IELTS fees, Location, Test dates, And Exam Tips In Nigeria

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. The British Council offers IELTS tests and preparation courses in our centers throughout the world.

Your first step in taking an IELTS exam is to register on the official British Council website. And the reason why you should take IELTS with British council is because the British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English.

They 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 them, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Read: IELTS Liz and Other free websites for preparation

How to register for IELTS

Prepare and upload your international passport – Candidates can now upload scanned (.jpeg, .gif and .png formats) copy of bio data page of their international passport on the portal while registering. Please be informed that you must upload your international passport before you can complete your registration.  UPLOAD your identification document directly to the registration site. Your scanned identity document must contain:

  • Your I.D number
  • Your signature
  • Your date of birth
  • Your photograph
  • Your I.D expiry date

Your scanned document must be in JPEG, GIF or PNG format. The dimensions must be smaller than 1600 by 1600 pixels and the file size should be 1.5MB or less

(v)  Pay for your test date

The fee is NGN75,000. You can pay for your test via bank transfer from Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank and Zenith Bank.

Other fees

  • IELTS for UKVI Academic or General training: N97,000.
  • IELTS Life Skills A2: N72,750
  • IELTS Life Skills A1 N72,750.
  • IELTS Life Skills B1: N72,750.

How to pay for IELTS test

Payment can be made by:

Bank transfer from First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank or Zenith Bank using the appropriate under-listed account numbers, plus the code for month of exams (table below) and last two digits of the International Passport Number.

  • 995102– to take IELTS Abuja, Benin or Enugu
  • 995202– to take IELTS test in Lagos, Abeokuta or Ibadan 
  • 995302– to take IELTS Port Harcourt


If you want to request a refund, please read our refund policy prior to making a request.

Please note that if you cancel your test session, you will be refunded 75% of the fee, as a 25% administrative fee will be charged. Should you cancel less than five weeks before the test, British Council has the right to retain the whole fee.

IELTS Test Location/Centres

Click here: To check Test dates

  • Abeokuta (Number of test per month – 1)
  • Abuja (Number of test per month – 2)
  • Benin City (Number of test per month – 2)
  • Enugu (Number of test per month – 2)
  • Ibadan (Number of test per month – 2)
  • Lagos (Number of test per month – 3)
  • Port Harcourt (Number of test per month – 2)


Test dates can be transferred five weeks prior to the Test date under the following circumstances: serious illness, bereavement, hardship/trauma, and military service. (Documentary evidence must be provided). You will be charged 25% of the test fee for test date transfer once your application has been approved.

(vi)  Complete your registration

The validity of the IELTS result is two(2) years

Tips to pass IELTS

First, there’s a one on one speaking test where you are asked questions about yourself, then random questions, then given a topic to talk about briefly.

Then on the day of your exam, you first have the listening test where four different tapes are played and you are expected to answer some questions.

Furthermore, the comprehension passages, about 3 of them. Not like the everyday passages and you should read btw the lines and think well before you answer.

Lastly, you have the writing section where you will be given a chart of any type to interpret like write out the info represented on the given chart and then another which contains a topic you are to write on.

Below is a clue from someone who has written and ace IELTS test:

“The listening part was the easiest. I think I had just one question I didn’t answer because I got distracted. I got an 8.5 in that section. Just keep calm, listen and answer as you go. The easiest part is the answers are given accordingly; they don’t give answer to number 5 before number 3. So just take it one step at a time, don’t let your mind wander even for one second. Don’t panic, listen and don’t be too fast to write down your answer because most times they make corrections.

For the speaking test, be confident and elaborate on questions asked. You will be given a topic to talk about too. Time will be given to you to think about d topic. On the comprehension passage, if you had practiced previously with past questions, you will get d scope of how questions are asked and how to answer.

On the writing part, yes people tend to score low because in my own opinion, the time isn’t enough to think and structure your thoughts.  In all, just keep calm, think well, concentrate, don’t panic and you will be fine. All d best.”

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