International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

What is IELTS?

IELTS Official Test Centre

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The Listening and Speaking sections of IELTS are the same for all test takers. The Reading and Writing sections are different depending on whether you choose the Academic or General Training modules.

The Academic module is suitable for university entrance at undergraduate and postgraduate level and for professional registration.

The General Training module is suitable for the purposes of immigration to an English-speaking country and for people wishing to train or study below degree level.

IELTS is available in 140 countries, and last year over 2.9 million tests were taken. It is recognised by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including employers, universities, professional bodies and immigration authorities. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

For further information on the IELTS exam, please look at our links on the right of this page (or below on mobile devices).

Important Information

If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to study a bachelor's degree (BA, BSc etc) or postgraduate degree (MA, MSc, PHD etc) at the University of Sheffield, or any of the institutions listed here you can take IELTS, Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE at this centre.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study below degree level (e.g. an English language or foundation course) or will be applying for a family visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship, you will need to take a "Secure English Language Test" (SELT). The exams offered at our centre are not SELTs.

Exam Room How can I prepare for the test?

The ELTC regularly runs courses to help students prepare for the IELTS exam.

To find out more about our upcoming courses, please visit

There are also some very useful materials online to help you find out more about the IELTS test and practice before you take your exam:

IELTS Preparation 
Road to IELTS

When can I take IELTS at the ELTC?

Our upcoming exam dates are shown in the table below. Please note that the Speaking section will take place on the same date as the other three sections unless otherwise stated.

Date Modules
October 10th Academic Only Register Now
October 31st Academic & General Training Register Now
November 21st Academic & General Training Register Now
December 5th Academic Only Register Now

How can I apply to take the IELTS at the ELTC?

Step 1
The ELTC only accepts online registration for our IELTS exams. To register online for examinations please visit and follow the instructions.

Please note:

  • Registration for each test date closes 5 days before the test. You will not be able to register after that point.
  • Completion of online registration does not guarantee you an IELTS test place. You must also send us the required documents and pay exam fees.

Step 2
After you complete online registration, you should send us a photocopy of your ID document. This must be the same document you used during online registration.  You will need to bring the same document to all your IELTS exams.  It must be a passport or European ID card. You must send a clear photocopy and you must write on the back of your photocopy the date of the IELTS test you registered for. The name on this ID document must be exactly the same as the name you entered during online registration.

Your ID document should be sent to:

The IELTS Administrator
English Language Teaching Centre
The University of Sheffield
78 Hoyle St.
S3 7LG
The UK

Step 3
Test fees for IELTS sittings at the ELTC are £172 for exams in 2020.

The ELTC asks all IELTS test takers to pay their fees by credit or debit card through our secure online payment system. At the end of your online registration (see Step 1 above) you will see a link to our online payment site.

All fees should be paid no later than five days after you register and no later than 5 days before your IELTS test.

If you have any problems with payment of fees, please contact us at

Can I cancel my IELTS test or change to a new date?

If you would like to cancel your IELTS test, you should inform us by email at at least 35 days before your test. We will then refund your test fee minus £25 for admin charges. If you cancel less than 35 days before your test, your fee will not be refunded.

To transfer to a different IELTS test date contact at least 35 days before your test. We will then send you a transfer request form to complete and charge a £25 fee for admin.

I have to send my passport to the Home Office for visa renewal. Can I still take the IELTS test?

You cannot register or take the test without a valid ID (passport, UK residence permit or EU Identity card). You must send us a copy of your ID to register and bring the same original ID on test day. You will not be allowed to take the test without an original ID, and will not receive a refund. If you have any questions, please contact

When can I get my results?

Your IELTS test results will usually be available 13 days after the test. On that day, they will be posted to you. It is also possible to collect them from the ELTC in person. To do this, you will need to bring your identity document with you. Results are never given by telephone, e-mail or SMS.

What can I do if I think there is a mistake with my results?

Test-takers can have one or all of their IELTS papers re-marked if they are not happy with the results they received.  The process is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR) and costs and £90.00. If you have taken an IELTS test at the ELTC and you would like an Enquiry on Results, you must contact no later than 6 weeks from the date of your test.

For more information on the IELTS test, please look at the links on the right of this page.

Contact Us

If you would like to ask us a question about our IELTS tests here at the ELTC, please contact us by e-mail at or phone at 0114 2224931. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am till 4pm.