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.
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.