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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The Sheffield Hallam University IELTS Test Centre has made the decision to cease operations and will no longer be running the IELTS test.

The University of Sheffield IELTS Test Centre will continue to run IELTS test, see here for more information.

If you require an additional Test Report Form please consult the IELTS site here.

If you wish to apply for an Enquiry On Result you can do so up to 6 weeks after the result release date. You must email general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org with ‘Sheffield Hallam closure EOR request’ included in the subject line.

What is IELTS?

IELTS Offical Test CentreThe International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English test. It was introduced in 1989, and over 2 million tests are taken each year in over 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

In cooperation with the British Council

IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. It is also accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. IELTS is the only major English language test giving you a face to face Speaking test with a certified IELTS examiner.

Should I take Academic or General training?

Academic - institutions of higher and further education

The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or institutions of higher and further education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test. IELTS Academic may also be a requirement to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.

General - for school, work or migration

The General training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General training test.

Please note that you cannot take an IELTS test at our centre if you are making a visa application to stay or move to the UK. For further information please visit the British Council IELTS website.

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