: HSBCLKLX
Currency: LKR

Failure to quote your registration reference number may delay your application process; this may lead to a change from your preferred test date or cancellation of your registration.

You need to submit the Proof of Payment 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 are 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 the 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 offline 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



You will receive your admission which includes further information on your test dates and the payment receipt by email, once the registration is acknowledged by our admin team.

You may now enter the test taker area to manage your booking as well as edit your contact details. The test taker area consists of relevant information with regards to the IELTS test and preparation guidance.

In this section, you will have to upload a colour clearly legible copy of your valid Passport. The uploaded page must contain your personal details, a photograph, ID number, DOB, the expiry date and your signature. If the above information is contained in multiple pages please make sure that all the pages are scanned into a single page prior to uploading.

Expatriates: You are required to submit a copy of your valid visa documentation when you present yourself on the test day.

Receiving your value-added services

Once you complete the registration (after payment and passport copy submission), you will be entitled to a wide variety of value-added services to help you prepare for your IELTS test. Please read below for more details on the services provided free of charge.

Free IELTS practice book for all 4 skills 

Once you complete your payment you are entitled to a Free IELTS practice book for all 4 skills.

  • For online payments and Direct Bank Transfers
    Please note that the book will be sent to you as a downloadable PDF file to the email address you provide, within 2 working days from the date of the request. Please click on this link to request for your downloadable PDF book, once you've made the payment. 
  • Payments made at our Customer Service counter or at any of our IELTS Registration Centre Partners
    You may collect a physical book
    Receive the book as a downloadable PDF file to the email address you provide, within 2 working days from the date of the request. Please click on this link to request for your downloadable PDF book, once you've made the payment. 

Free Online Preparation course - "Road to IELTS"

Once you complete your payment, you will receive an email containing access details (User Name: Your email address, Password: Reference Number)  to our free online preparation course - 'Road to IELTS'. 

Free IELTS Top Tip Seminar

You can either register for the free IELTS Top Tip Seminar online or you can also obtain a pass from our Customer Service Counters when completing your registration at the British Council Counters.

Library Membership (Reference ONLY)

Please produce your payment receipt and pick up the free reference membership card from the Customer Service or Library Counters where you can use our range of IELTS practice materials until the day of your Speaking Test.

Mock Speaking or Writing test 

You can opt for this service by making an additional payment of 3,000 LKR at our Customer Service Counter.


You are required to produce your original and valid passport on all test dates. It must be the same Passport of which you have registered for the test.

If you fail to bring your original and valid Passport on the test day, you will not be allowed to continue with your test. You may also lose your entire test fee.

In addition to this, you will also be required to submit a coloured copy of the bio page and the alteration page if there are any amendments of your Passport on the written test day. Please note that this is a mandatory requirement.


Date and Venue: Please refer to the ‘IELTS Test details’ email for the final confirmation.

Please note that your speaking test will be held within five days prior to the written test (As per the IELTS Test details email). You get to pick the date and time slot for your speaking test. ‘IELTS Test details’ email confirmation will be sent to you at least 3 days prior to your speaking test window period followed by an SMS reminder. Please contact the British Council if you do not receive this email.

You are advised to be present at least 20 minutes before the scheduled speaking test time, in order to complete the registration formalities. Please note that your failure to arrive on time will result in your speaking component being marked as absent by the examiner.

If you wish to re-schedule the speaking test date within the speaking test window period, you are advised to contact the British Council on receiving the ‘IELTS Test details’ email at least one working day (Monday to Friday) prior to the speaking test date. Please note that such transfers could be effected based on the availability of speaking slots within the window period. However, a transfer under the terms and conditions of the speaking transfer policy could be offered if you fail to attend the test.

You could also opt to transfer all components of the test to another session under the terms and conditions of the test day transfer policy.

No test day refunds/transfer will be allowed if you have completed at least one component of the test. Furthermore, you will not receive a Test Report form for partially completed tests.

 Our speaking test venues are as follows. 

Centre details/location Speaking test venue address
British Council, Colombo 58 Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mawatha, Havelock Road, Colombo 05
British Council, Kandy 88/3 Kotugodella Veediya, Kandy
British Council, Jaffna 70 Rakka Road, Chundikuli, Jaffna
British Council, Maldives

Mookai Suites, M.Sakaimoo, Haveeree Hingun, Malé 20026

Billabong High EPS International School, Ameenee Magu, Malé

ACBT, Colombo 442 Galle Road, Colombo 03 
ACBT, Kandy  670/5 Peradeniya Road, Kandy
Matara Apex Business Academy, 104/1B Rahula Road, Matara
Batticaloa Hotel East Lagoon, Munai Lane, Uppodai Lake Road, Sinna Uppodai, Batticaloa
Negombo Nations Victory Campus, 129/2, St Joseph Street, Negombo
Galle ACBT, 46 1/2, Colombo Road, Kaluwella, Galle
Kurunegala Hotel Kandyan Reach, 344-350, Kurunegala 

*Please click on the addresses to access the Google Maps locations for directions if necessary. 


Please note that there are websites pretending to be British Council IELTS registration sites. They are not associated with us and we are not responsible for the content on those sites.

Before you enter any personal details, please make sure that you are using our secure online registration system and check that “British Council” is spelt correctly.


For more information about postponement and cancellation please visit our 'Terms and Conditions' page.


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 make every effort to ensure all candidates have equal opportunities. If you have a disability or condition which may require special arrangements, you should discuss it with our centre as soon as possible. Please note we need three months to put arrangements into place. Each case is considered individually and you will need to provide a valid medical certificate.

For more information visit our special arrangements for exams page

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