International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Whether you want to study in United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States or New Zealand, if you are not a citizen of countries where English is the first language or have not studied in an English instruction school for at least 4 years, you are most likely required to provide an English proficiency score to prove that your English language proficiency is high enough to handle academic studies in United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States or New Zealand.

International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an English proficiency test accepted by most, if not all, colleges and universities in United Kingdom, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand. In fact, it is recognized by more than 6000 institutions in 135 countries. In recent years, it is increasing accepted by college and universities in the United States.

In IELTS, test-takers are tested on listening, reading, writing and speaking with the speaking test being a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner.

Students taking IELTS for the purpose of academic studies need to take the academic testing and below is a summary of the test format (for a more detailed explanation of the test format, please click here

    1. Listening - 4 sections, 40 items, 30 minutes

    2. Reading - 3 sections, 40 items, 60 minutes

    3. Writing - 2 tasks, 150 & 250 words, 60 minutes

    4. Speaking - face-to-face interview, 11 to 14 minutes

We recommend students to register with British Council in person to take their IELTS. British Council is conveniently located at

30 Napier Road Singapore 258509 (diagonally opposite to Tanglin Mall).

IELTS Test Dates at British Council Singapore

To register for IELTS test in person at the British Council, students need to

    • complete the IELTS Application Form,

    • glue 2 recent passport-size photographs (must not wear glasses) to the application form and attach the other one to the form with a paper-clip

    • bring along the original and photocopy of your NRIC if you are Singaporean, or your passport or work permit/student pass if you are not Singaporean

    • also bring along an application fee of Singapore Dollars Three Hundred and Ten only (S$310.00) in cash, cheque, nets or credit cards (Visa/Master Card) to the customer service counter at British Council, 30 Napier Road.

British Council Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday -- 9am to 7:30pm

  • Saturday -- 9am to 4:00pm

  • Sunday -- 9am to 1:30pm

  • All Public Holidays - closed