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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System.

(Updated 05.01.2021)Following the Prime Minister’s statement, Melton College has suspended all exam activity until Saturday 20th February. Our priority is the health and well-being of IELTS test takers and staff. We are following advice from the British Council to suspend IELTS testing temporarily. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Should the situation change, we shall post an update. All candidates who have booked an exam prior to Saturday 20th February will be offered a refund or the opportunity to move to a later test date.  The Exam centre is now closed but the Exam Manager will monitor the official email address:  ielts@meltoncollege.co.uk  and will be able to respond to urgent enquiries. The Exam Centre cannot be contacted by phone. 

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. Melton College is a 10.15 minute walk from York Railway Station. 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.

Melton College also now offer computer-delivered tests. For more information please click here where you can also find computer delivered familiarisation and practice tests. These practice tests allow you to see the format of the test on computer so you know what to expect when your take your live test.

To apply for an IELTS test at Melton College or to check test date availability, please click here

There are three stages to booking your IELTS test:

  1. Check the availability and select your test date (you will now be able to choose the time for your speaking test)
  2. Create an account with the British Council.
  3. Book and pay (if you are under 18, you will need your parent or guardian to book the test for you)

The IELTS test fee is £180.00 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) – must be made payable to Melton College or it will be rejected
  • Bank Transfer (see the ‘Paying for an Exam’ link in green on the left of this page)
  • Telephone (you can call the College anytime to pay over the phone. Please have your credit/debit card to hand)
  • Cash (call into Melton College or use secure mail)
  • Credit/Debit card (you can find the card payment form in the blue Downloads box on this page).
Exam £180.00 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 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 can accept both cash and card payments in the cafe. Parking is not provided, the nearest public car park is on Nunnery Lane which is a 10-15 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.


Paper based tests – 13 calendar days from test date

Computer delivered test – 3 -5 calendar days from test date 

You will receive an email once your results are available and you will log on to your Test Taker Portal (where you booked your test) to view your result. All results will be posted to the address stated on your application form within 2 days of your results being released. We are not permitted to give out results over the phone or by email. 

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.


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.

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