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IELTS

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System.

IELTS scores are accepted by over 10,000+ recognising organisations and delivered in 1100 locations worldwide. In the last year, 3,000,000 people took the IELTS test.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Melton College is the only IELTS Centre in York. A map to Melton College can be found here. We are an ‘open’ exam centre which means that you do not need to study at Melton College to take a test here. All sections of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) will be held on the same day.  See Exam Dates. You can apply for your IELTS test online by clicking here. The new system is easy to use and allows you to book a test immediately (however, the place is not confirmed until I have also received your payment and a copy of the ID document). When you have booked your test place online, you must then email or post a copy of your passport. Our email address is: katie.davis@melton-college.co.uk. You must email or post your ID document within three working days of applying for the test, otherwise your exam place will be cancelled. Your ID document copy MUST be clear and in colour if possible. If your ID document copy is not clear, your application WILL be rejected. We can accept passports, EU National ID cards and UK Biometric cards. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact us.

We now also offer the IELTS test on a computer.

We are now introducing IELTS Academic and General Training testing on computer at Melton College, to provide more options to our test takers and stakeholders, while retaining all of the test’s current security, trust and integrity. With computer-delivered IELTS there are more test dates available, test takers can choose IELTS at a time convenient for them, and they will receive their results in 5 to 7 days.

The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is the same whether you take the test on paper or on computer and the Speaking test is always face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner.

If you choose to take computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. All aspects of the test are identical to paper-based IELTS, including:

Question types
Content
Timings*
Marking
*In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer.

To apply for a computer delivered IELTS test please click here

Please see the blue downloads box for more information and feel free to contact us with any questions.

The IELTS test fee is £170.00 and you can pay for your exam in any of the following ways:

  • Cheque (payable to Melton College)
  • Postal Order (available from any Post Office)
  • Telephone (you can call the College anytime to pay over the phone. Please have your credit/debit card to hand)
  • Cash (use secure mail)
  • Credit/Debit card (you can find the card payment form in the blue Downloads box on this page).

Test takers can still complete a paper application form and post this to us, or call into the College to apply. If you would like me to post an application pack to you, please contact the IELTS department on 01904 670920. The IELTS office is open from 09:00-16:00, Tuesday to Friday. Please see the blue Downloads box on this page for the IELTS application form.

Timetable

IELTS Test Day Registration                                 – 08.30 to 09.30 (candidates arriving after 09.30 will not be admitted)

Listening Test                                                       – 09.45 to 10.30 (approx)

Reading Test                                                         – 10.35 to 11.35 (approx)

Writing Test                                                          – 11.40 to 12.40 (approx)

Speaking Test                                                       – 13.15 to 17.15 (approx)

IELTS FEE NOTES 
Exam £170.00 Must be paid within 3 days of application
Additional Test Report Form £15.00 per copy If requested after results have been issued (up to five copies can be sent to institutions if requested at time of application)
Postage Fee (for additional test report forms) Varies Contact Melton College for a quote (one copy of test report form is sent to candidates address free of charge 13 days after the test)
Cancellation Fee £25.00 Only if cancelled with 5 weeks notice
Test Date Transfer Fee £25.00 Only if requested with 5 weeks notice
Enquiry on Result (remark) £110.00 See details below

Important Information

If you are planning on taking a pre-sessional course or a foundation course at a British University, you may need to take your IELTS exam at an IELTS for UKVI test centre. Melton College is NOT an IELTS for UKVI test centre. Please see the following link for more information ‘UKV1 Brochure’. We recommend that all test takers read the official ‘Information for Candidates’ document before sitting the IELTS exam. It contains valuable information about the application process, exam format, example questions, and a description of the IELTS results band scale. You can download and print a copy from the blue Downloads box on this page. We will send confirmation of your exam date by email. Please check your email account before contacting Melton College about your exam application. Please read the email attachments carefully as they will tell you important information about your exam. If you have not received a confirmation email from Melton College one week after you have applied, please contact us as you may not have a place on the exam. All test takers must arrive at the test venue to register between 08:30 and 09:30.  We cannot issue you with a time for your speaking test until the day of the exam, however, if you require an early speaking test, you must contact the IELTS Administrator BY EMAIL ONLY at least one week before your exam. All speaking tests will be held on the same day as the main exam, at Melton College. You can contact the IELTS Administrator on 01904 670920 between 09:00 and 16:00 Tuesday to Friday. We have a small café where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks. We also have water fountains in the college for you to fill your own water bottles. We do not accept card payment in the café, it is cash only. Parking is not provided, the nearest public car park is on Nunnery Lane which is a 10-minute walk from Melton College. You can find directions and further details here

Preparation Material

You can access the British Council’s ‘Road to IELTS’ course which is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Click here to start the course and help you achieve a great result! You can also download a new IELTS app to help you prepare for the test.

