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Register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration System.

To register, follow the instructions below:

Read the Information for Candidates

Download and read the Information for Candidates (PDF, 1 mb) and the Notice to Candidates (PDF, 123 kb).

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?

Check the IELTS test dates

We offer convenient weekly IELTS test sessions, with many dates to choose from in Athens, Thessaloniki and other towns and cities throughout Greece.

Check our Online Registration System for real time information on test place availability to find the IELTS test date that best suits your needs.

Please note that once all the test places for a particular date have been assigned and the session is full, it will no longer appear on the Online Registration System.

Your Listening, Reading and Writing tests will take place on the same day. Speaking tests are scheduled to take place either on the day of the written parts of the test or within the week before the test day. 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 21.00 on the day of the written exams. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Register online

Important notice: Please note that there are websites pretending to be British Council IELTS registration sites. They are not associated with us and we are not responsible for the content on those sites.

Before you enter any personal details, please make sure that you are using our secure online registration system at and check that ‘British Council’ is spelt correctly.

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:


  • 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

Please note that photographs are no longer required for registration.

Step 2: Pay the IELTS test fee

You can pay the IELTS test fee of €198 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

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 are not eligible for processing.

Copies of your results

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.
  • Approximately five 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.

Special Arrangements

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, 140 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 working days of the test date.

Please refer to the Request for Refund Form or Test Date Transfer Form (PDF, 140 kb) and attach the appropriate evidence within five working 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, 140 kb).

Contact us

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