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

To register, simply follow the steps below:


Download and read the IELTS General Information. 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. 


Please note that if you are taking IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes then additional options (and rules) are applicable. Visit what is IELTS for UKVI for relevant information.

If you are not taking IELTS for UKVI purposes, there are only 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.


Find out about test dates, fees and locations in Zambia.  

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, Speaking, 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.


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 using one of the payment methods in step 6. 


Please make sure you provide us with ALL of the following documents when you register for your test:

• A photocopy of your identification document (your passport or ID card)


How to pay

1.You will need a reference number before making your payment. Your reference number is a 15 digit number that starts with ZM601 that was generated on completion of your online application form

2.Please make your registration payment to:

Bank: Standard Chartered

Branch: Lusaka Main Branch

We accept payments into our bank account from the following:

•Online payments( using Visa/Mastercard)

•Direct deposit (using deposit slip) into the above named British Council bank account 

3.To make any of the above payments you must quote your registration Reference Number in all reference fields that are available.

4.Cleared payment must be received within five days from the date of registration. For candidates making payments via bank deposit, it is prudent to plan for an extra day or two for processing payments. Deposits made on the fourth or fifth day after registration will not guarantee your preferred test date.

5.Failure to quote your registration reference number may delay your application process; this may lead to a change from your preferred test date or cancellation of your registration.

Once you have made the payment, please send us the rest of your registration documents.


Send all documents from step 5 to the address below:

British Council Zambia

Aquarius House

Katima Mulilo Road

PO Box 34571



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

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

Copies of your results

If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student. 


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 a week 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


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


You can apply for a refund: 

• If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date. You will receive a refund of the test fee, minus a 25% administration 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 with the supporting evidence. We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence at least five days before the test date.


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. 


Complaints regarding the conduct of the test day should be made before you leave the test venue, on the day of the test. IELTS will not accept complaints relating to the conduct of the test day after the results have been released.

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