IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. Over 2.7 million IELTS tests were taken last year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government bodies, employers and academic 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.   

On 22 May 2014, the UK Home Office issued guidance on secure English language test (SELT) providers. We encourage you to check the full text and FAQ here.

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration

If you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, there’s an IELTS test for you. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration section.

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 and take advantage of flexible payment options in Singapore dollars.
  • Fast Results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • Special Arrangements: Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note that you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.

A Dedicated Exams Customer Service

We have a dedicated Exams Customer Services team in operation at our Napier Road centre to serve you better. For exams-related enquiries, in-person registration and exam certificate collection, our operating hours are as follows:

Day Operating Hours
Service Peak Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 18.30 12.00 - 14.00 (Mon, Tue, Fri)
Saturday 08.30 - 16.00 11.00 - 15.00

Sundays & Public Holidays


Customers may experience longer waiting times during our service peak hours. Alternatively, email us at for all your exams-related enquiries.


IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The IELTS test is designed and set by the world’s leading experts in language assessment to give a true picture of a test taker’s language skills. IELTS Bands 4-9 (NQF levels Entry 3 to Level 3) are accredited by Ofqual, England’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.Visit and for more information and resources.