Register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.
To register, follow the instructions below:
Read the Information for Candidates
Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.
Decide which version of the test is right for you
There are two versions of the IELTS test:
- IELTS Academic
- IELTS General Training
To check which version of the test you need, please read: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?
We offer IELTS in Athens and Thessaloniki twice a month throughout the year, and also in Heraklion Crete, Ioannina, Patra and Volos on specified dates, which are announced at the beginning of each year.
As there is a limited number of places for all sessions, we recommend that you register five weeks before your chosen test date, however, places may be available after this date. Check the Online Registration System for live information.
Your Listening, Reading and Writing tests will take place on the same day. Speaking tests are scheduled to take place the week before the written examinations. For candidates from towns in the provinces (based on the full postal address provided), the speaking test will be scheduled on the same day as the written examinations.
Note: Speaking tests are scheduled to take place up to 20.00 on the day of the written exams. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.
Step 1: Book a place
Book a place using our Online Registration System.
Please note that you can now upload an electronic colour copy of your identification document to our Online Registration System. Download the instructions on uploading documents to the Online Registration System (PDF, 569 kb).
Ensure that you have an electronic colour copy of the identification document (National ID for EU citizens or Passport for Non-EU citizens) you plan to use when registering online. Please note you have to provide the same document on the day of the examination.
If you register online but do not upload an electronic colour copy of your identification document to our Online Registration System, you must send us a copy of the document within three calendar days of registering. Scan the identification document you used to register, save it as a .jpeg file no larger than 3 MB and email it to the centre where you are applying to take the IELTS test:
- Athens: email@example.com
- Thessaloniki: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write your full name and the date of the test session you have chosen in the subject line.
- Use this format for saving the file: (name)_(family name)_(session date).jpg
Alternatively, you can send a copy of your identification document to the centre through which you will be taking IELTS (Athens or Thessaloniki – see below for contact details) by post. We recommend that you use an express postal service.
Please note that photographs are no longer required for registration.
Step 2: Pay the IELTS test fee
Pay the IELTS test fee of €195 in one of two ways:
- online with your Visa or Mastercard debit/credit card. You can make your online payment at the same time as you book your place using our Online Registration System or
by direct deposit to the British Council account at any Alpha Bank branch after you have booked your place on our Online Registration System. You can pay the test fee via ATM or via web banking through you own bank. Please note that you will be responsible for any bank charges.
Account number: 1150 0200 2018 908
IBAN: GR05 0140 1150 1150 0200 2018 908
Please quote the IELTS Reference number provided by the Online Registration System, in the «Αιτιολογία» field on the Alpha Bank deposit slip (e.g. GR005-XXXXX-XXXXX or GR026-XXXXX-XXXXX).
A full list of Alpha Bank branches, including branches operating in the afternoon and ATMs, can be found at www.alpha.gr.
Further information about online and direct deposit payment methods and the registration process can be found on our Online Registration System as well as in the guidelines that we will send you electronically.
Step 3: Confirmation of registration
You will receive an email confirming your registration within five working days of registering.
If your identification document is rejected, you will receive an email with instructions how to upload your identification document again.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Copies of your results
Please note: If you would like your results (up to a maximum of five copies) to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the Online Registration System.
After you register
- After registering you will receive an automatic confirmation email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS.
- Ten calendar days before the test date (written tests) you will receive an email with details of the exam session (start time and venue address).
For further information, please contact us.
IELTS has been designed to be a fair test and your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any special needs that you may have.
If you require any Special Arrangements for your test we can provide assistance. For example, we support visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia. Please contact us three months in advance of your test date for details of how to apply for special arrangements.
To request a refund or transfer to a different date, please download the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form (PDF, 131 kb) prior to making a request.
- If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund of the test fee, minus 25% for administrative costs.
- If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, there will be no refund unless you provide appropriate evidence to support the cancellation.
Acceptable documents include a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, a death notice or certificate, a police report or verification from the army. Statutory declarations or certificates signed by family members are not acceptable. All the above must be submitted to the test centre within five days of the test date.
Please refer to the Request for Refund Form or Test Date Transfer Form (PDF, 131 kb) and attach the appropriate evidence within five days of the test date.
Test day transfers
You may transfer to a different test date only if you notify us at least five weeks prior to the test session you have registered for by submitting the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form (PDF, 131 kb).
British Council (IELTS)
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens
Telephone 210 369 2333 & 801 500 3692*
Fax 210 363 0481
British Council (IELTS)
43 Tsimiski Street
546 23 Thessaloniki
Telephone 210 369 2333 & 801 500 3692*
Fax 2310 241 960
*Calls from anywhere in Greece are charged at local rate.
Call centre hours: Monday to Friday, 08.00–17.00