How much does the IELTS test cost?

The IELTS Test fee for 2016 is £155.

Should I apply for the Academic or General Training test?

Please contact the organisation you are applying to in order to check whether they require you to take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training before you book the test. We offer both.

How can I prepare for the test?

We can offer you a place on one of our IELTS Preparation Courses to help you get the best score possible.

You can also purchase the official IELTS Practice Materials book & DVD (£20), and an online mock test which includes examiner feedback (£25).

Can Colleges/Schools book places for groups of students?

Yes, we welcome group bookings. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and to book.

How do I know when my test is confirmed?

Once you apply for the test ONLINE and upload your ID document you will receive an automated email from the online registration system. It does not mean that your test is confirmed. After that you need to pay for your test online.

Once the payment is received we will accept your online application and will send you a confirmation email at least one day before the test. This letter will have the date, time, address and details of how to get to the campus where your test is being held. You should bring this letter with you on the day of your test, along with your original ID document which you used to apply for the test.

Bookings are usually processed in the week before the test date.
If you have not received the confirmation letter by your test date, please bring a copy of your payment confirmation e-mail and application summary with your ID document.

What can I expect on the day of the exam?

  • You will be required to go to your chosen Test Centre at 08:30.
  • All candidates will need to be in the exam rooms and registered by 09:15.
    Latecomers will not be allowed into the exam room.
  • The listening / reading / writing sections of the test last until approximately 9:15-13:00.
  • The speaking exam takes place after this in scheduled times between 13.15-19.00, so candidates are advised to keep the whole day free.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a valid ID on the day of the test. It can be only one of the 3 following documents:
- your valid International Passport
- your valid European Union National Identity Card
- your valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (if you do not have a Passport in your possession)

The ID that you bring will need to be the same ID document that you uploaded online as part of your application. This must be the original document. Any copies, even if they are verified by a solicitor are NOT accepted.

Candidates who don’t have the original of the valid ID document (the same as they used to apply online) will not be able to sit the test and will lose their test fee.
- If UKV&I gave you any documents instead of your Passport – you will need to bring these to our Hammersmith & Fulham College BEFORE you apply and pay for your test. Not all Home Office/UKV&I are accepted by the IELTS test centre. Our Test Centre Manager will review your documents and will make a decision on whether they are valid to sit the IELTS test.
- If your Passport is currently with the UKV&I, you will need to get in touch with your caseworker and ask if they can release your passport for the day of the test. DO NOT apply/pay for the test until you are sure that you will have a valid ID document in your possession on the day of the test.

Are there any breaks between listening, reading, and writing tests?

No breaks are scheduled during these tests.

How do I get my results?

Results are available on the 13th day after the day of the test. You can access your results online at the British Council website.
You can also collect them in person at Hammersmith & Fulham College between 10:00 and 13:00 on the 13th day after the test. You must bring your passport or national ID card (NI – EU National only) with you to be able to collect your results.

If your results are not collected between these times then it’s sent by post to the address given in your application form. This can take up to 5 working days for UK addresses and longer for international addresses.

Please note that we are not permitted to give test results by phone, fax or email.

If you would like someone to collect the results on your behalf, they will need to bring their own passport, a copy of your passport and a letter of authorisation from you.

What is the refunds and Transfers policy?

Please see the attached pdfPolicy document.

I would like to make a complaint. What is the procedure?

If there have been any issues that may have affected your performance in your Ielts Test, then you must raise your complaint on the day of the test. You must immediately tell an invigilator and request a Test Day Incident Form. Please fill the form out and submit it to an invigilator on the day of the test. We may not be able to accept complaints regarding the test if you do not fill out a Test Day Incident form on the day of the test.