Here you can find out how to take the IELTS exam at the University of Westminster. We are the second-largest IELTS testing facility in the UK and our exam centre is based in central London, only a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

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.

About the IELTS test

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.

Check test dates and find out how to apply

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. 

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.

We also offer IELTS Preparation Courses – find out more.

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."

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

IELTS for TfL

The University of Westminster IELTS test centre has been authorised by Transport for London (TfL) to conduct IELTS tests for Private Hire taxi drivers (new and renewal licence applications). If you require an IELTS test for this reason visit the IELTS online registration system to book your test.
 
For more information on the Transport for London requirements for Private Hire drivers visit the Transport for London website.

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.

Contact us

You can contact us if you have any questions about our IELTS exams. Please also read our frequently asked questions about IELTS exams to see if we have already answered your query.

IELTS Test Centre
University of Westminster
32–38 Wells Street
London W1T 3UW

T: +44 (0)20 3506 9900
F: +44 (0)20 7915 5492
E: [email protected]

Opening hours

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 3–5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am–1pm
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 11am–1pm