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

To register, simply follow the steps below:

Warning

We have been made aware of fraudulent websites pretending to be the British Council IELTS registration sites. Please be advised that they are not associated with us in any form. We are also not responsible for the content available on these websites.

To ensure your details are safe, please only book your test by clicking on the registration link here on this site or on the TakeIELTS website. 

Before you enter your personal details, please check that you are using our secure online registration system. You can do this by making sure the website address starts with “https://”. In addition fraudulent sites may use incorrect spellings in the website address, so check that “British Council” is spelt correctly. 

If you are not sure, please use this link to book your IELTS test

1  READ THE INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

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. 

2  DECIDE WHICH VERSION OF THE TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOU

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.

3  CHECK THE IELTS TEST DATES

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.

4  REGISTER ONLINE

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. 

5  PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS

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)

6 CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS

The cost of sitting a test is ZMK 2,200.00 You can pay for your test in one of the following ways:

i) Cash or cheque at Barclays bank branches;

Lusaka- Mutaba House Branch, Cairo Road / Longacres Branch / Haile Selassie Avenue/ Manda Hill Branch, Manda Hill Shopping Centre

Livingstone - Livingstone branch, Mosi O Tunya Road

Kitwe - City Square branch

Ndola - Buteko, Cnr. Buteko/Maina Soko

After making your booking you will receive an e-mail to the address entered on the application. Print the email and present it to the bank teller with your payment.

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

7 COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

Send all documents from step 5 to the address below:

British Council Zambia

Aquarius House

Katima Mulilo Road

PO Box 34571

Lusaka

Zambia

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. 

8  AFTER YOUR REGISTER

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 info@britishcouncil.org.zm

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS

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

REFUNDS

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.

TEST DAY TRANSFERS

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 PROCEDURE

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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