Register for IELTS

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.


We have been made aware of fraudulent websites pretending to be the British Council IELTS registration sites. Please be advised that they are not associated with us in any form. We are also not responsible for the content available on these websites.

To ensure your details are safe, please only book your test by clicking on the registration link here on this site or on the TakeIELTS website. 

Before you enter your personal details, please check that you are using our secure online registration system. You can do this by making sure the website address starts with “https://”. In addition fraudulent sites may use incorrect spellings in the website address, so check that “British Council” is spelt correctly. 

If you are not sure, please use this link to book your IELTS test

To register, simply follow our 8 steps below: 

1. Read the information for candidates

Download and read Information for Candidates below, which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. 

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.

IELTS dates, fees and locations

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 the same day, or up to a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification in advance by email and/or SMS to confirm your test details

4. Register online 

Use our Online Registration System to book your place on the test.

5. Prepare and send your documents

Please make sure you send us ALL of the following documents when you register for your test:

  • Your valid identification document (Passport or valid national ID card-for Qataris only) 
  • Your passport (Non-Qataris Only)

The Passport should be valid on the day of the test. Candidate with invalid passport on the day of the test will not be allowed to take the exam and no refund or transfer will be given. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter exam hall without the original ID that you used during your registration.

6. Choose your payment method

The cost of sitting a test is 950 QAR You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

  • cash, credit or debit card at the British Council Qatar office
  • pay online, you will find all details on the Online Registration System
  • with a cheque made payable to the 'British Council'

Payment must be received within three days of your online booking otherwise your registration will be automatically cancelled.

7.  Complete your registration

We need to receive all documents including your completed online application within three working days of your online registration. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within three working days your application will be cancelled.  

We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all required documents.

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. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student.  

8. After you register

  • After registering you will receive an automatic email containing your access codes to our free online resources: Road to IELTS 
  • We will send you an email and/or SMS two days prior to test date to confirm all your test details including the test venue

For more information about the registration process please contact us.

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. Please contact us three months in advance of your test date to find out how you can apply for special arrangements.


If you want to request a refund, please read our refund policy prior to making a request. If you want to do this, please complete and submit a request for refund form along with the supporting evidence. 

Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will be charged the full fee (250 QAR) unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request. Medical evidence must be provided no later than 5 days after the test date. 

If the candidate requests for a postponement or cancellation because of bereavement of a close family member or hardship/trauma – victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident, exemptions can be made provided valid evidence is presented.

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 below. The transfer fee is 225 QAR.

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