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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 three test dates per month, booking your IELTS test in the UK has never been easier. Whether it’s for your student visa, emigration, professional development, UK visa or TfL licence, take IELTS - the world’s leading secure English language test.

IELTS

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 Transport for London

Whether you’re applying for a new Transport for London (TfL) Private Hire licence or want to renew your existing licence, you will need to prove your English language level. Click here to book.

IELTS Progress Check

You can buy an IELTS Progress Check sample test to practice all four sections (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) of the test online and get them marked by IELTS trained markers. Once your test is marked,  you will receive a feedback report, including an indicative overall test band score as well as a band score for each section of the test. 

'Get to know IELTS' sessions

Come to one of our free ‘Get to know IELTS’ sessions. You’ll learn about IELTS and why you might need to take the test. We’ll also give you a good understanding of what to expect on the test day, the test structure and how to prepare:

  • Take part in answering IELTS sample questions.
  • Ask our IELTS expert any questions you may have about the test.
  • Find out about IELTS preparation materials.
  • Sessions are held at the test centre and last between 1-2 hours.

Contact your nearest test centre to register for your place. 

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 A2

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 extension visa. 

The A2 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 2 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.

 

 


Find a testing provider in UK


  • Aberdeen

    Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

  • Bangor, Northern Ireland

    Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

    • South Eastern Regional College – Bangor

      Castle Park Road

      BT20 4TD

      Bangor, Northern Ireland

      UK

      Tel: 44 (0)2892677225

      Fax: 028 9262 6795

      Email: ielts@serc.ac.uk

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    • Bedford

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    • Belfast, Northern Ireland

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • Queen's University Belfast

        Queen's University Belfast,

        IELTS Test Centre,

        The McClay Library, BT7 1NN

        Belfast, Northern Ireland

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0)2890976134

        Email: ielts@qub.ac.uk

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    • Birmingham

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • Mobile Testing Solutions Ltd Birmingham

        Birmingham Metropolitan College, Matthew Boulton College

        1 Jennens Road

        B4 7PS

        Birmingham

        United Kingdom

        Tel: 020 8515 0264

        Email: ieltsinfo@mobiletesting.uk.com

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    • Brighton

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    • Bristol

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    • Cambridge

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    • Canterbury

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    • Cardiff

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • Cardiff University

        IELTS Office, Cardiff University

        2-4 Park Grove,

        CF10 3BN

        Cardiff

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0)2920879156

        Email: ielts@cardiff.ac.uk

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    • Chelmsford

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    • Chester

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • International House

        Queens Park High School

        Queen's Park Road,

        Handbridge, CH4 7AE 

        Tel: 0207 611 2484

        Email: ielts@ihlondon.com

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    • Coventry

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    • Derry, Northern Ireland

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • SERC - South Eastern Regional College

        25 Castle Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim,

        Northern Ireland BT27 4SU

        Lisburn

        Northern Ireland

        Tel: 02892 626768

        Fax: +44 (0)2892626795

        Email: ielts@serc.ac.uk

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    • Eastbourne

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    • Edinburgh

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    • Exeter

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    • Glasgow

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • INTO Glasgow Caledonian University

        2nd floor CEE Building

        70 Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA

        Glasgow

        Tel: +44 (0)1412731944

        Email: into.ielts@gcu.ac.uk

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    • Guildford

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • University of Surrey

        IELTS Test Centre Elizabeth Fry Building,

        University of Surrey

        GU2 7XH

        Guildford

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0)1483689912

        Email: ielts@surrey.ac.uk

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    • Harrogate

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    • Ipswich

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    • Lancaster

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    • Leeds

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    • Leicester

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    • Lisburn, Northern Ireland

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • SERC - South Eastern Regional College

        25 Castle Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim,

        Northern Ireland BT27 4SU

        Lisburn

        Northern Ireland

        Tel: 02892 626768

        Fax: +44 (0)2892626795

        Email: ielts@serc.ac.uk

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    • Liverpool

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • University of Liverpool

        English Langugae Centre,

        University of Liverpool,1-7 Abercromby Square,

        L69 7WY

        Liverpool

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0)1517942722

        Email: ielts@liverpool.ac.uk

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    • London

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    • Manchester

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • University Language Centre

        The University of Manchester

        WG.12 Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road

        M13 9PL

        Manchester

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0)1613068991

        Email: ielts@manchester.ac.uk

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    • Milton Keynes

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    • Newcastle

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • Mobile Testing Solutions Ltd London (Newcastle College)

        Teaching Development Centre Newcastle College,

        21-33 George Street

        NE4 7JL

        Newcastle upon Tyne

        Tel: 020 8515 0264

        Email: ieltsinfo@mobiletesting.uk.com

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    • Norwich

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • INTO University of East Anglia

        University of East Anglia

        Norwich Research Park Norfolk

        NR4 7TJ

        Norwich

        UK

        Tel: +44 (0) 1603592977

        Email: ielts@uea.ac.uk

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    • Nottingham

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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

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • University of Reading

        IELTS Administrator

        Room 201, Edith Morley Building

        Whiteknights Campus, RG6 6AA

        Reading

        United Kingdom

        Tel: +44 (0) 118 378 6223

        Email: ielts@reading.ac.uk

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    • Rugby

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • Warwickshire College Rugby Campus

        Warwickshire College Group, Rugby College,

        Technology Drive

        CV21 1AR

        Rugby

        UK

        Tel: +44(0)1788 863071

        Email: ielts@warwickshire.ac.uk

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    • Sheffield

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    • Southampton

      Testing in this city is provided by the following organisations:

      • University of Southampton

        Faculty of Humanities

        Avenue Campus

        SO17 1BF

        Southampton

        UK

        Tel: 023 8059 8918

        Fax: 023 8059 3849

        Email: ielts@soton.ac.uk

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    • Torquay

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    • York

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  • Belfast, Northern Ireland

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  • Birmingham

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  • Cambridge

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  • Cardiff

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  • Edinburgh

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  • Guernsey

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  • Isle of Man

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  • Jersey

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  • London

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  • Manchester

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  • Portsmouth

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