IELTS

Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills.

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills. On 22 May, the UK Home Office issued guidance on Secure English Language Test (SELT) providers. We encourage you to check the full text and FAQ here. 

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations:  We offer IELTS thrice a month in Kathmandu and once every month sin Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Pokhara and Chitwan.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take make the payment in NPR at the British Council office.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • Special arrangements: your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note, you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration. 

Register

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

To register, simply follow the steps below:

1 Read the information for candidates

Download and read the Information for Candidates (PDF 933 kb).  It contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results.  Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

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

There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register two months before your chosen test date. Of course, places may be available after this date. You can 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 may be offered on the same day, or up to a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

4. Register online

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

Please ensure you are able to provide the documents in step 5 and are able to pay in cash at the British Council Office.

5. Visit our office for payment

IELTS candidates are requested to submit payment receipt at Customer Service Desk including the following candidate’s correct details:

  1. Full Name
  2. Test Date
  3. IELTS Reference No.
  4. Passport No.

Candidates must bring original passport along with photocopy of Passport at IELTS Test Venue.

 6. The only form of payment is in cash at the cash counter at the British Council office

Cash counter opening hours: 9:45 AM - 4:00PM (Lunch Break: 12:30-1:15)

Only making the payment does not confirm the registration, you need to submit the required set of documents for confirmed registration.

7. Complete your registration

Print the Application Summary at the end of the registration process (or the email you receive after registration).

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

We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.

8. After you register

After registering you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS

  • We will send you a confirmation email four to five weeks before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address

For more information please contact our Exams Services at General.Enquiry@britishcouncil.org.np

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. For example, we offer support for people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia.

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

Refunds

You can apply for a refund:

  • If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date.  An Administrative fee of NRs. 3450 is charged for refund and you will receive a 75 % refund of the test fee.
  • If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, you will not receive a refund unless you can provide appropriate evidence to support your cancellation. If you want to do this, please complete and submit a Request for Refund Form (PDF 42kb) with the supporting evidence. Supporting evidence may include a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner (with NMC no), a death certificate, or a police report.  We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence at least five days before the test date.Download the (refund or date tranfer) form and submit it with the required documents to the British Council Nepal Office. 
  • If the refund is approved and you wish someone else to collect the refund amount for you, then you can authorise someone to collect the refund amount on your behalf with a signed authorisation letter giving this person’s name and ID number.  The person must carry the mentioned ID while collecting.

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 with the supporting evidence.  Supporting evidence may include a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner (with NMC no), official recommendation letter to attend any official training with flight itinerary where possible or a police report.  An Administrative fee of NRs. 3450 is charged for Test Date Transfer.

 

Prepare

If you book your IELTS test with the British Council you can take advantage of our exclusive access to a wide range of learning materials – all designed to help you get the best possible score in your IELTS test.

1. Road to IELTS Course – 30 hours of free online study

Road to IELTS, written by the British Council, is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking practice. Written by the British Council for its IELTS students, Road to IELTS includes:

  • Practice materials
  • Timed tests
  • Tutorials
  • Online scoring
  • Self-assessment tools so that you can measure your progress

You can try our Road to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of access to the learning materials.

2. Further British Council online preparation materials

We also have a selection of online preparation materials for your Listening and Speaking tests.

Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test

Prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test

3. LearnEnglish website

We have a website dedicated to learning the English language. It’s called LearnEnglish and it has a number of very useful English learning resources, such as:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Grammar and vocabulary tutorials
  • Business/work resources and a magazine
  • Games
  • IELTS tips
  • Community networking opportunities

You’ll find that learning materials on the site really support your preparation for your IELTS test, and they’ll give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

4. IELTS membership at the Learning Centre

Our learning centre provides a variety of useful resources for students who have registered for the IELTS examination.  These include books, CDs, computer based practice materials and mock tests. Find out more about signing up for IELTS membership at our learning centre.  

5. One-day IELTS workshop

We also offer an IELTS workshop to help you become more familiar with the test format and the types of questions you will encounter in the test.  Find out more about our one-day IELTS workshop, including how to register.  

Results

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS results online and via SMS

You’ll be able to preview your results online on the 13 day after 2:00 PM from the main test day.

Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) can be collected from our office after 4:00 PM on the 17 day from the main test date.

You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax.

Test Report Forms (TRFs)

You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. In case of lost TRF you will need to fill up a replacement form with evidence of it being lost along with a police report. This will incure a fee of NPR 2200. 

Test Report Forms for institutions

We can also arrange for additional original copies to be couriered to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, fill up the "Additional TRF form". You would need to pay a courier charge which depends upon the destination. 

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To use online access facility you would need to fill in "Additional TRF form" and submit it to the British Council Nepal Office. This service is free of charge. 

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test.

Understand your IELTS scores

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Enquiry on Results

If you were expecting higher marks – or haven’t quite made the grades you need for your chosen university or college place – don’t panic. You may be able to retake your exams or even request re-marking. Fees for enquiry on results is £60. You will need to fill in an Enquiry on Results form and submit along with your original Test Report Form.

The fee for the Enquiry on Results service will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.

Can I re-take the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.