Welcome to Sussex Downs College IELTS Test Centre
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 Sussex Downs College?
- 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
|7th December [FULL]|
|25th January (Academic only)|
|15th February (Academic and General)|
|1st March (Academic only)|
|15th March (Academic and General)|
|5th April (Academic and General)|
|26th April (Academic only)|
|10th May (Academic and General)|
|24th May (Academic only)|
|7th June (Academic and General)|
|21st June (Academic and General)|
|28th June (Academic only)|
|12th July (Academic only)|
|19th July (Academic and General)|
|26th July (Academic only)|
|2nd August (Academic and General)|
|9th August (Academic only)|
|16th August (Academic and General)|
|6th September (Academic and General)|
|27th September (Academic only)|
|18th October (Academic and General)|
|1st November (Academic and General)|
|6th December (Academic and General)|
Contact Our IELTS Test Centre
The IELTS office is open from 9am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday. Please do not come to the centre outside of these times as you will not be seen.
You can speak to our IELTS Test centre team at:
How to Book your IELTS Test
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 £131.00 (if paying by cash) and £136.00 (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:
- IELTS Test – Application Form
- IELTS Payment form
- IELTS Test – Information for Candidates
- More information about the Sussex Downs College IELTS Test Centre
Return your IELTS Application form to:
IELTS Exams Officer
Sussex Downs College
Cross Levels Way