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What is IELTS?

On certain dates throughout the year we run International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) which is managed jointly by the British Council, the International Development Programme of Australian Universities and the University of Cambridge Examinations for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). By taking this test, you will obtain an official assessment of whether you are prepared to study or train in English. It is widely recognised as a language requirement for entry to all courses in further and higher education. The test is also used by a number of English speaking countries to test the applicants' standard of English for the purposes of immigration or employment.

Test dates

We have test dates once a month.
January - March 2004

Test Dates* Deadline for Test Registration
Varna Sofia
29 January 20 January 21 January
26 February 17 February
18 February
25 March 16 March 17 March

* These dates are fixed for the Reading, Writing and Listening components of the test. The Speaking component may be taken seven days before or after the other three modules Results are issued ten working days after the test.

Test fee 230BGN (two hundred and thirty Bulgarian leva) You can pay the fee in person at the British Council Sofia or Varna or you can make a bank transfer to Bulbank 7, Sveta Nedelia Square,leva account/1003443914, Bank Code 62176307

How do you apply for the test?

  1. Pay the fee:
  • Sofia - 7, Krakra Street the Examinations Services on 1st floor (Monday to Thursday,900-1200 and 1400- 1700; Friday 0900 to 1200 except test dates - see test dates)
  • Varna - British Council Centre, 1 Drin Street, Tel. 052 605 880 (Monday to Friday, 1100 to 1700)
  1. You will be given an Application Form, the IELTS Information for Candidates booklet and advice on test administration.
  • Complete the Application Forms in person
  • Alternatively, you can send by post (preferably registered mail or courier) the completed application form, photos, a clear copy of your ID or valid passport and bank statement for the bank transfer of the fee. Please make sure your application arrives at British Council before the deadline for registration
  • Contact us to make sure we received and approved your application form. If you have taken the test before please enclose a photocopy of your last Test Report Form.
  • You are not allowed to sit the test within 3 months at any IELTS centre.

Application forms received by fax and email are not accepted

Download the application form (Acrobat PDF 40KB)

You need

  1. the addresses of the institutions requesting your test results (For security reasons it is the responsibility of our centres to distribute your results and up to 5 copies can be sent to receiving institutions as specified by you at registration)
  2. two recent photographs,
  3. a passport/ID card
  4. and a receipt for paid test fee.
  • We will inform you about the test date and the test venue at registration. The Centre will also inform the candidates if the Speaking Module is to be taken on a different date. If this information is not available at the time of your registration we will ask you to contact us or we will contact you by phone or in writing after the closing date for registration.

How can you prepare for the test?

  • Specimen Materials (two workbooks with sample tests+CD)- Lv.33.00 can be bought from us.
  • You can also attend IELTS exam technique course offered by our Teaching Centres at British Council Sofia and Varna.
  • Other IELTS preparation materials can be borrowed from our Libraries
  • download the 2003 Handbook (Acrobat PDF 700KB)
  • try out the online specimen materials on the IELTS website:

What happens if you postpone / cancel the exam you registered for?

If you want to postpone or cancel your test you should notify us at least five weeks before the date you registered for. The change of the date can be requested only once no penalty fee will be applied .We will offer you a new date but no sooner than five weeks after your request. For the cancellation of your test date you will be charged Lv.40.00. We shall not refund the fee if cancellation is requested less than five weeks before the test.

How long does it take to get the results?

10 working days after the test date results are available and posted to the receiving institutions and to you, if you are not from Sofia; if you are from Sofia you can get your results in person from us in the working time for IELTS (see above).
Please note that we are not permitted to give results out over the phone.

For further information on International English Language Testing System (IELTS), please contact:


Examinations Services
7 Krakra Street, 1504 Sofia
Telephone (02) 942 43 44
Exams direct line (02) 942 42 00
Fax (02) 942 42 22


British Council
1 Drin Street, 9000 Varna
Telephone/Fax (052) 60 58 80, 60 58 81

orr send an e-mail to our Examination Services staff at

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