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IELTS Tests

Why choose Basil Paterson?

Basil Paterson is one of the largest open test venues in Scotland, offering IELTS on paper in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. We now also offer IELTS on computer in Edinburgh. All major rail/bus stations are just a 15 minute walk away from our central Edinburgh venue.

IELTS on paper:

  • Demonstrates your English ability for higher education, work, and emigration purposes.
  • Dates available almost every week in Edinburgh and once a month in Aberdeen.

IELTS on computer:

The world’s most popular high-stakes English language test for work, study and migration can now be taken on computer!

IELTS test takers now have the choice between taking IELTS on paper or on computer. Test takers can choose the option and time to take IELTS that best works for them.

 

It’s the same IELTS, with more choice.

 

SAME IELTS

  • The test content and structure remain the same, as will scoring and level of difficulty. Both Academic and General Training are available, and the fee for computer-delivered and paper-based tests is the same.
  • The Speaking test will be face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.
  • Our security procedures ensure that IELTS on computer results are accepted by the same Recognising Organisations, such as universities and immigration departments, that accept paper-based results.

MORE CHOICE

  • IELTS on computer allows test-takers to type their answers to the Listening, Reading and Writing tests in our dedicated computer test/exam suite. Our tests use a desktop computer with a peripheral mouse and keyboard.
  • With IELTS on computer there are more test dates and test sessions available, allowing test takers to choose IELTS at a time convenient for them.
  • Test takers will receive their IELTS on computer results within 3-5 days.

You can take IELTS on computer with our experienced test/exam team in the same venue as our paper tests – our historic premises at 66 Queen Street.

IMPORTANT: The following IELTS tests are offered by Basil Paterson:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

Please note that Basil Paterson does not offer the following IELTS tests:

  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic)
  • IELTS for UKVI (General Training)
  • IELTS Life Skills

Please ask your organisation (university/immigration office) which IELTS test you need to take. You can also visit https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org for more information.

HOW TO APPLY:

STEP 1:

You must apply online for the correct test so check with your university or embassy which IELTS test is needed for your application.

IELTS on paper and IELTS on computer 2021: The test fee for 2021 is £180. You can check current availability and apply at: 

https://ieltsregistration.britishcouncil.org/test-chooser/uk?organisation=basilpatersoncollege

Basil Paterson accepts no responsibility for booking the correct IELTS test.

STEP 2:

After your application, you will need to pay the test fee. This payment can be made by using the Paypal button below. Alternatively, you can pay over the phone on: 0131 225 3802. The test/exam office is open Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00.

Please fill in ALL details below
*Test Taker Name:
*Test Taker Reference Number:

STEP 3:

Submit copies of your ID documents to Basil Paterson along with your IELTS reference number.  These items can be uploaded when you register on the IELTS website. Please be aware that you MUST bring the same ID you used to register online on the IELTS test day.

IELTS only accepts 3 forms of ID:

  • Valid passport
  • ID card issued by an EU country
  • UK Biometric Residence Permit

Driving licences are not accepted.

You have 48 hours from applying to complete your registration with payment and by submitting a copy of your ID document online.

Registrations made within one week of the test date must be completed on the day of application.

Please note: In accordance with current Scottish Government guidance, all test-takers must wear face coverings during the test process. 

However, you are exempt from wearing a face covering if:

  • you have a health condition or disability that makes it inappropriate for you to wear a face covering or
  • wearing a face covering would cause you severe distress, anxiety or pain.

Our historic central Edinburgh premises are accessed by stairs from street level. If you require any form of special assistance to access our building in Edinburgh (e.g. a wheelchair ramp), please contact us at least one week before your test for this to be arranged.

IELTS offers free online resources to help prepare for your test. 10 hours of free IELTS practice materials are available on the link below. After you complete your online registration you can access a further 20 hours of free practice materials.

http://www.roadtoielts.com/testdrive/

The Information For Candidates booklet also contains useful advice on the format of the IELTS test, guidance on how to prepare and more.

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is the most widely recognised English language qualification in the world. The test is particularly useful for those looking to demonstrate their English language ability for higher education, emigration, and employment (both in the UK and overseas). As one of the largest open test/exam centres in Scotland, Basil Paterson is the perfect place to take this important test of communicative English ability. We also offer a dedicated IELTS Preparation course all year round.

What to do and what not to do on test day:

  • Do practise for the test, familiarise yourself with the test formats, and build your skills.
  • Do double-check your spelling.
  • Do take the time to think about your answers before you begin to write or speak.
  • Do not write or speak too little – use your time to show off your English!
  • Do not use vocabulary or grammar you are unsure about.
  • Do not forget to bring your ID.

