IELTS for UKVI Application
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This page contains information on how to book IELTS for UKVI.

If you ARE NOT taking IELTS for visa application purposes, please visit IELTS section.

Procedures for Applying IELTS for UKVI exams

1. Check whether or not you require IELTS as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for your UK visa application.

See the UK government’s website for details.

2. Check which type of IELTS examination you are required to take.

Check with the institution you will be attending which type of IELTS result you need.

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic
  • IELTS for UKVI General
  • IELTS Life for Skills A1
  • IELTS Life for Skills B1

* The choice of which IELTS examination to take is the responsibility of the candidate. Please be aware that test centres are unable to make changes or refund examination fees in the case of applications for the wrong type of examination.

Please be aware that

  • A passport valid on the examination date is required in order to make an application, so please have your passport ready before inputting your details.
  • Payment can only be made online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • You are not able to choose a speaking test day. The speaking test will be held within 3 days before or after the listed test date in Japan.
  • The UK government has designated Osaka and Tokyo as the only approved test locations. Moreover, test dates may be changed at the discretion of the UK government.

Register for IELTS test for UKVI

Click here to book IELTS for UKVI

Step 1: Choose a test type.

Step 2: Select ‘location’ and ‘‘month’ from drop down options available and click ’Next’.

Step 3: View the availability of all the test dates at different test centres across the selected location and select your preferred option by clicking ‘Apply’.

Step 4: Register for an account for an IELTS test by filling in the essential fields and read the Terms and Conditions for account registration. Tick the box to complete this step.

Step 5: Log In to continue with your test registration.

Step 6: You will be able to view the details of your test at this step. Click on ‘Book test’ to continue. If you would like to change your test details, click on ‘Select another test’.

Step 7-9: You’ll be able to view your account registration information. Click ‘Continue’ to provide the other essential information in 3 steps.

Step 10: Confirm that you have read and accepted IELTS Terms and Conditions.

Step 11: Choose the payment method. 

Step 12: You will receive automated emails for your test date and payment confirmation as you complete each step. 

Fees

(All Fees stated are inclusive of 8% consumption tax)

Test Fees - per person per test

Please be aware that test fees for taking IELTS for UKVI are unified globally and are different from those for taking normal IELTS.

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic/General Training 39,095 yen
  • IELTS Life Skills A1/Life Skills B1 29,320 yen

Fees for issuing additional Test Report Form (TRF)

Request submitted within 30 days after the first TRF issue date AND for the first five additional TRF(s):

  • To be sent by ordinary post or electronic transfer - Free
  • To be sent by registered post EMS upon your request - 1,500 yen per copy (We shall notify you the 13 digits Item Number for tracking by email after sending)

Request submitted on the 31st day onwards after the first TRF issue date OR for the sixth or more TRF(s):

  • To be sent by ordinary post or electronic transfer - 1,080 yen per copy
  • To be sent by registered post EMS upon your request - 2,580 yen per copy (We shall notify you the 13 digits Item Number for tracking by email after sending)

* Unless you specify that you would like to send TRF(s) by EMS, we shall send by ordinary post or electronic transfer. Please be aware that in that case, you will not be able to track the delivery status.

* IELTS scores have a two year validity period. If your request comes in a short period before the score expires, we regret that we may not be able to process.

For details regarding request for additional Test Report Form (TRF), please download Issue of Additional TRFs (PDF 194KB).

Fees for Enquiry on Results (EOR)

Candidates can apply for an EOR if they feel the test result is wrong. Request must be made within six weeks of the test date. Candidates can choose to have one or more parts of their test re-marked. Fees for EOR are as below. A full refund will be made if result is changed to a higher band score. Please note that it takes about 8-10 weeks for re-marking. Please also be aware that fees for EOR of IELTS for UKVI are unified globally and are different from those of normal IELTS. 

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic/General Training 20,952 yen
  • IELTS Life Skills A1/Life Skills B1 15,714 yen

Candidates who wish to apply for EOR, please contact the British Council at ielts.ukvi@britishcouncil.or.jp

Please send all necessary documents stated below within 6 weeks of test date by post.  

  1. ORIGINAL Test Report Form
  2. Bank deposit receipt of fee (COPY is also acceptable)
  3. EOR application form(candidates may download the form from the auto-reply email generated)

Cancellations / Change of Test Details

(All Fees stated are inclusive of 8% consumption tax)

Cancellation

Candidates who cancel their registration more than 35 days before the chosen test date will receive a refund. Refund will be made with a deduction of an administration fee stated below.

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic/General Training 8,640 yen
  • IELTS Life Skills A1/Life Skills B1 3,240 yen

* Candidates who cancel their registration within the 34-day period prior to the chosen test date will NOT be eligible to receive a refund. However, in the case where candidates can provide evidence to the test centre that their ability to sit for the test has been affected by an illness or serious cause, they will receive a refund. Serious causes include:

  • Illness – e.g. serious illness, hospital admission or injury (does not include minor illnesses such as a mild cold).
  • Loss of bereavement – death of a close family member.

Original supporting documents such as a doctor’s medical certificate or police report must be submitted along with the IELTS Request for Refund within 5 calendar days from the actual test.

For candidates who wish to cancel their registration, please contact the British Council at ielts.ukvi@britishcouncil.or.jp.

 Transfer of Test Date/Test Venue

It is possible to transfer test date/test venue if candidates apply more than 35 days before the chosen test date. The test centre will charge an administration fee stated below.

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic/General Training 8,640 yen
  • IELTS Life Skills A1/Life Skills B1 3,240 yen

Candidates can only change test date/test venue (either or both) ONCE.

For candidates who wish to apply for Transfer of Test Date/Test Venue, please contact the British Council at ielts.ukvi@britishcouncil.or.jp.

* Please note that your request will be subject to the availability of test date/test venue/module (test type). 

* Candidates who wish to transfer test dates within the 34-day period prior to the chosen test date will be treated as a cancellation and will not be eligible for a refund.

Please also note that: 

  1. Refunds will only be processed upon provision of an official receipt from British Council.
  2. Candidates who are absent on the test day will lose their full test fee.
  3. The British Council reserves its rights to decline refund / test date transfer requests.
  4. Any refund will be made through your credit card account(for tests taken from October 2015 onwards).

Candidates with Special Needs

The British Council Japan provides a Special Arrangements Service for disabled candidates and candidates with special needs.

For smoothly setting up your examination, you are advised to contact the British Council Japan at least 3 months before the exam date.

For further information, please contact us at ielts.ukvi@britishcouncil.or.jp

*The exact procedure for each exam will differ according to the nature and degree of the candidate’s disability or injury.