1. Choose your test, preferred format and 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 UK Visa. Universities and other educational institutions tend to require the Academic IELTS test.

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

Upcoming test dates are available on the registration website here . On average, we run paper-based IELTS tests twice per month on Saturdays, and computer-delivered IELTS 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 paper-based and computer-delivered tests are available 13 and 3-5 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 and to ensure you meet your application deadlines. 

Cancellations can sometimes occur and we can put you on a waiting list. 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. 

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, 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 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, a shorter intensive course, various 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 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 3-5 calendar days. Your results will be sent to you by post on the results release day. Please allow additional time 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.

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.

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 a EU/EEA country.

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

If you wish to register for the test, but you 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 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 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