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. Within few hours IELTS will assess all of your English Language communication skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. This means that you are assessed by having a conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing 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. Our English teaching and exams help people around the world improve their education and career prospects.

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.
  • Road to IELTS is the British Council’s free, popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free online practice.
  • Free IELTS Pretesting (Mock tests) which give learners a chance to practice IELTS tests using genuine question papers under exams conditions.  Pretesting provides you with valuable test practice and also gives you an insight of what an IELTS test is like, and the types of questions that are asked.
  •  Workshop:  This workshop is intensive; it provides exam skills for those who want to familiarise themselves with the contents of the IELTS examination and get some awareness of the skills required to achieve the band result .  The workshop is suitable for both Academic and General Training modules.
  • Convenient dates and locations: There are 24 IELTS sessions in a year with 2 sessions per month. This means that you have a huge range of options for  when you can take your test. 
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options in Rupees.
  • Fast results: You will be able to get your results  just 13 days after  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.

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 and the Notice to 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 for both Academic & General Training

There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register two months before your chosen test date. Of course, places may still be available after this date. You can use our Online Registration System 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. Your Speaking test will take place on a different day before your test day. You will receive notification in advance for your test day details.

4. Register online

Use our Online Registration System to book a test.

Please ensure you are able to provide the following documents:  

5. Prepare and send your documents  

Please provide a copy of your passport or National ID card.

You will need to bring the same ID document on test day otherwise you will not be permitted to take the test.

6. Choose your payment options

The cost of  a test is Rs6200.  You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

i)  Online through the online application form
ii)  Via bank transfer

Below you may find our bank details:

Bank Name Standard Bank
Account number 43/400/150098/01
Bank Account Name British Council
IBAN MU89SBIC2201400150098010000MUR
SWIFT Code / BIC SBICMUMU
Sort Code 22-01-00

Instructions for bank transfer payment:

  • In the REFERENCE section of your payment please write: [IELTS / family name / city / test date]
  • Once you have made the payment, please send us the bank transfer receipt with the rest of your registration documents 

iii)  In person at the British Council Rose Hill reception desk. If you want to pay in person, we accept:

  • Cash (the exact amount only)
  • Credit card.

Opening hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 09:00 - 17:00                              
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:30 - 17:00
Monday, Sunday and public holidays Closed

 

7.  Complete your registration

Print the Application Summary at the end of the registration process (or the email you receive after registration). Send this summary together with a copy of your passport or ID document  to the following address:

Customer Service Team

British Council

Royal Road

Rose Hill

Mauritius

We need to receive all 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. 

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, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form.

8. After you register

After registering you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS

  • We will send you a confirmation letter two weeks before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address by post.  
  • As from the session of 06 September 2014 onwards, we will send you a confirmation email two weeks prior to the test date with your IELTS test day details (including time, test venue address and all relevant information).

For more information please contact our Exams Services.

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 at general.inquiries@mu.britishcouncil.org 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.

You can apply for a refund: 

  • If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date. You will receive a refund of the test fee, minus 25% administration fee.
  • 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 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.

For further information, please see our terms and conditions.

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. 

You also have the option of taking a free IELTS pre-test or a face-to-face preparation course delivered by our experienced teachers.

1. British Council IELTS workshops

If you would like to take advantage of face-to-face training, we offer a 10 hour IELTS preparation course which will familiarise you with the test, arm you with useful tips and strategies to use on test day and provide opportunities to practice all 4 skills. Our courses are taught by highly qualified English teachers with an in-depth knowledge of the IELTS test.

Find out more about our IELTS course, as well as dates and information on how to register.

2. Free IELTS pre-testing service

As part of your preparation, why not take a free pre-test. This will:

  • give you an opportunity to practice your English skills
  • give you experience of test conditions
  • give you an indication of your language ability according to IELTS standards
  • help you see where to focus when you prepare for a real IELTS test in future.

We offer regular pre-test sessions:

Monday 2 June
Monday 7 July 
Monday 11 August
Monday 29 September 
Monday 13 October 
Monday 10 November 

You will receive information about your performance six weeks after you attend the session. This will be emailed to you via the same email address used to register. You can also pick up your results in person. Please note that test scores cannot be used as official IELTS test results. 

Contact us to book a place. We recommend that you do so as far in advance as possible to maximise your chances of success.

3. 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. 

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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.

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. 

 IELTS results are available 13 calendar days after the test date.

IELTS results online

Preview your results online as from 15 hrs, 13 days after the main test day.

Certificates can be collected at the British Council office during opening hours.

Results cannot be obtained over the phone, by email, by post or by fax.

Test Report Forms (TRFs)

Only  one copy of the Test Report Form will be issued. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be delivered if lost.

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 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 component 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 contact us for further information about how the service works.

Can I re-take the test?

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