Book your exam online and access our free preparation materials today. When you book an IELTS test with the British Council, you also get included in your test fee:

  • Exclusive, 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
  • Five extra Test Report Forms for free that we send free of charge to institutions you’re applying to (e.g. immigration offices, universities etc.)

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.

You can also take IELTS Online (IELTS Academic only) from the comfort of your home or any private space with a reliable internet connection. 

Tests we offer Fee Available test dates
IELTS Academic for UKVI - in centre (paper or computer) ZAR 5100.00 Find a test date
IELTS General Training for UKVI - in centre (paper or computer) ZAR 5100.00 Find a test date
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) - in centre ZAR 3150.00 Find a test date
IELTS Academic - in centre (paper or computer) ZAR 4800.00 Find a test date
IELTS Academic - Online ZAR 4800.00 Find a test date
IELTS General Training - in centre (paper or computer) ZAR 4800.00 Find a test date

What you need to book:

  1. Make sure you have a form of valid ID passport or national ID card at hand, as you will need to upload a clear photocopy of it when you book your test. Please note that candidates under 18 years of age have to supply written consent by a parent or guardian in order to apply for a test place.
  2. Download and read our Information for Candidates and Computer-delivered IELTS, which contain important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16. 
  3. Pay for your test. You can pay for your test through our online registration system. In the Reference section of your payment please write: [IELTS / family name / city / test date].
  4. There are two speaking test formats – subject to availability you may change your speaking test format.

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 and IELTS Ready: Premium. 

More information about the test

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

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