What is the IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the 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 main 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 10,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations in over 140 countries recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

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Take the IELTS at LSI Portsmouth

LSI Portsmouth is one of the few private English language schools to have been approved by the British Council as an official testing centre and our test certificates are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations around the world. You can take your exam with us if you do not need the certificate for UK visa purposes. At LSI Portsmouth you can receive specialist training in the exam skills required by following our IELTS exam preparation course and then take the exam at school. We can also assist and give advice to students with their university applications.

Important information for IELTS Takers

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 and Immigration (UKVI). For more information, please visit:

Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration

Please note that LSI Portsmouth IELTS Test Centre does not accept applicants under the age of 16.

IELTS test dates at LSI Portsmouth

Academic Module General Training Module
The test fee in 2020 is £175. The test fee in 2021 is £185 The test fee in 2020 is £175. The test fee in 2021 is £185
Saturday, 10th October
Saturday, 31st October Saturday, 31st October
Thursday, 12th November Thursday, 12th November
Saturday, 28th November
Thursday, 3rd December

For more information about availability, please click here

Cancellation / Postponement:

If you wish to postpone or cancel your test, please contact us at [email protected].

Useful Downloads

Application Booklet

Information for Candidates Booklet

Third Person Collection Form

IELTS FAQs

How can I apply for an IELTS exam?

If you wish to register for the IELTS exam online, please click here. During the application process you will be asked to upload a scan of your passport or national ID card (for EU citizens only). On the test day, you must bring the same form of identity.

How much does it cost to take the IELTS exam at LSI Portsmouth?

The test fee in 2020 is £175. The test fee in 2021 is £185

How can I pay for an IELTS exam?

You will not be able to pay for the exam until we have received your completed application form and passport copy or EU national ID copy. Once we have received your application and copies of your ID documents, we will send you details on how to make an online payment via Flywire.

What is the deadline to apply for the test?

Applications are closed when a test is fully booked or seven working days before the test date, whichever comes first.

Can I apply for as many tests as I want?

Yes, you can. You must hand submit a new application for each new test. We must also receive new ID copies and payment for every test you take.

Can I reserve a place?

We regret that we cannot reserve a place without a completed online application, ID copy and payment.

Can I apply for an IELTS test at your centre if I am under 18 years of age?

If you are under 18, please contact the centre at [email protected]. We will send you a Consent Form which needs to be completed in full by your parent or legal guardian. Next, please return it to the centre via email.

Unfortunately, we do not accept applicants who are under 16 years of age.

What is the difference between the Academic and the General Training?

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.  For more information please visit the IELTS website.

Which exam do I have to take, the Academic one or the General one?

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. It is your responsibility to check which module to take before you apply for the exam. You should check the requirements with the immigration authority or other prospective receiving institutions (academic institutions, government agencies, professional bodies, employers, sponsors, etc.). For more information please visit Ielts.org website.

How are the IELTS examiners recruited, trained and monitored?

If you would like to know more about how your examiners are recruited, trained and monitored, click here.

What are the opening times of the IELTS centre?

You can come to the centre between 9.00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.

What are the contact details of the IELTS centre?

Email address: [email protected]
Phone number: 02392291811 (between 9:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday except bank holidays).

What is the address of the centre?

IELTS Department
LSI Portsmouth
1-13 Lord Montgomery Way
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2AH
United Kingdom

For a map, please click here

How can I get to the centre?

By train:
Local Train Stations:

  • Portsmouth and Southsea Station (PMS) – 0.3m from LSI
  • Fratton Train Station (FRT) – 0.9m from LSI
  • Portsmouth Harbour Station (PMH) – 1.0m from LSI

We strongly recommend that if you are travelling by train that you alight at Portsmouth and Southsea train station as it is only a 5-10 minute walk from our centre.

By bus:
Bus numbers 1, 2, 3, X4, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 19A, 20, 21, 23, 700, and the Hoverbus also stop at the station. Bus numbers 7, 19 and 700 also stop on Winston Churchill Avenue and Cambridge Road, which are just a few metres from LSI Portsmouth.

