Cancelling your IELTS test

The below regulations are in immediate effect if you register for any test date after 15 February 2019. If you registered for any upcoming exam before 15 February 2019 then the terms and conditions in effect at the time of your registration apply to you.

If you cancel your IELTS test up to five weeks before the test date, you will receive a full refund. If you want to cancel the test after this deadline, you are not entitled to any refund.

Please note that refunds can take four to six weeks to process.

To cancel your test date, please download and complete our Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form and send it via email to information@britishcouncil.hu. You can find the documents below in the download section.

Missing the test date

You are entitled to a 75 % refund of the registration fee if the request is made due to:

  • the candidate’s serious illness (e.g. hospital admission)
  • the death of a close family member
  • hardship/trauma, e.g. a traffic accident
  • military service.

A completed Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form (document can be found below) must be submitted to information@britishcouncil.hu no later than 5 working days after the test date. The request must be supported by a copy of the original medical certificate covering the test date. 

The medical certificate must be written in Hungarian or English. If we have not received both required documents at our office in Budapest by the fifth working day after the test, you will be marked as absent and forfeit all claims.

Please note that we do not accept sick notes issued by family members.

Candidates are not entitled to a refund if: 

  • the cause is different from those listed above
  • the application is not accompanied by appropriate official documentation and/or evidence
  • the application is made later than 5 working days after the test date.

Please include your bank details in the e-mail you send with your form and certificate. Note that refunds can take up to 6 weeks.

Requesting a test day transfer

If you need to change the date of your test from the date you originally booked, you can request a test day transfer up to five weeks before the test date, free of charge.

It is not possible to postpone your IELTS test less than five weeks before the test day. If you do not take the test on the set date, the full test fee will be retained and you would have to make a new registration for a later date, including a new payment. 

To change your test date, fill in the IELTS Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form and e-mail it to us at information@britishcouncil.hu. Please note that the new date must then be within three months of the original date.