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IELTS – the International English Language Testing System – is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, developed and run by the British Council in partnership with IDP Education and Cambridge Assessment English.

There are two main IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training:

  • IELTS Academic
    is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
  • IELTS General Training
    is for test takers wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

Each organisation sets its entry requirements. Please contact the organisation you are applying to to check whether they require you to take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training (or IELTS for UKVI) before you book the test.

The tests will take place at our Hammersmith and Fulham College (///duke.choice.level – What3Words).


The IELTS test result issued by our test centre cannot be used for UKVI (Visa and Immigration) purposes.

If you need to take the IELTS for UKVI test, please click here and select ‘London West’ as your test centre. The UKVI London West GBS02 is the British Council Test Centre registered to conduct SELT tests in our college building. If you book an IELTS test at the EHWLC test centre and then subsequently find that you require an IELTS for UKVI test result, unfortunately, you will not be eligible for a refund. Please note: this is not organised by West London College; however, the test takes place in our facilities.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ielts@wlc.ac.uk or call us on 020 7565 1200 (option 3). We are open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 1pm.

British Council IELTS

EHWLC IELTS Test Centre no 10126 is a recognised NON-UKVI test centre

How To Register for an IELTS Test

The IELTS test fee is currently £220 per test.

IELTS On Computer Test

You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer, but the Speaking test is face-to-face discussion.

Results are usually released between 3-5 days after the test. You will be able to access a downloadable and printable version of your electronic IELTS Test Report Form.

Please read the IELTS on Computer Terms and Conditions and IELTS Test Declaration carefully before you book your IELTS on Computer test.

These videos help you understand how the Listening, Reading and Writing sections appear on computer as well as showing you how to use the help option, make notes or highlight text during the test.

Book Your IELTS Test

Please choose the Barons Court location for the IELTS on Computer test.

IELTS On Computer test check-in time is between 8:00am and 8:15am

IELTS On Paper Test

The traditional IELTS on Paper test has exactly the same content, but instead of typing your answers, you will write them on paper.

Results are usually released on the 13th day after the test and sent to your home address by 1st Class Royal Mail. We cannot send IELTS on paper results by email or upload a pdf copy.

Please read the IELTS on Paper Terms and Conditions and IELTS Test Declaration carefully before you book your IELTS on Paper test.

Book Your IELTS Exam

Please choose the Hammersmith location for the IELTS On Paper test.

IELTS On Paper test check-in time is between 7:45am and 8:15am 

The Information for Candidates booklet contains important information about IELTS tests.

The IELTS Test Day Journey

The Listening test start time is scheduled at 9:00am. However, you are required to arrive at the test venue for registration no later than 8:15am.

This is because before we start the listening test, all IELTS test takers should leave their personal belongings, go through the ID and security checks, photo and finger scan obtaining, and listen to the pre-test instructions before they are allowed into the exam room.

If you arrive at the entrance reception after 8:15am you may not be allowed into the exam floor and will not receive a refund.

The listening, reading, and writing tests will take place from 9am to 12pm with no scheduled breaks. The speaking test takes place from 12:20pm to 4pm.

The individual speaking test time slots are announced on the day of the test. The test centre has the right to change your speaking test time slot due to operational needs.

You are strongly advised to keep the whole IELTS test day free from any other obligations.

Your Identification Documents

You may use your International Passport or your UK BRP or ARC card or your EU National Identity Card to apply for the test. No other identification documents are accepted for the IELTS test in the UK.

On the day of the test you must bring a 

  • valid original of your identification document (see above)
  • it must be the same document as was used to apply for the test

Examples: If you registered for the IELTS test using your driving license, or your non-EU National ID – you will not be allowed to sit the test and there is no refund.

If you registered for the test using the correct type of identification document and bring a different ID on the day of the test, you will not be allowed to sit the IELTS test.  For example, if you register with your Passport and bring your UK BRP or EU ID card (or vice versa), you will not be allowed to sit the IELTS test and will not receive a refund.

