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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses all your English skills and is designed to reflect how English is used in real life.

It is recognised by over 11,000 organisations globally and it is accepted in 140 countries. Millions of tests are taken each year.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

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About the IELTS test

Find out more about the test and how you will be scored, including information on IELTS test preparation.

How to apply for an IELTS

Information on how to apply for an IELTS test, including ID requirements and special arrangements.

How to prepare for an IELTS

Information on how to prepare for your IELTS test.

What happens on test day?

How to find the IELTS test centre, what you need to bring and what you can expect from the day.

Receiving your results

You can see your results online, 13 days (IELTS on Paper) and 3-5 days (IELTS on Computer) after the test.

We also post a copy of your test results (the Test Report form, TRF) to the address stated on your application.

Fees and useful forms

Information on IELTS costs and useful forms for test takers.


Book an IELTS test

There are two IELTS tests available: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.

For more information, please visit the IELTS website.

The University of Reading offers both IELTS on paper and IELTS on computer tests. If you are unsure which format to choose, please read further information on test format.

Book an IELTS test at our centre

Test dates for IELTS on paper

Test date Version/s Results release date


29/10/2022  Academic and General Training 11/11/2022 
19/11/2022  Academic and General Training 02/12/2022 
03/12/2022  Academic and General Training 16/12/2022 

Test dates for IELTS on computer

Test date Version/s
19/10/2022  Academic and General Training
26/10/2022  Academic and General Training
02/11/2022 
Academic and General Training
09/11/2022 Academic and General Training
23/11/2022 Academic and General Training 
07/12/2022  Academic and General Training 
10/12/2022  Academic and General Training 
14/12/2022  Academic and General Training 

Results are released 3 - 5 days after completing your computer test.