Cancelling your IELTS test
If you cancel your IELTS test up to five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration fee of 25% of the test fee.
Should you cancel less than five weeks before the test date, British Council has the right to retain the whole fee.
Please note that refunds can take four to six weeks to process.
To cancel your test date, please download and complete our Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form and send it via post to at any of the British Council offices or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that you need to sign the form.) You can find the documents below in the download section.
If an original medical certificate confirming illness on the date of the test is provided within five working days of the test date, together with the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form, the fee is refundable, minus an administration fee of 25% of the test fee.
Only original medical certificates in local language or English are accepted. If we have not received both required documents at our offices by the fifth working day after the test, you will be marked as absent and forfeit all claims.
Copies sent by fax or email are not accepted. We recommend sending medical certificates by courier.
Please note that we do not accept sick notes issued by family members.
Requesting a test day transfer
If you need to change the date of your test from the date you originally booked, you can request a test day transfer up to five weeks before the test date, free of charge. If you transfer your test date, you will be charged an administrative fee of 25% of the test fee.
Please note that the new test date must be within three months of the original date. In cases of illness, transfer is possible within five weeks of the test if an original medical certificate is provided within five working days of the test date, together with the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form.
If you receive a transfer to a new test date (either before the test or due to illness) and are ill on the second test date, then you are not entitled to a refund of the test fee nor to any further transfer to a new test date.