Before you Register for an IELTS Examination

Before you Register for an IELTS Examination

THE WRITTEN EXAM (Listening/Reading/Writing)

This is taken on Saturday morning.  It is administered by The London Exam Centre at Ursuline High School, Crescent Road, Wimbledon, SW20 8HA. This part of the exam starts at 10am and finishes at 1.15pm. To see the test day journey click here.


The speaking test is held on the same day following the written exam. Speaking interviews are usually conducted at the Wimbledon School of English in 41 Worple Road, London, SW19 4JZ.
You will be informed about the exact time of your speaking test by email as soon as your application has been processed.


If you are under 18, we require permission from your parent or a legal guardian to allow us to capture your photo and finger scan during the registration process on the exam day. Please download an IELTS Consent Form, which can be found here. You must bring your completed Consent Form to your test, if you do not bring your form you will not be allowed to take the test.


You will be charged the full fee if you postpone or cancel your test less than 5 weeks before the test date, unless you provide medical evidence to support the cancellation or postponement.  If you wish to cancel or transfer more than 5 weeks before the test date, an administrative fee of £40 will be charged. All cancellations and postponements must be made in writing (by post, email or fax).


Registration on the day of the test starts at 8:30am. Candidates who are late for registration will not be allowed to take the test and will lose their test fee.


The rules on proof of identity are very strict.  If you come to the test without the correct ID you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee. Below is the list of documents that can be used to register for IELTS. You must bring the orginal document, photocopies will not be accepted.

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid European Union ID card
  • Valid Swiss, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein ID card
  • Valid Biometric Residence Permit Card

If your ID changes before the test (e.g. you have a new passport) you must contact the IELTS office at The London Exam Centre immediately.  If your passport is at the Home Office, you must get it back before you come to take the test.  If you have any doubts about your ID, please contact the IELTS office at The London Exam Centre.


For tests taken in 2019 the Test Fee is £170. The charge for cancellation or postponement is £40 (see above).


You may submit an Enquiry on Results (EOR).  This must be done within six weeks of the test date.  There is a fee (£140) for this service. If your score changes after EOR, you will receive a full refund. You will be issued with a new Test Report Form which will be posted to you.  If your score does not change, there will be no refund. Please contact the IELTS office for more information.


If you are unhappy with any aspect of the IELTS service you have received from the IELTS Centre at The London Exam Centre and wish to make a complaint, you can do so by sending an email/letter within 24 hour of your test day to our office detailing the problem. Alternatively, you can complete a Candidate Complaint Form on the day of your test. Please refer to British Council Global complaint procedure.

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