Why choose the British Council?

The rewards you will gain from your UK examination are worth it, whether it is to get a job, enter a university or start a new life in a different country. However, sitting an exam can be a stressful experience. You want to know that on the day of your exam you will have the right conditions to do your best. Last year, more than 2 million people took 2.7 million exams with us. We’ve been doing this for over 85 years so you can be sure that taking an exam with us gives you the best chance of success.

Taking an exam with us maximises your chances of success and minimises stress because we know what we are doing so we will make sure it all runs smoothly


We understand that you want an exam centre that is convenient for you. We offer UK exams in more than 850 towns and cities in more than 90 countries. This is part of our commitment to offer access to UK qualifications to as many people as possible. Our network is flexible and responds to demand so if we don’t have a centre near you and you know there are many other people who want to take the same exam as you, contact your nearest centre and ask them about a creating a temporary centre nearer to you. And remember, we make sure that all of our centres meet our global British Council standards as well as those of the exam board. (Click HERE to leave your request for a closed IELTS test session for your group of people.)


We believe people are key to ensuring a stress-free experience. We are trained to ensure your exam runs smoothly and your experience is as stress-free as possible to give you the best chances of success. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all our staff, volunteers and partners to share this commitment. We operate a Child Protection Policy and appointments are contingent on thorough checks and the provision of CRB Enhanced Disclosure (or local equivalent).

And all of us are committed the British Council’s values: Valuing People, Integrity, Mutuality, Creativity and Professionalism.

Read about the advice and resources we offer when you take an exam with us.