What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million IELTS tests taken in the last year. The British Council offers IELTS tests and preparation courses all over the world. We are one of the biggest test centres in Europe.

You can take an Academic or General Training Test. If you’re not sure which one you need – check with the organisation with which you are applying to.

Who is it for?

Studying in the UK

If you are planning to study in the UK and English is not your first language, Universities will take an IELTS score as an indicator of your language proficiency.


An IELTS score is also often required by the immigration authorities of English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Check the score you need for the country you wish to move to.

More information can be found at the British Council website.

Where can I take my test?

You can take your IELTs test at any of our 7 test centres conveniently located throughout West London:

  • Acton Construction & STEM College
  • Ealing Green College
  • Hammersmith & Fulham College
  • Southall Community College
  • Regent's University of London
  • Middlesex University
  • The Down Under Centre at Ealing Broadway (please note that the venue has no disabled

How do I book my test?

You can book a test directly through our pages on the British Council website.

Please check test dates and read the terms and conditions before you book.

Preparing for a test

We also offer a number of Preparation courses to help you get the best score possible.

Find out about Preparation courses.

Once you have booked your test with us, you will also be able to purchase preparation materials.

Contact us

Call us:   +442087411688