Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills. 

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.   

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:  

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test.
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test. 

Register

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.
To register, simply follow the steps below:

1 Read the information for candidates

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. 

2 Decide which version of the test is right for you

There are 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 

Check the dates and locations of IELTS exams here. Choose the date and module that you need. 

4. Register online

Use our Online Registration System to book your place on the test.

Please ensure you are able to provide the documents in step 5 and are able to pay. 

5. Pay the fee and submit your documents  

The cost of sitting a test is 1550 UAH. Please make sure you submit by e-mail, regular or courier mail the following documents when you register for your test:

I) A clear and legible photocopy of two identification documents (national and foreign passport)

II) If you are a non-European citizen, you must also provide a copy of your visa

Please, make payment to the British Council bank account at Raiffeisen Bank Aval using the following bank details:

АТ «Райффайзен банк Аваль»
Ідентифікаційний код ЄДРПОУ 38670929
Поточний рахунок 26004406891
МФО 380805

ATTENTION: While making payment it is obligatory to mention your full name, IELTS Reference number (stated in this e-mail) and date of the exam. Without this information we will not be able to identify your payment.

If the payment is made at one of Raiffeisen Bank Aval brances in Ukraine it will be commission free. Other banks will charge a commission fee. 

Please also note that it takes about three working days for us to process your payment after which you will receive an automatic confirmation of your registration with the access code to a free online course ROAD TO IELTS

Please check the opening hours for our offices accross Ukraine.

We need to receive your documents within five working days of your online registration. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within five working days your application will be cancelled. In case of late registration please pay the fee withing 1-2 working days.

We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.

Copies of your results
If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, send us an email request containing their relevant addresses. We will not send out the copies without an email request. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student. 

Group entries

An organisation may want to enter a group of candidates. Please contact our examination department about such entries prior to the registration date. However, each candidate from that group will need to register online individually.

Waiting lists

Always check availability of places as there might still be available places even after the deadline. If the online registration is active and the systems allows you to book a place, then you can proceed with further actions. If online registration is blocked, you still have a chance to take the exam on the date of your choice.

Please email our examinations department to find out about the waiting list. You may be put on the waiting list for a certain test date. Please note that a waiting list is meant for candidates who are ready to replace a drop-out from the main list at short notice. It does not guarantee a place in the main list because it is created only for a certain date and does not cover other test dates. 

Special Arrangements

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 can help you with any special arrangements you require for your test. For example, we offer support for people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia.

Please contact us three months in advance of your test date to find out how you can apply for special arrangements. 

Refunds

You can apply for a refund: 

  • If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date, you will receive 75% of the fee refunded.
  • If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, you will not receive a refund unless you can provide appropriate evidence to support your cancellation. If you want to apply for a refund, please complete and submit a Request for Refund Form  as soon as possible before the test date. 

Test day transfers/Change of module

If you want to transfer to a different test date or change the module of the exam, you need to complete and submit a Transfer/Refund Form. If your application for transfer is approved you will need to pay an additional 387 UAH administrative fee. If you want to change the module (Academic or General) please send us a request as soon as possbile before the exam date. No extra fee will be charged for a change of module.

If you are absent on the day of the exam without prior notice you will get no refund. If you provide the original of a medical certificate proving that your absence has been affected by serious illness or other serious cause within five working days of the exam you will be refunded 75% of the exam fee.

Prepare

If you book your IELTS test with the British Council you can take advantage of our exclusive access to a wide range of learning materials – all designed to help you get the best possible score in your IELTS test. 

1. Road to IELTS Course – 30 hours of free online study

Road to IELTS, written by the British Council, is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking practice. Written by the British Council for its IELTS students, Road to IELTS includes: 

  • Practice materials
  • Timed tests
  • Tutorials
  • Online scoring
  • Self-assessment tools so that you can measure your progress

You can try our Road to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of access to the learning materials. 

2. Further British Council online preparation materials

We also have a selection of online preparation materials for your Listening and Speaking tests.

Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test

Prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test

3. LearnEnglish website

We have a website dedicated to learning the English language. It’s called LearnEnglish and it has a number of very useful English learning resources, such as:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Grammar and vocabulary tutorials
  • Business/work resources and a magazine
  • Games
  • IELTS tips
  • Community networking opportunities

You’ll find that learning materials on the site really support your preparation for your IELTS test, and they’ll give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

4. IELTS Books

You can buy a selection of IELTS self-study books from us. Our books are written by some of the world’s leading English language experts.

5. British Council IELTS courses and workshops

If you think that you would benefit from face-to-face preparation, we provide a number of courses taught by highly qualified English language teachers with an in-depth knowledge of the IELTS test. 

Find out more about our IELTS courses, including how to register.

Results

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance. 

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS results online and by post

You’ll be able to preview your results online from the 13th day after the main test day.

You can pick up Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) in our office on the 13th day after the date of the main test day. If you live in another city, the certificate will be posted to you.

You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. 

Test Report Forms (TRFs)

You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be issued if you lose it. 

Test Report Forms for institutions

We can also arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please send us an email with the full name of institution and the address for correspondence. Please also provide your rescent test details: centre number, centre name, candidate number, candidate name, test date, test venue (city).

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test. 

Understand your IELTS scores

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

How to query your score

It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked. 

There is a fee for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please submit an Enquiry of Results form to our office to have your results re-checked.

Can I re-take the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.