There are 2 IELTS modules available: Academic, and General Training (GT). It is your responsibility to apply for the correct module. You should speak to the institution that has requested an IELTS test from you to find out which one they require, but as a guideline:
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.
If you need to take an IELTS as part of your UK Visa and Immigration application it is likely that you will need to take either IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills (there may be exceptions to this rule if you are applying for a tier 4 student visa). It is your responsibility to find out which exam the UKVI requires you to take.
The British Council run IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills at our campus in Chelmsford. You can register for one of these tests at the British Council website.
There are 3 steps you need to follow to register:
1 Apply online: make an application at our online registration system.
2 Submit ID copy: upload a clear scan of the personal details page of your valid passport or EU national identity card when you make your application; or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Pay: our fee for 2017 is £160. This can be paid at our online payment store using a credit or debit card. Alternatively if you would prefer to pay by cheque/postal order, please make it payable to 'Anglia Ruskin University' and post it to our office in Cambridge. Cash payments can only be made in person at our office.
Please make sure you submit an application before making a payment as payment alone will not reserve you a place.
If you wish to make an application in person you can do so at our office in Cambridge.
Once you have completed the 3 step registration process, we will send you a confirmation email within 3 working days of your email/payment. Attached to this email will be a document detailing everything you need to know for your test.
Due to recent changes in cancellation policy, please contact us if you wish to cancel your IELTS test.
We sell 4 different official practice materials books and you can purchase these at our online payment store. Alternatively there is a wealth of practice material available at the British Council website. In addition to this you will gain access to 30 hours’ worth of online practice material once your application is complete.
On the test day you will need to arrive at the venue in time for Registration which starts at 9.00am.
You must bring the passport or EU national identity card that you registered with. If you do not have it you will not be allowed to take the test.
If you miss registration you will not be allowed to take the test and will lose the whole test fee.
The test day starts at 9.00am and finishes around 5.30pm. The listening, reading and writing tests take place in the morning between approximately 10.00am and 1.00pm. The speaking tests are usually scheduled throughout the afternoon between 2.00pm and 5.30pm; you will find out the exact time of your speaking test during registration on the test day.
Occasionally speaking tests may take place on a different day to the other sections of the test – if this is the case, the information will be displayed on our web page, with the test dates for that venue.
You must bring the passport/EU national identity card you registered with into the test room. In addition to this you may take in pens, pencils, erasers and a sharpener. Electronic devices and watches are not permitted in the test room. If you bring these with you they must be left in the cloakroom.
If you are absent due to illness and you can provide the centre with a medical certificate, you can apply for a refund or transfer. In addition to providing a medical certificate you will need to complete a refund/transfer form. This must be submitted no later than 5 working days after the test date.
Test results will be released no sooner than 13 calendar days after the test. You will be able to view your results online after 1.00pm on the day of their release. On that day we will post a Test Report Form (TRF) out to the address you specified on your application.
You will only receive 1 Test Report Form (TRF). Please look after it as we cannot give you a new one if you lose it. If you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) you may receive 2 (proof of application to CIC must be provided).
If you wish for additional TRFs to be sent to academic institutions, government agencies, professional bodies or employers, please either complete the recognising organisations section of the application or send us the details via email. We can post up to 5 additional TRFs for free, after that there will be a charge of £5 per TRF.
CEFR stands for the Common Europe Framework of Reference. The framework is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. Some organisations may refer to the English language level they require you to achieve in terms of the CEFR, rather than what score you need in IELTS. You can view the CEFR and more information at the Cambridge English Language Assessment website.
If you think your test results are wrong you can request that they be remarked. This process is known as an Enquiry on Results (EOR). In order to apply for an EOR you need to pay the £60 fee at our online payment store and post a completed EOR form with your Test Report Form (TRF), to our office in Cambridge. We will then send the appropriate materials to the British Council for remarking by a senior examiner. This process usually takes 8 weeks. Once we receive notification of the EOR result, we will inform you of the outcome via email and post the original or amended TRF out to you. If your result does change we will refund the £60 fee you paid.