The Olympic Games takes place in France between 26 July and 11 August 2024 and the Paralympics between 28 August and 8 September 2024. As a consequence we advise you to check your itineraries and travel dates and times in advance as there will inevitably be disruption. Our centre British Council, Invalides, will be closed between 25 July and 11 August inclusive. Our test IELTS Academic will still be running, online, during this period.


Where can you take IELTS in France?

British Council offers IELTS tests in different locations: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg and Toulouse. You can choose to take your IELTS test on paper or on a computer. Whichever you prefer, you will need to come to a test centre to sit your test. Find out more.

Test centres offering IELTS on paper

Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse

Test centres offering IELTS on computer

Paris, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Strasbourg

You can also take the IELTS test from the comfort of your home or anywhere with a reliable internet connection with IELTS Online (IELTS Academic only). 

You must bring the same identity document to the test venue, that you have registered with online. In cases of identity document changes, candidates must notify the British Council a minimum of 72 hours advance. Less than this timeframe and identity document changes will not be accepted

Find IELTS test dates

Use the dropdown to select your preferred location and see upcoming test dates.

Speaking test date details


City Speaking test date details
Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille, Strasbourg and Toulouse The Saturday afternoon after the written test.

The Friday before the written test or the Saturday of the written test.

Please make sure that you are available on both Friday and Saturday when you choose your written test date.


Speaking tests take place the week before the written test (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) or on the same day (i.e. on Saturday afternoon). 

Please make sure that you are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday when you choose your written test date.  Priority is given to candidates travelling from another department or minors on Saturdays.

If the written test is on a Thursday, then the Speaking test can take place on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. 

Institutions Speaking tests take place in the week before or after the date of your written tests, or on Saturday afternoon. Your institution will make sure that it fits in with your timetable. 

* Saturday Speaking tests will be given in priority to those candidates living outside of Paris as per the postal address indicated at registration.

Test venue details

The exact test venue information will be confirmed by email two weeks before the test.

For all applications and information requests, please contact the British Council Paris directly.

  • Aix-en-Provence - The test take place at Aix-Marseille Université, Faculté de droit et de science politique, Espace Pouillon, 3 Avenue R. Schuman, 13628 Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille - The test take place at Kangourou Provence, 7 rue Gaston de Flotte, 13012 Marseille
  • Paris Nord - Some tests take place at Châteauform Les Docks de Paris, 10 avenue des Arimeurs, 93210 Saint-Denis
  • Paris Est - The test takes place at Centrex, 2 rue de la Butte Verte, 93160 Noisy-le-Grand. 
  • Paris Invalides - The test takes place at  British Council, 9 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris (On computer only)
  • Bordeaux - The test takes place at INP Bordeaux, ENSTBB, 125 rue de Bethmann, 33000 Bordeaux. 
  • Lille - The test tales place at LiL'Langues, 36 Pl. Cormontaigne, 59000 Lille
  • Lyon - The test takes place at ECEMA Lyon, 29 Avenue Leclerc, 69007 Lyon
  • Nantes - The test takes place at the Université de Nantes, Faculté des Langues et Cultures Etrangères, 44312 Nantes. 
  • Nice - The Writing test takes place at CIFE (Centre International de Formation Européenne), 81 Rue de France, 06000 Nice. The Speaking test takes place at International House Nice, 27 rue Rossini, 06000 Nice.
  • Strasbourg - The test takes place at CECI Strasbourg - CECI Formation, 202 Avenue de Colmar, Strasbourg 67100.
  • Toulouse - The test takes place at IH Toulouse - The Cambridge Centre, 23 avenue Georges Brassens, 31700 Blagnac

The test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests, and much more.

Looking to work, study, or live in the UK?

If you need a visa for working or studying in the UK, then in some cases you may need to take IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration or IELTS Life Skills.

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