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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 20,000 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, 2,000,000 people took the IELTS test. For a list of organizations that accept IELTS scores, please visit http://bandscore.ielts.org.
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 www.ielts.org. For IELTS practice test materials visit takeielts.britishcouncil.org.
Remember to look at Information for Candidate 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.
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
Google map showing location: http://goo.gl/maps/xqxXg
The Speaking Test
This is taken before the main exam at one of our campuses in Oxford, on Wednesday (17:30 – 20:00), on Thursday (16.00-20.00) or on Friday (13.30-18.00).
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 (http://goo.gl/maps/xqxXg) 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.
If you choose to pay online, you will be able to select a non-standard speaking test. Please see the details in your application confirmation 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.
Cancelling or postponing your test
If you cannot take the test for medical reasons and can show a full medical certificate, you will be offered the next available test without extra charge. If you wish to cancel or postpone for any other reason, you must give at least five weeks’ notice.
An administrative charge will be made. If you cancel or postpone later than this, you will forfeit the whole test fee. All cancellations and postponements must be made in writing (by post, fax or email).
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.) Other kinds of ID will not be accepted.
- You will need to email a copy of your ID to email@example.com with your IELTS Application Summary also attached.
- 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.
Below you will find a date search widget. This will tell you when IELTS tests are offered in Oxford and the closing dates for these sessions. It also shows whether places are available and when you can expect your results to be ready. The information is updated daily.
Before you search for your ideal date, please note:
- Sessions may be full before the closing date
- There is no refund of fees for cancellations or postponements after the closing date
- Places do not become available as a result of cancellations after the closing date - please don't ask.
- Results are posted confidentially online 13 days after the exam date. You will need your candidate number and passport ID number.
- 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. Note however that the closing date for each test is still five weeks before the test.
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".
2. E-mail a copy of your ID document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must do this immediately (or within one business day).
3. Make your payment online.
The fee is £143 (£168 if you require a non-standard speaking test slot) for exams taken in 2014. In 2015 the fees are going up to £148 (£173 if you require a non-standard speaking test slot).
You will need to do this 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.
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 https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx
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 keep a Certificate of Posting to show that your TRF has been sent.
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 email@example.com 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 like this within six 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 £8 for each subsequent duplicate issued.
At registration on the day of your test 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.
IELTS preparation courses with Kings
At Kings, we offer IELTS preparation courses in all of our five locations. For full information, including start dates and entry requirements, please visit the IELTS Preparation courses page.