Updated April 2022


Which exam sessions will be suspended in case of Covid?

Following the government decree of 23 July 2021, n.105 exam sessions will be cancelled in red zones. Until 31 December 2021, the British Council will communicate cancellations every Saturday, following the updates to zones published on Fridays. Exceptions to this are sessions taking place in primary schools, secondary schools and universities in red zones, which will go ahead as planned. All exam sessions in yellow and orange zones are confirmed until 31 December 2021 unless further restrictions are announced.

When is the earliest available date for IELTS exams?

You can find out through our online calendar

Can I transfer to the next available date for an IELTS exam?

If your exam has been suspended, we will get in touch with you via email to find a suitable time to reschedule your exam.

What happens if my rescheduled exam is postponed again?

Exams dates may change as a result of future guidance from the authorities about Covid-19. We will get in touch via email if your rescheduled exam is postponed again. We are constantly monitoring the situation, together with the certification body, and hope to provide you with more reliable information as soon as possible.

I filled out the transfer form, but how do I select the speaking time of my IELTS test?

The British Council will select a speaking time for candidates who have transferred their test. We will try to choose a slot close to the written tasks or in line with the original slot chosen by candidates.

If my exam is booked for a date after quarantine has ended, will my test still take place?

We are following government regulations to make sure it is safe for you to take your exam. If your exam is suspended, we will be in contact via email to find a suitable time to reschedule.

What are the differences between the computer delivered and paper-based test formats?

For more information on this please, see our dedicated IELTS page here.

Is it possible to receive a full refund and a transfer with no deductions?

If your exam has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency, we will not charge an additional fee for the transfer to another date or for the cancellation. Discover more about our refund policy.

Will I have to pay the difference if my rescheduled exam date is more expensive?

We will not charge you any additional fee if your exam is rescheduled due to the Covid-19 emergency

Can I pay for my exam online?

Yes – you can pay here.

How can I get my results if your offices are closed?

You can access your results for IELTS through your profile on the IELTS Candidate Portal. You can preview your IELTS test results 13 calendar days from the test date for paper-based tests and 3-5 calendar days for computer delivered tests.

IELTS results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.
During the Covid-19 Emergency, the British Council test centres in Italy are sending Test Report Forms via post to the addresses indicated by the indicated in their registration forms.

How can I prepare for the IELTS test?

The British Council provides plenty of resources to make your IELTS test a success. Check out the dedicated pages and find out which courses, links and apps are right for you here.

Do I need a Green Pass to attend an IELTS test?

Following the latest order of the Ministry of Health dated 28 April 2022, we would like to inform you that until 15 June, students and exam candidates will be required to wear a mask on British Council premises and at our partner venues. From 1 May, you will no longer be required to show your Green Pass.

Conferma veridicità certificati

To verify that an applicant is presenting a genuine Test Report Form, please follow the instructions available here.

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