IELTS Courses

IELTS Exams

General Information

About IELTS

Applying & paying online

On the test day

After the test

What to do next

Contact us


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.

You can also take advantage of British Council free online learning:

 

IELTS Exams

You can book your IELTS exam here 

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You can download the IELTS Test Dates 2018 pdfhere
 
The fee for the test in 2018 is £165

APPLY ONLINE

 

 Please read the IELTS test Declaration and Terms and Conditions carefully before you apply online for the test at EHWLC IELTS Test Centre.  

IELTS MOCK TESTS

If you wish to familiarize yourself with the format of the IELTS test, practise exam techniques and see what you need to improve in order to get a better score, you may wish to do an ONLINE MOCK TEST

Academic Mock tests 1 and 2  provide feedback from the teacher and the test must be ordered no later than 2 weeks before your IELTS test date.

Book and pay for your mock test

Once you have purchased a mock test you will be given a username and password and you will be assigned a test that you can access at any time from 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.  Your writing papers in Academic Mock Test 1 and 2 are marked by an experienced IELTS teacher and you will then receive constructive feedback with the suggestions for improvement.

Academic Mock test with feedback from a teacher costs £25.  You can order two different Mock tests (Mock test 1 and Mock test 2)

General Information 

IELTS Test Venues

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COLLEGE

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
Gliddon Road,
Barons Court
London W14 9BL

 The nearest tube station is Baron's Court Station

Please click for directions.

 Facilities 
There are cafes and food shops conveniently located near Baron's Court station within 3 min walking distance from the College. Vending machines and water fountains are available at the College premises.

 REGENT'S UNIVERSITY LONDON

Regent's University London
Inner Circle
Regent’s Park
NW1 4NS

 The nearest tube station is  Regent’s Park Station or Baker Street Station

Please click for directions

Facilities 
There is a canteen and a cafe conveniently located at the Regent's University London premises. Vending machines and water fountains are available. 

Test start and finish times

Please note that on the day of the test  IELTS  registration starts at 8:30 am. In the morning you will do your Listening, Reading and Writing tests. We run the Speaking test in the afternoon on the same day. Your speaking test time slot will be announced on the day of the test.  

  • You will be required to arrive at your chosen test venue at 08:30.
  • Latecomers will not be allowed into the exam room.
  • The listening/ reading/writing sections of the test last until approximately 9:15-13:00.  No breaks are scheduled during the first three components of the the IELTS test. 
  • The speaking exam takes place after this in scheduled times between 14:00-19:00, so candidates are advised to keep the whole day free.

About IELTS

 The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The  IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

You may wish to find more information at takeielts.britishcouncil.org

Format of the IELTS test

You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.

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. 

Special needs procedure

IELTS is designed to be a fair test. Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any additional needs you may have.

We make every effort to cater for the special requirements of our test takers.

You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of booking your test. The original supporting medical evidence should be written by a fully qualified psychologist (educational, clinical or chartered) and contain detailed recommendations and special requirements for your examination. The medical evidence must be in the form of a report in the English Language or translated. Requests for extended additional time and/or modified test materials must be submitted at least 3 months before the test. 

Whatever special provisions you need, please contact our test centre via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your special needs as soon as possible. It can take up to 3 months for us to put special arrangements in place. 

Minor test takers 

If you are under 18 you need to bring the original of the Parental Consent Form signed by your Parent or Legal Guardian. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish us to email you the Form. Please read information carefully before you complete the consent form. Your completed consent form must be provided to the Test Centre on the day of the Test. It must be provided before registration on test day. If you do not provide this Consent Form on the test day you will not be admitted to the test room. We recommend that you keep a copy for your records. 

Applying & paying for the IELTS test online

  • Choose your test date and location
  • Apply for the IELTS test online
  • 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 have any problems with uploading your ID, please email us for assistance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*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.

  • Once you complete your online application you will see a payment link to the IELTS online store
  • Please note there is a different payment link if you apply for the IELTS for TfL test with us
  • Please make sure that you read the IELTS Notice to Candidates and the IELTS test Declaration and Terms and Conditions including the IELTS Test Cancellation policy (sections 1-4) before you pay for the test. 
  • 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 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 you receive our message.
  • We reserve the right to move your test to the next available test date or change the venue if your preferred date/campus are fully booked.

On the test day

Before the test

  • Please make sure to use an ID which is valid on the day of the test. Your ID 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 documents listed above on the day of the test – please 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. 
  • For security reasons please do not bring any sharp objects to the test venue
  • Mobile phones and any other electronic devices, watches, correcting fluid, highlighters, rules, calculators, eye-glass and pencil cases, etc are NOT allowed in the test room
  • Please click here to find about what to expect on the test day

During the IELTS test

  • You will only be allowed to have a pen or pencil, an eraser and your ID on your desk. 
  • If you need to go to the bathroom during the test, put your hand up to attract the attention of the invigilator. Do not disturb other candidates.
  • If you have any questions during the test, raise your hand to ask for help.
  • When you take the Listening test, check that you can hear the test properly. Raise your hand straightaway and let the invigilator know if you cannot hear the recording.
  • Please remember that you will have 10 minutes after the Listening section to fill in your answer sheet. You will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section, so please make sure that you write your answers on your Reading answer sheet as you complete each section.

At the end of the test

  • Stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.
  • If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the invigilator straightaway.
  • If you want to make a complaint about your test day, you need to do this within one week of the test date.
  • Your invigilator will have a Test Day Incident Form. Please fill this in if you want to raise an issue or make a complaint.

After the Test

  • Results can be checked online, on the 13th day after the test at 10:00 a.m. To check the results online you need to enter your name, your candidate and ID numbers at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/Results
  • You can collect your TRF in person at the Hammersmith & Fulham College Learner Information Service office on the same day only between 9:30 and 10:30 am.
  • On the same day at 10:30 am all uncollected Test Report Forms will be posted by 1st class Royal Mail. Please note that your address will be printed on the envelope exactly as you entered it when you registered for the test online.  1st Class Royal Mail is not a trackable service.  Provided the postal address is correct, first class post will be delivered the next working day. However, please allow a week for UK post and one month for international post before contacting us in case you did not receive your Test Report Form.
  • If you would like someone to collect your Test Report Form on your behalf, they will need to bring their own passport, a copy of your ID you used on the day of the test and a letter of authorisation from you. You can download the authorisation form template here :  TRF Authorisation Form 
  • Please click here to read about how the IELTS results are calculated.
  • Please click here to read about how the IELTS examiners are tested.

 What to do next

  • 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 (recorded delivery), include your original Test Report Form and the £90 fee POSTAL ORDER made payable to the EHWLC. The form, your original TRF and the £90 Postal Order must be received by us within six weeks of your test date. If you have any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before posting your documents. Please note that it usually takes 8 weeks to receive your EOR results. You can  download your Enquiry of Results Form (EOR) here. 
  • 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 a Test Day Supervisor on the day of the test. We may not be able to accept complaints about the conduct of the test after the results are issued. You may wish to read information about the British Council Complaints Policy
  • Please feel free to contact IELTS partners to give your feedback

contact us

Call us on: +44 (0)20 8741 1688 (Option 3)
Lines are open Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 13:00 UK time  

We are experiencing a very high volume of calls at the moment. The quickest way to contact us is via our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.