Test Centre

IELTS

East Sussex College is a well-established IELTS Test Centre. Our expertise in managing and delivering IELTS tests means our test days are well organised, allowing you to focus on your test and helping to reduce your stress.


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 & Immigration (UKVI).

Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links:

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 East Sussex 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 East Sussex 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 EAST SUSSEX COLLEGE?

  • Regular IELTS test dates throughout the year (see below for test dates)
  • 13 day results service
  • Take your IELTS test in a calm and friendly atmosphere
  • Excellent facilities
  • Expert staff

PREPARE FOR YOUR IELTS TEST

East Sussex College offers a variety of English language courses that will prepare you for your IELTS test. You can choose from courses that focus on IELTS exam preparation and skills, or combine IELTS exam preparation with General English language study.

PROGRAMMES DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR PART TIME IELTS PREPARATION COURSE

If you would like to prepare for your IELTS test on a part time basis, we have classes that run for three hours per week. For more information please contact us for further details.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLUS PROGRAMME

If you would like to combine General English language training with IELTS test preparation as an additional course option, we recommend the English Language Plus course. You can take this course at both our Lewes or Eastbourne campus. English Language Plus is ideal if you plan to study with us for more than six months and would like to vary your English Language studies. Alternatively, you may have a pre-intermediate level of English, and wish to improve your overall level of English before you start preparing for your IELTS exam. Please click here to find out more about our English Language Plus programme.

GROUP IELTS PREPARATION COURSES

East Sussex College has many years’ experience in offering closed-group IELTS preparation courses for high school students and teachers, in additional to a full activity and excursion programme. Please contact us for further details or to request a quote at: international@sussexdowns.ac.uk.

TEST DATES 2020

  • 1st February
  • 21st March
  • 18th April
  • 30th May
  • 20th June
  • 25th July
  • 22nd August
  • 24th October
  • 21st November
  • 5th December

HOW TO BOOK YOUR IELTS TEST

You must apply online for your IELTS test. Please follow this link to apply:

PAYING FOR YOUR IELTS TEST

FEES:

The IELTS test fee is £180.00.

PAYMENT:

Credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or debit card
Please telephone the IELTS office between 9am and 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to pay for your test. Please note the office is closed on Thursdays.

Cheque
If you are paying from a UK bank account you can pay by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to East Sussex College. Please also write your full name on the back of your cheque.

Postal Orders
You can buy Postal Orders from a UK Post Office. Please make it payable to: East Sussex College.

Cash
You can pay by cash in person. The IELTS office is open between 9am and 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to pay for your test. Please note the office is closed on Thursdays. Please do not come out side of the above times as you will not be seen.

Refund Policy
Please note that no refund will be given unless we have a minimum of five weeks written notice of change or cancellation.

CONTACT OUR IELTS TEST CENTRE

Telephone: +44 (0)30 300 39230

Email: ielts@sussexdowns.ac.uk

The IELTS office is open between 9am and 12.30pm* on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note the office is closed all day on Thursdays.

*Please only call or come to the test centre within the above times. If you do come to the test centre outside of these opening times, you will not be seen.

IELTS Test Centre
East Sussex College
Cross Levels Way
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 2UF