You can take your test at one of our official test centres on paper or on a computer. All you need is a valid identification document and a bank card if you want to pay online.

Test type Fee (Ft) Available test dates

IELTS Academic or General Training - in Centre (paper or computer)*

67,000 Find a test date
IELTS Academic or General Training for UKVI - in Centre (paper or computer)* 75,800 Find a test date 
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) - in Centre ** 64,000 Find a test date

*Please make sure you book your desired format

**IELTS Life Skills tests (A1 and B1 level) are offered as an on-demand service. If you need to take this test, please submit your request here.

What does the fee include? Our IELTS test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests and much more.

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.


You will receive an automated invoice after you paid the test fee. The invoice will be sent to the e-mail address that you provided at the payment.

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.