What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language testing system. It is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, with over 1.7 million tests taken last year. For more information about IELTS please visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/exam/ielts.

Which IELTS module should I take?

You should take the IELTS academic test if you want to study at University or join a professional organisation in an English speaking country. You should take the IELTS general test if you want to train or study at below degree level, work or undertake work related training in an English speaking country, or if you want to emigrate to an English-speaking country. Always check with the organization(s) you wish to apply to before you book your test!

How do I register for IELTS?

The IELTS test is offered at British Council offices or test centres in Nigeria. The test is available in two modules: Academic Module and General Training Module. You need to confirm from the relevant authority that requires you to take the test, which module of the test  you are to sit for.

The first step is to visit our Nigeria website http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/exam/ielts, to find out more and help you understand your options.

You are required to apply online here: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org, select country then find the find the available test dates for your chosen Centre and module. Following the instructions of your Online Application Summary you can submit your application or send via courier to any of our offices closest to you. Do bear in mind that the speaking test is usually scheduled to happen on a different day from the date you have chosen but you will be notified 7 days before to give you time to plan.

**Test fee payment of NGN68, 000 is to be made by bank draft to British Council. 

 We accept bank drafts drawn from any Nigerian bank so you do not need bank account numbers to buy a bank draft. Please visit any Nigerian Bank and request to buy a bank draft in favour of British Council. Do note that registration is on a first come first served basis, therefore there is no deadline date for registration.

Alternatively, you can pay the test fee of NGN68,000 by bank transfer from Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank or First Bank to British Council Standard Chartered bank account. The payment instructions can be found in the IELTS application summary which you will receive after registering.

You can find more information in the Information for Candidates booklet. A copy of the booklet is available at any of our offices. You can also download a copy of the handbook from the following link:

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/Information_for_Candidates_booklet.pdf

Where do I get IELTS preparatory materials?

The IELTS Study packs are available for N5500 each. We have in stock; The Official IELTS Practice Material (for sample questions and answers), Top Tips for IELTS General Training and Top Tips for IELTS Academics. They all come with CDs. If you are sending a proxy to purchase any of them, do ensure you let them know which you would like.

If you would prefer to have it delivered to you, you could send us a bank draft of NGN 7500 (5500 + 2000 courier fee) addressed to British Council, to cover the cost of delivery. Do ensure you provide an accurate mailing address.

Where is the venue of my IELTS test?

An email will be sent to you 7days before the test date to notify you of your schedule and venue. If you have not received this mail notification, please check with the British council office closest to your address. Also ensure you have your original international passport as no other form of identification will be accepted.

You can also send an email to exams.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org or call 01-4603090-9 if no notification is received by then.

Where are your IELTS test locations?

IELTS tests are now available in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan.

How can I access the online preparation course “Road to IELTS”

You can also access the online preparation course "Road to IELTS" which comes with your online registration. After payment, visit https://ielts.britishcouncil.org and click on the Candidate Area tab. 

How do I view my IELTS score online

You can view your provisional scores online at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx

How long is the IELTS result valid for?

IELTS results are valid for 2 years after the test date.

What is the difference between IELTS and TOEFL?

They are both English language proficiency tests that examine the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of candidates. They however have different contents. 

There is no official comparison between IELTS and other English language proficiency scores. IELTS is a valid and secured test across all areas of test delivery, administration and results. We recommend you check with the organisation requesting your proof of English language which test they prefer you to take and the score they want.

IELTS certificates are accepted by over 4000 educational institutions, employers, professional bodies and immigration authorities worldwide as proof of candidates English language proficiency. This includes UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many countries across the world.

For further information on the IELTS test, please consult the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org and https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/

I want to change my IELTS test module.

Module changes are not automatic and are subject to availability. If there are no more spaces for the module you require, you may have to be transferred to another test date and you will need to pay a transfer cost of NGN13,000 before the test date.

I want to reschedule my speaking test date.

The speaking test cannot be randomly re-assigned as each candidate is scheduled to meet with an examiner at the specified time. You can however send your request to our IELTS team at exams.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org for consideration. An IELTS officer will let you know if you can be accommodated on an earlier or later speaking test date.

I want to change my IELTS test date.

Under the IELTS test policy, you can transfer or defer your test dates at least five weeks prior to your test date. Test dates can also be deferred or transferred less than the five weeks period under the following circumstances: serious illness, bereavement, hardship/trauma, and military service.

Do bear in mind that there is a 17,000 naira charge for this.

I am not satisfied with my IELTS result.

Under the IELTS policy, if you are not satisfied with your result you can apply for an Enquiry on Results service (EOR) within 6 weeks from your test date. The cost is NGN15,000 and is payable by Bank draft addressed to British Council. You will also need to fill the EOR form at our office and submit your original Test Report Form.

If your score increases after the EOR you will receive a new Test Report Form and the EOR cost will be refunded. If your score remains the same the original Test Report Form will be returned to you.

Please note that there is no appeal after this re-mark. During the period of re-marking the test results are frozen and cannot be used to apply for a university placement or be sent to an immigration authority.

It’s past 13 days after my test and I still do not have my result.

Your result may have been selected randomly by the system for re-assessment. This is a standard procedure across IELTS centres so please do not panic. It will be mailed to the address you provided in your registration form once they are available in 2 weeks.

Your result may have also been sent through courier to the address you provided during your registration if you are living outside Lagos. If the courier service is unable to deliver it to you, it will be returned to our office and you will be contacted immediately.

I have gained admission into an institution in the UK. Do I need to take the IELTS test?

