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Why IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. Last year, more than 2 million people took the tests all over the world. IELTS is globally accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations.

IELTS test takers can choose between two versions of the test – Academic (AC) or General Training (GT) – depending on their academic or professional aims, or their visa requirements. All candidates take the same listening and speaking components, but different reading and writing components.

Download detailed information about the test format.

You also can find out more from the IELTS website, the British Council IELTS page and the IELTS official Facebook page.

Why Westminster?

We are the second-largest IELTS testing facility in the UK and deliver the IELTS test to 7,000–8,000 candidates each year. Our exam centre is based in central London, only a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus and Warren Street underground stations.

We offer the IELTS test on three Saturdays per month throughout the year. All four test components, including the speaking test, are held on the same day, in the same place. We provide comfortable and friendly exam conditions, and our wall-mounted speakers give a better quality of sound during the listening test.

Schedule

Test date Module (AC/GT) Results date Fees
25 April 2015 AC only 8 May 2015 £145
9 May 2015 AC only 22 May 2015 £145
30 May 2015 AC and GT 12 June 2015 £145
6 June 2015 AC only 19 June 2015 £145
13 June 2015 AC only 26 June 2015 £145
27 June 2015 AC and GT 10 July 2015 £150
4 July 2015 AC only 17 July 2015 £150
11 July 2015 AC and GT 24 July 2015 £150
25 July 2015 AC only 7 August 2015 £150
1 August 2015 AC only 14 August 2015 £150
8 August 2015 AC only 21 August 2015 £150
29 August 2015 AC and GT 11 September 2015 £150
19 September 2015 AC only 2 October 2015 £150
26 September 2015 AC and GT 9 October 2015 £150
24 October 2015 AC and GT 6 November 2015 £150
31 October 2015 AC only 13 November 2015 £150

Find out how to apply

IELTS for visa purposes

On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes.

If you make a visa application to stay in or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

You can read more about these changes on the Gov.uk page on applying for a visa and the IELTS page on UK Visas and Immigration.

What our candidates say

In a recent survey over 90% of our candidates said that our staff were friendly and helpful, and 85% would recommend us to a friend.

Here is what some of our candidates said about taking their IELTS test at the University of Westminster IELTS Test Centre:

"If I was to do it again, I would do it at the same place. Everything was very well organised."

"Everything was great."

"Excellent registration system! You make the difference."