IELTS Courses & Exams


Mock tests 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.


You can book your IELTS exam here 

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

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.


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)?

  • Results can be checked online, on the 13th day after the test at 9:00 a.m. To check the results online you need to enter your name, your candidate and ID numbers at
  • 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. Once your Test Report Form is sent by post the Test centre will not be held responsible for loss or damage that occurs during delivery. 1st Class Royal Mail is not a trackable service.

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


What is an online mock test?

An online mock test is a perfect solution for someone who wants to familiarize themselves with the format of the IELTS test, practise exam techniques and see what they need to improve in order to get a better score. The mock test is available in two modes:

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

How does the online mock test work?

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 are marked by an experienced IELTS teacher and you will then receive constructive feedback with the suggestions for improvement.

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. The speaking test technically cannot be marked online and is not included in the Mock test. 

How much does the online test cost?

Academic Mock test with feedback from a teacher - £25.  You can order maximum two Mock tests.

Book and pay for your mock test



How much does the IELTS test cost?

The IELTS Test fee for 2018 is £165.

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 intensive IELTS Preparation Courses to help you get the best score possible. Please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also purchase the official  Official IELTS Practice Materials 2 with DVD (£20 including next working day delivery), and online mock testwhich include an IELTS Teacher's 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.

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 arrive at your chosen test venue 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.

Can I ask somebody else to collect my 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 Authorization Form

Your TRF can be collected at the Hammersmith & Fulham College Learner Information Service office on the 13th day after your test only between 9:30 and 10:30 am. At 10:30 am all uncollected TRFs will be sent by post.  You can also check your results online at 

Please note that we cannot give your test results by phone, fax or email.

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 (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.

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) here.

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 you can visit for more information.

IELTS Test Centre (no. 10126) contact details

Call us on: +44 (0)20 8741 1688 (Option 3)

Lines are open Monday to Friday: 09:30 - 16:00 UK time (closed 13:00 to 14:00)

Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

We aim to respond to your email within three working days.


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


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.


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.


£800 - full accredited course


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


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