How to apply


Test Dates

We currently have places available on the following test dates which can be booked through the Online Registration System. Early application is recommended as many test dates will be oversubscribed.

Test Dates
  Date         Academic General Training  Results Release Date

6 July 2019

FULL FULL 19 July 2019

20 July 2019

FULL X 2 August 2019

10 August 2019

AVAILABLE X 23 August 2019

7 September 2019


28 September 2019 


12 October 2019


16 November 2019

AVAILABLE X 29 November 2019

7 December 2019



The Academic module is offered on all test dates. However, it is only possible to take the General Training module on selected dates.


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.

General Training

The General Training format 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 module is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.


Check with your organisation

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

It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure they apply for the right test.

Important information about IELTS for UK VISA purposes

On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for VISA purposes.

If you need to take an IELTS test in support of your VISA application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Please read carefully the information on, takeielts and before applying for an IELTS Test.

You can click here to apply for an IELTS for UKVI test.

How To Apply

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 the following to our office within 24 hours of registering for the test. Failure to do so will result in your application being cancelled.

  1. Payment - Please make your online payment of the test fee through our secure online payment system using a Debit/Credit card or Paypal.
  2. Passport or European National Identity Card - a clear legible copy of the personal details page(s). This must show your photograph, full name, date of birth, ID number and expiry date. The same original document MUST be shown on the test day.


To ensure that we receive your documents within the required timescale, we strongly recommend that you upload them onto the Online Registration System when prompted.

If the upload is unsuccessful, please send a scanned copy via email to

Alternatively, these can be posted to the address below:

International Student Recruitment
C Floor - YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road

It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all documents and payment arrive at our office within the required timescale.



IELTS Test Confirmation 

  • Your application will be processed within two working days from receiving the above documents and 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 two weeks before your test day so please do not worry if you have not heard from us by then. 
  • This final confirmation email will include all the information you need on the test day so please make sure you read it carefully.
  • We do not send any confirmation letters through the post so you need to ensure you provide the correct email address and have regular access to it.

Candidates Under 18 Years of Age

If you are under the age of 18 at the time of your test, consent must be given by your parent or legal guardian for your photograph and fingerprint to be taken on the test day as part of the IELTS Registration process. The consent form can be downloaded by clicking here. Please note we are unable to confirm your place in the test until we receive a signed consent form.

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

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.

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 candidate’s disability.
  • Outline how the disability justifies special arrangements.

Additional criteria applies in the case of applications for special arrangements for candidates 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 which have been carried out.
  • The report must be written by a fully qualified psychologist (educational, clinical or chartered)

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

Refunds and Test Date Transfers

If you wish to apply for a refund or transfer, you must let us know at least 5 weeks before your test. If your test date is less than 5 weeks away, please contact as soon as possible for further assistance.

The University of Nottingham IELTS Centre

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 4419
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155