Welcome to Sussex Downs College IELTS Test Centre
Sussex Downs College is a well-established IELTS Test Centre. Our expertise in managing and delivering IELTS tests means our test days are well organised, allowing you to focus on your test and helping to reduce your stress.
On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes.
If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).
Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests and http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/ielts_in_the_uk.aspx
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 Sussex Downs College?
- Regular IELTS test dates throughout the year (see below for test dates)
- 13 day results service
- Take your IELTS test in a calm and friendly atmosphere
- Excellent facilities
- Expert staff
IELTS TEST DATES 2017
Please note that the 14 October test date has had to be moved to 21 October 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.
Contact Our IELTS Test Centre
You can speak to our IELTS Test centre at:
Telephone: +44 (0)3030039230
The IELTS office is open between 9am and 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note the office is closed all day on Thursdays.
*Please only call or come to the test centre within the above times* If you do come to the test centre outside of these opening times, you will not be seen.
IELTS Test Centre
Sussex Downs College
Cross Levels Way
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding IELTS testing at Sussex Downs College, please contact the Test Centre Manager, Kathryn Urquhart, in writing and send it, either to the postal address above, or email: IELTS@sussexdowns.ac.uk
How to Book your IELTS Test
You must apply online for your IELTS test. Please follow this link to apply:
IELTS Test Fees
The IELTS test fee is £155.00.
Paying for your IELTS Test:
Credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or debit card
Please telephone the IELTS office between 9am and 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to pay for your test. Please note the office is closed on Thursdays.
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. The IELTS office is open between 9am and 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to pay for your test. Please note the office is closed on Thursdays. Please do not come out side of the above times as you will not be seen.
Please note that no refund will be given unless we have a minimum of five weeks written notice of change or cancellation.