Identification Document

To apply for an IELTS Test, you need a valid ID document:

  • Passport
  • European ID
  • Biometric Residence Permit Card (BRP Card)
  • ARC card (Needs authorisation)

*For IELTS test in Israel only Passport is accepted.

If you don’t have your ID document on the day of your test, you won’t be allowed to sit the test and you will lose your test fee. If you need to change your ID before your test, please contact the test centre before your test day.


General Training or Academic?

You should speak to the institution that has requested an IELTS test from you and ask which one they require, but as a guideline:

  • The Academic module is for people who want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, or who wish to register with a professional body.
  • The General Training module focuses on basic survival skills in a broader social and educational setting. General Training is suitable if you are joining a training programme or doing work experience in English speaking countries but is not designed for degree level. This module is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.



If you wish to use an IELTS test result as a part of your application to UKVI – apart from some types of student visa – you may need to take an IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills test.

To find out whether you need to take an approved SELT test, what level you need to achieve, and which test you can use, you should visit There is also a wealth of information on UKVI’s website

Both the UKVI and Life Skills tests must be taken at an IELTS test location specifically authorised by UKVI and must be taken under specified conditions. You will receive an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form to show that your test met these requirements.

To apply for an IELTS Test, you need a valid ID document:

  • Passport*
  • European ID
  • Biometric Residence Permit Card (BRP Card)
  • ARC card (Needs authorisation)
  • *For IELTS test in Israel only Passport is accepted.
*If you have sent your passport to the Home Office, you should contact the Home Office and request to have it returned to you for the exam day. IH London cannot accept certified copies of passports.

If you think that you will not have your ID on the test day, please contact us as soon as possible up to 1 working day before your test at for UK customers, fo Israel customers.

IMPORTANT: If you do not have your original passport/ID document on the day of the exam, you will not be allowed to sit the exam, losing your test fee.


The IELTS test fee is £185 for UK.

For IELTS in Israel the test fee is 1200ILS.

You can apply and pay for an IELTS test online or by post.

You’ll need to upload a copy of your passport or Identity Card (both sides in this case). More information is available on our IELTS registration page.

  • To apply by post, download an IELTS Application Form and post it to the address below along with a copy of the ID you will use on your test.

IELTS – Exams Department
International House London
16 Stukeley Street



You can pay for an IELTS test online.

To pay online please visit Book your test – International House London (

If you have any issues with the payment process please contact


Please note that occasionally we may need to receive payments before the 24 hours deadline from application. In this case we will contact you.


The IELTS test is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16. International House London IELTS Centre can not accept applicants under the age of 16.

The test day photo is an integral part of the identity verification process, and every candidate, including minors, must have the test day photo taken without exception.

If you are under 18, we require permission from your parent or a legal guardian to allow us to capture your photo and finger scan during the registration process on the exam day. For this reason, your parent/guardian will be required to complete your booking on your behalf.


You can apply for Special Requirements for your IELTS Paper-based test. This option is not available for Computer delivered IELTS.

If you require a modified version of IELTS (i.e. braille papers, enlarged font, special CD for Listening, etc.), you must give the test centre three months’ notice. If your circumstances require special arrangements to be made, (i.e. extra time, headphones for Listening, etc.) you must give the test centre a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice.

Please be aware that you are required to provide medical evidence to support your claim. The medical report should be written in English and within a period of two years before the test date, by a medical professional.

Please contact the test centre for more information



You will find your arrival times in your confirmation letter. Unfortunately, candidates who arrive late for registration will not be allowed to take the test and will lose their test fee.

If you cannot attend the test because of a serious emergency, you must provide us with a Transfer/Cancellation Form along with a medical certificate (a letter from a GP, Hospital or a walk-in clinic) or a police report within five days of the missed test. The test centre will assess the request and decide if it’s acceptable and contact you with the next steps.

The form must clearly state the reason why you were unable to attend the IELTS test and must be appropriately dated and stamped/signed. Please scan and email the form and reports to: for UK for Israel

Download Emergency Cancellation or transfer form