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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration.

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 UK with 48 available test dates a year across numerous IELTS Centres Worldwide. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of test takers 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.

If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test. For more information, please visit: and

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.

We are now open for IELTS testing. We have a number of covid-19 precautions in place to ensure the health and safety of our test-takers and staff. Full details will be emailed. If the test is cancelled due to covid-19, affected test-takers will be eligible for transfer or full refund.


Test Dates

The next available test day is:

17 April 2021 - Academic and General Training

24 April 2021 - Academic and General Training

22 May 2021 – Academic

12 June 2021 - Academic and General Training

19 June 2021 - Academic and General Training

10 July 2021 - Academic and General Training

24 July 2021 - Academic and General Training

07 August 2021 – Academic

11 September 2021 – Academic

25 September 2021 - Academic and General Training

23 October 2021 - Academic and General Training

30 October 2021 - Academic and General Training

20 November 2021 - Academic and General Training

27 November 2021 – Academic

04 December 2021 - Academic and General Training


The speaking tests are always conducted on the same day as the listening, reading and writing tests. Speaking tests are between 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Your speaking test time will be confirmed in your confirmation email that is sent the Monday before the exam.

IMPORTANT: Please bring the same document you used in your online application.  The number on your passport or national identity card must match the number on your application form.

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 than 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.


1. Apply for the test. We only accept online applications. Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION. You will be able to book your speaking slot however it can be change at any time before the test. Please note, that we cannot guarantee your chosen speaking slot. 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 an 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 £190 for 2021 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. 

3. You are allowed to request up to 5 copies of the test results to be posted to educational institutions, government bodies or an employer. This should be done during the online registration process. You can also request additional copies to be sent to institutions after the test. There is a fee of £5.00 per copy for this service.

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. This should be done while registering for the test.

Finishing your registration:

If you have not uploaded a copy of your passport or national identity card during online registration, please send a copy of the personal details page of your passport or national identity card to When emailing a copy of your passport or ID card, 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 on Test Takers Portal from 10am on the 13th day after your test date. Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement.

Enquiry On Results

To apply for your IELTS test results to be re-marked you need to complete the form, forward it to the and pay the £110 fee here.

You must make this request within six weeks of your test date. Your test will be sent to the head office of the British Council for re-marking by Senior Examiners.

You can choose to have one or more parts of your test re-marked. The fee is the same regardless.

Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days.

You will be required to return previously issued Test Report Form to the address below if your result is changed before a new one can be issued.

If your marks are changed, your fee will be refunded

IELTS Preparation courses:

IELTS Preparation courses maybe 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 an IELTS teacher who provides such a service.


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
School of 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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