Students studying for IELTS

The British Council has more than 75 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:  

  • British Council Switzerland brings the exam to you: Thousands of candidates take it every year in Switzerland, either in a town close to their home (Bern, Zürich, Geneva, St. Gallen, Basel, Lugano, Lausanne) or in their school or company.

  • You can take it whenever you want: The British Council organises IELTS in at least two places in Switzerland almost every Saturday and one Thursday per month

  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online up to 4 days before the test and take advantage of flexible payment options: online by credit card, offline by electronic bank transfer or payment at a Post office. Click here to register.

  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you get access to 30 hours of free training.

  • Expert support: face to face courses, preparation books, videos and more 

  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.

  • Special arrangements: your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special circumstances that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note, you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.

  • The British Council is friendly and uncomplicated: We know things in life might happen unexpectedly. If your circumstances change before, during or after the exam, just call or email us with any problem you might have, and we will help you. 

IELTS in Switzerland

IELTS is not only the must-have test to study or work abroad. It is also widely accepted in Switzerland. As a matter of fact, many prestigious Swiss universities and higher education institutions recognise IELTS for educational purposes.

Follow the link to see a list of some of the Swiss institutions who accept IELTS.

IELTS and the Common European Framework

IELTS is recognized by the Council of Europe. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.

CEFR Level B1 B2 C1 C2
IELTS score range 4.0 - 5.0 5.5 - 6.5 7.0 - 8.0 8.5 - 9.0

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