You should take an IELTS academic module test if the University you want to attend has stated that you need to provide a proof of English Language proficiency. You will also need to confirm if the University accepts IELTS as a proof of English Language proficiency.

What is the difference between IELTS FOR UKVI and IELTS?

IELTS test for UKVI includes IELTS Academic for UKVI, IELTS General Training for UKVI, IELTS Life Skills A1 and IELTS Life Skills B1.

You can find more information on the format of the tests here: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/test-takers-faqs

IELTS for UKVI Academic (Suitable for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 UK Visas and Immigration applications): IELTS for UKVI Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK.

When applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at most UK universities and colleges, different arrangements may apply – you should contact the institution you wish to apply to for more information. Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IELTS for UKVI General Training (Suitable for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 UK Visas and Immigration applications): IELTS for UKVI General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level. Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IELTS Life Skills A1 (A1 on the CEFR / ESOL Entry 1 on NQF): IELTS Life Skills A1 is for people who need to demonstrate their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level A1 as part of their application to UKVI for Family, Spouse or Partner visas. Components: Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills B1 (B1 on the CEFR / ESOL Entry 3 on the NQF): IELTS life Skills B1 is for people who need to demonstrate their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B1 as part of their application to UKVI for citizenship/settlement. Components: Speaking and Listening.

IELTS Academic: IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking to join a professional organisation in an English speaking country. Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IELTS General Training: IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to the English speaking Countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand and for those wishing to train or study below degree level. Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

It is the responsibility of the test taker to register for the right type of test. If you are applying for IELTS for UKVI, you must register at one of the authorised British Council’s IELTS test centres for UKVI. The test centre cannot be held responsible for an incorrect selection. To find out whether you need to take an approved test, and what level you need to achieve, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information

What IELTS band score do I need?

A university may make a conditional offer with a particular IELTS band being one of the conditions. Most universities insist that applicants attain a particular score in the academic module exam.  The requesting authority for General module exam may also request for a particular band score. We advise you check with the university or requesting authority for their requirement.

I received an email cancellation from the IELTS website after my payment had been made to the British council office.

Please confirm that the reference number on the Test Cancellation email you received matches the reference number on the Test Confirmation email sent to you after registration.

If they are the same, then it will be rectified immediately we receive a proof of payment. If they are different numbers, please disregard the cancellation email as an earlier unpaid registration may have been cancelled.

I would like my IELTS result sent to me via email.

The IELTS policy does not allow for candidates result to be sent via email. However, you could view your provisional scores online here: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx

I received a cancellation email due to late submission, could this be reversed because I will like to retain that test date.

If you wish to retain your chosen test date, please complete your submission at any of our offices as soon as possible. If you do not complete your registration while there are still available spaces for your chosen test date, we may not be able to reverse your cancellation and you will have to register for a new test date.

Do you offer tutorial to candidates who wish to take IELTS Tests?

We do not offer IELTS training in Nigeria. We however recommend that you familiarise yourself with the format of the test. There are IELTS Study packs available for N5500 each. We have in stock; The Official IELTS Practice Material (for sample questions and answers), Top Tips for IELTS General Training and Top Tips for IELTS Academics. They all come with CDs. If you are sending a proxy to buy any, do ensure you let them know which you would like.

Can you provide the account number in which the bank draft should be purchased?

We accept bank drafts drawn from any Nigerian bank so you do not need bank account numbers to buy a bank draft. Please visit any Nigerian Bank of your choice and request to buy a bank draft in favour of British Council.

I would like to know the required criteria / scores/ exemptions set by the UKBA.

The British council only conducts the IELTS; we do not set the criteria for exemptions and standards. You can refer your enquiry to the UKBA for clarification. Visit:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsfragments/26-english-language-partners for more information.

My passport was submitted to the Embassy for visa processing, would I be allowed to write the test with another means of Identification?

The original international passport is the only form of identification allowed by candidates taking the test in Nigeria. Candidates are informed of this from the point of registration till the Test Notice sent prior to the exam. No other form of identification is allowed and you will not be admitted to take the test with any other forms of identification or documents in place of the international passport. Do ensure you get in touch with the relevant authority holding your documents to expedite the process of retrieving your international passport because the British council reserves the right to retain the test fee on these grounds.

I will like to send additional copies of my IELTS result to an institution/ immigration body. Will I be given extra copies?

The British Council will send additional copies of your test report form directly to any academic institution, professional body or immigration authority outside Nigeria at your request either via courier or ordinary post service. Candidates are entitled to only ONE personal copy and we do not send to Agents or immigration consultants or lawyers.

We send up to 5 Test scores free of charge within 30 days of your test date via ordinary post. Otherwise, you will have to pay for the mailing charges as detailed below:

Ordinary Post or Electronic Copy(can be paid for in cash): N2000

Courier (must be paid for with Bank drafts payable to British Council)

Australia, Asia & New Zealand: N13,000

Ireland & UK:  N7500

Ghana: N8000

West Africa, Finland & Rest of Europe: N9000

Rest of Africa: N11,500

USA & Canada: N10,000

Middle East & Eastern Europe: N12000

South Africa: N11, 000

Trinidad and Tobago: N14, 270

You will be required to bring the applicable fees along with your original test report form to fill the Additional TRF Request form at any of The British Council offices nearest to you. If you prefer to send in your request via courier or email you can download the form at the 'results' tab here: https://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/exam/ielts/results. You will need to fill it in, attach a copy of your TRF and include your bank draft in your package to be sent to the IELTS Administrator at your nearest British Council office.