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

To register, simply follow the steps below:

1. READ THE INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Download and read the Information for Candidates (PDF, 933 kb) which 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 more about our test dates, fees and locations.

Test type Test centre Test date
General training and academic Botswana National Productivity Centre* Once a month

*If your speaking test is scheduled on a different date of the exam, you will take it at the British Council office in Gaborone.

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, 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.

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. 

5. MAKE YOUR PAYMENT

The cost of sitting a test is P2625.00. You must pay for your test by depositing the fee at your nearest Standard Chartered Bank.

HOW TO PAY 

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

B. Please make your registration payment to the following account:

Account name: British Council

Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank 

Branch Name: Hemamo

Branch Code: 66 27 67

Type of Account: Current

Account number: 0100176604300

 

We accept payments into our bank account from the following :

-Electronic bank transfer from your internet banking

-Online payments

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

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

D. 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 forth or fifth day after registration will not guarantee your preferred test date. 

E. 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.

 

6. PREPARE AND SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS  

You must send the following documents to the Botswana office after you register for your test:

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

7. AFTER YOU 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 four to five days 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.Exams@britishcouncil.org.bw

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

If you want to request a refund, please read our refund policy (PDF 69kb) prior to making a request.

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 P656.25 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 download and complete the IELTS refund  form from the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. and submit  the form along 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  download and complete the application form from the Downloads section at the bottom of this page.

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