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

Always 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. 

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

Please choose how you wish to take your test – on paper or computer.

Upcoming test dates are available on the registration website. On average, we run IELTS on paper tests once per month on Saturdays and IELTS on computer tests twice per week.

2. Book and pay for the test+

Visit the British Council website for registration and booking here.

Choose the date that suits your schedule. Please take into account that results from the IELTS on paper and IELTS on computer tests are available 13 and 3-5 days after the test, respectively.

Please 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 and to ensure you meet your application deadlines. 

Cancellations can sometimes occur, and we can put you on a waiting list. To request to be placed on a waiting list, 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. 

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. the approval of your ID document
  4. your payment

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. 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 should practice using focused preparation materials.

Finnbrit offers a wide selection of IELTS preparation possibilities. You can choose from a full-length IELTS Preparation Course, many on-demand modules, 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.

The British Council offers an abundance of materials to help you prepare for the IELTS test. Please click here for the official candidate information booklet and here for British Council IELTS Preparation Materials. They also offer free sample materials and mobile applications such as IELTS Word Power and IELTS Prep. Preparation advice can also be found here on the British Council’s Learn English website.


5. On the test day+

Ensure you are at the location indicated by the address on the confirmation message in advance of the time booked for you. Ensure that you have all the necessary items with you. Click here for the timings and the items needed. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.

6. Results+

The results of the IELTS on paper test are available in 13 calendar days. The results of IELTS on computer tests are available in 3-5 calendar days. Your official test result form will be sent to you by post on the results release day. It will be sent with standard Posti economy mail service. The address that we will use is the one you provided in your test booking. Please allow at least one week for delivery.

Please keep your copy of the results report safe at all times and do not give it away. IELTS results are valid for two years and cannot be replaced.

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

We can send your results to a maximum of five institutions free of charge. Please enter the names and addresses of the institutions through the IELTS registration website or send us an email with your name and test date to Please include the words “Test Report Forms” and your test date in the subject line of the email. Some institutions can receive results electronically, via a secure results website, provided they have registered for the service. If the institution you are dealing with wants your IELTS results uploaded or submitted by email, that means they expect you to scan or photograph your result form, making it into a file such as PDF, and providing them with that image. The test centres are not able to issue results in the form of any kind of file.

Click here to see how to interpret your IELTS results.

7. Acceptable identification documents (ID)+

Please note that the only acceptable forms of ID are a

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

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept documents such as driving licenses or residence permits.

If you wish to register for the test, but do not have one of the above documents, please contact the Finnbrit office before booking a test.

Important: The same ID must be used to register and to identify yourself at the test.

8. Special needs provisions+

The IELTS test has been designed to be a fair test. We make every effort to cater for the special requirements of our candidates. Please contact the Finnbrit office by email, attaching a medical certificate, to discuss your special requirements 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 if you need to use technology such as a screen reader, you must give the test centre a 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