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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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Important Information

Following the important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) announced by the UK Government on 20 February 2015, please read the following carefully before booking an IELTS test at this Centre.

  • If you are intending to use your IELTS results to apply for either an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree application at the University of Southampton, you will still be able to take your test at this Centre.
  • If you are intending to use your IELTS results to apply for an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree at any other UK University, it is our understanding that you can use a test taken at our centre in support of your application. However, we advise you to check first that your intended university will accept our test.
  • If you are intending to use your IELTS results to apply for a Pre-sessional course or a Foundation course in the UK, then you will need to take your test at one of the new UKVI approved SELT Centres.
  • If you are intending to use your IELTS results for any purpose requiring a UK visa, other than those mentioned above, then you will need to take your test at one of the new UKVI approved SELT Centres.
  • If you are intending to use your IELTS results for any purpose that does not require a UK visa, then you will still be able to take your test with us.


More Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links -


 The University of Southampton is an IELTS test centre and offers test dates at regular intervals throughout the year.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL) and delivered through more than 800 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is designed to test English at all levels. This means that anyone can take the test. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

There are two IELTS modules available - Academic and General Training.

The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and those seeking professional registration.

The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English speaking country, and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.


It is important to familiarise yourself with the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Information For Candidates Booklet and Things to Know Before You Register documents at the bottom of this page.



Next available date:

The next available IELTS test is the 27th February; we are testing the Academic module only on this date.

Our office opening hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 to 17:00

Please note we are closed from 22nd December - 4th January for the Seasonal Holidays.


The speaking exams are always conducted on the same day as the listening, reading and writing tests. Speaking tests are between 1:30pm and 7:30pm. You will be given your speaking test time during registration on the test day. Please remember that you will need your valid passport on the day of the the test to take the IELTS exam.

We do not accept passport photocopies, expired passports, or letters from the Home Office under any circumstances. We require 5 weeks' notice to cancel your test date, and 3 weeks to transfer your test to a different test date. All requests must be made in writing to We are unable to guarantee that we can meet your request to transfer or cancel your exam.

Please note; if your request for cancellation is approved there is a cancellation fee of £15 which will be taken from the monies refunded to you.

We do not provide IELTS training or teaching courses, however if you are interested in one to one tuition, please contact us and we can put you in touch with a IELTS teacher who provides such a service.

How to register:

1. Apply for the test. We only accept online applications. Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION. You will be able to upload your passport online. You must ensure you click on submit my application to complete the registration. You will receive a confirmation of registration via email. You should pay for your test within 5 days, otherwise your application will be cancelled. If you are Registering for a test that is less than 2 weeks away, payment and documentation must be sent on the SAME day as the registration is made.

Please ensure that you check all of your information is correct whilst making your registration; this centre accepts no responsibility for the wrong information presenting on Test Report Forms. Amended Test Report Forms will be charged.

2. Pay for your test in our online store here.  The IELTS test fee is £155. You will receive a receipt of payment by email. Payment without registration will not guarantee you a place on the test.  Please register online first, before proceeding to our online store. 

IMPORTANT - If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or other legal guardian in order for us to capture your photo and fingerprint during the registration process on the exam day. Please download from, the useful downloads section, an "IELTS Consent Form" complete and return, via email, to We regrettably DO NOT offer the exam to persons under the age of 16. 


Finishing your registration:

If you have not uploaded a copy of your passport during online registration, please send a copy of the personal details page of your passport to Alternatively you can also post the copy of your passport to:


IELTS Administrator

University of Southampton

Faculty of Humanities

Avenue Campus

Southampton, SO17 1BF


Your test date will be confirmed 2 weeks before your test date, only if we received all required documents. If you wish to transfer or cancel a test date for which you have registered, please refer to Things To Know Before You Register for further details of our transfer and cancellation policies and fees.

IELTS results:

Unless you request otherwise, your results will be released by post to the address you supply during registration, 13 days after the test date. Please allow a few days for the results to reach you.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your address is accurate and complete. Please provide full details, including house or flat number, street name, town/city, country and postcode or zip code as appropriate, in the relevant fields within the application form. Please do not try to fit your whole address on the first line.

You can have your results posted to you via recorded mail for a fee of £5, payment can be made in our online store.

You can also preview your results online from 10am on the 13th day after your test date. You will need your Candidate Number and Identification Document number to do this. You will receive your Candidate Number on the day of the test. Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as official confirmation of your achievement.



For further information about taking the IELTS test at the University of Southampton, please contact the IELTS Administrator at the following address:


IELTS Administrator

University of Southampton

Faculty of Humanities

Avenue Campus

Southampton, SO17 1BF

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8918


Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 to 17:00


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IELTS is so well-respected, it was the obvious choice….IELTS made me realise how important it is to have an international qualification.

IELTS has been growing steadily for 20 years because it works…..It’s good to know that IELTS has been the choice of millions of people over the years…..IELTS stood out immediately because it tests all four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening, giving a well-rounded assessment of my English.

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