What is Addvantage?

Addvantage is the British Council’s examinations member scheme for schools, language centres, universities and institutions who register candidates with us each year. It’s our way of saying thank you and to welcome our new customers.

You can become a member of Addvantage if you register candidates with us for Cambridge English Qualifications and IELTS

How does Addvantage work?

Your membership level will depend on the total number of registrations made with us in the previous academic year. New schools and institutions that join Addvantage will be offered a membership level according to the number of registrations they first make. Our examinations team will contact you at the beginning of the academic year with your membership level and to organise your benefits.

We offer three membership levels:

No. of Registrations Membership Level
1-39 Addvantage Standard
40-99 Addvantage Premium
100 and above Addvantage Premium Plus

As you move up the levels you will enjoy greater benefits as a thank you for registering your candidates through the British Council.

Join us now to start enjoying your membership benefits, including the use of the Addvantage member logo and promotional materials. 

As part of your Addvantage Membership we offer you access to our LearnEnglish Exams website, which offers support and practice for candidates preparing for Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First, B2 First for Schools or C1 Advanced exams. The website is the ideal place for extra practice and last-minute revision.

Find out more about LearnEnglish Exams

What benefits will I receive as an Addvantage member?

Each membership level has a wide range of attractive and exclusive benefits aimed at supporting your students, teachers and your school throughout the academic year.  Some of the benefits we offer are:

  • discounts on our exam registration fees
  • high quality venues for your students’ computer-based, paper-based and speaking exams
  • participation in the British Council’s Our Future competition for school-age learners with fantastic prizes
  • access to our LearnEnglish Exams online support and practice website for candidates of Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First, B2 First for Schools and C1 Advanced exams 
  • free English language practice resources for all ages and all levels on our LearnEnglish websites, apps and MOOCs
  • free exam practice resources for IELTS through Road to IELTS
  • free access to three British Council TeachingEnglish online training modules and a 15% discount on additional modules for your teachers
  • exam preparation and teacher training workshops delivered by our experienced trainers on your premises
  • our guide to English language exams for your students’ parents, which provides advice on how to help their child with their English Language exams
  • the right to use the approved British Council Addvantage branding and materials for promotional purposes following our guidelines of use
  • our Addvantage newsletter full of helpful advice and tips for exam preparation, upcoming events and more 

We offer many more benefits and update our offer every academic year.

How do I register candidates with the British Council and join Addvantage? 

It’s easy to start registering your Cambridge English Qualifications and IELTS students for exams with the British Council and join our Addvantage member scheme. 

We welcome all new schools and institutions that would like to work with us. If you have a group of exam candidates, we can complete their exam registration for you. We will also offer you extra benefits and enhanced services a member of Addvantage. 

We work with a wide range of schools in towns and cities across Portugal from language centres to public, private and international schools.  

Contact our dedicated exams team for more information.

Why partner with the British Council through Addvantage?

Our heritage

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. We are globally renowned as an authority for our work in English teaching, testing and in supporting teachers of English.

We offer more than three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

We have worked in Portugal for 80 years. We work with schools, language centres and higher education centres in more than 15 locations across the country.

Our expertise

Over 70 examination boards and educational institutions trust us to deliver their exams around the world. We are recognised for our integrity in delivering high-quality exams services and professional English teaching and training. The exams we offer are widely known and recognised by schools, universities and employers in Portugal and around the world.

Your assurance

When you register your students to take exams with the British Council you will enjoy the benefits of working with a trusted and professional organisation. We care about your students’ success in exams and in their lives beyond the classroom. We listen to your assessment needs and tailor our exam services to meet them.

You are guaranteed a service which is friendly and accessible to everyone. Our examination staff is trained to meet our child protection standards and the requirements of candidates who have special educational needs.

Your advantage

You will receive an attractive package of benefits and enhanced services according to your membership level along with our expertise, dedication and commitment to you as one of our partners.

Addvantage is not just about exams alone, it’s about helping schools, teachers, and candidates perform to the best of their ability by offering value added products and services from across the British Council. By working with us you can access opportunities to promote your school and grow your network.

About Partners of the Addvantage Member Scheme

The British Council offers exams on behalf of UK awarding organisations, professional bodies and universities in 95 countries across the globe.

We understand the importance of maintaining the quality, integrity and standards of international qualifications, and, with UK awarding bodies, impose a rigorous Quality and Compliance Assessment process to ensure the highest standards of examination administration at all stages of delivery.

Cambridge English Qualifications

One such collaboration with a UK awarding body is our long-standing one with Cambridge Assessment English for their range of Cambridge English Qualifications.

Globally, the British Council collaborates with Cambridge Assessment English in 50 countries with the aim of helping people learn English and proving their skills to the world. Cambridge English Qualifications reflect a path towards towards learning English, step by step. They include a range of exams that motivate people of all ages and abilities to learn English and develop practical skills for the real world. These qualifications are recognised by over 20,000 organisations world-wide.


What do people say about us?

"Being a language school we appreciate the cooperation with the British Council. We treat membership in the programme as something really prestigious. The British Council is a reliable institution, recognized all over the world and for us so far a trustworthy partner to cooperate with in the area of international language examinations...."

"Materials, especially in the form of posters, really draw student and visitors’ attention. They raise the level of trust in a school’s performance. Information about the exams in the form of leaflets is sometimes the only source of reliable information about the importance of British examinations for the development of young people’s professional career, especially in the conditions of smaller towns."