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IELTS test fees

The IELTS test fee is ETB 4,730. The amount should be paid by a cash payment order (CPO) made out to British Council from any branch of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. 

If you are taking IELTS in Mekele, the IELTS test fee is ETB 5,250. The amount should be paid by a cash payment order (CPO) made out to British Council from any branch of the Commercial Bank.

  • Once you have completed the online registration process, please bring us the following within 5 working days; 
  • A copy of the email confirming that you have been registered online; 
  • A valid copy and original of your passport or national ID card;
  • Test fee in CPO;
  • If we do not receive the above documents within 5 working days, your application will automatically be cancelled.

We have been made aware of fraudulent websites pretending to be the British Council IELTS registration sites. Please be advised that they are not associated with us in any form. We are also not responsible for the content available on these websites.

To ensure your details are safe, please only book your test by clicking on the registration link here on this site or on the TakeIELTS website. 

Before you enter your personal details, please check that you are using our secure online registration system. You can do this by making sure the website address starts with “https://”. In addition fraudulent sites may use incorrect spellings in the website address, so check that “British Council” is spelt correctly. 

If you are not sure, please use this link to book your IELTS test

Examination dates and locations

You can take the IELTS test in Addis Ababa and Mekelle. Please visit the takeielts website to get all the necessary information to book your test. Registrations take place online and are processed by the British Council in Addis Ababa.

Places are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, so we recommend that candidates register two months before their chosen test. Check live information on test place availability. Please note, once all the test places have been assigned and the session is full, the test will no longer appear on our online registration system.

Venue details

The exact location of the venue will be communicated to candidates one week before the exam date.

For all applications and information requests, please contact the British Council Ethiopia directly.

Available tests

Select a location below

Addis Ababa

Venue: British Council, Comoros Street Next to British Embassy

Test Date Module Registration Deadline Register
09/09/2017 IELTS Academic 31/08/2017 Apply now
09/09/2017 IELTS General Training 31/08/2017 Apply now
21/09/2017 IELTS Academic 15/09/2017 Apply now
05/10/2017 IELTS Academic 26/08/2017 Apply now
14/10/2017 IELTS Academic 04/09/2017 Apply now
14/10/2017 IELTS General Training 04/09/2017 Apply now


Venue: Mekelle University, Mekele

Test Date Module Registration Deadline Register
16/12/2017 IELTS Academic 01/12/2017 Apply now
16/12/2017 IELTS General Training 01/12/2017 Apply now