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IELTS and Cambridge English Exams at Basil Paterson

Why choose Basil Paterson?


Basil Paterson is the largest open exams centre in Scotland offering IELTS exams in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and Secure English Language Testing for Cambridge exams.  All major rail / bus stations are just a 15 minutes' walk away from our central Edinburgh venue.


Edinburgh exams take place in the language school, so our range of intensive Cambridge and IELTS Preparation courses are available in exactly the same location.



  • Demonstrates your English ability for higher education, work, and immigration purposes.
  • Test dates available every 2-3 weeks in Edinburgh and throughout the year in Aberdeen.

Ask the organisation you are applying to if you are not sure which module they require;  Academic  OR General Training.

For more information on dates, fees and how to book, please click here .


Cambridge English:


  • enhances your C.V.
  • is tested here for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and DELTA throughout the year
  • new tests include PET for Schools and the Young Learners Exam

Click here for dates, fees and how to book.


Exams opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. 






Did you know?


  • 2m IELTS tests were taken in the last year
  • 3m sat Cambridge exams
  • We host c. 3000 candidates/year
  • IELTS & Cambridge English exams are recognised all over the world by thousands of organisations


Contact details


Examinations Department

Basil Paterson College

66 Queen Street

Edinburgh   EH2 4NA


T. +44 (0) 131 243 9994

F. +44 (0) 131 226 6701