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Please click here to apply for an IELTS test at UCD Applied Language Centre.

You should apply as soon as possible, as places fill up quickly. Unfortunately we cannot reserve places. You may cancel up to 14 days before your test date without incurring a penalty.

There are two types of IELTS test: Academic and General Training. IELTS Academic is suitable for admission to undergraduate or postgraduate courses. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes. To ensure that you choose the module you need, please check with the organisation or embassy to which you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that you choose the correct module. 

Log into the IELTS Test Taker Area for free access to the Road to IELTS online preparation course, using your IELTS reference number and email address. For information on courses at UCD Applied Language Centre please click here or email alcenglish@ucd.ie

No, you do not have to take a course before you register for an IELTS test. However, we recommend that you prepare thoroughly for the test. Please see the official IELTS website www.ielts.org for sample questions.

It is our aim for the language level of all candidates to be assessed fairly and objectively.

- If you require modified test papers you must submit your request along with your application form at least three months before your test date.

- If your circumstances require special administrative arrangements such as extra time, you must submit your request along with your application no later than six weeks before your test date.

- In all cases you must send us original medical evidence, in English, as soon as you apply. Applications for special arrangements are considered on a ‘case by case’ basis.

For further information about special requirements, please email the IELTS Administrator at ielts@ucd.ie

No! Candidates must bring the original ID document listed on their application form to all parts of their test. If you do not bring the same ID document (passport or EU national ID card) you will not be permitted to sit your exam and you will not be entitled to a refund. Do NOT apply for a test if you know that you will not have your ID in your possession on your chosen test date. 

No. UCD Applied Language Centre runs paper-based tests only.

Apply for a later date.  Then email us and we can put you on a waiting list for your preferred test date: if there is a cancellation we will be happy to transfer you to the new date. 

If you wish to check the status of your application please email ielts@ucd.ie, including your full name and the test date for which you have applied.

You will be sent confirmation of registration by e-mail within 10 days of submitting your completed application form, correct ID document and payment. Please email ielts@ucd.ie if you have not received confirmation after 10 days.

We will send you an email 10 days before your test date.  This will give you important test day information and instructions about how to download the time and date of your speaking test.  Please make a note of your IELTS reference number, as you will need this to log into the Test Taker Area.

If you wish to postpone or cancel your test, you must inform us without delay.  If you cancel within 14 days of your test, an administrative fee will be deducted from any refund.  If you cancel within 24 hours of test day, you will not be entitled to any refund. 

You must complete a Refund Transfer Form (November 2016)(PDF) and send this to us with your email.

Your speaking and writing tests will take place at UCD Applied Language Centre, Daedalus Building, Belfield Campus, UCD, Dublin 4.   This is building number 20 on the map in the attached link: http://ucdestates.ie/information/ucd-maps/

You need to bring the passport or EU national ID card which you submitted with your application form. If you do not have the correct ID document (passport or EU national ID card only), you will NOT be allowed to sit the exam. You will also need a pen, pencil, sharpener and eraser for the written parts of the test. You will be asked to leave all other belongings (coats, bags, mobile phones, watches etc) in our secure baggage room. Do not bring valuable items with you on test day: UCD cannot be held responsible for these. You will receive an information booklet before your test listing all the items that you may not bring into the examination hall. Any candidate who retains any of these items in their possession will be reported to the British Council and they may be disqualified from the test.

You will be emailed your registration time for the written test 10 days before test day. Normally registration takes place between 08:40 and 09:10. The written tests run from 10:00-13:00.

Information about the time and date of your speaking test will be available online 10 days before your test date (we will send you an email as soon as the information is available).  To access this information, you must log into the Test Taker Area at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CandidateLogin.aspx.  You will need your IELTS reference number to do this.

Your speaking test may take place on a different day to the written papers, so you must check the time and date carefully.  Speaking tests may take place on the same day or up to seven (7) days before or after your written test date. You must be available during this time.

Please email us if you wish to have your speaking test on the same day as your written test. Please note that while we do our best to grant any requests, we cannot guarantee this.  

You will lose your full test fee unless you are able to provide medical evidence for your absence. Medical evidence must be provided within five calendar days of the test day. Refunds will only be provided in cases of serious illness and an administrative fee may be deducted. All applications are submitted to the British Council for approval. Please complete a Refund Transfer Form (November 2016)(PDF) and attach it to your medical evidence.

Your test results will be sent to you by post 13 calendar days after the test date, to the address provided on your application form. Please allow a minimum of 3-5 days for delivery - longer if your address is outside Ireland. Alternatively, you may collect your results in person between 11:00 and 14:30 on results day (you must email in advance to make an appointment). Your results will also be available to view online from 14:00 on the release date. Results remain online for 40 days. You can login here with the following details:

  • Test Date
  • Date of Birth
  • ID Document Number
  • Candidate Number (this is the 6 digit number you were allocated on exam day, starting with 000)

We are not permitted to give results out by email or by phone.

Your results will be valid for two years from the test date. UCD Applied Language centre does not keep records of IELTS test results after this time.

 If you are unhappy with your results, you may request a re-mark of one or more components of your IELTS test.  You may apply for a full re-mark of all four components, or a partial re-mark (i.e. one, two or three components), by requesting an 'Enquiry on Results' (EOR).  The relevant components of your test will then be sent to the British Council for re-marking by senior Examiners and Markers.

If you wish to apply for an EOR, please email us and we will send you an 'Enquiry on Results' form.  You must return this form to us, along with your original Test Report Form and payment within 5 weeks of your test date.  

The fee for this service is €95.00.  If, following the EOR, you are awarded a higher score, this fee will be refunded to you in full.   Please note that the EOR process normally takes 6 - 8 weeks from the time it is submitted to the British Council.

You may ask us to send your results to be sent to up to five Recognising Organisations ('ROs') free of charge. However, you must submit all of the relevant details with your application, or no later than one week before the test results are released. Requests submitted after results day are subject to an administrative fee of €30. If you wish your results to be sent to an institution after you have taken your test, please complete and email us an Application for Additional TRFs (November 2016) (PDF). Please note that you will only be issued with ONE personal copy of your TRF. You should keep this carefully, as we are not permitted to issue additional copies of TRFs for personal use.

Yes - you may take the IELTS test as often as you wish.