IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is the key language qualification which is required for entry into British, Australian (and many American) universities and colleges of higher education. More than 7,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.
LSI is one of the few private language schools to have been approved by the British Council as an official testing centre and our test certificates are recognised by more than 9,000 organisations around the world. You can take your exam with us if you will not need the certificate for UK visa purposes. At LSI you can receive specialist training in the exam skills required and then take the exam at school. We can also assist and give advice to students with their university applications.
If you are interested in taking one of our training courses, please click here.
The official IELTS website is: www.ielts.org.
On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes.
For a list of the test dates, fees and how to register online, please visit https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/lsiportsmouth. Our office is open for test enquiries between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.
Registration and Payment
If you wish to register for the IELTS exam online, please visit https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/lsiportsmouth
. If you prefer to send us a paper application form, please download and print an IELTS application form from http://ielts.org/PDF/IELTS_Application_Form_Web.pdf
, and complete it in full. Return the form together with the payment and a photocopy of your passport or national ID (for EU citizens only). On the application form, you must indicate which ID document you will bring on the test day and the number of this document. On the test day, you are required to bring the same form of identity.To summarize, you need to:
- a. fill in the application form
- b. attach payment
- c. attach a photocopy of your passport or your EU national ID.
You need to send your paperwork to:
Applications are closed when a test is fully booked or three working days before the test date, whichever comes first.
Yes, you can. You must hand in a completed form, ID photocopy and payment for every test you take.
All candidates are tested in four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking components are the same for all candidates, but the Reading and Writing components are divided into two modules: Academic and General Training. See IELTS Official Practice Materials or visit www.ielts.org
Generally speaking, if you are planning to apply for tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and for professional registration, you need to take the Academic Training module. If you are going to an English speaking country to complete your secondary education, or to undertake work experience or training programmes which are not at degree level, or for immigration purposes, then the General Training module may be more suitable.To be sure about which module to take before you apply for the exam, you should check the requirements with your prospective receiving institutions (academic institutions/government agencies/professional bodies/employers/sponsors).
When you send us the application form, you can attach:
- a cheque made payable to “Language Specialists International”. Please note that we must receive your cheque no later than three weeks before the test date.
- a postal order obtainable from the post office made payable to “Language Specialists International”. The post office will charge you for this service.
- if you prefer to pay by credit/debit card, please ring us at 02392291811.You will not be able to pay for the exam until you have sent us your completed application form and passport copy or EU national ID copy, please make sure that we have received this before you call. If you are using another person's card to pay for the test, it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the card holder.
- if you come into our school, you can pay cash. Our office is open between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.
We regret that we cannot reserve a place without a completed form, ID copy and payment.
Preparation at LSI
If you would like to prepare your IELTS examination at LSI, click here
The Pack costs £10; you can send this extra amount together with your application. You can also buy the material at LSI. Alternatively you may order it on www.ielts.org.The pack includes sample test materials for all modules (General Training and Academic Training) and a CD containing a sample Listening test, together with samples of candidates’ Speaking tests. The main purpose of the Practice Materials Pack is to give IELTS candidates an idea of what the test is like. They also give candidates the opportunity to test themselves to see whether their English is at the level required.
We regret that we do not sell books. You can buy them from an English Language Book Shop or online.
Day of the test
The only identification that is accepted is your PASSPORT or your NATIONAL ID (for EU citizens only). Please note that we DO NOT accept photocopies or certified copies. If you do not have your passport or EU national ID with you on the test date you will not be able to take the test and the fee will not be refunded. On the test day, the number on your passport or EU national ID must mach the number on your application form. The only items that you can take into the exam room are: your ID, a couple of pens and pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener and water in a transparent bottle. You will be asked to leave your bags, coats, watches etc. in a separate room. Please leave your mobile phones there – and make sure that they are switched off!
You are strongly advised to wait until your passport is returned to you before you apply for an IELTS test, as there is often a delay at the Home Office in processing visa applications. You will NOT be able to take the test without a valid original passport or EU National ID card.
You need to arrive at LSI between 8:30 and 9:00 am (click here for a map
The three modules in the morning take about two hours and 40 minutes: Listening (approx. 40 min), Reading (60 min) and Writing (60 min). The Speaking module in the afternoon takes 11-14 min. However, the Speaking test is scheduled between 13:45 and 18:30. You must therefore leave the whole day free for your test!
There will be no breaks during the morning modules.
You MUST make sure you will be able to receive it back before your test date. You will not be allowed to take the test with us without a valid original passport or EU natinal ID card.
If you wish to transfer or cancel your test, you must give us at least five weeks' notice and there will be an administration charge of £30. If you want to transfer or cancel within five weeks, you will be charged the full fee unless you provide appropriate medical evidence to support your request. This medical evidence must be provided no later than five days after the test. An administrative fee of £30 will be deducted from any refund. If your application for a test date transfer has been approved, you must select a test date within the next three-month period depending on availability in our centre. If you wish to transfer to a test date more than three months away, you should apply for a refund and then re-apply for the test.
You will lose your full test fee, unless you are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to us to explain your absence. Medical evidence must be provided no later than five days after the test date. Refunds will only be provided for serious illness and an administrative fee of £30 will be deducted from any refund. If your application for a test date transfer has been approved, you must select a test date within the next three-month period depending on availability in our centre. If you wish to transfer to a test date more than three months away, you should apply for a refund and then re-apply for the test.
We are not allowed to re-mark your test in our centre or give you feedback/comments on your test performance. However, you can apply for your test to be re-marked by a Senior Examiner at British Council London, who will usually notify us of the re-mark results within six to nine weeks from the date they receive your exam materials. There is a charge of £60 for this service, which will be refunded if your result is changed to a higher band score. If you would like to go ahead with EOR, please contact us to request an EOR form. You will need to complete it and send it back to us as soon as possible, together with a cheque of £60 made payable to “Language Specialists International” and your ORIGINAL Test Report Form. Please note that all EOR applications must be made within six weeks of the test date.
We regret that we are only permitted to release the results by letter. However, you will be able to check your results online!Go to https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx
Input your Test Date, Date of Birth, ID Number &Candidate NumberPlease note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement.
Yes. On the test date, you must inform our invigilator this person’s name and date of birth and he/she must present his/her ID document to our staff before collecting your results.
The test results are issued on the 13th day after the test. We normally send your test certificate to you by post. If you need to collect it from our centre, please let our invigilators know on the day of the test. Our office is open between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday except public holidays. While you are waiting for your certifcate, you will be able to check your results online!Go to https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx
Input your Test Date, Date of Birth, ID Number & Candidate NumberPlease note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement.