Apply for a Test

How to Apply

To apply for an IELTS test at the University of Reading, please visit British Council IELTS Reqistration.

Make sure you read and accept the 'IELTS Test Terms & Conditions' when you apply for a test. Full terms and conditions can be found at Take IELTS Terms & Conditions.

When you sign the application form declaration, you are confirming that you read and understood the IELTS Terms & Conditions and agree to abide by them.

ID Requirements

Candidates must bring their original ID document with them on the day of the test. Copies will not be accepted and candidates will NOT be allowed to sit the IELTS test without their original ID document.

The following forms of ID are acceptable:

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid European Union ID card
  • Valid Swiss, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein ID card
  • Valid Biometric Residence Permit Card
  • Subject to prior approval- documents held by those seeking refugee status (Immigration Status Document or Travel Document)

If your ID changes before the test (e.g. you have a new passport) you must contact the IELTS Administration office 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 us.

If a candidate is under 18, we request that a parent or guardian completes the form below, giving consent for the candidate's photo and fingerprint to be taken on the test day as part of the registration process. Once completed, please return to

 IELTS Consent Form

Special Requirements

IELTS is designed to be a fair test. Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any additional needs you may have.

We make every effort to cater for the special requirements of our test takers.

You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of booking your test.

Whatever special provisions you need, please contact us at to discuss your needs as it can take up to 3 months for us to put special arrangements in place.

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Contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 6223


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