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IELTS Application Procedure

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How do I apply for the IELTS test?

It is advisable that candidates should submit their completed application forms as early as possible before the test date. Please check availability on the test dates page.

Please check that you have the most current version of the application form.  The version should be UCLES 2012 EMC/4949/2Y11, this is printed on the back of the application form.

Applications by mail

  • Download and print out the IELTS application form
  • Read through the Information for Candidates
  • Read through the Candidate Identity Verification document
  • Complete the application form and attach:
    • two recent passport sized photos (please note that you should not be wearing glasses in the photos)
    • a copy of the photo page and the visa page of your passport / national identity card
    • a postal order to cover the test fee made payable to 'Cardiff University' OR a fully completed IELTS credit/debit card payment form.
  • The test fee for 2014 is £145.
  • Send the completed application form, payment, two passport sized photos (no more than 6 months old) and a copy of the photo page and the visa page of your passport/national identity card to:

    IELTS Test Centre
    Cardiff University
    Deri House, 2-4 Park Grove
    Cardiff CF10 3BN

IELTS is not recommended for under 16's.  If the applicant is aged 16 to 18, please include a completed Informed Consent Form with the application.   

Please ensure that you use the correct postage. A4 envelopes will require a 'large' stamp, not a standard first class stamp. For more information about postage please see

Applications in person

Instead of mailing your application you may wish to deliver it in person by bringing your completed application form and payment to the address above.

If you choose this method of application, you can also pay by cash or credit/debit card.

Office opening times: 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday)

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