IELTS Test Centre

IELTSLogoINTO Glasgow Caledonian University is an examination centre for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.

Trusted for excellence in English language learning

More than 10,000 organisations globally trust IELTS, so when you take the assessment you can be confident that it is recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world. 

How does IELTS work?

IELTS has been developed by some of the world's leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for success in your new job or study placement. You'll be assessed on the following elements:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The test is designed to reflect the sort of language spoken every day in an English-speaking country and even covers variations such as British English, American and Australian English.

Part of the assessment is a real-life conversation that will allow you to communicate effectively with English speakers across the globe.

More information

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Test dates

To find upcoming and available test dates, please click on the following link: http://ielts.britishcoucil.org/intogcu

Applying

Online

Apply online via IELTS Online Registration System then process payment over the telephone, in centre or via bank transfer

In person

Complete the IELTS application at INTO Glasgow Caledonian University's reception desk and process payment by cash, credit or debit card

Payment

The cost per test is £170 and payment can be processed via bank transfer, over the telephone or in the test centre. 

  • Full bank transfer details will be emailed to you, once the online application is complete.
  • Call 0141 273 1944 to process payment over the telephone.
  • Visit 2nd floor of CEE on the university campus to process payment in the test centre.  

Special requirements

IELTS is designed to be fair, with scores being calculated purely on the basis of your English language ability. To ensure that everyone is treated fairly, we make every effort to cater for the special requirements of test takers. If you have a special requirement request you will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of booking your test.

Minor candidates

Any person who wishes to take an IELTS test who has not yet reached the age of legal competence (i.e is a minor under local law) must complete the IELTS Minor Candidate Consent Form and submit to INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk at the time of booking the test.

For more IELTS test information please read the IELTS Notice to Candidates or visit http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ 

Test venue

INTO Glasgow Caledonian University

2nd floor CEE Building

70 Cowcaddens Road

Glasgow

G4 0BA

Tel: 0141 273 1944

Email: INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk 

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The test centre is located at point 7 on the campus map. To download the campus map please click here.

No parking is available on campus, the nearest car park to the university are Concert Square Car Park and Cambridge Street Car Park.

There is a a water dispenser and vending machine on site, the food premises on campus are closed during the weekend however food premises can be found nearby in Buchanan Bus Station located opposite the university campus.

Test format

There are two verisons of the test, IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The formats of these tests are slightly different, but all test takers will still be assessed on the same four skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

IELTS Academic 

If you're planning to attend university for an undergraduate or post graduate degree or you want to work with a professional organisation, you'll need to take our IELTS Academic test.

IELTS General Training  

For studying courses below degree level, work-related training or if you intend to emigrate to an English-speaking country, our IELTS General Training will provide you with the language skills you'll need to participate fully in your country of choice.

Listening and Speaking 

The Listening and Speaking elements of the language tests are the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

Reading and Writing 

There are some differences between the Reading and Writing tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. For IELTS Academic you'll focus on the sort of academic language needed for a university degree or working in an English-speaking workplace. With IELTS General Training, the language test is more generalised.

Both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are graded in the same way.   

Test day, tips and preparation

Test start and finish times: 

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am

Listening: 10.00am to 11.00am

Reading: 11.00am to 12.00pm

Writing: 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Speaking: between 1.40pm to 6.00pm, on the same day

You may bring water in a transparent bottle a pen, pencil and eraser. You must bring your valid and original ID with you on test day. This must be the same as the one on our application form. Please note that mobile phones, electronic devices and watches are not permitted in the test room. If possible, please leave these items at home. There will be a safe storage room for your belongings. 

IELTS Test Day Flowchart

Your speaking test time and other test information will be emailed to you within 72 hours of the test date. 

Tips (do's and don'ts)

Understand the task: follow instructions carefully during the test, remember that in the writing part of the test you will be asked to write a specific number of words.

Allow enough time for each questions: some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow. Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time during the test so that you can complete all the questions. 

Keep calm: if you feel worried, take some deep breaths. Focus on the questions and do not rush your answers - this will help you to do you best. Remember, preparation is key to remaining calm   

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IELTS preparation materials

INTO Glasgow Caledonian University is now offering a 16 hour IELTS Preparation Course. If you would like further information, please email INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk

Road to IELTS helps you with all aspects of the test - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

For other official preparation materials please visit Take IELTS 

Refunds and transfers

Refunds

You may cancel your IELTS test registration at any time and for any reason prior to taking the IELTS test by emailing INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk. Your right to receive a refund will depend on how far in advance you request to cancel your IELTS test registration: 

  • More than 14 days before the test, you are entitled to a full refund
  • Less than 14 days before the test, you can receive a refund -25% of the test fee to cover for administration charges
  • Less than 24 hours before the test, no refund can be provided unless for medical purposes

Transfers

You can request to change your IELTS test date

  • More than 14 days before the test, free of charge
  • Less than 14 days before the test, £25 charge per test transfer payable via bank transfer, over the telephone or in centre
  • Less than 24 hours before the test, no test date transfer can be provided  

Illness on test day 

If you are ill on test day the test centre must receive medical proof emailed to INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk within five days of the test date in order to provide you with a full test refund or free test transfer. 

Results

Results should be issued from 9am on the 13th day after the test. IELTS results are valid for two years from the test date.

Online

Click here to view your test results online, which will be available from 9am on the 13th day after your test.

Official results

The test centre recommends that IELTS test results are collected from the test centre.

Results can be posted free of charge to a UK address via 2nd class Royal Mail. If results are posted you should expect these results to arrive to your UK postal address 2 to 3 workings days after the release date.

If your address is overseas you must process payment of £20 and your results will be sent by DHL courier. 

Additional copies 

The test centre can send copies of your results to up to 5 organisations of your choice free of charge before results are released. Charges will occur for additional copies once results have been released. Please clearly indicate which institutions you would like your results sent to on your application form.

If you wish the test centre to send your results to an organisation after results are results, please email INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk

Enquiry on Results 

If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be remarked, This is called an Enquiry on Results. If you would like to make an Enquiry on Results, please email INTO.IELTS@gcu.ac.uk. The Enquiry on Results cost £80 and if your score has increased for any section of the test, the charge will be refunded to you. Enquiry on Results process usually takes between 2 to 21 days.

How are results calculated?   

To read about how results are calculated, please click here.

How IELTS examiners are tested?

IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certified examiners, who are qualified and experienced English language specialists. Before becoming an examiner, the examiners must participate in standardised training conducted by an experienced IELTS examiner trainer. Once certified, all examiners are regularly monitored to ensure they are consistently and accurately following the standards for marking speaking and writing examiners. Examiners must also re-certify every two years.  

Complaints

IELTS will not accept complaints relating to the conduct of the test after results have been released. If you would like to read the British Council Complaints Policy, please click here