Please note: This is the policy for IELTS (Academic and General Training), you can find the UKVI cancellation and refund policy here.
Cancelling your IELTS test
If you cancel your IELTS test in less than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration fee of 25% of the test fee.
Should you cancel less than five weeks before the test date, British Council has the right to retain the whole fee.
Please note that refunds can take four to six weeks to process.
No refunds will be allowed for IELTS within five weeks of the test date. Exemptions from this policy are:
- serious illness or medical incident (such as hospital admission or a major injury)
- bereavement - loss of a close family member
- hardship or trauma (such as being a victim of crime or involved in a traffic accident)
- military service.
To cancel your IELTS (Academic and General Training) test, please log in to the Test Taker Portal and submit a cancellation request, along with an upload of supporting documentation/evidence.
To cancel your UKVI or Life Skills test, go to our Requests page.
If a medical certificate confirming illness on the date of the test is provided within three working days of the test date, together with the submitted cancellation request on the Test Taker Portal or Refund Application Form, the fee is refundable, minus the administration fee.
Only medical certificates in local language or English are accepted. If we have not received your submitted cancellation request along with an upload of supporting documentation/evidence on the Test Taker Portal or Refund Application Form by the fifth working day after the test, you will be marked as absent and forfeit all claims.
Please note that we do not accept sick notes issued by family members.
Requesting a test day transfer
If you need to change the date of your test from the date you originally booked, you can request a test day transfer up to five weeks before the test date. If you request a transfer five weeks prior to the test day it will be free, however transfer requests under five weeks prior to your test date could attract a transfer fee of 25% of the amount paid when registering.
Please note that the new test date must be within three months of the original date. In cases of illness, transfer is possible within five weeks of the test if an original medical certificate is provided within five working days of the test date, together with the Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer.
If you receive a transfer to a new test date (either before the test or due to illness) and are ill on the second test date, then you are not entitled to a refund of the test fee nor to any further transfer to a new test date.
Kindly visit https://www.eventsforce.net/britishcouncil/3753/home to request for a test transfer.