ATTENTION TO THOSE NON-HUNGARIAN CITIZENS WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF HUNGARY - Please note that the Hungarian government has decided to close the country's borders from 1 September provisionally for 30 days. As a main rule, from 1 September non-Hungarian citizens will not be allowed to enter Hungary. Please check thoroughly the most up-to-date travel restrictions/exemptions as once you booked and paid for your test, we cannot accept cancellation and refund requests based on that reason if the travel restriction that applies to the test taker was already known at the time of the registration.


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

You can book your IELTS test with us online. 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 (Ft) Book

IELTS Academic and General Training

Paper-based test

(for tests until 30 November 2020)*

64,800 Book now 

IELTS Academic and General Training

Computer-delivered test

64,800 Book now
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
(Academic and General Training)
72,600 Book now 
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) 58,000 Book now

*Book a paper-based test from 1 December 2020 onwards

Important notice

Please note that there are websites pretending to be British Council IELTS registration sites. They are not associated with us and we are not responsible for the content on those sites. Before you enter any personal details, please make sure that you are using our secure online registration system and check that British Council is spelt correctly.

To book your test, you will need to:

  1. Make sure you have a form of valid ID at hand, as you will need to upload a clear photocopy of it when you book your test. The ID can be your passport or an ID card issued in the European Union. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must also provide a copy of your visa. The document has to be valid on the test day and must be the one you registered on your test application. 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 either through our online registration system or via bank transfer. See detailed information about payment below.
  4. Complete your registration. Send all documents from steps 1. and 3. to us by e-mail. 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.

Payment options and methods

You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

  • Via credit card online, immediately after filling out the online application form. Only VISA or Mastercard is accepted.
  • Via a bank transfer within five calendar days after registration. 


If you choose to pay via bank transfer, please make your registration payment to the bank account below.

Bank: Citibank Zrt.

Bank account holder: British Council Hungary

Bank account number: 10800007-77237006-00000000


IBAN code: HU46 1080 0007 7723 7006 0000 0000

We accept the following payments into our bank account:

  • electronic bank transfer using your internet banking service
  • direct debit from your bank 
  • direct deposit*.

* Cash payments can only be received from the Citibank branch below: 1133 Budapest, Váci street 80. (Promenade Gardens Irodaház at Dózsa György út metro station).


  • the registration reference number. Your reference number is a 13 digit number that starts with HU (see the example below).
  • the full name of the candidate taking the exam, first name first, last name second.

E.g. HU001-123456-123  MARIA KISS

Please note that not including the aforementioned data may lead to a change of your preferred test date or cancellation of your registration. 

When paying the exam fee by bank transfer, please ensure that the British Council receives the full amount, all applicable banking charges have to be borne by the transferor. This is particularly important when transferring the exam fee from abroad. Your registration can only be finalised after the full exam fee has arrived into our bank account.


If you would like an invoice for your exam fee, please let us know before making the payment by sending an e-mail containing the following details: invoicing name, address, exam type, exam date, candidate name. In this case please do not make the payment before receiving the invoice.

We are unable to issue an invoice after the payment has been made or in case of online payment (VISA and Mastercard).

If you wish to receive an invoice for your exam fee, please choose bank transfer and follow the instructions below:

  1. Register for the exam.
  2. Choose the bank transfer method of payment.
  3. DO NOT transfer the fee until you have received the invoice from us.

Speaking tests

In order to secure a place at the exam, we recommend registering at least two months prior to the exam date.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take place on the published exam day. The speaking test may take place on the same day, or up to 7 days before or 2 days after the published test day. Detailed information on the date, time and  venue of all the IELTS components is normally sent out to candidates by e-mail no later than 10 calendar days before the written test day. If you do not receive this information in time, please write to

Requests for a specific speaking test date must be sent by e-mail. The request must be supported by evidence and has to be submitted at registration or within five calendar days after registration. To support a request for a specific speaking test day, the following documentation can be accepted:

  • ID with residence details or an official letter showing the candidate’s name and address abroad or a long distance from Budapest 
  • airplane ticket or flight confirmation
  • proof of planned medical treatment.

Please note that submitting a request and appropriate supporting documentation may still not guarantee being scheduled for the selected date, as requests are always considered with reference to the circumstances of the given exam session. 

Once your booking is complete, you will receive the following emails:

Once you have completed the booking process, we received the test fee and your ID has been checked you will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail. The invitation to the test will be sent approx. 10 calendar days before the test, giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

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.