What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an internationally-recognised system for testing English language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Why take an IELTS exam?

IELTS is recognised by many universities and can be used to support visa applications. If you want to work or study abroad, an IELTS qualification is essential. You can also study at more basic levels, perfect for travelling or helping your child with their education.

How Do I Register for IELTS?


Registration Procedures

Obtain an application form
a. by downloading here.
b. from the British Council office at   
10th Floor Taipan Place
F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald Avenue)
Ortigas Centre, Pasig City
Registration Hours:
Monday to Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
c. from our registration agents.

Fill in the application form.
a. Do not forget to sign the application form.
b. Keep pages i to iv of the application form and read the Notice to IELTS Candidates very carefully

Submit the application form together with the following requirements:
a. valid national ID, which can be any of the following:
-PRC ID (for professionals)
-LTO Driver's License
*your ID should still be valid on your exam day
b. photocopy of ID (to be attached to application form)
c. 2 passport size coloured photos
d. test fee (Php 8,640.00)

Currently, British Council Philippines accepts the following forms of payment:
a. cash
b. manager’s or cashier’s cheque or bank draft (payable to the British Council)

All payments should be in Pesos only.  We do not accept credit card payments at this time.

How to submit your application form

Submit application form and requirements direct to our office or to one of our registration agents. Registration at our office is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Send through DHL for free! Go to a DHL outlet near you and quote WWWE642210981 (this is the DHL account of British Council). DHL will deliver your application to our office free of charge.

If you are going to submit applications through courier, you do not need to send your original IDs.  Only the photocopy of your ID should be sent to our office together with the application form and manager's cheque (payable to British Council) for the amount.


During registration at the British Council office, you will be advised of the venue if it is known. A reminder letter together with an official receipt will be given thus serving as the confirmation for the exam.  However, if the venue is not advised:

1. Contact the British Council office

Telephone number: +63 02 914-1011 up to 14
Fax number: +63 02 637-3231
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2. Contact our registration agents.

The final schedule and venue for the speaking tests will be given after the written tests. 

The IELTS exam starts at exactly 9:00am. You should arrive at the test venue at 8:00am to complete pre-test requirements and to check your candidate number and seat assignment.


Candidates should register for the test at least 2 weeks before the test date. Some tests fill up before this time, so you are advised to register earlier.

What happens on the test day?

Before the test (8.00 am – 9.00am)

  • Arrive at the exam venue at 8.00 am for registration.
  • Look for your name in the name lists posted outside the exam room.  Please remember your candidate number.
  • Find your designated seat assignment in the seat plan posted beside the name lists.  Your seat assignment is your candidate number.
  • Deposit all your belongings and cell phones at the designated baggage area.  You are only allowed bring your ID, pencil(s), sharpener, and eraser into the test room.
  • Visit the comfort room before registration as you will not be allowed to go once the examination has started.
  • Line up at the registration table according to your candidate number.  Present your ID and sign the attendance register.
  • Proceed inside the exam room and find your seat.  Find the desk label with your name on it.  Your candidate number is also indicated in your desk label.
  • The Test Supervisor will begin reading the instruction at exactly 9.00AM. Late candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam room when instructions are being given.

During the test (9:00 am to 12:00 am)

  • Listen carefully to the Test Supervisor and follow all the instructions given.
  • If you are in any doubt about what you should do, raise your hand to attract attention. An invigilator will come to your assistance.
  • Tell the Invigilator at once if you think you have not been given the right question paper, or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.
  • You may not lend anything to, or borrow anything from another candidate during the test.
  • Please stop writing and put your pencils down when you are instructed to do so. Candidates who fail to do so may be disqualified.

The speaking test

  • Check the Speaking Test schedule posted outside the exam room and note down the time of your interview and your examiner.
  • Please arrive at the speaking venue 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time.
  • Bring your ID with you for the speaking test.
  • Register with the invigilator when you arrive and then go to the waiting area. The invigilator will then call you for your interview.
  • You are not allowed to bring anything inside the interview room.  Deposit your baggage and cell phones with the invigilator.
  • The speaking test lasts between 11 to 14 minutes.
  • When you finish your speaking test, leave the test venue immediately. Under no circumstance are you allowed to talk to waiting candidates.

What happens after the test?

When will I get my result?

Your IELTS test results will be available within ten working days after your exam.  Your TRF will be ready for pick-up at the British Council office or will be mailed to the address indicated on your application form.  We do not give test results over the telephone or by email.

You will only receive one original Test Report Form.  This is a very valuable document and it is recommended that you take due care in keeping your TRF secure.  IT CAN NOT BE REPLACED.  Your IELTS test result is valid for two years.  However, some universities or organizations may have their own regulations on the period of validity.

What if I need extra copies of my Test Result Form?

The British Council can forward copies of your IELTS results to institutions and organizations.  The fee is Php 250 for local recipients and Php 1,200 for agencies or institutions located outside the Philippines.  Candidates who use this service will be given a tracking number so they can track whether the institutions have received their Test Result Forms.

For candidates wishing to send their TRFs to CGFNS & ICHP, we offer a free courier service.  TRFs are sent in bulk via DHL every 15th and 30th of the month.  Candidates who avail of this service will not be given an individual Airway Bill Number.

Please make sure that you include your CGFNS/ICHP reference number in your request.  Requests without a reference number cannot be processed.

We can also send copies of results to recipients in the United Kingdom for free.

Download the Additional TRF Request Form and send it with your payment to our office.  We only accept manager's checks made payable to the British Council.  You may also fax the form to us at (02) 637-3231 if you are requesting the free courier service to CGFNS and ICHP or the United Kingdom.  You may also visit our office to make your request.

What can I do if I am not satisfied with my test results?

If you are not satisfied with your IELTS score, you may apply for an Enquiry on Results (EOR) service.  You should make sure that your request is made within SIX weeks after your test.  You must complete an Enquiry on Results Form and pay GBP 60 (this should be paid in peso) at our office.  You may also download and mail the Enquiry on Results Form together with a manager’s cheque payable to the British Council.  Please check first with the British Council for the prevailing conversion rate before you submit your form.

The fee for remarking is the same whether you requested for a full or partial re-mark.  All the required test scripts for the candidate, including the answer sheets and the interview tape, will be sent to British Council headquarters in the UK and then remarked by a Senior Examiner.  The procedure takes around 6-8 weeks.

If the re-mark results show an increase in any of the band scores, a full refund will be paid to you.  However, no refund will be made if there is no change in the scores.  The candidate should surrender the original receipt issued by the British Council for us to process refund. Refunds will take ten working days to process.

There is no appeal on the EOR result and the decision of the senior examiner is final.

Should the scores change after the EOR, we will issue you a new TRF once you have surrendered your original TRF.

Can I take the test again?

Yes, after May 1st 2006, all candidates can re-take the test as soon as they like regardless of when they took the test.  The same registration procedures apply for those who want to re-take the test.