Welcome to IELTS testing in Hastings
Please note that the test at Sussex Coast College in Hastings is administered by the Sussex Downs College IELTS Test Centre. All enquiries, applications and payment must go through our central administration office at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne.
Sussex Downs College is a large IELTS test centre. We run regular tests at our Eastbourne campus and at our IELTS venues in Brighton and Hastings. Each month around 1000 candidates take their IELTS test with us.
On the day of your test, you must bring your current valid passport, National ID card or Home Office ID card. Please enter your passport or ID number on the application form. Please note that a student card or driving licence is NOT acceptable as proof of your identity. Please also note that photocopies of passports are NOT acceptable.
What do I do if I have to send my passport away? If you need to send your passport away for VISA registration etc. before doing so you must contact the IELTS test center for further advice on booking a test.
What is IELTS?
IELTS is the internationally recognised system for assessing English language proficiency and is jointly managed by the British Council, Cambridge ESOL and IDP Education in Australia
The IELTS Test tests all four language skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
A Choice of IELTS Tests
There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic or General Training. The Academic IELTS Test is suitable if you are planning to attend an academic or vocational course at Sussex Downs College or at another UK institution, or if you plan to attend an English-speaking university for an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
The General Training IELTS Test is suitable if you are planning to work in an English-speaking country, if you are planning to attend a UK school or to migrate to an English-speaking country.
The IELTS Score System
The IELTS Test has a 9 band score system.
IELTS 7.5+ is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) and level C2 on the Common European Framework (CEF). IELTS 3.0 is the equivalent to a pre-intermediate level of English and level A2 on the CEF.
If you are looking to attend an A Level programme at Sussex Downs College you will be required to have at least an overall Academic IELTS score of 5.5, with at least 5.0 in writing for three A Level subjects.
Why Take Your IELTS Test With Us?
We run regular IELTS test dates throughout the year (see below for test dates) 14 working day results service Take your IELTS test in a calm and friendly atmosphere Excellent facilities Expert staff
IELTS Test Dates for 2013
Eastbourne Test Centre
Brighton Test Centre
Hastings Test Centre
|12th January (Academic and General)||19th January (Academic only)||9th March (Academic and General)|
|19th January (Academic only)||23rd February (Academic only)||15th June (Academic only)|
|16th February (Academic only)||23rd March (Academic and General)|
|23rd February (Academic only)||27th April (Academic and General)|
|2nd March (Academic only)||25th May (Academic and General)|
|9th March (Academic and General)||8th June (Academic and General)|
|23rd March (TBC)||22nd June (Academic and General)|
|6th April (Academic and General)||6th July (Academic and General)|
|13th April (Academic only)||27th July (Academic and General)|
|27th April (Academic and General)||17th August (Academic and General)|
|11th May (Academic only)||28th September (Academic only)|
|18th May (Academic only)||12th October (Academic and General)|
|25th May (Academic and General)||9th November (Academic and General)|
|8th June (Academic and General)||7th December (Academic and General)|
|15th June (Academic only)|
|22nd June (Academic and General)|
|6th July (Academic and General)|
|13th July (Academic only)|
|27th July (Academic and General)|
|3rd August (Academic only)|
|17th August (Academic and General)|
|24th August (Academic only)|
|7th September (Academic and General)|
|21st September (Academic and General)|
|28th September (Academic only)|
|12th October (Academic and General)|
|26th October (Academic and General)|
|9th November(Academic and General)|
|16th November (Academic only)|
|30th November (Academic only)|
|7th December (Academic and General)|
IELTS test results for all our test venues are made available online on the same day they are posted to students, approximately 13 days after the exam itself.*
*Sussex Downs College give no guarantee as to the accuracy of all or any information. You should wait until you receive the official Test Report Form showing your results and make decisions based on that information.
How to Book your IELTS Test
Please note that all applications and payment must be sent to our central administration office at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne.
You must submit your completed IELTS Test application form at least one week before your chosen test date. If your test date is within three weeks of you submitting the application form please pay by credit card, postal order or cash.
IELTS Test Fees
The 2013 IELTS test fee is £140.00 (if paying by cash) and £145.00 (if paying by credit card).
You can pay for your IELTS Test by:
Credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or debit card
On the back of your application form please write, the credit or debit card number, the valid from and expiry date, the issue number for Solo and Electron cards, the cardholder’s name and you must include the 3-digit security code that is shown next to the signature on the back of the card.
If you are paying from a UK bank account you can pay by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to Sussex Downs College. Please also write your full name on the back of your cheque.
You can buy Postal Orders from a UK Post Office. Please make it payable to: Sussex Downs College.
You can pay by cash in person. If you are sending cash in the post we strongly recommend that you send this via secure next day delivery or recorded delivery.
Please note that no refund will be given unless we have a minimum of five weeks written notice of change or cancellation.
Application Forms and Other Documents
You can download your IELTS Test application form, IELTS Test candidate information, the IELTS notice to Candidates and further reading about the Sussex Downs College IELTS Test Centre here:
Please return your IELTS Application form to:
IELTS Exams Officer Sussex Downs College Cross Levels Way Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 2UF
Contact Our IELTS Test Centre
You can speak to our IELTS Test centre team at:
Opening Times: he IELTS office is open from 8am to 12.30pm Please do not come to the centre outside of these times as you will not be seen.