Modern Languages

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


This IELTS test centre is able to accept English language testing applications from UK & Visas Immigration applicants who have recently taken an English language test in the UK or Ireland with another SELT provider, and who are now required to submit other evidence of English language proficiency.  Please apply by using the registration link on this page.

The University of Southampton is a recognised 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 modules to choose from - 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 to the right of this page.



Next available date:

Our next available test date is the 10th January 2015 with both Academic and General Training spaces available.

You can now book for exams in 2015, details of dates can be found at the side of this page. Please note that the price of the exam for 2015 is £155.

If you have any questions about test date availability please contact Peter Cresswell or Kasia Koniec the IELTS administrators on the contact details provided.

Important: The speaking exams are always conducted on the same day as the test, and can be any time between 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Candidates need to ensure they make themselves available between these times. 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.
How to register: We only accept online registration. Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION After completing online enrolment you will receive an email confirmation of your test date within 3 weeks. Please check your spam folder, as the confirmations are sent as a PDF attachment or as an email and may be redirected to spam by your service provider.
Finishing your registration: The IELTS test fee for 2015 is £155. Please register online first, before proceeding to our online store. You must ensure you click on submit my application to complete the registration. Payment without registration will not guarantee you a place on the test. Pay online by visiting the online store here You will receive a receipt of payment by email. Please then 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
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Room 1121, Building 65, Avenue Campus
Southampton, SO17 1BJ Your test date will be confirmed within 2 weeks, only if we receive 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.

Please be aware that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure your address is correct so please enter it carefully.

You can have your results posted to you via recorded mail for a fee of  £5, this can be paid here -

You can also preview your results online from 10am, 13 days after your test date, using the following link: 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 itself. 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
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Room 1121, Building 65, Avenue Campus
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8918


IELTS website

IELTS website

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

Flora Mou, Beijing, ChinaUseful downloads
Students revising

Students revising

“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.”

Arnik Surasarang, Bangkok, Thailand (attended UK University)Other University of Southampton sites
Candidates sitting examinations

Candidates sitting examinations