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The IELTS Office is currently closed until further notice. For information on further test dates please email ielts@aston.ac.uk and one of our team will reply to you as soon as possible.


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 or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links:


Test dates for 2015 

We are not currently taking bookings for tests at this centre over the summer 2015. Please check back for test dates later in the year.

What Is IELTS?

IELTS is the internationally recognised system for assessing the English language proficiency of non-native speakers and is jointly owned by the  British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment..

The IELTS test is appropriate if you are:

  • A student wishing to take an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral degree in an English speaking country
  • A professional worker from abroad taking up employment or a training programme in the UK
  • A person wishing to emigrate to the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. 

Test format

The IELTS test has four parts - listening, reading, writing and speaking. You must complete all four parts to receive an IELTS result.

The total time for listening, reading & writing is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Speaking tests usually take place on the same afternoon and timetables are issued on the day of the exam. Speaking tests will take approximately 20 minutes. 

IELTS is available in two test formats:

1. Academic - for institutions of Higher and Further Education

The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

If you are a doctor or nurse, you may be required to take the Academic Test. Please check with the Medical Council or Nursing Authority in the country where you intend to work.

2. General Training - for school, work or migration

The General Training format focuses on basic language skills in a broad social and educational context. It is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, to gain work experience or complete training programs. People migrating to USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must sit the General Training test. General Training may not be sufficient for medical staff, please see note under section 1.

All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.

If you are unsure which test to take, please check with the receiving organisation before booking your exam. 

For more information about the test and practice test materials, please visit the official IELTS website.

I’ve taken the test, now what happens?

Results are posted by standard Royal Mail to your home address 13 days after the test date. Please note that results CANNOT be communicated via telephone, fax or email.  

If you prefer to collect your results in person, please come to the IELTS test centre on the 13th day after your test (Friday, between 9.30am - 12.30pm) and bring your passport with you. If you fail to present your passport we reserve the right to withhold your results. 

You can check your results online up to 40 days after results are published. Follow instructions in the link in your booking confirmation email to access your results.

If you would like us to send your results to you by DHL or Royal Mail Signed For Delivery, please phone us for prices. 

You can request additional copies of your Test Report Form (TRF) to be sent directly to organisations who have asked you for them (eg universities, professional registration bodies). There is a £15 fee for each additional TRF requested.

I want to request a remark

If you are not completely satisfied with your results you can request a re-mark by completing an EOR Form. Please return the completed form with your original TRF within 6 weeks of the test date. Please make a cheque for £60 payable to 'Aston University'   or pay on-line using you debit/credit card. Details of the EOR Process are attached.

What happens if I want to cancel my test date?

If you wish to cancel your test date, please request a form from the IELTS Test Centre. A minimum of 35 days notice must be given prior to the test date. £30 cancellation charge will be deducted from the test fee. 

If you paid for your test on-line, please send a copy of your debit/credit card receipt so that money can be credited back to your account. Notice periods of less than 35 days will not be accepted. 

What happens if I am absent on the day of the test?

If a candidate is absent on the day of the test he/she will forfeit the full test fee. 

What happens if I am unable to attend on the test day for a serious reason?

Under such circumstances, candidates should contact the Aston IELTS Test Centre immediately for advice. Absence due to a serious medical condition will require a written report from a qualified practitioner no later than 5 working days after the test to qualify for a refund or transfer. 

What happens if I want to transfer my test date?

If you wish to transfer your test date please request a form from the IELTS Test Centre. A minimum of 35 days notice must be given if a candidate wishes to change the test date. £30 transfer charge will be deducted from the test fee. If you paid for your test on-line, please send a copy of your debit/credit card receipt so that money can be credited back to your account. Notice periods of less than 35 days will not be accepted.

What must I bring with me on the day?

Candidates must bring their original ID documents - the same as provided with the test application form.  If you have already submitted your passport to the Home Office UK Border Agency you will need to contact them and request a Passport Return for the purpose of sitting an English Language test. We strongly recommend that you do not book an IELTS test if you do not have your passport/ID at the time of booking, as it may not be returned to you in time for your test day.

Only Passports or (EU) National ID Cards are acceptable. National ID cards must bear the candidate's photograph, full name in English, a signature, date of birth. Student Cards or Drivers Licences are not acceptable. Failure to bring the correct ID may result in the candidate being refused entry to the exam. Under these circumstances the candidate would forfeit the full test fee. 

You can now book your test online at the IELTS website.

On-line applications must be accompanied by the following hard-copy information sent by post: 

  • A copy of your on-line application form with your personal details. 
  • A copy of your e-mail acknowledgement with your candidate reference number. 
  • A copy of your passport containing your photograph, passport number and signature.

Candidates are no longer required to submit photographs with their applications for tests taken from 1st January 2014.

Alternatively print the paper application form and hand write your personal details (send with the above information).

Please use the application form to indicate your first and second choice of test date. If these dates are full, we will inform you by telephone or e-mail, and return your application form and refund your payment.