By car:
If you are driving to our test centre, the easiest way to get directions from wherever you are coming from is to enter our postcode PO1 2AH into google maps.

There is plenty of pay & display parking near to the school. Please don’t forget to put money in the meter and then the ticket in your car!

I would like to prepare for my IELTS examination at LSI Portsmouth. What are my options?

LSI Portsmouth offers both face-to-face and online options for IELTS exam preparation. For our full-time IELTS exam preparation course click here and for our online exam preparation course at LSI Portsmouth, click here.

Are there any IELTS preparation materials?

Road to IELTS

You are entitled to 30-hour FREE online preparation materials after you application has been approved and paid for. You need to log into the Candidate Area in order to access those materials.

IELTS Prep App

It’s free to download and available here.

Understanding IELTS

British Council program available here.

You can also order IELTS materials and books from here.

What happens on the IELTS test day?

Test day flowchart

What do I have to bring on the day of the test?

The only identification that is accepted is your valid and original PASSPORT or your NATIONAL ID card (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 match 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 make sure you leave your mobile phones there as well – and make sure that they are switched off!

Valuables: It is strongly recommended that you do not bring valuables with you on the test day. LSI Portsmouth cannot take responsibility for the loss or damage of your personal belongings.

What if I need to send my passport to the Home Office or other institution before the test date?

You MUST make sure you will be able to receive it back before your test date. If there are any delays, you will not be allowed to take the test with us without a valid and original passport or EU National ID card.

What can I do if my passport is at the Home Office?

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 and original passport or EU National ID card.

What time do I need to arrive at LSI Portsmouth on the test day?

You need to arrive at LSI Portsmouth between 8:30 and 9:00am (click here for a map)

How long does the test take?

The three modules in the morning take about two hours and 40 minutes: Listening (approximately. 40 minutes), Reading (60 minutes) and Writing (60 minutes). The Speaking module in the afternoon takes around 11-14 minutes. Speaking tests are scheduled between 1.45 and 6.30pm, therefore you must leave the whole day free for your test!

Are there any breaks during the test?

There will be no breaks during the morning modules.

Where can I have lunch near your centre?

There are many local shops, fast-food chains and cafés available for drinks and food.

You may also bring a packed lunch.

Water coolers are available on several floors.

What happens if I want to postpone or cancel my test?

For information on cancelling your IELTS test or requesting a transfer, please email [email protected].

What happens if I am absent on the day of thes test without giving prior notice?

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 working days after the test date. Refunds will only be provided for serious illness and an administrative fee of £40 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.

When do I get my results?

The test results are issued 13 calendar days after the test. We normally send your test certificate to you by post. If you need to collect it from the centre, please let our invigilators know on the day of the test. Our office is open between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday except public holidays. While you are waiting for your certificate, you will be able to check your results online. You will need to input:

  1. Test Date
  2. Date of Birth
  3. ID Number
  4. Candidate Number

Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement.

How are IELTS results calculated?

If you would like to know how your IELTS results are calculated, go to:

Understand how to calculate your IELTS scores or IELTS scoring in details.

Can you give me my results by phone, e-mail or fax?

No. Certificates can be sent by post or collected at LSI Portsmouth. If you choose to collect your certificate at the centre, you must bring your original and valid passport or National ID (EU citizens only) with you. You can also check your results online. Click here and input your:

  1. Test Date
  2. Date of Birth
  3. ID Number
  4. Candidate Number

Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement.

Can someone else collect my results?

Yes, but it is only possible in exceptional circumstances. Please send an email to [email protected]. The person who will collect your certificate must present his/her ID document to our staff before collecting your results.

What can I do if I am not happy with my results?

We are not allowed to give you feedback or comment 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 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 £110 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 Enquiry of Results (EOR), please send an email to [email protected] to request an EOR form. You will need to complete it and send it back to us as soon as possible. Please note that all EOR applications must be made within six weeks of the test date.

Who do I need to contact if I have any further questions?

If you have more questions for us, please contact [email protected] or call 02392291811 between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

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