How to apply

IELTS Test Dates

Further dates will be released shortly. Please keep checking this page and the IELTS Online Registration System or email the centre for up to date information.

IELTS on Paper

DateAcademicGeneral training
20 July 2024 AVAILABLE x
17 August 2024 AVAILABLE x
2 November 2024 AVAILABLE x

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IELTS on Computer

DateAcademicGeneral training

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Ways to take IELTS

IELTS on Paper

This test requires test takers to sit at a desk with the question papers and answer sheets for the Listening, Rearding and Writing tests in an official IELTS test centre. Test takers will write their answers in either pen or HB-pencils. The Listening test is projected via speakers installed throughout the test room and a sound/volume test is performed at the start of the Listening section. The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner. Test results are released 13 Days after the test day.

IELTS on Computer

This test requires test takers to sit the Listening, Reading and Writing tests in front of a computer with the questions presented on the screen in an official IELTS test centre. Test takers are provided with headphones for the duration of the test and submit their answers through the use of a keyboard and a mouse. The Speaking test is not on computer and is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner. Test results are released 1-5 Days after the test day.

Academic or General Training?


The Academic test 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.

General training

The General Training test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This test is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Further information about each type of test can be found here.

IELTS One Skill Retake for IELTS on Computer tests

IELTS One Skill Retake is a new feature offering you the opportunity to retake just one section of IELTS on Computer - Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking, saving you time and money. The format and timing of the test is the same as the section which examines the individual skill in a normal IELTS on Computer test. Please note IELTS One Skill Retake is not available for IELTS on Paper tests. 

If you choose IELTS One Skill Retake, you will receive a second Test Report Form with your IELTS One Skill Retake score, the scores from your original test and an overall CEFR score. You can choose whether you would like to use your old or new Test Report Form for the skill you retook.

IELTS One Skill Retake is available to test takers who have completed a full IELTS on Computer test and must be booked via the Test Taker Portal within 60 days of the original IELTS test being taken. The test fee is £150 and payment can be arranged via the University of Nottingham online store.

Further information about IELTS One Skill Retake can be found here.

Remember to check with your organisation

If you are unsure which test you need to take, you should contact the institution / organisation you are applying to in order to check their requirements.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for the right test.

In February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) for visa purposes. If you need to take an IELTS test to support of your UK visa application, you need to be aware of these changes.

Read the information on ielts.orgtakeielts and carefully before applying for an IELTS test. You can apply for an IELTS for UKVI test online.

Application instructions

Online Registration

Applications for the IELTS test can only be made using the Online Registration System.

In order to obtain a confirmed place, you will need to submit payment within 24 hours of registering for the test. Failure to do so will result in your application being cancelled.

Please make your online payment of the £200 test fee through our secure online payment system using a Debit/Credit card or Paypal. An automated confirmation email from the online store will confirm your payment has gone through.

Please note a member of staff will need to process the payment before your IELTS Online Registration Account is updated.

ID Document

The following ID documents are acceptable for IELTS registration:

Passport (all countries)

European National Identity Card (EU countries only)

UK Biometric Residence Permit Card

Please ensure you have entered the correct document number and ID type during registration.

You must bring the same ID document with you on the test day. 

If you need to make changes to any of the information on your application, please contact before the test day.


Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you bring the correct ID document with you on the test day and all first and last names, middle names and initials are entered on your application as they appear on your ID Document.

You may not be allowed entry to the test venue if your ID document and personal details do not match those on your application.

IELTS test confirmation

  • Your application will be processed within two working days from receiving your payment. An automated email from our system will confirm this has been done.

  • The FULL address of your test venue and test day schedule will be sent via email at least a week before your test day so please do not worry if you have not heard from us before then. 

  • The final confirmation email will include all the information you need on the test day so please make sure you read it carefully ahead of the test day.

  • We do not send any confirmation letters through the post so you need to ensure you provide the correct email address and check it regularly.

Test takers under 18 years of age

If you are under the age of 18 at the time of your test, your parent or legal guardian must submit an online application on your behalf.

IELTS captures the image and finger scan of test takers either at test registration or on the test day to further enhance security and to verify the correct identity of the test taker throughout the IELTS testing process. This will be conducted by the IELTS test day staff. The photo captured on the test day will appear on the IELTS Test Report Form. The captured finger scan is only for test day verification and stored in an encrypted format which cannot be recalled, rendered or transformed into an actual image resembling a finger print.

Please note all minor test takers will be chaperoned to the Speaking test room by a member of staff. If you require further information, please contact 

Special requirements

IELTS provides a comprehensive service for test takers who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.

If you require a modified version of IELTS, you must give us at least three months’ notice. If your circumstances require administrative arrangements such as extra time, you must provide at least six weeks' notice although in certain cases this may take longer. It may therefore not be possible to offer special arrangements on the next available date. Also, please note it is currently not possible to offer any special arrangements on IELTS on Computer tests.

If you are already aware you will require special arrangements on the test day, we strongly advise that you provide as much notice as possible to ensure we are in a position to accommodate your requirements on your preferred date.

Special arrangements include the following:

  • Extra time for medical conditions or infant feeding

  • Braille papers

  • Special Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses

  • Lip-reading version of the Listening test

  • Enlarged print or Speaking task cards in Braille.

Applications for special arrangements in the IELTS test must be supported by medical evidence which meets the following criteria:

  • Accessible to the IELTS Administrator in terms of language and legibility.

  • An original document on headed paper, and bearing the name, relevant qualification(s) and signature of a recognised practitioner.

  • Provide a clear statement of the test taker’s disability.

  • Outline how the disability justifies special arrangements.

Additional criteria applies in the case of applications for special arrangements for test takers with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia):

  • The medical evidence must be in the form of a report written when you were aged 12 or older.

  • The report must include full details of your learning difficulty and tests carried out to diagnose this.

  • The report must be written by a fully qualified psychologist (educational, clinical or chartered)

Further information for test takers with special requirements can be located here and here.

Refunds and test date transfers

If you hold a confirmed place to take an IELTS Test but now require a refund or transfer, you must provide adequate notice.

If you submitted your payment less than 14 days ago, you are entitled to:

  • a full refund or free transfer, if you let us know at least 14 days before your test

  • a partial refund or paid transfer, if your test is taking place within the next 14 days

If you submitted your payment more than 14 days ago, you are only entitled to a partial refund or paid transfer if you let us know at least 5 weeks before your test.

On rare occasions, there may be instances where you are unable to attend or complete your test due to illness, injury, or another exceptional event outside your control. In these cases, you may apply for special consideration due to exceptional circumstances before the test and up to 2 calendar days after the test date. This will allow you to carry over your test fee to a later assessment opportunity or, in some cases, apply for a refund. Please note applications for special consideration will not be accepted after your results have been released.

For further information please contact, using the email address you provided when you applied for the test online.

The University of Nottingham IELTS Centre

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

t: +44 (0) 115 951 4419