Before you book your test

  1. Make sure you have a form of valid ID (passport or national ID card) 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.
  2. Download and read our Information for Candidates, which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16. 
  3. Pay for your test. You can pay for your test either through our online registration system or via bank transfer (download our bank details). In the Reference section of your payment please write: [IELTS / family name / city / test date / reference number].


If you choose paper-based IELTS, you will answer the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a paper. The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.


If you choose computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face with a trained IELTS examiner, as we believe it is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills.


There is a specific IELTS test for UK visas and immigration. If you are looking to work, study or live in the UK then you may need to take this test.

IELTS test date confirmation

About 7 days before the test, you will receive an email with the examination details. If you do not receive a confirmation email or your timetable 7 days prior to the day of the written examinations, please call us or email us immediately. All pretensions within or after 7 days period will not be accepted. 

Your Speaking test may be scheduled on the same day as the other sections, or on a different day within a 7-day window before or one day after your main test day. The test centre will send you a confirmation for the Speaking Test date.

After booking your test, you will also receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS.

You will also receive your IELTS Reference Number to access the Test Taker Portal. Please make sure that you have included your email address correctly when you book your test.

The British Council Kazakhstan provides IELTS certificates with points to be sent to the organizations you specify.

We can deliver up to 5 of these certificates to some educational institutions electronically for free if this organization has access to the IELTS Certificate Verification Service. Institutions can find out your score through the IELTS Certificate Verification Service using your certificate number. It is indicated in the lower right corner of the document.

You can use this opportunity when sending a certificate to these organizations. Please check if the required educational institution has access to the IELTS Certificate Verification Service. If it is available in the system, it is mandatory to indicate the full postal address of the institution.

Without providing the full address, you will not be able to verify whether the institution has access to the IELTS Certificate Verification Service which allows it to view your results after of how we send the electronic certificate.

If the institution does not have access to the IELTS Certificate Verification Service, you need to send the certificate by mail at your own expense. 

Courier delivery address:
British council
St. Zholdasbekova, 97
Samal-2, Samal Towers
block A-2, 11th floor
050051, Almaty
T .: +7 (727) 244 41 44
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 - 18:30 (no break)

You can choose any courier service and call the courier in our office after receiving confirmation of the readiness of your certificate for shipment. The cost and payment procedure are agreed upon by the certificate holder with the courier service independently. The certificate can be handed over to the courier upon his arrival at the office, only during office hours.

If the candidate will not be present during the transfer of the certificate, he must inform the courier of the name of the candidate whose certificate he must receive for sending.

Educational institutions, state and commercial organizations accept only original copies of your certificates. We do not issue photocopies for sending, as certificate recipients do not accept photocopies.