IELTS Accessible
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BravoFilipino | British Council Makes IELTS Accessible to More Filipinos with Expansion of Test Venues | 15 May 2023, ManilaThis 2023, the British Council aims to make IELTS more accessible to Filipinos by opening new official test centres in different parts of the country. Through its partnership with the Center for Premier International Language Studies (CPILS), Roman Canadian Immigration Services, and 9.0 Niner IELTS Review Centre, the British Council added five new locations to its expanding roster, with plans to open more in the coming months. The new test centres are conveniently located in Cebu City, Imus, Lipa, Makati, and Manila.

The International English Language Test System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, recognised by hundreds of global institutions. It is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment and evaluates all English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking.

With the recent opening of new locations, the British Council hopes to accommodate more test takers and provide service to a wider community. The centres offer IELTS on Paper and IELTS on Computer, giving options for test takers to choose a medium they are most comfortable with. Paper tests are available 2-3 times a month in Metro Manila, and once a month in other key cities. Meanwhile, computer tests are more flexible and are readily available, with schedules daily.

Cebu City Location

Center for Premier International Language Studies (CPILS) is one of the British Council’s valuable partners, especially during the pandemic, and the only official test centre in Cebu City. Candidates may take all IELTS tests – Regular, UKVI and Life Skills – at the newly refurbished facility at the Mezzanine of CPILS. Paper and computer tests are conducted in well-lighted rooms, with new furniture and excellent sound systems. 

Candidates can also take advantage of the IELTS Resource Centre (IRC) at CPILS, open to the public from Monday to Saturday. Candidates preparing to take the test can come and practice using the books at the IRC. 

9.0 Niner Locations

Alongside CPILS, the British Council also partnered with the country’s top IELTS Preparation Centre, 9.0 Niner, to offer IELTS on Computer in Manila, Makati, Cavite and Batangas — the first in these areas. Candidates from Cavite and Batangas no longer need to wait for monthly paper tests or to travel to Metro Manila as they can now conveniently schedule their tests with the IELTS Test Centres in Imus, Cavite and Lipa, Batangas.

The IELTS Test Centre in Lipa, Batangas is also ideal for candidates aspiring to go to Canada as the location is also in partnership with Roman Canadian Immigration Services, conveniently located in the same building.

More test centres are scheduled for opening this 2023 under the British Council and 9.0 Niner partnership.

“CPILS and 9.0 Niner are valuable partners of the British Council. We are thrilled to further our partnership through these expansions, and we hope to support more Filipinos in making their dreams of studying, working, and living abroad through IELTS,” shares Samantha Smith, British Council’s Regional Exams Manager, Southeast Asia.

Book your IELTS exam on any of our test centres through the British Council platform. For announcements and updates, follow IELTS British Council Philippines on Facebook, and @phbritish on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about IELTS at

Test Locations

Cebu City


Benedicto Building,

M. J. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City

Test Schedules: Friday, Saturday, Monday

Imus, Cavite

9.0 Niner IELTS Test Centre

Unit A, 2nd Floor, DCR Building

7560 Aguinaldo Highway

Brgy. Bayan Luma II, Imus, Cavite

Test Schedules: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Lipa, Batangas

9.0 Niner IELTS Test Centre

Unit A, 2nd Floor, City Sleep Inn Hotel and Events Centre

President Jose P. Laurel Highway

Lipa City, Batangas

Test Schedules: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Makati City

9.0 Niner IELTS Test Centre

Unit 509, 5th Floor, Campus Rueda Building

101 Urban Avenue, Pio del Pilar, Makati City

Test Schedules: Monday-Friday


9.0 Niner IELTS Test Centre

Unit A, Mezzanine Level, Concepcion Villaroman Building

P. Campa St. cor. Espana, Sampaloc, Manila

Test Schedules: Monday-Friday

About the British Council 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

In 2023, the British Council in the Philippines is marking our 45th anniversary, celebrating our commitment to building connections between the UK and the Philippines through our work in education, arts, English, and exams.

About International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with millions of tests taken in the last year. More than 11,000 organizations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

Test takers are measured in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest band).

For media enquiries please contact:

Janelle Almosara-Capiral

Communications Manager, Southeast Asia

British Council