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How to apply for an IELTS Test

Our test dates and venues:

First, please Click here for a list of our test dates and venues.  

Apply online:
You can apply and pay for the IELTS test ONLINE only. We no longer accept Paper applications/Payment forms submitted by post or sent to us by email.

Your ID Document:
After completing the online application you will need to download a copy of your ID Document. Please make sure that your ID is valid on the day of the test. It can be only one of the 4 following documents:

  • your valid International Passport

  • your  valid European Union National Identity Card

  • your valid Biomentric Residence Permit

  • a copy of your ID verified by the IELTS test centre in Acton

On the test day you will be required to show us the original of the same ID document that you downloaded online.  Copies, even if they are verified by a solicitor are NOT accepted.

  • If you are currently in possession of your Passport, but know that you will need to submit it for visa processing purposes, please contact our office in Acton BEFORE you submit your passport to make alternative arrangements.

  • If Home Office gave you any documents instead of your Passport – you will need to bring these to our Acton campus BEFORE you apply and pay for your test. Our Test Centre Manager will review the documents and will make a decision if they are valid to sit the IELTS test.

  • If your Passport is with the Home Office, you will need to call the Home Office and request them to release the passport for the day and bring your Passport to our office in Acton for verification before you apply for the test.

Candidates who don’t have the original of the ID document (or a copy of their Passport verified by our office in Acton) will not be able to sit the test and will lose their test fee. 

Payment: there is a payment link at the end of the online application process.  Please make sure that you download your ID and read the IELTS Terms and Conditions including the information about cancellations and refunds before you pay for the test online.

How will I know that I have been accepted?
Once you applied online and downloaded all the required documents and paid for the test, we will consider your application and if your preferred date of the test is available, we will send you a confirmation letter via email. Please make sure you put a valid email address and mobile phone number in your online application. Please note that the college reserves the right to move your test to the next available test date or change the venue if your preferred date/campus are fully booked.

Health and Safety:
Before applying for the test please note that the Health and Safety policy of the College states that hoods, baseball caps or any items which cover the face are not permitted on the premises of the College. The face needs to be visible throughout the test day for identity verification. Please note that you cannot bring any sharp objects to the test.

Refunds and transfers:
Refunds and transfers are only possible if they are requested more than 5 weeks before the test date (we charge a £35 administrative fee). Candidates who fail to attend the test are not entitled to a refund (unless medical evidence is provided within 5 days of the test date to confirm that you could not sit the test for medical reasons – please see our FAQs for more information).

When will I get my Test Result Form (TRF)?

You can collect your TRF in person from our IELTS office at our Acton Campus on the 13th day after your test (Wed or Fri) between 10am and 1 pm.  All uncollected results will be posted by 1st class Royal Mail to candidates’ home addresses at 1 pm on the same day. Results can also be checked online, on the same day, with your candidate and your ID numbers at: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/Results

Block bookings:
Colleges and schools wishing to send groups of candidates to us on a specific date can request a block booking 2 weeks in advance.
Once you have applied online and downloaded your students’ ID documents please send us a list of the names and online enrolment numbers to IELTS@GSPACE.WLC.AC.UK

Colleges and schools may pay online or can arrange to be invoiced for the test fees.

What if I am not happy with my results?
Please note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures. You can apply for an Enquiry on Results within six weeks of the test date and have them re-marked by a senior examiner at the British Council. 

You must pay a £90 enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. 

You will need to provide the following, either by post or in person:

1) A completed Enquiry on Results form (EOR) (available to download here).  
2) Your Test Report Form (the original).
3) A £90 postal order, made payable to EHWLC.

Please note that re-marking requests will take at least 10 weeks to be completed.

How to apply for IELTS preparation courses

Click here to find out how to apply for an IELTS preparation course.  We also offer online mock tests.

To speak with a preparation course adviser, please visit us at our Acton campus, during our opening hours.




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