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Book your IELTS online and access our free preparation materials today. 

When you book an IELTS test with the British Council, you also get included in your test fee:

  • Your access to the free online preparation courses: 'IELTS Ready Premium'
  • Five extra Test Report Forms for free that we send free of charge to institutions you're applying to (e.g. immigration offices, universities etc.)

Choose how to take your IELTS test and book online

You can take your test at one of our official test centres on paper or on computer. 
All you need is a valid identification document and a bank card if you want to pay online.
Test type
IELTS Academic
- in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 12,350
IELTS General Training
- in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 12,350
IELTS Academic for UKVI
- in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 12,720
IELTS General Training for UKVI
- in centre (paper or computer)
PHP 12,720
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)
PHP 9,500

To book your test you will need to:

1. Make sure you have a form of valid ID at hand, as you will need to upload a clear photocopy of it when you book your test. Please note that candidates under 18 years of age have to supply written consent by a parent or guardian in order to apply for a test place. Below is a list of valid IDs:

  • Passport
  • PRC License
  • UMID
  • National ID - ORIGINAL ID Card
  • ePhilID - electronic ID with QR code
    -  If using the ePhilID, kindly ensure that it has been verified through this link:
    - Bring a printed copy of your ePhilID and screenshots that the ePhilID QR code has been verified. See sample screenshot here

2. Pay for your test through any of the options below. You have 24 hours to complete your registration and payment otherwise your registration will be automatically cancelled. 

Option 1: Credit or Debit card 

Option 2: BDO Bills Payment over the counter at any BDO branch

1. Secure a CASH or CHECK Transaction Slip
2. Check Bills Payment
4. Institution Code: 1720
5. Subscriber’s name: TEST TAKER’S NAME
6. Subscriber’s Account No: TEST TAKER’S IELTS REGISTRATION REFERENCE NUMBER without hyphens or dashes 
    Example: A3PH001S2001965

If paying by cash

7. Currency: Peso
8. Indicate date of deposit
9. Fill out the denomination table; indicate total amount

If paying by check

7. Check currency: Peso
8. Check Payee: British Council Services (PH) Inc.
8. Indicate check type and date of deposit
9. Indicate the check’s bank source, number, and total amount

Option 3: BDO Bills Payment via BDO App or Personal/Business Online Banking

1. Log on to your BDO app or BDO online banking portal
2. Choose Bills Payment
3. Choose personal account under “Pay From”
4. Choose: BRITISH COUNCIL SERVICES (PH) INC under “Pay this Company Biller”
5. Indicate amount
6. Indicate IELTS Registration under “Remarks”
7. Indicate on Subscriber’s name : TEST TAKER’S NAME
8. Indicate on Subscriber’s Account No : TEST TAKER’S IELTS REGISTRATION REFERENCE NUMBER without hyphens or dashes 
    Example: A3PH001S2001965
9. Click Continue

Option 4: Bank Transfer from non-BDO account

Beneficiary bank: BDO Unibank, Inc.
Account name: Citibank FAO British Council
Account number: 001380962224 (PHP Savings Account)

Payment reference: Your name and registration reference, example: Juan dela Cruz A3-PH001-S-5611369

Please upload proof of transfer with clear date and time information to your registration portal.

We do NOT accept the following payment methods:

  • Citi PayAll
  • International transfers
  • Maybank
  • PayNow
  • PESONet
  • Purely online banks (CIMB, ING, Revolut, Tonik, and Wise [formerly TransferWise])
  • Remittance centres (Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC Express, Palawan Express, etc.)

3. Registration should be completed at least four (4) days before your preferred written test date.

Download and read our new offline payment guide, which contains important information about the payment options.

After you have booked your test

You will receive emails confirming:

  • the start time of your test date and the venue address
  • your Speaking Test date
  • your access to the free online preparation course: 'IELTS Ready Premium'

More information about the test

Download and read our Information for Candidates to learn everything you need to know about the format, the different exam components and test results.