IELTS exams


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.


Date Module Results date Fee
13 August 2016 Academic 26 August 2016 £155
20 August 2016 Academic and General Training 2 September 2016 £155
24 September 2016 Academic and General Training 7 October 2016 £155
22 October 2016 Academic 4 November 2016 £155
5 November 2016 Academic 18 November 2016 £155
19 November 2016 Academic and General Training 2 December 2016 £155
3 December 2016 Academic and General Training 16 December 2016 £155
14 January 2017 Academic 27 January 2017 £155
21 January 2017 Academic and General Training 3 February 2017 £155
11 February 2017 Academic and General Training 24 February 2017 £155
18 February 2017 Academic 3 March 2017 £155
4 March 2017 Academic and General Training 17 March 2017 £155
25 March 2017 Academic 7 April 2017 £155
8 April 2017 Academic and General Training 21 April 2017 £155
29 April 2017 Academic 12 May 2017 £155
6 May 2017 Academic 19 May 2017 £155
13 May 2017 Academic and General Training 26 May 2017 £155
20 May 2017 Academic 2 June 2017 £155
3 June 2017 Academic 16 June 2017 £155
17 June 2017 Academic and General Training 30 June 2017 £155
24 June 2017 Academic and General Training 7 July 2017 £155

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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 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."