This article is all about taking the IELTS test in Geneva.

We’re here to explain:

  • What the IELTS is
  • Practical information on taking the test in Geneva
  • Studying for the exam with GlobalExam

So, if you want to know all about the IELTS, where to take the test in Geneva, and how to prepare, this is the article for you!

Start training for free

What is the IELTS?

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam designed to test a person’s proficiency in the English language. Jointly administered by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and the IDP, the exam aims to equip speakers seeking to live, work or study in English-speaking countries with an official certification of their language abilities.

There are two versions of the test: the IELTS General Training, and the IELTS Academic, aimed at students. Both tests assess a person’s language skills across reading, writing, speaking listening, however the IELTS Academic uses topics that are more suitable for university-level students.

What is the IELTS?

Where to take the IELTS Geneva

In Switzerland, the IELTS is administered by the British Council and the IDP. There are several IELTS examination centers across Switzerland, including at the British Council’s Swiss headquarters in Bern or in Zurich and Lausanne. There are also acredited test centers in Milan, Italy.

There are currently two examination centers where you can sit the IELTS Geneva. We’ve included the addresses and contact information right here:

IELTS Geneva examination centerAddressContact
Cambridge English Languages (IDP IELTS)Starling Hotel Conference Centre, Route Francois-Peyrot 34, Geneva 1218[email protected]
British Council Bernec/o Ifage, Place des Augustins 19, 1205 Geneva

If Geneva is the most convenient location for you to take your test, all you need to do is register online, specifying your chosen examination center.

How do I register?

You can register for the IELTS in Switzerland through either the IDP (“International Development Program”) or the British Council website. It’s worth consulting both websites before completing your registration, as each administrative body only lists its own test centers.

Before beginning the registration process on either website, make sure to have the following things to hand:

  • A valid ID
  • A payment card

When you access the British Council registration platform, you will be asked to indicate when and where you intend to sit the test, and whether you will require any special arrangements on the day (such as Braille papers, enlarged print or a special Listening CD, for example).

Once you’ve selected your city of choice, the platform will display the available examination centers in the vicinity and their next available test sessions. The British Council website gives a detailed break down of each individual test time, and the possibility to choose your Speaking test slot.

Once you’ve selected your session, you will be asked to create an account on the website. If you register through the IDP, you must also download an application form to print, complete and submit to your chosen examination center.

Finally, you will be asked to pay the registration fee online, at which point your registration is complete.

How much does the test cost?

The IELTS costs approximately CHF 369-410 in Switzerland. This one-off registration fee can vary a little depending on the examination center, the type of test you’re taking, and how it is delivered (paper or computer).

Currently, the IELTS Academic and General Training exams have a registration fee of CHF 369 in British Council examination centers.

The IELTS Exam Fee Scholarship

The IELTS recently launched a scholarship award to help students cover the costs of the registration fee. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Less than 32 years old
  • High School grades of at least 75%
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Family incomes of less than $250 USD
  • First time sitting the IELTS
  • Teacher recommendation

If you’re eligible for the scholarship, you can apply directly on the IELTS website. Please note that you will be asked to upload supporting documents that support your eligibility against the above criteria.

When will I receive the results?

When you take the IELTS with the British Council, you gain access to the Test Taker Portal, where you can preview your exam results. 

If you take the paper-based test, your provisional results will be available 13 days after the exam. If you take a computer-delivered test, your provisional results will be available more quickly, three to five days after the exam.

The official paper copy of your test score will be sent out to your address at the same time.

The British Council provides five paper copies of your score. If you need an IELTS score as part of an application to university, the British Council will send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institution, as they will only accept original documents. There is a charge of €30 for each additional copy.

Preparing for the test with GlobalExam

If you’re still not sure whether the IELTS is for you, why not try out some of the test material yourself before you make a decision?

Simply tell GlobalExam which language you’re revising and the test you’re preparing for, and you’ll have access to a limited selection of revision materials and exercises specifically adapted to preparing for the IELTS. If our e-learning platform works for you, take it to the next level with a Premium subscription to unlock more exercises and custom study tools.

If you’re not sure what language level you currently have, you can begin with an Assessment test that will put you through your paces in English to give you an idea of where you’re starting from.

As the test gets closer, you can take mock IELTS tests under real conditions to prepare for the real thing.

The IELTS opens doors to higher education, the world of work and opportunities abroad. If the test is in your sights, there’s no time to waste!

Start Training For Free