International students

What is IELTS?


IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English

Every year, IELTS helps millions of people realise their dreams of working, studying or living abroad, or improving their opportunities at home. The test has been developed by experts to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking – and it’s trusted by organisations all over the world, from universities and immigration bodies to companies.

So the IELTS journey you start here at The University of Nottingham, could take you almost anywhere.

IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment

  • assessing all your English skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at play, in your new life abroad
  • recognised by universities and employers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA and more
  • recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language assessment product that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on where you are applying and your future plans.

You can now take IELTS on paper or on a computer

If you would rather use a computer than writing out your answers on your paper, you can do that in the University of Nottingham. When you take IELTS on a computer, you take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on the same day. You also take the Speaking test on the same day, face-to-face with an IELTS examiner (not on a computer) and you get the test results in 3-5 days.

If you need to take an IELTS test to support your UK visa application, you need to be aware of changes made by UK Visas and Immigration to Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) for visa purposes. Read this information carefully, before applying for an IELTS test.


The University of Nottingham IELTS Centre

B Floor, Exchange Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1AW, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 4419