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IELTS FAQs

IELTS Courses

The department runs short intensive IELTS courses for students who will take the exam within the next month, and also English for IELTS courses for students who need more time to prepare.

We run two main levels: IELTS Foundation for students whose level is 5.5 and below, and also IELTS Higher for students whose level is 6.0 and above.

The course aims to:

Explain the different parts of the exam and practise the skills needed

  • Improve language skills to communicate effectively in written and spoken English as required in the exam
  • Improve your grammar and vocabulary for IELTS
  • Develop listening and reading skills as required in the exam

English for IELTS is usually studied part time and can be combined with a general English module to create a full time programme. Advice about the study programme is given during enrolment after the initial assessment.

  • Intensive IELTS preparation courses take place at Hammersmith. These courses are flexible in length, ranging between 1 – 12 weeks.
  • English for IELTS courses take place in the morning and in the evening, at Ealing and Hammersmith.
  • Intensive IELTS courses take place in the morning, afternoon and in the evening at Hammersmith & Fulham College.

IELTS Tips classes are available on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. These are four –hour sessions giving a thorough overview of the exam, with advice on how to maximise your score. These take place at Hammersmith & Fulham College.


IELTS Exams

You can book your IELTS exam here

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The fee for the test in 2017 is £160


Please read the following information carefully before you apply online for the test at EHWLC IELTS Test Centre:

Your ID Document:
During the online application process you will be offered to upload a copy of your ID Document. Please do NOT upload your photos. You need to upload a page of your ID which shows your details, photo, validity date. If you need to upload more than one page of your passport, please email us for assistance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that if your ID document is rejected we will send you an email (make sure you check your spam folder in case our email gets sent there). If you fail to upload the correct document your test will be cancelled and you will lose the test fee.

Please make sure that your ID is valid 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)

If you do not have an original of one of the above mentioned documents on the day of the test – do not apply / pay for your test. You will not be able to sit the test and will not receive a refund.

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

Candidates who don’t have their original 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 your Passport is currently with the UKV&I and you do not have a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit, 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.

Payment

There is a payment link at the end of the online application process.  Please make sure that you 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 have applied online, uploaded your ID document and paid for the test, we will consider your application.  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 regularly check your spam folder to ensure our correspondence is not there.

EHWLC IELTS Test Centre 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. If you are regularly wearing an item which covers your face – contact our test centre This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BEFORE you apply for the test so we can redirect you to one of our venues where this requirement can be accommodated.

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 £40 administrative fee). 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 Hammersmith Campus on the 13th day after your test between 10am and (1) pm.  All uncollected results will be posted by 1st class Royal Mail at 1pm 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 uploaded your students’ ID documents please send us a list of the names and online enrolment numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Apply and pay for the IELTS test


Mock Tests

What is an online mock test?

An online mock test is the perfect solution for someone who wants to familiarize themselves with the format of the IELTS test, find out their level of English, improve exam techniques and see what they need to improve in order to get a better score. The mock test is available in two modes: the Test Mode (TM) and the Practice Mode (PM). The TM is used to assess the level of English and it reflects what happens in the real exam; the PM can be used as a learning tool with tips on how to do the test more effectively. The mock test is always assigned in the test mode first and later in the PM.

How does the online mock test work in test mode?

Once you have purchased a mock test you will be given a user name and password and you will be assigned a test that you can access at any time from college, home or any place with internet access. Once you have logged in and started your mock test, it will automatically switch off after an allocated time. e.g. - the reading or writing will switch off after one hour.  The results are automatically emailed to us. An experienced IELTS teacher will mark your work and give you constructive feedback with suggestions for improvements.

How does the online mock test work in practice mode?

When you have completed your mock test in Test Mode, you will be assigned the same test in the Practice Mode.  You will have access to a range of exam tips on how to do particular parts of the test and there is a dictionary for all unknown words - all you need to do is to double-click on the word and the dictionary explanation will pop up on the screen. It also includes an audio script; the ability to mark and change individual answers and sample answers for writing. It is a brilliant tool to improve your exam taking skills.

Do I need to complete the whole test at once?

