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IELTS Test Centre

Official IELTS Testing Centre

The College has been the IELTS Testing Centre for the Oxford region since 1996. 

Since then Kings Oxford has tested over 25,000 candidates.

We currently test around 3,000 candidates per year – a number that continues to grow. 


IELTS, the International English Language Testing System is jointly owned by The British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS scores are accepted by over 8000 recognizing organizations and delivered in 900 + locations worldwide. In the last year, 3,000,000 people took the IELTS test. For a list of organizations that accept IELTS scores, please visit

The IELTS Test has two modules to choose from Academic and General Training. The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at university level and for those seeking professional registration. The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English speaking country and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level. For more general information on IELTS, please visit

Remember to look at Information for Candidates Booklet before booking your test. 

Taking the exam

All IELTS tests in Oxford are administered by Kings Oxford, the accredited British Council testing centre for the region.

The college office is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. This is the address for all correspondence.

It is located at:

Kings Oxford
21 St Michael's Street
Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 711829
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 747791

The test is in two parts:

1. The main exam (listening, reading and writing) 
2. The speaking test which is taken separately.

The Main Exam

This is taken on Saturday morning from 09.00 to approximately 13.30. It is administered by Kings Oxford at:

The King's Centre Ltd 
Osney Mead 

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There is no parking at The King's Centre. If you travel to the venue by car, we recommend that you use Seacourt Park and Ride.

Please note that there are no refreshments available at The King's Centre.

The Speaking Test

This is taken before the main exam on Wednesday (17:30 – 20:00), on Thursday (16.00-20.00) or on Friday (13.30-18.00) at 21 St Michaels St, Oxford, OX1 2EB.

You will be told the exact time of your speaking test by e-mail about ten days in advance. If you have not received an e-mail 7 days before your test, please contact the IELTS office.

Speaking Tests at other times

A limited number of “Non Standard” Speaking Test appointments are available on the afternoon of the main exam (Saturday) or during the following week, mainly for the convenience of candidates travelling from outside the Oxford area.

You can read more about the Non Standard Speaking Test and how to request it  in the dedicated section below.

Non-standard speaking test

While Standard IELTS Speaking Test sessions are on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday before the main test, non-standard appointments may be requested at other times:

  • Saturday afternoon (immediately after the main exam);
  • Monday afternoon or Tuesday afternoon the following week.

There is a supplementary fee of £25 for non-standard Speaking Test appointments.

Places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Because of the limitation on places we recommend you send in your request as early as you can.

The main exam is held at The King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES ( while Speaking Tests are normally held at Kings Oxford, St Michael's Campus, Oxford OX1 2EB.

For an appointment on Saturday afternoon you will have to make your own way from The King's Centre to your speaking test venue.

Request Procedure

If you choose to pay online, you will be able to select a non-standard speaking test. Please see the details in your IELTS Application Summary email on “How to Pay”.

If you want to pay in person (cheque, cash, credit card) please make sure you ask for a Saturday (or following Monday or Tuesday) speaking test when you pay.

IELTS Cancellation and Transfer Policy

If you book an IELTS test, you have the right to cancel it within 14 days of payment. The whole amount will be refunded to you.

If your test is within the next 14 days, and you paid for your test less than 14 days ago, you are eligible to receive a partial refund (75% of the test fee).

However, if the test is to take place 24 hrs from the cancellation date, you won’t be eligible for a refund.

Please note that if you apply for a refund more than 5 weeks before the test (and more than 2 weeks since you paid), you are entitled to a refund of 75% of the test fee.

If you apply for a refund less than 5 weeks before the test (and more than 2 weeks since you paid), you will not receive a refund.

Please contact the Kings IELTS Office for help in understanding this policy.

Candidates with special needs

If you have a physical disability or a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you may be entitled to special arrangements including extra time in the test.

If you wish to apply for special arrangements, you must do so at least six weeks before the test date. You will be asked to provide medical evidence.

For more information about special arrangements, please contact our office.

Your identity document (ID)

The rules on proof of identity are very strict. If you come to the test without the correct ID, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee.

  • For all candidates except EU citizens, your ID must be your current passport. (European Union citizens may use their national identity card if they prefer.) 
  • British Residence Permit (BRP) cards are accepted as ID for IELTS. Other types of ID are not accepted.
  • You will need to upload a scanned copy of your ID when you register for your IELTS test online. If you cannot upload a copy, please email it to You must do this immediately (or within one business day).
  • You must bring this exact ID with you to all parts of the test. If you bring a different ID, it will not be accepted.
  • You must bring the original. Photocopies will not be accepted.

If your ID changes before the test (e.g. you have a new passport), you must contact the IELTS office at Kings Oxford immediately. If your passport is at the Home Office, you must get it back before you come to take the test. If you have any doubts about your ID, please contact the IELTS office at Kings Oxford. 

Late arrivals and absence

Registration on the Saturday of the test is at 09:00. Candidates who are late for registration will not be allowed to take the test and will lose their test fee.

If you cannot attend because of a medical emergency, you must provide a medical certificate (a letter from a GP, hospital or walk-in clinic) no later than 5 days after the test. The letter must clearly state the reason that you were unable to attend the test and must be appropriately dated.

