Before you Register for an IELTS Examination

Before you Register for an IELTS Examination

The paper-based written sections (Listening/Reading/Writing) 

These are taken on Saturday mornings.  They are administered by The London Exam Centre usually at Ursuline High School, Crescent Road, Wimbledon, SW20 8HA.

This part of the test starts at 10am and finishes at 1.15pm.

To see the test day journey click here.


The paper-based speaking section

The speaking section is held on the same day following the written sections.

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 section by email as soon as your application has been processed.



Ursuline High School is located in the residential area, no more than a 20 minute walk from Wimbledon train and Underground station.

The hall we rent has recently been refurbished.

It is airy and modern and has got a high quality sound system.

There is no canteen or a vending machine and the nearest café is either in Raynes Park or Wimbledon.

We advise candidates to bring a bottle of water with them as there are no shops nearby.

Wimbledon School of English is located in a beautiful Edwardian house which still has its original antique fireplaces and stunning stained glass windows.

It has light, airy spaces for classrooms where the IELTS speaking section takes place.

It has got a canteen, coffee machine and a water fountain.

There are a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops including a few supermarkets within walking distance.

To see a map click here.


Parking availability

Please note that parking arrangements in Wimbledon are as follows:

There is no parking available inside Ursuline High School.

However you can use the on street parking outside of the school.

Please use the parking restriction signs on Crescent Road for any applicable charges.


Test takers who are under 18

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.


Cancellations and transfers

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 £45 will be charged.

All cancellations and postponements must be made in writing (by post, email or fax).


Late arrivals

Registration on the day of the test starts at 8:30am.

Test takers who are late for registration will not be allowed to take the test and will lose their test fee.


Your Identity Document (ID)

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 original 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 2021 the Test Fee is £185.

The charge for cancellation or postponement is £45 (see above).


Enquiry on results

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.


Complaints procedures

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.


How examiners are tested

There is a very strict process in place for training IELTS Examiners and maintaining their active status.

Examiners are trained in line with globally agreed standards to ensure consistency in the quality of their assessment.

Every two years they must attend a standardisation session and recertify to ensure that their performance is standard.

In between, their performance is regularly monitored.


What to bring / not to bring

You must bring the same document provided to the centre during the registration, which may be:

  1. Your current, valid passport.
  2. A national identity card showing your photograph, full name, signature and date of birth (EU countries only).
  3. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card.

The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document, standard pen(s), pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free).

You must not bring any electronic devices and watches into the test room.

All your personal belongings will be left in the designated belongings area.


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