IELTS TEST DATES FOR 2020

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the most widely accepted English proficiency test, is a prerequisite if you want to study, work or live in a native English-speaking country.  

The British Council Ghana administers the test a minimum of two times every month (i.e two test dates in each month) in four locations – Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Abidjan. Choose which test helps you achieve your goals and decide on a convenient date that suits your schedule and preparedness.

Which Test to Take

If you are confused about which test to take, here’s a simplified guide:

Standard IELTS (Academic): Take this test if you want to travel to Canada, Australia, the United States of America (USA) to study for a degree, masters or PhD and the United Kingdom (UK), if you are a health professional, to register with the UK NMC to work.

Standard IELTS (General Training): This is the test for individuals who want to travel to Canada, Australia and the USA to work or for training programmes (and are not required to join a professional body). You should take this test if you want to study below degree level.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic): To prove your proficiency to communicate in the English language when applying for a visa through the UK Visas and Immigration, a division of the Home Office responsible for the UK’s visa system, you need to take the IELTS for UKVI. This is required of individuals who want to study (graduate/postgraduate level) in UK educational institutions.

IELTS for UKVI (General Training): If you want to train/work or study below degree level in the UK, then you have to take IELTS for UKVI (General Training).

IELTS Life Skills (A1): For those who need to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills in English as part of their application to the UK Visas and Immigration for ‘family of a settled person’ visas, you need to take IELTS Life Skills A1.

IELTS Life Skills (B1): To show your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to the UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship, you have to take IELTS Life Skills (BI).

Note: You need to, however, check with the organisation/institution to verify which of the tests it recognises.

Test Dates

Standard IELTS

Month Test Dates Test Location
January 11th
18th
Accra/Kumasi
Accra/Abidjan
February 1st
13th
Accra/Kumasi
Accra/Tamale
March 7th
21st
Accra/Kumasi/Abidjan
Accra
April 4th
18th
Accra/Kumasi
Accra/Abidjan
May 9th
21st
30th
Accra/Kumasi
Kumasi/Tamale
Accra/Abidjan
June 13th
20th
Accra/Kumasi
Accra
July 11th
25th
Accra/Kumasi/Abidjan
Accra
August 6th
8th
22nd
Tamale
Accra/Kumasi
Accra/Abidjan
September 19th
26th
Accra/Kumasi
Accra
October 10th
15th
24th
31st
Kumasi
Accra
Kumasi/Abidjan
Accra
November 12th
21st
Accra/Tamale
Accra
December 5th
19th
Accra/Kumasi/Abidjan
Accra

IELTS for UKVI

Month Test Dates Test Location
January 11th
18th
Accra
February 1st
13th
Accra
March 5th
21st
Accra
April 4th
18th
Accra
May 9th
21st
30th
Accra
June 13th
20th
Accra
July 2nd
11th
25th
Accra
August 8th
22nd
Accra
September 12th
17th
26th
Accra
October 15th
31st

Accra
November 12th
21st
Accra
December 5th
19th
Accra

IELTS Life Skills A1 & B1

Month Test Dates Test Location
January 9th
10th
23rd
24th
Accra
February 6th
7th
27th
28th
Accra
March 5th
26th
27th
Accra
April 16th
17th
30th
Accra
May 1st
14th
28th
29th
Accra
June 11th
25th
26th
Accra
July 9th
23rd
24th
Accra
August 6th
7th
20th
21st
Accra
September 3rd
4th
24th
25th
Accra
October 8th
22nd
23rd
Accra
November 5th
6th
26th
27th
Accra
December 17th
18th
Accra

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