Following local health authority and government guidance, we have taken steps to reopen select test centres in the Emirate of Dubai from 06 June 2020. The health and safety of test takers and test staff is our number one priority and we have taken the time to put in place all precautions to ensure our customers can test confidently at our test venues. 

In line with government directives and Covid-19 regulation, testing has been suspended until at least 17 July 2020 in:

  • Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
  • Sharjah
  •  Ajman
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Fujairah
  • Umm Al Quwain

We have opened booking for future test dates from 18 July 2020 onwards. We will restart testing as soon as the local regulations allow. For further updates, click here

The British Council in United Arab Emirates offers IELTS Academic, General Training and UK visas and immigration (UKVI) tests.

You can book your IELTS test with us online and, where applicable, at one of our offices. When you book with us, you can be certain that you will be taking your test at an official IELTS test centre.

Tests we offer

Test type Fee Book
IELTS Academic and General Training - paper-based test AED 1,120 Book now 
IELTS Academic and General Training - computer-delivered test AED 1,260 Book now 
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic and General Training) AED 970 Book now 
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) AED 725 Book now 


To book your test you will need to:

  1. Make sure you have a form of valid ID, Passport or Emirates 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, which contains 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].
    If you book with one of our official partners, please see their websites for more information:

    Higher College of Technologies 
    Knowledge Group 
    UAE University 

IELTS test date Confirmation

Once you have completed the booking process, you will receive a confirmation giving you the start time of your test and the venue address. 

Your Speaking test may be scheduled on the same day as the other sections, or on a different day within a 7 day window before or after your main test day. The test centre will send you a confirmation for the Speaking Test date.

After booking your test, you will also receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS.

You will also receive your IELTS Reference Number to access the Test Taker Portal. Please make sure that you have included your email address correctly when you book your test.

Can't find a suitable location, check out our official partners

You can also take the IELTS test with any of our official partners, they have a range of centres in various dates and locations, visit our partner sites: