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How to take the IELTS test in Singapore


Do you want to migrate or study to an English-speaking countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand and Canada? OR just want to know your English level? If your answer to my question is yes, I’ll recommend you to take the IELTS test.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test. It is a test for people who intend to study or work where English is the primary language of communication. The governments of Australia, UK, New Zealand and Canada are accepting IELTS results as evidence of your English language proficiency.

Here are the steps on How to take the IELTS test in British Council Singapore:

  1. Decide which version of the test is right for you.

There are two types of IELTS – Academic and General Training.

The Academic module should be taken by those who are wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking to join a professional organisation.

The General Training module should be taken by those who are planning to migrate or wishing to train or study below degree level to an English-speaking country.


2. Choose your preferred dates and venue.

Slots are limited so it is better to register at least 5 weeks before your preferred date. You can check online to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability. You can check here to find a test venue near you.


3.  Registration

Registering for IELTS is quite easy in Singapore. You can register online, in person or by post. The current IELTS test fee is S$340.00 (inclusive of GST).

You can  visit British Council at Napier Road Centre to register personally. Last option is to mail your application form to Examination Services.

**To register in person (at the Napier Road Centre only) or by post

  • You need to download, complete and sign the IELTS application form.
  • Attach a clear colour photocopy of your identity document to the application form. NRIC (if you are a Singaporean) or your passport (if you are not a Singaporean).
  • Submit the form at Napier Road Centre or by post to:

British Council, 30 Napier Road, Singapore 258509

  • Payment

In Person – You can pay at the British Council reception desk during opening hours. They are accepting cash, cheque, credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or NETS.

Day Operating Hours
Service Peak Hours
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.30 12.00 – 14.00 (Mon, Tue, Fri)
Saturday 08.30 – 16.00 11.00 – 15.00
Sundays & Public Holidays                              Closed

By post – If you are applying by post, a cheque made payable to ‘British Council (Singapore) Limited

Note: If you are sending your application by post, please remember to include your completed application form, a photocopy of your ID and your cheque payment.

**To register online, you just have to complete the application form at

  • Before proceeding to registration, you will need to scan a clear copy of your NRIC or passport. It must be valid at the time of registration and the same ID document must be presented on the test day.

Note: Student’s Pass, Employment Pass and Work Permit are not allowed.

  • A valid VISA card or MasterCard for online payment.
  • Soft copy of an image of your ID document or passport.
ID/Passport Image Requirement:
For International Passports, you are required to scan all pages containing your photo and personal details
For Singaporeans using your IC, you are required to scan an image containing both the Front and Back of your IC
Recommended dimension of the photo is 500 x 750 and the file size must be smaller than 1MB
Only gif or jpeg file formats are supported

For me, the most convenient is online registration.

4. Preparation for your test.

After registering online, you will receive a payment confirmation in your email.

SampleYou can use your user account to login to their online system to perform the tasks below:
  • print receipt
  • check and update your profile
  • view your test information and update your institution information
  • check your payment history

They will provide a free online IELTS preparation course, Road to IELTS; this 30-hour online tuition will expire one week after your test day.

There’s also a free workshops, it’s exclusive for IELTS candidates who register with the British Council. Conducted by expert British Council teachers, each workshop will be around 2.5 hours long, and will introduce candidates to the IELTS format, and also offer preparation tips and advice.

*They will send you a confirmation email 5 days before the test date, and the start time of your test and the venue address.

5. Results

You can preview your results online, 13 days after your written test (excluding public holidays). You will need your IELTS candidate number which you can obtain by logging into your account.

You can also collect your results personally at British Council, Napier Road Centre. Don’t forget to bring your NRIC or passport.

My husband (wearing black shirt) — collecting his test results

For more information, you can contact their Exams Services team at

Do you find this helpful? Let me know by leaving a comment.


Leslie is a twenty-something and recently moved to Canada. She loves wandering with her camera and trying new things.

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