IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a qualification jointly offered by Cambridge Assessment English, the British Council and IDP Australia.

The Language Centre is a test-sitting venue for IELTS Academic, a qualification recognised for entry to many learning programmes at universities and higher education bodies across the world.

Students, professors and staff from Pavia University have priority in registering for an exam at the Pavia Language Centre and benefit from a reduced fee, as per the agreement reached with the British Council.

External participants may register for an exam, paying the standard fee charged by the British Council, provided there are places left after the deadline has passed for internal participants.

All participants enrolled for an exam will be given the opportunity to follow for free “IELTS Ready Premium" preparation activities offered by the British Council. The activities are available from any PC with an internet connection.

Next exam dates for IELTS Academic in Pavia

Exam date Enrolment times for internal participants Exam results
19 September 2024 from 1 to 20/7/2024 2/10/2024
7 November 2024 from 1 to 20/9/2024 20/11/2024
13 February 2025 from 1 to 20/12/2024 26/02/2025
8 May 2025 from 1 to 20/3/2025 21/5/2025

The speaking part of the exam may take place on the scheduled exam date or up to 2 days before it. Participants may express their preference while enrolling.
Each exam session has a maximum entry number based on the venue capacity.

Examination fees (valid from January 2024)

Reduced fee € 240,00.
Standard fee € 254,00.

How to enrol

Enrolment procedures for internal participants (students, professors and staff from Pavia University):

  • 1. click on this link prepared by the British Council, select "Book IELTS Academic" register and pay for the exam you choose, following the instructions given. Use the "UniPavia24" promo code. The slot to insert the Promo code appears only when you get to the Payment page. This code is eligible only for the Pavia site. If you follow the procedure correctly, you will receive a confirmation email from the British Council;
  • 2. once you have received the British Council’s confirmation and before the enrolment deadline, send an email to to inform us that you are enrolled for a specific exam date and that you are eligible for the reduced fee; students are required to send us a written declaration (autocertificazione) stating that they are enrolled at Pavia University for the ongoing academic year (the declaration must be dated and signed).

REDUCED FEE: only students, professors and staff from Pavia University are eligible for the reduced fee.

Students lose their status once they graduate, even if the academic year has not finished.
All declarations will be verified.


The British Council enrolment procedure requires you to input your ID document number and expiry date (identity card or passport). You will be asked to show the same document on the exam day.

For any queries about the enrolment procedure, please contact the British Council at:

Tel. 06 94800751

Enrolment procedures for external participants:

External participants may register if places are still available.

If you are interested in a specific exam session, you may send an email to to receive information about available places and when to enrol.
If you wish to enrol, you must visit the British Council website at, click on "Prenota il tuo test IELTS" then choose "IELTS Academic".

For any queries about the enrolment procedure, please contact the British Council at:

Tel. 06 94800751

How to prepare for the exam

The self-study service at the Language Centre offers a range of learning materials that can be used independently to prepare for the IELTS exam.
Resources are available at the Language Centre laboratories, Sede Centrale, Cortile Sforzesco.
Some books may be borrowed. More information about this service at Servizio di prestito materiali certificazioni.

Online resources recommended by the British Council

Please, find all details about British Council's online preparation activities in this document.

For detailed information on this exam, please visit:

For more information:
tel. 0382 984382