IELTS registration

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.

The IELTS registration and payment process has now moved completely online. Offline payment options have been discontinued and immediate payment is required to secure your test place. Both Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted. If you wish to pay by debit card please contact your banking provider to check that your card is enabled to make online payments.

Online payments will mean your place on your desired test date is secured immediately and will enable us to get key information about the test to you quickly. 

1 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Download and read the Information for Candidates (PDF, 933 kb) which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. The IELTS Notice to Candidates also contains useful guidance on IELTS regulations.

Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

2 DECIDE WHICH VERSION OF THE TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Please note that if you are taking IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes then additional options (and rules) are applicable. Visit what is IELTS for UKVI for relevant information.

If you are not taking IELTS for UKVI purposes, there are only two versions of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic
IELTS General Training

 Read our simple guide to help you decide which version of the test is right for you. 

3 CHECK THE IELTS TEST DATES 

You can access the IELTS test dates for 2015 on our IELTS dates and fees page.

There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability. Test bookings are made on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day. Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day, or up to a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

4. REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE

Use our Online Registration System to book your place and pay online. IELTS Tests are available in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria  and Port Elizabeth. 

Please have a PDF copy of your ID/passport ready when applying.

IELTS Test Fees 2015:

Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban  R2600
Port Elizabeth  R3300

 PLEASE NOTE: New rates for IELTS exams will take effect from 1 February 2016.

The rates charged are based on the Rand/Pound exchange rate. The new prices are in line with global rates for IELTS. 

Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban  R3200
Port Elizabeth  R3900

5.  COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

Should you experience difficulty uploading your ID/passport copy, kindly e-mail the same to ssa.enquiries@britishcouncil.org

6. AFTER YOU REGISTER

After registering you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS

We will send you a confirmation email one week before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

For more information please contact our Exams Services

9. SHOULD YOU NEED TO CANCEL OR CHANGE A TEST DATE 

•  If you cancel your test or request a transfer five weeks or more before the test date, the test centre will charge an administration fee of up to 25% of the total test fee.

•  If you cancel your test within five weeks of the test date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. If you cancel your test or request a transfer within five weeks of the test date for medical reasons, you must provide supporting medical evidence within five working days of the test date. Only evidence of serious illness will be considered. Only original medical certificates (in or translated to English) will be accepted and must state inability to appear for the test on the scheduled test date.

Please fill out the Refund and Transfer Request Form below and send back to us. Alternatively, contact us for more information.