No, you do not have to do all the papers at once. You can do the listening, reading or writing in your own time and in any order and you can come back to the rest of the test later.

How many mock tests can I purchase?

At the moment you can only purchase two mock tests - test 1 and test 2 - Please specify how many you want to purchase on the order form.

Is speaking included in the mock test?

The speaking test cannot be marked by a real examiner as it is technically not possible to do it on-line. However, this part of the test is provided online, along with exam tips and useful language for the Speaking paper in order to provide practice for the complete test.

How much does the online test cost?

The online test is available at the cost of £25 for both the Test and Practice Mode. You can purchase up to two mock tests. The writing is marked by an experienced IELTS teacher and you will then receive constructive feedback with the suggestions for improvement.

Book and pay for your mock test


IELTS FAQs

How much does the IELTS test cost?

The IELTS Test fee for 2017 is £160.

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.

I want to appeal my test result. What do I do?

If you think your test results are wrong and want to appeal, you'll need to follow the Enquiry on Results (EOR) procedure. To have one or more components of your test re-marked you'll need to download and complete an Enquiry on Results (EOR)form. Please send the completed form to us by post and include your original Test Report Form and the £90 fee POSTAL ORDER made payable to the IELTS Administrator at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. The form must be returned within six weeks of your test date.

Once we receive your form and payment, we will send the appropriate test materials to the British Council to be remarked. The British Council will inform us of their decision within 8 weeks; we will then tell you the outcome of your appeal. If your score changes as a result of the remark, you will be refunded the £90 fee and will be issued with a new Test Report Form. If your score does not change, you will lose your £90 fee.

Download your Enquiry of Results Form (EOR) hire .

What is the refunds and Transfers policy?

Please see the attached pdfPolicy.

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.


This section provides you with quick links to useful information documents, available to download, relating to the IELTS test.

Or your can visit ww.ielts.org for more information.


IELTS Teacher Training

The aim of this course is to prepare trainees for teaching IELTS exam classes and to provide professional development and teaching solutions to those who are already teaching IELTS exam classes.

The IELTS Teacher Training course highlights some of the key difficulties candidates encounter with the four skills tested in the IELTS examination and the sub-skills required to tackle the different examination tasks. It explores ways in which teachers can support their learners and identifies strategies that can be deployed to overcome these difficulties.

Course Content Overview of all the modules

  • Types of questions and assessment criteria
  • Identifying learner problems
  • Developing strategies and activities to help learners
  • Adapting materials
  • Working with low and advanced level students
  • Formative feedback for writing and speaking tasks
  • Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary for IELTS
  • Course Design
  • Use of IT for teaching IELTS

Special Features

We are committed to this course being as practical as possible; therefore, we have made the following opportunities available to all our trainees:

  • All trainees are given the option of sitting the IELTS exam before the course to familiarise themselves with the test format of the IELTS exam and to raise the awareness of the difficulties their students face
  • Lesson observations at our centre, preferably in the week following the course
  • Teaching at our centre if you have no previous experience of teaching IELTS and wish to teach productive and receptive skills before completing assignments
  • Work opportunities following the successful completion of the course – we have established links with two other colleges offering work to our trainees
  • The course can be attended flexibly on a modular basis

Assessments

The course is portfolio-based, including receptive or productive skills lesson evaluations, and assessment of writing tasks assignments.

Level: 6 = 20 credits

Accredited by the University of West London

Course Requirements

We would strongly recommend that trainees have undertaken an initial English language teacher training course. Applicants should ideally have successfully completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) (UCLES) or the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cert TESOL) (Trinity College).

Teachers from overseas would need to have one of the above qualifications or an equivalent qualification from their country.

Duration

This is a 45-contact-hour course with a further 155 hours of self-study, lesson observation, lesson planning, assignment preparation, group and individual tutorials.

Start Dates

2-week Intensive 3 - 14 July 2017 

Classes will take place at our Hammersmith & Fulham College.

Price

£800 - full accredited course

Enrol

To book a place on the course, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Location

Hammersmith & Fulham College, Gliddon Road, Barons Court, London W14 9BL