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In response to this, the IELTS Partners have developed a test that retains the quality and accuracy of IELTS to give education providers a clear indication of an applicant's English language skills.  While it is not intended to replace IELTS, education institutions will be able to use IELTS Indicator results to help assess students' applications during this period of suspended in-person testing. 
To learn more about IELTS Indicator, please visit

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is owned by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP Australia. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of test takers who want to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication. Queen's University is an IELTS Centre, based in the Information Services Directorate (contact details below).

IELTS Test Centre, The McClay Library, 10 College Park, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1LP
Enquiries: Tel: 028 9097 6134 or 6166 | Email: 

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Centre location is A on Map (please note the test venue will be in another Unversity building - you will be given the relevant information before test day)

It is possible to arrange for 1 to 1 tuition sessions to help you prepare for the IELTS test.  Please email or phone us to discuss your requirements.

Download a PDF version of the dates for 2020

  • About IELTS

    IELTS Modules: IELTS is available in two modules, Academic or General Training. You must decide prior to applying which module is best for you as we cannot advise you on which module you should take.  Please note that the General Training Module is not offered on all IELTS test dates. Regardless of whether you are entered for Academic or General Traning you will be tested in four skill areas: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking English. 

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    Usually the Academic module is for test takers who want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course or who wish to register with a professional body.

    Usually the General Training module focuses on basic survival skills in a broader social and educational setting. General Training is suitable if you are joining a training programme or doing work experience in English speaking countries, but is not designed for degree level. This module is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

    Please read the Important Information for Test Takers Booklet- this 8-page PDF contains important information to help you prepare for your IELTS test.

    IELTS is a pencil and paper test.  Computer based IELTS tests are not currently available at Queen's IELTS Centre.

    IELTS [International English Language Testing System] main website can be accessed here:

    Please note, if you need to take the Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes,  please visit the British Council website

  • Test Dates

    * Please note enrolment is on a first-come first-served basis 

    Download a PDF copy of the timetable here

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    Exam Date
    Modules Offered
    Results Available
    Exam Venue
    Sat 24 October 2020 Academic & General 06/11/20  
    Sat 21 November 2020 Academic & General 04/12/20  
    Sat 28 November 2020 Academic 11/12/20  
    Sat 5 December 2020 Academic & General 18/12/20  


  • How to apply

    Please note that if you register for UKVI IELTS, your application will be for the British Council Belfast centre and not the Queen's University Belfast centre.

    There are 2 steps to apply for a test

    1. Apply via the button on the right

    Please complete the online application (fully and correctly). You should receive an email confirmation of your registration with a reference number.  Please quote this number in all correspondence. You will be required to upload a scanned copy of your passport.

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     2. Pay using a credit or debit card via

    The IELTS test fee is £175.00 for 2020. If your payment was made using someone else's card, please email with the order number so we can track your payment. Please contact us if you are unable to pay by this method. Please note that you need to register on the British Council system first (see Step 1) to book a test.


    Cancellation Policy

    Test takers who elect to cancel their registration more than five weeks prior to the test date will receive a refund, less a £25 administration charge. 

    Test takers who elect to cancel their registration within the five-week period prior to the test date will receive no refund.

    Test Date Transfer Policy

    Test takers may transfer test dates if they notify the test centre more than five weeks prior to the elected test date. The new test date must be within the next 3-month period. If a candidate wishes to transfer to a test date more than 3 months away they should apply for a refund and re-apply for the test.

    Test takers who wish to transfer test dates within the five week period prior to the test date will be treated as a cancellation and receive no refund.

    Please ask for a Request for Transfer Form - A £25 administration charge is applicable.

  • Exam Day - Advice

    All test takers must bring their passport with them to the test centre on the day of their exam. WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT NATIONAL ID CARDS FROM EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES. IF YOU ARE FROM OUTSIDE THE EU, YOU MUST USE YOUR PASSPORT FOR IDENTIFICATION.

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    Test takers must bring with them pencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. The only items permitted in the exam room are pencils, a pencil sharpener, erasers and passports. We do not supply pencils/sharpeners or rubbers so please ensure you bring your own.

    All other belongings such as watches, coats, bags, pencil cases, glasses cases, mobile phones etc. must be left in another locked room designated by the supervisor. This room will remain locked for the duration of the exam. We cannot accept responsibility for any items lost or stolen on the exam day and we would advise test takers not to bring mobile telephones, laptops, or expensive clothing to the examination venue.

    Any test taker, who retains their watch, phone/pager within their possession, will be disqualified.

    Test takers may not wear coats during the examination. We would advise you to dress appropriately.

    From the outset of the test you will be under examination conditions and you will not be permitted to leave your seat or speak to other test takers until the end of the Writing Module.

    Cheating of any kind will not be permitted. This means talking, copying, using prepared notes or continuing to write after you have been asked to stop. Test takers who are caught cheating will not be allowed to sit the remaining tests and will not receive a Test Report Form

  • Post Exam

    The results are issued 13 days after the test. The results are sent to you by post and alternatively you can collect results on the day they are released. Collection in person must be arranged with the IELTS office in advance.  You can access your results on the 13th day following the test via

    No results are given over the phone. 

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    How is my IELTS score calculated?

    You can't fail IELTS.  The test assesses all levels of English based on a 9-band scale.

    You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

    For further information please see:

    Re-mark of an IELTS result

    • If an IELTS candidate wishes to have any part of their IELTS score remarked, the following procedure must be followed:
    • email for an Enquiry on Result application form. Please 1) put Enquiry on Result application form into the Subject Line and 2) make it clear which sections of the test you wish to have remarked.
    • Centre details can be found at the top of your Test Report Form eg. Centre number and candidate number.
    • Return the form by email and make your payment at the following URL
    • When the centre receives the form and payment, your exam material will be sent to the British Council for remarking by a Senior Examiner. The British Council will notify the IELTS centre of the Senior Examiner’s decision within 2-3 weeks after receiving the material.
    • A letter will be posted to you advising you of the decision from the British Council.

    What if a change is made to my results? – You will be sent a new Test Report Form showing the changes made. Within approximately 10 working days and a full refund will be credited to your credit/debit card.

    What if there is no change to my results? – The Senior Examiner’s decision is final and no refund of the enquiry fee will be made. Your original Test Report Form will remain valid.

    Requests for extra copies of results to be sent to organisations

    Please note that test takers can request extra copies for themselves.

    Up to five (5) copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge.

    If you have already taken your IELTS test and would like to request an extra copy for yourself or send further copies of your results to academic institutions, government bodies or employers,

    Please note that we are unable to print extra copies of results which are more than two years old.