IELTS steps

1. Choose your test, preferred format and available test date+

Check which test you are required to take. For example, you can usually find this information on the admissions webpages of the university you are applying to. Please also read the Finnbrit IELTS web pages.

The IELTS test options are General Training, Academic and UK Visa. Universities and educational institutions tend to require the Academic IELTS test.

Please choose how you wish to take your test: paper-based or computer-delivered.

Upcoming test dates are available on the registration website. To access, click on “Book now”-button below. On average, we run paper-based IELTS tests three times a month on Saturdays, and computer-delivered IELTS tests weekly.

2. Book and pay for the test+

Click the “book now” button below for either paper-based or computer-delivered test. You will be directed to the British Council website for registration and booking.

Choose the date that suits your schedule. Please take into account that results from the paper-based and computer-delivered tests are available 13 and 2-5 days after the test respectively.

Please also ensure you have the identification document that you will use on the test day at hand, to upload and complete your booking. Please see our requirements on acceptable identification (ID) documents. 

Registration closes when the test session becomes full and it will no longer appear on the registration website. Please book as early as possible to leave enough time for preparation, to ensure you make your university or other application deadlines, and to avoid disappointment. 

Cancellations sometimes occur. To request a notification of cancellations, please send an email to with your name and the test session date you would like to transfer to and we will inform you should a place become available. We will ask you to make the payment only if / when a transfer becomes possible.

3. Confirmations+

You will receive messages as you progress through the above steps confirming where you are in the process. You will receive a confirmation of

  1. your registration
  2. your test booking
  3. your payment
  4. your test date

You will receive the confirmation of the test date once all parts of your application are complete, including Finnbrit receiving a valid ID document and full payment, typically required about a week before the test. Please read through the confirmation as soon as you receive it, and mark the date, times and location(s) in your diary.

4. Prepare for the test+

Plan your preparation timeline: depending on your language competency level it may take weeks or even months of preparation to ensure you get the score you need. Make sure you understand the IELTS test format and what is expected of you on the test day. Once you are familiar with the IELTS test format, you will need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities.

The British Council and Finnbrit offer an abundance of materials to help you prepare for the IELTS test. Please see the preparation materials provided by the British Council here and here. There are free sample materials available here. You may also find mobile applications helpful, they can be found from your phone app store, e.g. “IELTS word power” or “IELTS prep”. There is also helpful information here.

Finnbrit offers a broad selection of preparation possibilities. You can choose from a full-length IELTS Preparation Course, a shorter intensive course, various workshops, or one-to-one tutoring with an experienced IELTS tutor. For local Finnbrit IELTS preparation courses, both online and face to face, please see here.

5 On test day+

Ensure you are at the location indicated by the address on the confirmation message well before the time booked for you. Ensure that you have all necessary items with you. Click here for the timings and the items needed.

6. Results+

The results of the paper-based test are available in 13 days. The results of the computer-delivered tests are available in 2-5 calendar days. Your results will be sent to you by post on the results release day.

Please keep your copy of the results report safe at all times as it cannot be replaced. The results are valid for two years.

You can also access your results online on the IELTS registration website where you booked your test.

If you have given us names and addresses of maximum five institutions, we will send your results to them directly free of charge. You can provide us with the names and addresses of the institutions either through the IELTS registration website or by sending an email with your application reference number to Please include the words “Test Report Forms” and your test date in the subject line of the email. Some institutions get access to your results electronically, providing you notify us of them either at the time of booking or later by email.

8. Acceptable identification (ID) documents+

Please note that the only acceptable forms of ID are a

  1. Valid passport or
  2. National Identity Card issued by a EU/EEA country.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any other documents, such as driving licences or residence permits.

The same ID must be used to register for the test and brought with you to the test.

9. Special needs provisions+

The IELTS test has been designed to be a fair test. We make every effort to cater for the special needs of our candidates. Please contact the Finnbrit office by email, enclosing a medical certificate, to discuss your special needs as soon as possible.

Please note that if your circumstances require special administrative arrangements to be made, for example if you need extra time or you need to use access technology such as a screen reader, you must give the test centre minimum of six (6) weeks’ notice. Please note that it may take as long as three (3) months if you require a modified version of the test, for example a Large Print or Braille version. This notice period is necessary for the modified test version to be prepared.

Examples of provisions are listed below.

If you have a visual impairment, we can provide
– enlarged print and Braille test papers
– an amanuensis to write answers
– a Braille word-processor

 If you have hearing difficulties, we can arrange
– special amplification equipment
– a lip-reading version of the Listening module

If you have learning difficulties, for example dyslexia, we can arrange
-a word processor
-voice-activated software
-extra time for the Reading and Writing tests