Why IELTS?

Due to the summer holiday, the British Council is closed from 26 July to 18 August and during this period we won’t be able to deal with any inquires and to accept exams application forms.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 8,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. Uniquely, IELTS tests your English conversation skills through an interactive face-to-face speaking test with a trained, certified examiner.

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills. 

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council: 

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test. 
  • Free resources:  Road to IELTS  is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you confirm your registration for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.

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Register

You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.

To register, simply follow the steps below:

1. READ THE INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Download and read the Information for Candidates. This contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

2. DECIDE WHICH VERSION OF THE TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOU

There are two versions of the IELTS test:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

Read our simple guide to help you decide which version of the test is right for you.

3. CHECK THE IELTS TEST DATES 

Check the test dates in Macedonia. There are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register five weeks before your chosen test date. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.  

Please note: Your Listening, Reading and Writing test will be completed on the same day. We aim all candidates especially those coming from outside Skopje to finish the testing on the same day. Alternatively, your Speaking test may be offered within a week before or after your main test day. You will receive notification 5 days in advance of your main test day.

4. REGISTER ONLINE

Use our Online Registration System to book your place on the test.

Please ensure you are able to pay using the method outlined in step 5 and can provide the documents in step 6.

5. COMPLETE THE PAYMENT

The cost of sitting a test is MKD 8600.  You can pay for your test in one of 3 ways:

  • via bank transfer:

Payment slip: PP10
Purpose: IELTS exam
Bank name: Komercijalna banka
Account name: British Council
Account number: 300000001838574

  • online with Master or Visa payment card.
  • in our office with the payment card Visa, Master or Maestro during the Resource centre’s opening hours: on Monday and Wednesday 15:00 – 17:30 and on Friday 10:00 – 13:00.

The payment should be completed within five working days after the registration date. Please note that we don’t accept payment in cash.

Please contact us for more information regarding the payment. 

6. PREPARE AND SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS  

Please make sure you attach a scanned copy of your identification document (passport or ID card) during the online registration process. 

Alternatively, you can send scanned version of this document to our email, bring it in our office during the opening hours or send it by post within five working days of the registration date. Unfortunately, if we do not receive documents within five working days your application will be cancelled. We cannot process incomplete applications, so please make sure you have sent us all the necessary information.

7. AFTER YOU REGISTER

  • After your registration is confirmed you will receive an automatic email with your access codes to the free online course: Road to IELTS.
  • We will send you a notification email 5 days before the test date giving you the start time of your test and the venue address.

For more information please contact us.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS

IELTS is designed to be a fair test and your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any special needs that you may have.

We can help you with any special arrangements you require for your test. For example, we offer support for people with visual impairments, hearing difficulties and dyslexia.

Please contact us three months in advance of your test date to find out how you can apply for special arrangements. 

REFUNDS 

You can apply for a refund : 

  • If you cancel your registration at least five weeks before the test date. You will receive a refund of the test fee, minus 20% administration fee.
  • If you cancel your registration within five weeks or less of the test date, you will not receive a refund unless you can provide appropriate evidence to support your cancellation. If you want to do this, please complete and submit a Request for Refund Form (link to local refund form) with the supporting evidence. We will need to receive your request and supporting evidence no later than five working days after the test date.

Test day transfers

You can apply for a transfer : 

  • If you send us a request at least five weeks before the test date. You can be transferred to the next available session. To do this, please complete and submit a Request for Transfer Form.  
  • If you send us a request to be transferred in the next session within five weeks or less of the test date, you need to provide appropriate medical evidence to support your transfer. To do this, please complete and submit a Request for Transfer Form [link to local transfer form]  and supporting evidence no later than five working days after the test date.  

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Prepare

If you book your IELTS test with the British Council you can take advantage of our exclusive access to a wide range of learning materials – all designed to help you get the best possible score in your IELTS test. 

1. ROAD TO IELTS COURSE– 30 HOURS OF FREE ONLINE STUDY

Road to IELTS, written by the British Council, is a popular online self-study resource for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking practice. Written by the British Council for its IELTS students, Road to IELTS includes: 

  • Practice materials
  • Timed tests
  • Self-assessment tools so that you can measure your progress

You can try our Road to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of access to the learning materials. 

2. PRERARATION MATERIALS FOR LOAN

We have a wide range of IELTS preparation materials (books and CDs) for loan from our Resource Centre.

3. IELTS TIPS AND HINTS WORKSHOP

If you are about to take the IELTS test, this workshop could help you prepare for it.

4. IELTS BOOKS

 We particularly recommend two books to help you prepare for your IELTS test.

5. FURTHER BRITISH COUNCIL ONLINE PREPARATION MATERIALS

We also have a selection of online preparation materials for you Listening and Speaking tests.

Prepare for the IELTS listening test

Prepare for the IELTS speaking test

6. LEARNENGLISH WEBSITE

We have a website dedicated to learning the English language. It’s called LearnEnglish and it has a number of very useful English learning resources, such as videos, podcasts, grammar and vocabulary tutorials, business/work resources and a magazine, games, IELTS tips and community networking opportunities.

You’ll find that learning materials on the site really support your preparation for your IELTS test, and they’ll give you more confidence when it comes to test day.

7. PREPARATION CENTRES

If you are looking for an exam course in the town you are living in, just visit our School Finder online database and find the school and the course that suits your needs. Just click “Easy as 1, 2, 3″ tab, choose a city from the drop down menu, the exam you want to take and you will get the list of all of the schools that provide that course near you!

Important note:

This database includes the schools that are registering exam candidates with the British Council. The preparation courses details listed on the School Finder are provided by the schools and we do not have the means of verifying these. The British Council is impartial and cannot recommend any school from the list nor can it be held accountable for their work, quality and the final candidate examination result. Search results are listed alphabetically.

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Results

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance. 

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS RESULTS ONLINE AND BY POST

You’ll be able to preview your results online, 13 days after the main test day.

Your IELTS results (your original Test Report Form) will be posted to you 13 days after the date of the main test day.

You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax

You can also collect your results in person from our office.  

Important notice: in order to collect your certificate from our office, you will need to inform us by e-mail at least few days before the results release date. 

TEST REPORT FORMS (TRFS)

Your personal Test Report Form

You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be issued if you lose it or send it. 

Test Report Forms for Institutions

We can also arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (educational institutions). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you register. 

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test.

UNDERSTAND YOUR IELTS SCORES

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

HOW TO QUERY YOUR SCORE

It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked. 

There is a fee of MKD 5500 for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.

CAN I RE-TAKE THE TEST?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.

Copies of your results

If you would like your results to be sent to universities or other educational institutions, please enter the relevant addresses in the appropriate fields on the online registration form. We can issue a maximum of five copies per student.

The candidates may apply for additional TRFs within 2 years of the actual test date.  The candidates will need to cover the additional TRF and postal service expenses which are MKD 400 per copy.

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