How to Apply

Applications for the IELTS test can only be made using the Online Registration System.

Before applying please read the following essential information.

Acceptable forms of ID Documents:

  • Passport – This must show your name in English, date of birth, ID number, expiry date and contain your photograph and signature (if your signature appears on a different page you must scan and upload this also).
  • National ID Card (for EU citizens only).
  • BRP Card
  • ARC Card
  • Driving Licence is not an acceptable form of ID

Payment is due within IELTS’ deadline. Payments can be made, once registered and in receipt of a Registration Reference Number, via the secure online payment system.

On test day you must bring the original ID document used to complete your application - copies are not accepted. Failure to produce the correct ID will result in you not being permitted to take the test, with no refund.

For questions concerning acceptable forms of ID, or if the ID document you applied with is no longer in your possession, please email:

    Cancellation or Test Date Transfer

    If you wish to cancel or transfer your test, a minimum of five weeks’ notice must be given.

    • Cancellation requests received with at least five weeks’ notice are refunded minus an administrative fee of £47.50.
    • Transfer requests received with at least five weeks’ notice incur an additional administrative fee of £47.50.

    The Refund or Test Date Transfer form (below) must be completed in full and returned to

    IELTS- Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form

    With less than five weeks’ notice it is not possible to refund your test fee or transfer your test date, other than in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons. In such cases, please fill in the form (above) and email it along with supporting documentation within 5 working days of the test.

    Cancellation Transfer and Refund Policy

    Special Arrangements Procedure

    Some test takers have special requirements such as a disability, hearing or sight impairment, dyslexia or a speech impediment, or a short term difficulty such as a broken arm. Special arrangements can usually be made in these circumstances.

    Such test takers should email at the time of their application to inform us of these requirements. Please note that medical/other official evidence must be provided and dated following the 12th birthday - medical evidence written prior to this is not acceptable. Please note that for some special arrangements (e.g. modified test material), a minimum of three months' notice is required:

    Minors (Under 16s)

    If the applicant is under 16, please contact the test centre separately for a consent form. Failure to do so may result in an application being rejected.