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IELTS - International English Language Testing System


We will resume IELTS testing in April. Applications are open for all test dates from April onwards.

What is IELTS?  | How do I apply?  |  Terms and Conditions  |  Specials Requirements  |  Test Preparation  |  Test Results  |  Enquiry on Results |  Additional Test Report Forms  |  Feedback  

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System and is the world’s most popular English proficiency test. It is a test that measures the language ability of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS is a valid and reliable measure of your ability to communicate in English for education, immigration, emigration and accreditation purposes.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Further information on the IELTS test can also be found on

Taking your IELTS test at Leicester College

We are the only IELTS Test Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire. We also offer IELTS preparation training so we can help you right through the process.

We hold regular IELTS tests every month, offering both Academic and General Training modules. Our tests always take place on a Saturday at the Abbey Park Campus.

A list of our 2021 IELTS test dates can be found here.

Contact Us

Office opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9am – 4.30pm and Friday 9am – 3pm.
Telephone number: 0116 2242240 extension 4333
Email address:
Address: IELTS Test Centre Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus, Painter Street, Leicester LE1 3WA

How do I apply?

Step 1 – Applying for your IELTS test

Apply online at British Council IELTS
Booking online is the most efficient way to reserve your IELTS test session.
Paper applications are also available from the Leicester College Information Centres at our three main campuses.

Step 2 – Paying your test fee

A payment link will be provided on your test-taker portal once you have completed the online application form. The option of an online payment is also available as part of the application form as you fill it out.


You can pay over the phone by calling 0116 2242240 and asking for the Information Centre.


If you prefer, you can pay in person at the Information Centre at any of our three city centre campuses.

You must have your IELTS reference number to hand when paying for your test fee.
The test fee for 2020 is £180.

Step 3 – Submitting a copy of your ID document

Upload a clear, coloured scan or photo of your ID to your test-taker portal


Email a clear, coloured copy of your ID document to


Visit the IELTS Office at the Abbey Park Campus with your original ID Document. We can then photocopy this for you.

Additional Notes

Once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and confirmation letter detailing the information necessary for your test day.

You have 2 days, including the day that you submit your online application form, to pay your test fee and upload your ID to your test-taker portal.

We can only accept passports, and National EU Identity Cards as part of your IELTS application. No other forms of ID can be accepted. We recommend that any IDs sent electronically are sent as an encrypted file. Please send the encryption password in a separate email if you chose to encrypt.

You must have your original ID document on your test day.

If the application conditions are not met in full by your deadline, you will not be able to take your test and we can’t offer you a refund of your test fee. Both payment and a clear, colour ID copy must be submitted to the IELTS Office in order to confirm your IELTS test place.

It is your responsibility as an IELTS test-taker to ensure that your application is fully completed by the deadline.

IELTS Terms and Conditions

All IELTS terms and conditions are outlined in the documents below (also provided to you during the IELTS application procedure). Please ensure that you have thoroughly read these documents before applying for an IELTS test.

Leicester College IELTS Test Centre Terms and Conditions

Late Arrival on the Test Day

You must arrive at the Abbey Park Campus for 08:30. Any test-takers that are late and arrive after registration will be refused entry to the test. You will lose your whole test fee.

Incorrect ID on the Test Day

You must bring the same identification document that you applied with during your IELTS application. This must be the original ID document. Your ID document details will be detailed in your confirmation email and letter.

Alternative identification documents and photocopies will not be accepted. If you bring the incorrect ID, you will be refused entry to the test. You will lose your whole test fee.

Under 18s

If you will be under the age of 18 years old on your IELTS test day, we must have signed parental permission prior to your test session. Please download and complete the consent form, emailing a photo or scan of the form to as part of your application. Names must be written in full and handwritten signatures must be provided by yourself and your parent/legal guardian. You must bring your original form on your test day.

Test Day Absence

If you are absent on the test day, you will lose your whole test fee.

If you are absent due to extenuating circumstances, such as emergency hospital admittance, you must provide a hard (paper) copy of the relevant documentation as evidence to the Leicester College IELTS Test Centre. Electronic copies will not be accepted.

We must receive your evidence within three working days of your test date in order for a possible refund or transfer to be considered. Any documentation submitted after this time will not be considered.

