We organise exams on behalf of a number of UK universities and institutes that cover a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. We provide:

Re-sit examinations

Students of UK universities can sit their exams at the British Council in China throughout the year, without having to return to the UK.

Distance learning examinations

Not everyone can travel abroad for a UK qualification. If you are thinking of studying from home with UK universities and institutes, you may be able to sit your exams in our centre.

Other on-demand university exams

We offer a range of other on-demand exams. Contact us for more information.

University exams process


Please make sure your application to sit an exam overseas is approved by your university.

1. Contact us: Please contact us about your exam application at least two weeks prior to your desired exam date. Please note that our  opening hours are 9.00-17.00, Monday to Friday. The British Council China will close on these public holidays.

2. Create an account: Please register an account and the system will send you a verification email for account activation. You can only apply for an exam once your account has been activated. 

3. Apply for an exam: Log in to your account and enter the 'Apply for an Exam' page. Enter your exam details. 

4. Check exam details: You will receive a notification email if there is any change to your application status. You can check your exam details by clicking the 'Registration Record' tab.

5. Make payment: You may make an online payment once you have received the notification indicating your application status as "Waiting for Payment”. 

6. Print the confirmation letter: The system will remind you to print the confirmation letter once payment it confirmed. You can check exam details in your confirmation letter.

On the test day

  • Candidates should report to the venue 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam. 
  • Candidates must bring the same National ID or passport used at registration.
  • Candidates can take writing instruments into the exam room. No mobile phones, books, dictionaries or papers are allowed.

Statement of results

  • Candidates should contact the university or professional institution to receive information on their exam results.

Candidates who require special arrangements are advised to register at least one week before the registration deadline.

Fees and terms of payment

With effect from 1 April 2017:

Test fee (non University of London International Programme):

RMB 1195 per exam paper

Test fee (University of London International Programme):

1-2 exams/session: RMB 1350 per exam paper

3 or more exams/session: RMB 950 per exam paper

Note: the test fees above are VAT excluded and includes venue hire, invigilation charges, secure storage of question papers and courier charges.

For all tests, test fee will be doubled if tests are arranged on public holidays in Mainland China.

Terms of payment

All the above fees can be paid by candidates in RMB through the British Council Exams Online System. All fees must be paid no later than five working days before the test date.

Refund and cancellation

  • Candidates may cancel bookings five working days prior to the exam and receive a  50% of the local test fee refund. A written cancellation application is required. 
  • For cancellations within five working days prior to the exam or for absence, there will be no test fee refund. 
  • Sufficient evidence or explanation must be given at least five working days before test for cancellation. This evidence can be either in Chinese or English. Evidence can be a medical report or accident report etc, which should be issued by an authorised body. The report should include both the signature of the doctor/professional and stamp of the institution, and indicate that the situation stops the candidate from taking the exam on the scheduled date.

Contact us


Tel: +86 (0)10 8591 9153
Fax: +86 (0)10 8591 9111
Email: UKexams.beijing@britishcouncil.org.cn
Address: 4/F Landmark Building Tower 1, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Beijing 100004, China


Tel: +86 (0)21 8017 3224 
Fax:+86 (0)21 8017 3299 
Email: UKexams.shanghai@britishcouncil.org.cn
Address: 17F Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai  200041, China


Tel: +86 (0)20 8510 3053 
Fax: +86 (0)20 8510 3111 
Email: UKexams.guangzhou@britishcouncil.org.cn
Address: 7/F Teem Tower,208 Tianhe Road,Guangzhou 510620,China 


Tel: +86 (0)23 6399 7199 
Fax:+86 (0)23 6399 7200
Email: UKexams.chongqing@britishcouncil.org.cn
Address: Unit 2805-07 28/F, Metropolitan Tower, 68 Zourong Lu, Chongqing 400010, China