Why IELTS?

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test with two million tests taken in the last year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work in 135 countries around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions- including over 3,000 institutions in the USA. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

IELTS is accepted for entry into undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a number of educational institutions across the UAE.

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.

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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 than130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life.

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

  • Expert support: from videos and books to face-to-face and 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 online practice materials.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test. In the UAE we offer more than 36 test dates in three cities, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
  • Easy booking: you can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options.
  • Fast results: we guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • State-of-the-art sound system: our candidates experience the world’s best infrared sound system for their listening tests.

Register

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

To register, simply follow our eight steps below: 

1. Read the information for candidates

Download and read Information for Candidates which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. 

2. Decide which version of the test is right for you

There are two versions of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic
IELTS General Training

Check out our simple guidance below to help you decide which version of the test is right for you.

What do you want to do?

I want to: 

  • study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
  • join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.

The version you need      

You should take IELTS Academic                                                            

I want to: 

  • train or study at below degree level
  • work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
  • emigrate to an English-speaking country.
You should take IELTS General Training

3. Check the IELTS test dates

Use our Online Registration System or the test dates, fees and locations section to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day though the 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 by email if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

4. Register 

Use our Online Registration System or register in person to book your place on the test.

To register in person you can visit the British Council in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah:

Abu Dhabi - UK VFS Visa Application Centre
(Exams registration, payments and enquiries)
25th floor, Shining Towers,
Opposite Choithram
P O Box 46523
Khalidiya Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 9.00-16.00

Dubai - Tariq Bin Ziyad Street
Near Rashid Hospital
PO Box 1636
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: 8.00-20.00 and Saturdays: 8.30 - 16.00

Sharjah - 4th Floor, Omran Tower, Mashreq Bank building
King Abdul Aziz Street

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 8.00-20.00 and Saturday 8.30-16.00

5. Prepare and send your documents  

Please make sure you send us the following document when you register for your test:

  • A photocopy of your valid identification document which must be valid until your test day.

You must use one of the ID documents below to register for IELTS:

Passport
Emirates ID 
Labour Card 
Bedouin ID

You must send a clear copy of the same ID with your application - do not send the original ID document.

You must bring the same original ID to your IELTS written and speaking test.

Please note that if you don’t bring your original ID, you won’t be able to take your IELTS test. Your test fee will not be refunded and it won't be possible to transfer your test date.

6. Choose your payment method

The cost of sitting a test is AED 895. You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

Online 

  • You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard. Follow the instructions for online payment on our IELTS online registration website.

In person

  • You may pay at our offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah (addresses under Register above), whether you register using our online registration system or in person. If you register using our online registration system, please bring a print out of your Application Summary Page, which has a unique reference number on it (we will not be able to process your application without this).

7.  Complete your registration

We need to receive all documents within three working days of your registration. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within three working days your application will be cancelled.  

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

You may bring the documents to the British Council in person, or send them by email.

Confirmation of your test

When the British Council receives your payment, you will receive another email confirming your registration. 

Copies of your results

If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student.

8. After you register

  • After registering you will receive an automatic email containing a link to our free online resources: Road to IELTS 
  • We will send you a confirmation email and/or a SMS three days prior to the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

For more information about the registration process please contact us at:

600 529 995 or email information@ae.britishcouncil.org

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

Refunds 

If you want to request a refund, please read our refund policy prior to making a request. If you want to do this, please complete and submit a request for refund form along with the supporting evidence. We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence at least five days before the test date. 

Test day transfers 

If you want to transfer to a different test date, you need to notify us at least five weeks prior to the test session you have registered for. To do this, please complete and submit a Request for Transfer Form.

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.

British Council IELTS courses 

We provide a range of face-to-face courses and workshops taught by highly qualified English language teachers who have in-depth knowledge of the IELTS test. Find out more information about our IELTS courses.

Road to IELTS Resources – 30 hours of free online practice

Road to IELTS is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking test 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 with no prior registration.

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.

More 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:

IELTS Word Power Android App

You can download this helpful application to your phone. Word Power is a vocabulary practice app for IELTS test takers. With over 100 questions to test your word power, this app helps to build vocabulary in preparation for the IELTS test.

IELTS preparation books

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

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 and 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.

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 SMS

You’ll be able to preview your results online, 13 days after the main test day. You can also receive your result by SMS, if you complete the form given to you on your test date.

Test Report Forms (TRF)

Your personal Test Report Form

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 include the relevant addresses when you register.

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 can I query my 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 (AED400) 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 contact us for further information about how the service works.

Can I retake the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, to significantly improve your score you will need to undertake further study. Research by IELTS indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.