To ensure your IELTS test registration goes smoothly, please use the correct type of your Identification Document to book the test and bring the same Identification Document on the day of the test.

Any copies, even if verified by a solicitor, are not accepted for the IELTS test. 

Special Requirements – IELTS On Paper Test

Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have.

Unfortunately, currently we are not able to provide special arrangements for IELTS on Computer tests.

If you have any special requirements for the test, please register for IELTS on Paper test and tick the ‘I have accessibility needs’ box, as this option serves the needs of all test takers.

You will need to send us medical evidence with doctor’s recommendations for special arrangements as soon as possible. Please note that some special arrangements require six weeks’ notice.

We recommend contacting us at ielts@wlc.ac.uk before booking the test with special requirements to discuss your needs.

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policy

Please read the general guidance for IELTS test takers on paper and computer along with the IELTS terms and conditions before you apply for the IELTS test.

  • You will receive a full refund if you cancel your test within 14 days of booking.
  • However, if your test date is within the next 14 days, and you booked your test less than 14 days ago, you are eligible to receive a partial refund (75% of the test fee).
  • If the test date is less than 24 hrs from the cancellation date, you won’t be eligible for a refund. The cut-off period for zero refund policy application is after midnight of the day before the test.
  • If you apply for a refund more than 5 weeks before the test date (and more than 2 weeks since you paid), you are entitled to a refund of 75% of the test fee.
  • If you apply for a refund less than 5 weeks before the test (and more than 2 weeks since you paid), you will not receive a refund.
  • You are entitled to a free transfer if you request a transfer within 14 days of booking. However, an admin fee of £45 applies if your test date is within the next 14 days, and you booked your test less than 14 days ago.
  • If your test date is less than 24 hrs from the transfer request date, or if you apply for a transfer more than 5 weeks before the test date and more than 2 weeks since you paid, you may be eligible for a transfer for an admin fee of £45 only under special circumstances.

Exceptional Circumstances

On rare occasions, there may be instances where you are unable to attend your test or are disadvantaged on the test day owing to illness, injury, or another exceptional event outside your control and you no longer qualify for a standard cancellation, refund, or transfer close to the test date.

In these cases, including instances such as bereavement, civil unrest, or domestic crisis, you may make an application for special consideration due to exceptional circumstances. A standard admin fee may apply. You can find more information on this process here.

Additional Test Reports Form Services

When you book your test, you can add up to five recognised organisations to receive your IELTS test scores. 

You can check if your chosen institution/organisation is registered to accept IELTS scores here. If you require more than five copies to be sent to recognising organisations, or if your request for additional organisations is submitted after the results have been released, a standard admin fee may apply.

Enquiry On Results (EOR) Procedure

If you are not happy with your result you can apply for an Enquiry on Results (EOR). The Test Centre should receive your EOR form and an enquiry fee of £110 (paid via a payment link) within six weeks of the test date.

The remark is done by trained Clerical Markers and/or by senior examiners employed by the British Council.

The outcome of Enquiry on Result can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for the remark.

Once the British Council completes the EOR process, you will receive an EOR letter stating your final result status.

  • If your result is changed, the enquiry fee will be fully refunded to your bank account usually within six weeks (we will send you a refund Request Form via email)
  • If your score remains the same there will be no refund

IELTS Test Familiarisation Services

Customer Complaint and Feedback Procedure

If your IELTS experience has not gone the way you expected or if you believe that your performance may be affected by ill health, by the way in which the test is delivered at the test centre or for any other reason, the first step is to speak to the Test Day Supervisor on the day of the test, before you leave the test venue.  In most cases your Test Day Supervisor will be able to resolve the issue directly or will help you with placing a complaint or feedback.

Please note that complaints related to the delivery of the test will not be accepted after test is finished.

For further information, please see the British Council Global Policy Statement.

Candidates are expected to behave in an acceptable, respectful manner. Our Test Centre follows the guidelines concerning Zero Tolerance. Any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work is unacceptable and not tolerated. Candidates who use abusive language or demonstrate threatening behaviour will be immediately asked to leave the premises and may be reported to the British Council.

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