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:
- Road to IELTS
This comprehensive 30-hour online course includes a Last Minute version that is free if you are registered with the British Council.
High-quality videos and podcasts, along with interactive exercises to help you improve your English.
- The MOOC ‘Understanding IELTS Techniques for EnglishLanguage Tests’
This is a free online six-week course featuring videos, test samples and quizzes
- IELTS mobile apps
This app helps you practice for the Speaking and Listening sections of the IELTS test and develop your skills.
You can book your IELTS exam here
IELTS Test Venues
HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COLLEGE
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
London W14 9BL
The nearest tube station is Baron's Court Station
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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
The nearest tube station is Regent’s Park Station or Baker Street Station
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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.
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 procedureIELTS 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.
Minor test takers
Applying & paying for the IELTS test online
- Choose your test date and location
- Apply for the IELTS test online
*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 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
Call us on: +44 (0)20 8741 1688 (Option 3)
Lines are open Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 13:00 UK time
We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.