Application of Refund Policy 

This policy applies to all teaching centre students and examinations candidates whether individually registered or sponsored by an organisation. 

1. IELTS Policy

Our refund policy for IELTS is as follows:

  • If you want to cancel your IELTS registration, you must contact us at the latest five weeks before the date of your written test. You will then receive a refund of the test fee, less an administrative fee of 25%. You will need to provide the original receipt in order to obtain the refund
  • If you want to transfer your test date, you must contact us five weeks before the date of your written test
  • An administration fee of USD 60.00 or LBP 90,000 will be charged for transfers
  • No refunds or transfers will be allowed for IELTS within five weeks of the test date.

Exceptional circumstances:

To cancel your registration or transfer your test date after five weeks (35 days) before the date of your written test, you must demonstrate that your ability to take the test has been affected by one of the following:  

  • serious illness e.g. hospital admission or serious injury (does not include minor illnesses such as a cold)
  • loss of an immediate family member
  • hardship / trauma, victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident
  • military service
  • In the above cases a refund, less 25% administrative fees, will be granted.

Your test centre must receive your application for cancellation or transfer of registration within five working days of your written test date, along with evidence (including an official certified report) of the exceptional circumstances (original documents, not copies).

Remarking fee (Enquiry on Results):

We will offer you a full refund if the mark improves, but no refund if the mark remains the same.

2. Other examinations 

  • A 100% refund or a place on the next scheduled test will be given if the British Council has to cancel or postpone an examination for any reason
  • If an examinations candidate gives written notice of withdrawal before the final registration date of the exam, as published by the British Council, a full refund will be given, less an administrative fee of 25%. Subject fees are not refundable for School exams
  • If notice is given less than one full week before the scheduled date of the exam no refund will be given. An exception to this rule is a withdrawal or absence on medical grounds. Candidates able to produce a medical certificate will receive a full refund, based on examinations board approval.

3. Procedure 

  • British Council refunds will only be paid by cheque
  • Teaching centre students and examinations candidates must complete the official British Council refund claim form and hand it to Customer Services Staff with a copy of the original receipt.