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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 you within five 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 or week post to your written test date (Except for Sundays). 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 in 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 23,800 (upto March 2018 test dates). Test fee from 1 April 2018 test sessions will be 24,100 LKR. Maldives Fee for 2018 will be 3500 MVR. 

Before going on to the Online Registration System, please ensure you read the instructions given below in Step 5 (uploading the passport copy) and Step 6 (payment options) carefully. This is the most convenient way to register for the test and saves you time. 

Once you are in the registration system after selecting the date and location, please follow the instructions given below


Please read the Accept the terms and conditions to proceed to the next page. 


Enter your personal data in to the registration system. Once your application has been submitted you cannot go back to add/change your details.


During the registration process, upload a colour clearly legible copy of your valid Passport (no other ID document is accepted). 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 in to a single page prior to uploading.

If you were unable to upload the passport copy during the process you can upload it later by login to the candidate area and uploading the scanned copy under the tab “Upload Documents”

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


The test fee is LKR 23,800 (upto March 2018 test dates). Test fee from 1 April 2018 test sessions will be 24,100 LKR. Maldives Fee for 2018 will be 3500 MVR. 


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



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

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 with listening CD

Once you complete your payment you are entitled to a Free IELTS practice book with a listening CD. 

  • For online payments and Direct Bank Transfers
    Please note that the book will be sent to you via courier within 5 working days from the payment date. It will not be issued over the counter at British Council. We kindly request you to ensure that you provide a location where someone is available during the day to pick up the package.
  • Payments made at our Customer Service counter
    Please request your copy of the IELTS preparation book from our customer Services staff at the time of 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.


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 Medhuziyaarai Magu, Malé, Maldives
ACBT, Colombo 442 Galle Road, Colombo 03 
ACBT, Kandy  3A Mahamaya Mawatha, Kandy
Matara Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, 07 Madiha Road, Polhena, Matara
Batticaloa Hotel East Lagoon, Munai Lane, Uppodai Lake Road, Sinna Uppodai, Batticaloa

*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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