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Book your test

You can reserve a place on an IELTS test either online, by post or in person.

Before you book

  1. Check that you are applying for the appropriate test for your requirements. We cannot accept responsibility for applications made in error.
  2. Check availability of the test dates. We advise that you submit your completed application as early as possible before the test date.
  3. Read the information for candidates booklet and the candidate identity verification document.

Changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELTS)

There have been important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for visa purposes.

These changes do not affect people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and 'majority English speaking countries' as defined by the UK Home Office.

To find out more, please read our guidance before applying for a test.

To get started, please enter your details online at the British Council website. Once you have completed this, you'll then need to email us the following documents within 24 hours to secure your place:

  • Scanned copy of your passport or national identity card (EU citizens only).
  • Payment of £175 from January 2019. Please complete the IELTS payment form. Cardiff University can only accept payment by credit/debit card.

Minor test takers

If you're under 18 at the time of taking the test, then you'll also need to include an informed consent form.

IELTS is not recommend for under-16s.

To apply by post or in person, you'll need to download and complete the application form and attach:

  • A copy of your passport or national identity card (EU citizens only).
  • Payment of £175  from January 2019. Please complete the IELTS payment form. Cardiff University can only accept payment by credit/debit card.

Minor test takers

If you are under 18 at the time of taking the test, then you'll also need to include an informed consent form.

IELTS is not recommend for under-16s.

Post your application or deliver by hand to our office.

Cancellation or transfer

Cancellations can be requested either:

  • within 14 days of your test being booked, or
  • more than 5 weeks before your test date.

Please note that cancellations cannot be made within 24 hours of your test date.

Transfers can be requested either:

  • within 14 days of your test being booked, or
  • more than 5 weeks before the test date.

Please note that transfers cannot be made within 24 hours of your test date.

Transfers and cancellations requested for medical reasons are exempt from these deadlines if medical evidence is provided within 5 working days of your test date.

To request a test cancellation or transfer, please email ielts@cardiff.ac.uk

Special arrangements

If you need a modified version of the test – for example, a test created in Braille – you must give us three months notice. If you need us to make special administrative arrangements – such as extra time – you must give six weeks notice.

To find out more, please contact us.