Registering for IELTS in Singapore

Registering for the International English Language Testing System is quite easy in Singapore. As a matter of fact, test takers just need learn about the registration process they need to follow. It would be like registering to some examinations for English language assessment available. However, with IELTS there are some steps that examinees need to specifically perform. If you are looking for some guide to start taking your first step to the test success, you are on the right page. Here’s a series of steps to book for the exam:

IELTS Registration Steps

  1. Read the Information for Candidates.

The Information for Candidates has the essential information that you need about the test format, task types and test results. You can download it from the British Council or IDP.

  1. Choose the right version of the test for you.

There are two modules in the IELTS: Academic and General Training. The Academic module is for professionals who want to work abroad and for students who want to pursue a university or post-graduate courses abroad.

On the other hand, the General Training is for students who want to study vocational courses, skilled workers and for those who want to migrate abroad.

  1. Choose your preferred dates.

Slots are limited so it is better to register at least 2 months before your preferred date.

  1. Register online, onsite or by post.

You can visit IDP and British Council websites to register online. A scanned copy of your passport is needed to register. You can also visit British Council and IDP personally to register. Third option is to mail your application form to Examination Services.

  1. Pay the registration fee.

The test registration fee costs $320.00 for British Council and $310.00 for IDP Singapore. You can pay through credit card, cash or cheque.

  1. Finish your registration.

Don’t forget to enclose your completed application form, photocopy of your ID and cheque payment if you are paying through mail.

Registering Online vs. Registering Onsite

Online registration is more convenient than onsite registration. You would just need to upload a scanned copy of your passport. You can also pay online.

On the other hand, if you would prefer onsite registration, you can visit either British Council at Napier Road Centre or IDP at the RELC building on Orange Grove Road.

IELTS Test Requirements

British Council vs. IDP?

The IELTS exam is designed by Cambridge ESOL Examinations. British Council and IDP Australia are the only two testing centres which administer the exam. It doesn’t matter where you take it since the tests are all the same. There is no truth that one testing centre is easier than the other. the examiners have been trained to assess your speaking and writing skills accurately. They have been trained on the International English Language Testing System standards so they would judge candidates fairly and honestly.


The  registration fee is $320.00 for British Council and $310.00 for IDP Singapore. There are three payment options available for British Council:

  1. Online through the online registration system
  2. Cheque payments payable to “British Council (Singapore) Limited”
  3. In person at the British Council reception desk at Napier Road centre from 9:00 am to 7:30pm. You can pay in cash, credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or NETS.

For IDP, online payments are made through VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Paypal and POS.


The results are available 13 days after the test. You can get your scores online, via mail or pick up in person. You will receive only one copy of the Test Report Form unless you are applying immigration to Canada and UK, you can receive two copies. If you nominated institutions to receive copies of your test results, these will be sent automatically. However, a minimal fee is required for additional requests.

IDP Singapore

IDP Singapore was established in 1987. Since then, it has sent over 50,000 students to Australia. IELTS venues is at the RELC building at Orchard Grove Road in the Orchard Area. Tests are held every Thursday and Saturdays from 8:00 – 12:30 pm. For test dates, click here.

British Council Singapore

The British Council is the No. 1 IELTS test centre in Singapore. IELTS venues are at 1) SMU at Orchard or 2) the Civil Service College at Buona Vista on Saturdays from 9am – 12:30 pm. There are 2 to 3 tests monthly. For test dates, click here.

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