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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment and delivered through more than 1,100 locations, including over 50 locations in the USA with 48 available test dates a year across numerous IELTS Centres Worldwide. 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.

Please note: It is your responsibility to ascertain which module you need before booking, by checking with the relevant institution or immigration authority.

Please familiarise yourself with the IELTS Terms and Conditions, which can be found in Information For Candidates Booklet, and the University of Southampton IELTS Centre rules and regulations, which are in the Things to Know Before You Register document. Please find links to both documents at the bottom of this page.

On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes. 

If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For more information, please visit: and





Test Dates

The next available test day is: 

10 November - Academic and General Training


All the future dates are listed below.

01 December - Academic and General Training

19 January 2019 - Academic and General Training

09 February 2019 - Academic and General Training

02 March 2019 - Academic and General Training

06 April 2019 - Academic and General Training

11 May 2019 - Academic and General Training

01 June 2019 - Academic and General Training

20 July 2019 - Academic only

10 August 2019 - Academic only

14 September 2019 - Academic only

12 October 2019 - Academic and General Training

16 November 2019 - Academic only

07 December 2019 - Academic and General Training



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 in your confirmation email that is sent the Monday before the exam. 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.

Cancellation Policy:

If you would like to cancel your IELTS test, you should inform us by email at at least 5 weeks before your test. We will then refund your test fee minus £30 for administration charges. If you cancel less that 5 weeks before your test, your fee will not be refunded.

Transfer Policy:

To transfer to a different IELTS test day contact at least 5 weeks before your test. We will send you a transfer form to complete and charge a £30 fee for administration. Test takers who wish to transfer test dates within the 5 week period prior to the test date will be treated as a cancellation and receive no refund.


IELTS Preparation courses are offered by the University of Southampton. Please follow the link to the Lifelong Learning pages for more details.


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.


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 3 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.

2. Pay for your test in our online store here The IELTS test fee is £165 for 2018 tests and £175 for 2019 tests. 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 - University of Southampton IELTS Centre does not accept applicants under the age of 16. If you are under the age of 18, we require permission from your parent or a legal guardian to allow us to capture your photo and fingerprint during the registration process on the exam day. Please download an "IELTS Consent Form", which can be found in the useful downloads section, complete and return, via email, to

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 When emailing a copy of your passport, please always let us know what test day you are applying for.

Your test date will be confirmed a week 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.

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 in your confirmation letter, which  will be sent 5 days before 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 Arts and Humanities
Avenue Campus
Southampton, SO17 1BF
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9412
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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