Pay for your IELTS exam

Options available:

  • Online (by credit or debit card) - follow the instructions carefully before you proceed to the payments page.NB: Please enclose a copy of your online receipt with your application as proof of payment. 
  • You can also pay using your credit or debit card at the test centre when you make a booking. 
  • Postal order or cheque - send together with a completed application to the IELTS test centre address (above). Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to 'Aston University'.
  • Cash - bring your application form, photos, passport and fee to the IELTS test centre. Please do not send cash in the post.  

We welcome the following payment cards:

  • Delta
  • Diners
  • JCB
  • Maestro UK
  • Mastercard
  • Solo
  • Switch
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron

Payment will be taken from your account after it has been authorised and cleared, this is normally within 24 hours.

Step-by-step instructions

Quick pay

The online payment system will ask you to complete a series of fields. Please follow the instructions below to ensure the form is competed correctly:

  • Payment type: choose IELTS Exam
  • Date of Birth: type in your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Your name: include your full name (first and last names)
  • Amount: You will need to manually add the exact amount for the IELTS test (£150 for tests in 2014) in this field. If you include an incorrect figure here your application may be delayed and you could miss your preferred test date.
  • Comment: Leave this blank. 


Card Details

The following page will ask you to provide your card details. Complete the fields with the information from your credit or debit card. 

Confirmation of payment

Once your card details have been inputted successfully you will recieve an on-screen confirmation message. Please print a copy of this receipt and enclose it with your application as proof of payment.

Proceed to the online payment page  

Exceptional on-campus accommodation. Take the worry out of travelling to Birmingham to sit your IELTS exam with our excellent on-site accommodation. Choose from 4 star luxury or standard study rooms - all at reasonable rates, on our attractive city centre campus. 

How to find us

Who are the courses for?

The IELTS Preparation Courses at Aston University are short, intensive courses designed for upper-intermediate/advanced level test-takers who need to practice the types of exercises in the test and/or to improve their exam technique.

To benefit fully from the courses, students will already need to have gained at least a  5.5 score in an IELTS or equivalent B2 level English test,  e.g. Cambridge First Certificate, ESOL Skills for Life Level 1.

What if I have no formal English language qualifications (e.g. IELTS, GCSE, ESOL, EFL or Communication Skills)?

If you have no formal English language qualifications, you will need to sit an online placement test at Aston University before the course start date under supervised conditions. The results will indicate whether you are eligible to join the programme. The placement test fee is not included in the course fee and must be paid on the same day when you take a test. The placement test fee is non-refundable regardless of whether you are accepted onto the course or not.

What types of courses are available?

There are currently two course formats on offer:-

•Two-week courses (18 hours in total). These courses are aimed at test-takers who already have a score of 6 or 6.5 in IELTS (or equivalent) and are aiming for a 7 – 7.5 score.

•Three-week courses (24 hours in total). These courses are aimed at test-takers who already have a score of 5.5 – 6 in IELTS (or equivalent) aiming for a 6 – 6.5 score.

What will I learn on the courses?

In week 1 you will work on developing all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. In week 2 you will work on improving your IELTS test strategies and time management during the test. You will also take a mock test and receive feedback from your tutor. Week 3 is mandatory for students with an IELTS score between 5.5 -6.0 and will focus on the use of grammar in writing as well as in spontaneous speech. If your IELTS score is higher than 6.0, you can opt to attend this part of the course and brush up your grammar focusing on your individual needs. 

Why study at Aston University?

  • Highly experienced and qualified English language teachers
  • Established IELTS test centre on-site
  • End of course assessment and signposting to further study/preparation for the IELTS test


When do the courses run?

Courses run throughout the year for 2 or 3 evenings per week (6.15 pm to 9.15 pm).

Course start dates for the remainder of the academic year 2015 are:

  • 23 Feb 2015
  • 16 March 2015
  • 13 April 2015
  • 11 May 2015
  • 8 June 2015
  • 29 June 2015


 How much do the courses cost?

  • The two week course costs £252.
  • The three week course costs £336.


The course fee includes all course materials. The initial placement test fee of £10 (if applicable) and IELTS test fee are not included in the course fee.

How do I apply?

Complete the online application form below. We will then contact you with further instructions. Please note that applications submitted fewer than 10 days before the course start date cannot be processed in time.

Booking terms and conditions 

Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements to be accepted onto their chosen course. 

If applicants have not taken an IELTS or equivalent test before, they will need to take a placement test and meet minimum entry requirements before being offered a place on the course. The placement test fee is non- refundable, even if applicants do not meet minimum entry requirements.

Non UK/EU applicants must bring their original visa to the university before the course start date for checking by a member of the visa compliance team.

Successful applicants must pay the full course fee at least 5 days before the start of the course.

All courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers to ensure viability. Applicants will be informed by email if the course is not viable and an alternative start date or full refund will be offered.

Email: ielts@aston.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3781     

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