Consent for photography

If you are under the age of 18, we require permission from your parent or a legal guardian to allow us to take your photograph and scan your fingerprint during the registration process. Please download the IELTS Consent Form for Photography, complete it and return it to us by email:

Important: Data Protection laws are very strict in the UK. If you are under 18 and you do not submit a Consent for Photography form, we cannot allow you to take the IELTS test.

Test dates

  • Below you will find a table which shows you when the IELTS test dates are offered in Oxford. It also shows you when you will receive your results.
  • Before you apply please read the section Cancelling or Transferring your IELTS test.
  • Results are posted confidentially online 13 days after the exam date. You need your candidate number and ID document number to access your results online.
  • Results are normally dispatched on the dates shown but special examination procedures can sometimes delay this.
  • Candidates may retake the test as often as they wish.
Date of test in OxfordModules availableResults available
Saturday 8 September 2018 Academic, General Training Friday 21 September 2018
Saturday 29 September 2018 Academic, General Training Friday 12 October 2018
Saturday 27 October 2018 Academic, General Training Friday 9 November 2018
Saturday 17 November 2018 Academic Friday 30 November 2018
Saturday 1 December 2018 Academic, General Training Friday 14 December 2018
Saturday 19 January 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 1 February 2019
Saturday 23 February 2019 Academic Friday 8 March 2019
Saturday 23 March 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 5 April 2019
Saturday 6 April 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 19 April 2019
Saturday 4 May 2019 Academic Friday 17 May 2019
Saturday 1 June 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 14 June 2019
Saturday 22 June 2019 Academic Friday 5 July 2019
Saturday 6 July 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 19 July 2019
Saturday 27 July 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 9 August 2019
Saturday 17 August 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 30 August 2019
Saturday 7 September 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 20 September 2019
Saturday 12 October 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 25 October 2019
Saturday 23 November 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 6 December 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019 Academic, General Training Friday 20 December 2019

How to book and pay for your IELTS test

Once you have decided to book your place on an IELTS test at Kings Oxford, this is the process to follow.

1. Submit your application online

On submission of your online application form, you will receive an automated email response acknowledging receipt. This email is called the "IELTS Application Summary".

If this email does not arrive in your in-box, please check your spam or junk folder, especially if you have a Gmail account.

Apply online now

2. Submit a copy of your ID

Upload a clear scan of the personal details page of your passport or European Union National Identity Card when you make your application online.

If you cannot upload your document, then please email a scanned copy to You must do this immediately (or within one business day).

3. Make your payment online

The 2018 fee is £165 (£190 if you require a non-standard speaking test).

The 2019 fee will be confirmed later in 2018, then bookings will be available.

You need to pay immediately (or within one business day).

We must receive your test fee and a copy of your ID document before we can confirm your place on the IELTS test. You will then receive an IELTS Test Confirmation by email.

If this email does not arrive in your in-box, please check your spam or junk folder, especially if you have a Gmail account.

Pay online now

Results service

You will receive an email giving full information on how to access your results online about 5 days before the exam.

Results can be viewed on the IELTS website at

Please note if you lose this information you will not be able to call to ask for your candidate number as staff are not allowed to give this information over the phone.

Test Report Forms

Your official IELTS result takes the form of a Test Report Form (TRF).

TRFs are normally sent out by first-class post ten working days after the date of your test.

We are only permitted to issue TRFs by post or personally by hand to you. We are not permitted to send results by fax or email or to give results over the telephone. We are permitted to issue only one TRF directly to you. If you lose it, you will not be issued with a duplicate. However, we can send duplicate TRFs directly to universities or institutions for you. We will make an administrative charge of £18 for any duplicate TRFS issued more than six weeks after the test date.

Sending results to universities or employers

If you need to prove your test result (for example to a university or employer), you can ask us to send a duplicate of your TRF directly to them. We are not permitted to give the duplicate to you.

To request this, please email and state your name as it apears on your TRF, the date you took the test, and the addresses of the people you wish the copy to be sent to. 

We are permitted to issue up to five duplicate TRFs within 4 weeks of your test date. If you ask us to issue a duplicate after this period or if you ask for more than five, we will make an administrative charge of £18 for the first duplicate and £6 for each subsequent duplicate issued at the same time.

When you register online please ensure that we have the correct address for where you will be two weeks after the test. Please also ensure that we have the full addresses of any universities or other organisations to which you want us to send duplicates of your results.

Collecting your TRF in person

If you wish to collect your TRF in person, please make this clear when you register. In this case, your TRF will be held at the college, not posted. The TRF can only be given to you (not a friend or representative) and you must present the same identity document as you showed on the day of the test.

Enquiry on Results

IELTS is a challenging test. It tests a candidate's ability in English and it allows access to university and to professional organisations. Some candidates feel disappointed when they get their results and they want to know if they can get their test re-marked.

There is a procedure for re-marking IELTS tests and it is called an Enquiry on Results. This is when one or any of your papers are sent to The British Council to be re-marked by a Senior Examiner. There is a fee of £60.00 for this service. The fee is refunded if there is a change to your results. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

The IELTS test is rigorously marked and all results are carefully checked before they are published. It is rare for a result to be changed following an Enquiry on Results.

If you want more information about the Enquiry on Results, please contact our office

IELTS preparation courses with Kings

At Kings, we offer IELTS preparation courses in all of our UK locations. For full information, including start dates and entry requirements, please visit the IELTS Preparation courses page.

IELTS preparation materials

The following IELTS preparation materials are provided by the British Council: