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IELTS is a high stakes test and we take a multi-layered approach to test security, including measures before test day, on test day and after test day. These mechanisms ensure that the integrity of the test is upheld at all times. With over 50 test locations and up to 3 test dates per month, booking your IELTS test in the UK has never been easier. Whether it's for your student visa, emigration, legalising your stay in the UK or for professional development, take IELTS - the world’s leading secure English language test.

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Test Fee

There will be a fee for this test which may vary depending on your choice of Test Provider.

Availability

You can take IELTS with a number of independent Test Providers within the UK. Collectively, IELTS tests are provided up to four times a month at test centres across the UK. 

IELTS booking checklist

Prior to selecting your UK IELTS Test Provider we advise you to carry-out the following activities before starting the booking process:

  • Check your required IELTS test type - There are two versions of the test, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. You will need to know which type of test you are registering for prior to booking. For more information, see which version of IELTS is right for you?. 
  • Prepare your Identity documentation - You may need a photocopy of your valid passport or national identity card where appropriate (on test day you must bring the same identification as used for booking). As an added measure to enhance IELTS test security, all participants are required to have their photograph taken by IELTS administrative staff on their test day.
  • Prepare a means of payment - Requirements vary so check with your UK Testing Provider.

Select your UK based Training Provider

You will find a comprehensive list of UK based IELTS training providers in the 'IELTS Test Providers' list below.  Please browse through them and select the one that suits your requirements.


IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration purposes

The fee for IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration is GBP 200.

The fee for 'IELTS Life Skills' is GBP 150

Please note: The following information is applicable to 'IELTS for UK Visa and Immingration (UKVI)' purposes only.

IELTS for UKVI tests types

If you need to prove your English language abilities as part of a UK Visa and Immigration application then you may need to take an IELTS test via a Test Centre approved by the UK Home Office. A vareity of tests are available. Before booking, check which test you need and the level you need to achieve: UK Visas and Immigration website.

Test Type

For information

IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS Life Skills A1

This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the Family, Spouse or Partner visa.

The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

The test involves Speaking and Listening.

IELTS Life Skills B1

This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the citizen or settlement visa.

The B1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

The test involves Speaking and Listening.

Training Provider Options

IELTS for UKVI and IELTS for Life Skills are provided by the UK Home Office approved centres detailed under the 'IELTS for UKVI Test Providers' listings below. For all other purposes see the 'IELTS Test Centre' list.


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IELTS Test Providers
IELTS for UKVI Test Providers
  • Belfast

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  • Birmingham

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  • Cardiff

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  • Chelmsford

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  • Edinburgh

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  • London, Central

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  • London, North

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  • Manchester

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  • Bangor

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  • Bath

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  • Burton on Trent

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  • Cambridge

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  • Canterbury

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  • Cardiff

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  • Chelmsford

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  • Coventry

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  • Eastbourne

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  • Edinburgh

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  • Exeter

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  • Glasgow

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    • University of Glasgow

      IELTS Test Centre, University of Glasgow

      Bute Gardens

      Glasgow

      UK

      ielts@gla.ac.uk

      0141 330 4220

      0141 330 4114

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    • INTO Glasgow Caledonian University

      INTO Glasgow Caledonian University

      2nd floor CEE Building

      70 Cowcaddens Road

      Glasgow

      INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk

      0141 273 1944

      01413318080

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  • Guildford

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  • Harrogate

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  • Hastings

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  • Leeds

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  • Leicester

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  • Lisburn

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  • Liverpool

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    • University of Liverpool

      English Language Centre

      Chatham Street

      Liverpool

      UK

      ielts@liv.ac.uk

      +44 (0)1517942722

      +44 (0)1517942739

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  • London

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  • Manchester

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  • Norwich

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  • Nottingham

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    • University of Nottingham

      International Office

      C Floor - International House

      Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road

      Nottingham

      UK

      ielts@nottingham.ac.uk

      0115 9514419

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  • Oxford

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  • Peterborough

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  • Plymouth

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  • Portsmouth

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  • Reading

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    • The University of Reading

      IELTS Administrator

      Room 203, HumSS Building

      International Study and Language Institute. Whiteknights Campus

      Reading

      United Kingdom

      ielts@reading.ac.uk

      +44 (0) 118 378 6223

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  • Rugby

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  • Sheffield

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  • Southhampton

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    • Southampton University

      Centre for Language Study

      Avenue Campus

      Southhampton

      UK

      ielts@soton.ac.uk

      023 8059 8918

      023 8059 3849

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  • Sunderland

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