You must also complete an IELTS Refund/Transfer Form within the three working days of the deadline stated above and submit this to the Leicester College IELTS Test Centre, along with your evidence.

Special Requirements

We make every effort to cater for test-takers with a form of disability or special requirement.

To support your application for special circumstances, we will require a copy of your medical certificate. This must be dated within the last two years.

We require a minimum of six weeks’ notice to put in place any administrative arrangements, such as extra time or separate invigilation. If further provisions are required, such as modified papers, a minimum of three months’ notice must be provided.

Please contact us on 0116 2242240 extension 4333 or if you have any queries or would like to discuss this further.

IELTS Test Preparation

Leicester College IELTS Preparation Course

During this course, you will study exam techniques to prepare you for the IELTS test. You will also have the opportunity to complete practice papers as a class and with a tutor.

Duration: 10-11 weeks, one course per College term. Classes (subject to change): Monday and Wednesday mornings, four hours per week. Fees (subject to change): £10.00 per hour for UK/EU students, £12.50 per hour for international students. Venue: Abbey Park Campus.

If you are interested in booking this course, you will need to come in for an initial assessment first. Please call 0116 224 2240 for further information.

British Council Road to IELTS

This is an online programme offered by the British Council to help you prepare for the IELTS test. Once your IELTS application is complete and you have received your confirmation letters from us, you can then use your unique IELTS reference number to access this programme.

Using your reference number to log on, you can access up to 30 hours of preparation materials for free.

Further Preparation

Official IELTS books
Free online course
Sample questions
Free mobile apps

What to bring and what not to bring on your test day


Accepted test day itemsContraband test day items
ID documentMobile phone
Bottle of water (must be in a transparent bottle)Watch or Fitbit – including analogue watches
Glasses (no glasses case allowed)iPad, tablet or laptop
Under 18s consent formAny other electrical equipment – including Google and SnapChat glasses
StationeryID cases for passports
Additional ID documents (other than the ID stated in your application confirmation)
Confirmation letters

IELTS Test Results

All IELTS test results are released 13 days after the test date. This is the second Friday after the Saturday test. Results are released online after midday.

Follow the link to view your results online.

You will need your test-taker number, ID document number, date of birth and test date when checking your results online.

Test Report Forms are sent out in the post on results day. These are posted first class. Please allow 1-2 weeks for UK delivery. All international post is posted first class. Please allow 3-6 weeks for international delivery. If any items are returned to us in the post, we will contact you immediately to inform you of this.

Please inform us in writing prior to results day, if you wish to collect your results from our office. You must bring your ID document with you when collecting results.

Enquiry on Results

You can submit for a re-mark of your IELTS results within six weeks of your test date.

The fee for an Enquiry on Results is £110. One or more parts of your test can be re-marked; the fee is the same.

Results take 2-21 days to be re-marked and returned back to us at the Leicester College IELTS test centre.

To submit an Enquiry on Results, we will require the following:

Your original Test Report Form
The fee of £110
A completed Enquiry on Results form.

Please contact us on 0116 2242240 extension 4333 or if you would like to submit for a re-mark of your IELTS test.

Additional TRFs and Receiving Organisations

You will receive only one Test Report Form following your IELTS test. Any extras required may only be sent directly to a Receiving Organisation.

As part of your IELTS application, you will have the opportunity to add any Receiving Organisations. These organisations will automatically receive a copy of your IELTS test results. Up to five TRFs can be sent to Receiving Organisations if requested before results are released.

If you require any additional copies of your results to be sent to organisations once you have received your IELTS test results, there will be a charge per additional TRF. The fees are as follows:

First class delivery – £30
First class, recorded delivery – £35

There is also an IELTS form that will need to be completed before your results can be sent out.

Please contact us on 0116 2242240 extension 4333 or if you would like to request for an additional Test Report Form.


Here at the Leicester College IELTS Test Centre, we welcome any feedback you may have regarding your IELTS experience with us. If you have any comments, recommendations or complaints, please email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, as per British Council policy, any issues relating directly to test day conduct or procedure, may only be submitted on the test day itself.

We hope you have a positive experience with us at the Leicester College IELTS Test Centre.

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