IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Over 2,200 of American colleges and universities are now accepting IELTS results as a substitution for TOEFL scores, including all the Ivy League schools. The International English Language Testing System is administered by the British Council. It is a pen and paper test with a face-to-face oral exam, which is different from TOEFL’s computer-based oral exam. Like the TOEFL, the IELTS covers the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The IELTS is offered up to four times a month in Belgium and results are released on the 13th day after the test date. The test registration fee is € 195 (valid until 31/08/2013). To find test dates in Brussels, click here:

Find out if your intended school accepts the IELTS here:

Information for Candidates:

Please contact the British Council Brussels for registration information and test dates:
IELTS Administrator
Léopold Plaza, Rue du Trône 
108, Troonstraat,
B- 1050 Brussels
Tel : +32 2 227 08 40
Fax : +32 2 227 08 49

Please contact the Luxembourg venue directly if you wish to do your test there:

IELTS Examination Venue
Bureau des Examens
Institut National des Langues
Mme Monique Siedler
21, Boulevard de la Foire
L – 1528 Luxembourg
Telephone +352 264 430 361
Fax +352 264 430 360

How to Register

Register using the IELTS ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM to reserve a place on the date of your choice. The online registration system gives you an overview of test dates and real time availability.
1. Click on
2. Select the correct country / test centre
3. Select your test date and enter your personal details.
4. Transfer the test fee immediately after registration. You will receive the bank details and further instructions in a summary at the end of your online application process.
5. Print & post to the correct test centre within five working days a signed copy of the ‘Application Summary’ that will be e-mailed to you at the end of the online registration process, along with the documents requested below:

  • Two recent passport colour photographs (without glasses). The pictures should bear at the back your name, surname and test
  • date you wish to register for.
  • A clear and legible copy of your valid ID or passport (the one you used to register to the test)
  • Our proof of payment (i.e. copy of bank transfer)

Please note

  • We advise you to register well in advance (more than 6 weeks) because sessions can fill up quite fast. If the session date doesn’t appear on the IELTS online registration system it means the session is full.
  • As soon as your registration is in order (all documents received as well as payment), you will receive an e-mail with a code giving you access to 20 hours of test preparation (in addition to the 10 hours of free preparation available on: and about 10 days before the test date you will receive your exam timetable and address of the test venue.
  • Oral examinations are normally taken on the same day as the written tests but in rare cases of very large sessions the oral may also be scheduled on a separate day. This may be a Saturday OR a weekday during working/school hours) the week before or after the test. Candidates with more than one hour of travel (one way) will be given priority to sit the test on the same day. Results are sent on the 13th day after the test date – one copy to you and a copy to the institutions you have listed on your application form. Candidates can request that we send additional copies to institutions for a period of 2 years after the test.

Candidates are allowed to repeat the test if they wish to improve their grades. It should be noted, however, that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions.

To prepare for the test

1. Road to IELTS:

Everybody can access 10 hours of FREE online preparation on:
20 hours of free extra online preparation will be provided after you have completed registration for IELTS with us. You will be able to access the materials as many times as you wish until 1 week after the date of your written exam. You can download free test samples and instructions and get more information on exam preparation from:

2. Candidates with a disability or medical problem

IELTS can offer several kinds of help, for instance large print papers, Braille papers, a computer to be used for the writing, extra time for dyslexic candidates etc. If you need special arrangements, please indicate this on your online application form and post or e-mail IELTS ( medical evidence with your registration documents. It may take time to make the necessary arrangements – please notify them at least three months before the test. Without specific medical evidence, IELTS cannot provide special arrangements!