See the registration process for private candidates below:

Step 1: Complete your registration form

Candidates registering for school exams have to be 18 years and above for the registration to be accepted and completed. This is in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The British Council will not be held responsible for registrations that do not comply with this condition and have the right to deny the registration of the applicant. If the payment has been completed, but the candidate has not submitted the required documents for eligibility, then an administrative fee of 25 % will be deducted from the total fee, before processing the refund due to non-compliance.

If you are a minor, you need to submit the following:

A letter from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education stating you have permission from them to sit for school exams with the British Council.  

The document/letter then needs to be emailed to schoolexam@qa.britishcouncil.org with the name of the candidate along with details of registration in order for your application to be accepted. Walk-in customers can submit the documents to our customer service. The application will not be processed without this letter.

My examination board is Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE)

You will need to complete your registration form first. This form is available once the exams session opens for registration.

Register by downloading the Cambridge Assessment International Examinations form below, for IGCSEs or GCE O-/AS-/A-levels. This form is available once the exams session opens for registration.

When you have completed the application form, please remember to print your form and sign and date the Declaration.

We do not offer Science subjects with practical exams requiring labs for private candidates. For carry forward subjects please contact customer service as you will not find the option code in the pick list when registration is open. 

When to register

Find out about the registration deadlines for Cambridge International Exams (CIAE) exams.

Do I need to make any special arrangements? 

Find out about special arrangements.

My examination board is Pearson Edexcel

You will need to complete your registration form first. This form is available once the exams session opens for registration.

Register for International GCSEs or GCE AS-/A-levels by downloading the application Pearson Edexcel registration form below. This form is available once the exams session opens for registration.

When you have completed the the application form, remember to print your form and sign and date the Declaration.

International A level candidates are required to cash in the units to be awarded a grade for AS or A level. Please enter cash in code while registering or request customer service for assistance.

When to register

Find out about the registration deadlines for Pearson Edexcel exams.

Do I need to make any special arrangements? 

Find out about special arrangements.

Step 2: Pay for your exams

You will find the fees for all exams in the relevant registration forms. Your application will not be processed until you have paid for your exams.

You can pay via a bank draft payable to the British Council, or via cash through our local British Council customer services team.

Penalty fees 

Each examination board has a normal registration stage for each exam session. You may still be able to register for exams after this date, but you will have to pay a penalty fee.  Contact us to find out more information about late registration penalty fees.

Step 3: Submit your registration form

The final step is to submit your application to the British Council office where you wish to take the exams.

To do this, you will need:

  1. Your completed and signed registration form. Please keep a photocopy of this form for your records. 
  2. Three recent colour passport-size photographs. These must be identical and taken within the past three months. 
  3. A clear photocopy of your valid Qatar ID.
  4. Registration fee for exams.

Submit your application either by courier/ registered mail or personally to your nearest British Council office where you wish to take your test.

Step 4: Registration complete

You have successfully registered for school exams with the British Council.

You will receive your Statement of Entry and information about your examination venues approximately three weeks before your exams.

Need to cancel or amend your entry? 

Download the withdrawal and refunds form if you wish to cancel a subject. For amendments please contact our British Council customer service team. Please note there will be service charge depending on the registration stage at the time of request for this service.

To register online for your CIE / Edexcel examinations , click here.

To pay for your exam, please ensure that you print a copy of the registration summary and present the same at the British Council along with other necessary documents.