What it offers:

A comprehensive overview of the IELTS Speaking and Listening tests
Listening and Speaking practice tests
Common grammar rules explained and exercises
Videos of IELTS Speaking interviews
Useful tips for the IELTS test
Assessment criteria explained
Quizzes to test your knowledge of the IELTS test format
More information on IELTS related topics

Practise IELTS on the move with the free IELTS Prep app. . Access practice tests, check your progress and find all you need to know about taking IELTS. Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. You can download the IELTS Prep App here

IELTS Progress Check is an official, online practice test. Completed tests are marked by IELTS trained and qualified markers and you will receive an official feedback report, including an indicative overall test band score as well as a band score for each section of the test (Reading, Listening, Writing & Speaking). All within 5 days of completing your IELTS Progress Check practice test! The Progress Check costs £32.95 and you can find more information, and purchase the check here

You can find lots of helpful material at Take IELTS, including more preparation material, test day advice and hints and tips from other test takers which may really help you.

Melton College also runs IELTS Preparation Courses. This course is aimed at intermediate and upper-intermediate students who need to get a band 6.0 – 7.5. The course runs on five afternoons per week and can be combined with our General English course. Please contact Katie Davis via email at katie.davis@melton-college.co.uk for more information. Why not check out our new IELTS at Melton College Facebook page!!! It contains practice materials, helpful information and the chance to chat to me and fellow candidates.

Results

All results will be posted to the address stated on your application form 13 days after your exam. We are not permitted to give out results over the phone or by email. If you would like to check your results online, please see below. The online registration system also includes the option to view results online 13 days after the test. View results online here: Check Results Online. You will need to make a note of your test taker number on the test day as you will be asked for this.

Additional Test Result Forms

If you require an additional Test Report Form after your exam has taken place, you are required to complete an ‘Additional TRF’ form (available in the blue Downloads box on this page). Each test taker is permitted to request up to 5 result certificates (TRFs) to be sent to various institutions for free. These should be written on page 3 of your application form; if you do not include this on your application form then there is a fee of £15.00 per copy and, if this is posted to an address in the UK, the postage is £2.95. If it is posted to an address overseas, the postage charge is £12.95. This cost means that I can send the mail by Royal Mail Airsure and provide you with a tracking number so you can check its progress. All fees must be paid at the time of request. If your request is very urgent, I suggest that you use a courier service such as DHL. Please contact the IELTS Administrator for a quote.

Enquiry on Result

Test takers who are unhappy with their exam result can apply for a re-mark. You can make an application for all or any of the sections (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) to be re-marked by an independent examiner at the British Council. The fee for the re-mark is £110.00 which will be refunded in full if the mark is changed. The fee is the same if you want all sections re-marked or just one. The re-mark will take approximately 2-21 days to be processed. Please note that the British Council performs the re-mark and Melton College are unable to influence the speed of this process. If you decide to proceed, you need to complete the Enquiry on Result application form (available from the blue Downloads box on this page) and pay the fee of £110.00. You can pay by cheque, postal order or you can use the IELTS Credit/Debit Card payment form (see the blue Downloads box) to supply me with your credit/debit card details. The fee must be paid at the time of request. You must return the application and payment to me within six weeks of the test date. Requests for a remark received after this deadline will NOT be considered. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: It is no longer a requirement to send your original test report form back to the test centre when applying for a remark. However, if your score is changed, you will need to send the original test report form back for a new one to be issued. Please make sure you have your test report form in your possession BEFORE you apply for an IELTS Enquiry on Result.

Cancelling or Transferring your Exam

If you cancel your test or request a transfer five weeks or more before the test date, the test centre will charge an administration fee of £25.00. If you cancel your test within five weeks of the test date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. If you cancel your test or request a transfer within five weeks of the test date for medical reasons, you must provide supporting medical evidence within five working days of the test date. Only evidence of serious illness will be considered. Only original medical certificates will be accepted and must state inability to appear for the test on the scheduled test date. If you apply for a test which is less than 5 weeks away, you lose the right to a cancellation refund. You must send the application form to Melton College by email or post a completed Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form (available from the blue Downloads box on this page).

Special Requirements

If you require a modified version of the test, for example in Braille, you must give the test centre three months’ notice. This notice period is necessary for the modified version of the test to be prepared. If your circumstances require only special administrative arrangements to be made, such as extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks’ notice. Please contact Katie Davis via email at katie.davis@melton-college.co.uk before you book your test.

Minor Test Takers 

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. Please download an IELTS Consent Form, which can be found in the blue downloads box. You, and your parent or legal guardian, must complete the form and you can either email it to Melton College or bring your completed Consent Form to your test, if you do not bring your form you will not be allowed to take the test.

Complaints/Feedback

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the Melton College IELTS Test Centre service and wish to make a complaint or provide us with any feedback, please talk to the IELTS Administrator on the day of the test. Alternatively, you can send a letter or email of complaint/feedback to our office detailing the problem – katie.davis@melton-college.co.uk. You must do this within five days of your test. We will respond to you within 48 hours. Melton College will not accept complaints relating to the conduct of the test after results have been issued.

Ensuring Quality and Fairness 

The IELTS test partners ensure that delivery of the test is both consistent and secure through rigorous training and continual monitoring of test centres and examiners. More information about how the test is developed and scored can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions 

You can find the answer to most questions in the FAQ’s in the blue downloads box on this page. If you have any further questions, please contact me at – katie.davis@melton-college.co.uk or via telephone on 01904 670920.