IELTS is jointly owned by British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The IELTS test is designed and set by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment to give a true picture of a candidate’s language skills.

IELTS scores are accepted by over 8,000 recognising organisations and delivered in 900+ locations worldwide.

In the last year, 2,000,000 people took the IELTS test.

Opening Hours     

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Test Dates 2018

The test fee for 2018 is £158.00

Date (2018)Version 
November 01 Academic and General Training only General Training places currently available

Please note that Aberystwyth University is closing its IELTS Test Centre at the end of this year.  The last test at Aberystwyth University will take place on 01 November 2018.  

We recommend that you register for an IELTS exam at least 5 weeks in advance. Places are limited and are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Important Information for Candidates

IELTS Information for Candidates Booklet

The IELTS Information for Candidates Booklet contains important information to help candidates who are thinking about taking the test or who are in the process of preparing for the test.  Please read it carefully.

Academic or General Training?

IELTS has two versions – Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

The Academic test is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study at a tertiary level (an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher or Further Education) in an English-speaking country. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

These definitions are to be used as a general guide only and it is strongly recommended that you also check the English language requirements with your recognising organisation directly to ensure that you sit the correct test version for your needs.

Applying for an IELTS test at Aberystwyth - Online or by Post

Applying Online

Please visit Aberystwyth's Online Registration System at

This will reserve a place for you on the test but your test place is not secure until we confirm it. To receive confirmation of your place you must email or post a copy of your passport to the Aberystwyth centre.  Email passport copies to

You must also pay the test fee of £153.00.  If you would like to pay by credit or debit card you can do this over the phone by calling 01970 622547/01970 628669.  Or you can complete the IELTS Credit-Debit Card Authorisation Form 2018 and post it to the IELTS Administrator.  Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to "Aberystwyth Univeristy". 

You must do this within 5 days.  If you do not do this then we will cancel your online application.  Once your documents have arrived your application with be processed and a letter confirming your place will be sent to you. Read this letter carefully as it will give details of the location of the test and timings for the day.

Online registration will entitle you to a free 30-hour online preparation course called Road to IELTS.

Applying by Post

To apply for an IELTS Test by POST please send the following items to the address at the bottom of the screen

* Your completed IELTS application form.

A blank IELTS application form is available to download here

IELTS Application Form

A photocopy of your passport

Your payment of £153.00

Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to "Aberystwyth Univeristy".  If you would like to pay by credit or debit card you can do this over the phone by calling 01970 622547/01970 628669.  Or you can complete the IELTS Credit-Debit Card Authorisation Form 2018 and post it to the IELTS Administrator.  Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to "Aberystwyth Univeristy". ‌ 

It is important to familiarise yourself with the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates which is included with the application form. When you sign the application form, you are confirming that you have read and understood the IELTS rules and regulations and agree to abide by them.

Once we have received your application we will process it and then send you a letter confirming your place in the post. Read this letter carefully as it will give details of the location of the test and timings for the day.

Candidates Under the Age of 18

IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.  If a candidate under the age of 18 wishes to apply for an IELTS test at Aberystwyth, we require permission from their parent/legal guardian to allow us to capture the candidate's photo and finger scan during the registration process on test day.  The IELTS Parental Consent Form for Candidates Under the Age of 18 must be completed and submitted to the Aberystwyth centre at the point of application for the test.

Cancellations and Transfers

If you are unable to attend, or have any difficulties on the day, please contact our office on 01970 622547.  Candidates who arrive late for test registration will not be allowed to take their test and will lose the full test fee.

Cancellations and postponements notified in writing (by post or email) and received 5 weeks before the test date we will refund the fee less a 25% administration charge. If you wish to cancel a test within five weeks of the exam date you will lose the full test fee.

If you cannot attend a test because of a medical emergency, you must provide an authorised medical certificate within five days of the missed test. Only evidence of serious circumstances will be considered.  The certificate must be in English and must clearly state the reason why you were unable to attend the test.  Contact for further advice and assistance.

The test day

On the day of the IELTS test you must present an original and current passport. We cannot accept photocopies (even if they are certified copies from a Solicitor) or letters from the Home Office. You will not be able to sit your exam without a valid passport.

If you are an EU citizen, you may use your National ID card for registration instead of a passport. Please note that only EU citizens can present their National ID card instead of a passport. On the day of the test, you must present the same identification document you used when you completed your application form.

Test day registration will start at 9.00am. The test will begin promptly at 10.00am. If you arrive after 9.45am you will not be able to take the test. Candidates will be photographed at registration and before the speaking test.  A fingerprint scan will also be taken. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are administered during the morning. You will then be allocated a speaking interview time in the afternoon. Be prepared to be at the test centre for the entire day, as the interviews may go on until 5.30pm.

Candidate Identity Verification

IELTS is enhancing its security systems in order to keep pace with evolving technology. All IELTS candidates will now have their photo and fingerprint scan taken by IELTS staff before the test. The photograph taken by IELTS staff will then appear on the IELTS Test Report Form.

Your digital photograph and all personal data will be used only for the purpose of the IELTS test. Refusal to comply with IELTS identity verification will prevent you from taking the test, and you will not be eligible for any transfer, cancellation or refund.

Feedback and Complaints

All candidates are invited to complete a Feedback Form on the test day.  If you are unhappy with any aspect of the Aberystwyth University IELTS Test Centre service and wish to make a complaint or provide us with any feedback, please talk to the IELTS Administrator on the day of the test.

Aberystwyth University will not accept complaints relating to the conduct of the test after results have been issued. 

After the test


Your Test Report Form (TRF) will be posted to you 13 calendar days after the test date. We are not permitted to give results by fax, over the phone or by email. Alternatively you can collect results from the International English Centre on the day they are released. Collection in person must be arranged with the IELTS Administrator in advance.

Keep your TRF in a secure place as you only receive one copy. Up to five copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto candidates.

Preview Your Results Online

You can usually preview your provisional results online 13 calendar days after the test date, and they will remain online for 28 days after the test date.  This online preview cannot be used as official confirmation of your IELTS results.

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

If a candidate is not satisfied with the score on their TRF then they have the option to have any, or all, sections of their test remarked. The process is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR) and costs £60.00 (this fee is refunded to you if your band score for any module increases). A copy of the EOR form will have been sent to you with your Test Report Form. If your wish to apply for an EOR you must contact the IELTS Administrator immediately. Please note that an EOR must be requested no later than 6 weeks from the date of your test. Any requests for a remark after 6 weeks will not be permitted.

Your test will then be reviewed by a Senior Examiner at the British Council and their decision is then final. The results of an EOR may take up to eight weeks to be returned from the British Council.

Further Details

Further information about booking the IELTS test, preparing for a test and receiving your results can be found on the IELTS website.

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