May 2021 IELTS Computer-delivered Tests at Basil Paterson

01 May
08 May
13 May
15 May
20 May
22 May
27 May
29 May

Academic and General Training
Edinburgh

2021 IELTS Test fee £180

2021 IELTS Paper-based Tests at Basil Paterson

09 January 10 April 10 July* 09 October
16 January 17 April* 17 July 23 October*
23 January 24 April 24 July 30 October
06 February* 08 May 07 August 06 November
20 February 22 May 21 August* 20 November*
27 February 29 May* 28 August 27 November
13 March* 05 June 04 September 04 December*
20 March 12 June* 11 September 11 December
27 March 19 June 25 September*

Academic only
Academic and General Training
*Aberdeen & Edinburgh

2021 IELTS Test fee £180

Accepted as evidence of English proficiency by over 9,000 institutions.

Organisations in over 140 countries rely on IELTS to select the right people. These include all universities and the vast majority of education providers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, over 3,000 institutions in the US as well as most universities in Canada. Some universities in non-English speaking countries where English is the language of instruction also require an IELTS score. : https://www.ielts.org

Terms and Conditions – Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellation

Cancellations must be requested either:

  1. Within 14 days of the test being paid or
  2. More than 5 weeks before the test date

There is a 25% admin fee for cancellations requested more than 5 weeks before the test date.

Please note that cancellations cannot be made within 24 hours of the test date.

If you require a transfer or cancellation for medical reasons, please contact us at ielts@basilpaterson.co.uk Please note that you may be asked to provide medical evidence.

To cancel your test date, please request a IELTS Refund+Transfer Form by e-mailing ielts@basilpaterson.co.uk

Change of Test Date

Transfers must be requested either:

  1. Within 14 days of the test being booked or
  2. More than 5 weeks before the test date.

Please note that transfers cannot be made within 24 hours of the test date. Transfers can be made only once.

If you require a transfer or cancellation for medical reasons, please contact us at ielts@basilpaterson.co.uk Please note that you may be asked to provide medical evidence.

To change your test date, please request a IELTS Refund+Transfer Form by e-mailing ielts@basilpaterson.co.uk

Illness on the Test Day

Test takers who are absent on test day due to illness are eligible for a full refund or a transfer. Test takers must contact the centre, supply medical evidence and complete the relevant form within seven days of the test.

Results

How results are calculated: The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The Overall Band Score is the average of the four section scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The section scores are weighted equally.

IELTS on paper results are released 13 days after the test date. IELTS on computer results are released 3-5 days after the test date. Test Report Forms are posted on this day to an address specified by the test taker. Results are posted by Royal Mail First Class, which takes 2-3 working days to arrive to UK addresses, and up to 2 weeks to arrive overseas. Results are also available to preview online. Test takers will be sent an email when results are released with instructions for access.

In their applications, each test taker is permitted to request up to 5 result certificates (TRFs) to be sent to various institutions for free. If the request is made after the results are released, or if candidates wish to send more than 5 copies, a charge of £20.00 per TRF applies.

To apply for an Enquiry On Results (EOR), please contact the centre to request the appropriate form and return the completed form to us by post or email.

Please note that there is a £110 fee for an EOR. This fee will be refunded if your score changes. Once we have received your form, we will tell you how to pay.

The EOR process can take up to 2-21 days, and an EOR application must be received no more than 6 weeks after the test date.

Test Takers with Special Needs

Test takers requiring special arrangements should contact the test centre at least three months before the test day to enable modified materials to be put in place. Please note that the test centre only requires six weeks’ notice for administrative arrangements; to find out what these arrangements are, please contact our test centre directly.

Examiners

How examiners are tested: IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated examiners, all of whom are qualified and experienced English language specialists. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures.

Examiners are monitored by examiner trainers up to four times a year and at least once every two years. New examiners (and those who have not recently worked as IELTS examiners) are monitored at least three times in their first year. All examiners receive written feedback on their ratings and also on the delivery of the Speaking test. They may be required to take corrective action if any issues are raised about their performance.

Standardisation is completed at the centre and takes place as close as possible to the 2-yearly re-certification of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the examiners then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply the assessment criteria accurately.

On Test Day

Test takers must bring the ID they used to register. The only other items allowed in the test room are: pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and a cold drink in a transparent bottle with no labels. A locked room is provided for all other candidate belongings.

You can download a flowchart of the test-day journey here. The andidates-booklet-1.pdf”>Information for Candidates Booklet has lots of information on the test format and helpful tips.

Doors will open for the test at 09:00. The Listening, Reading and Writing sections will take place until 13:00 and Speaking sections will take place between 13:30 and 17:30.

There is no parking available for the duration of the test near our Edinburgh premises. The closest car parks are NCP Castle Terrace and Semple Street-https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/locations/show/4294930883.

There are numerous cafes and shops nearby for the purchase of refreshments.

Test takers for tests in Aberdeen will receive information regarding the venue of the test in a confirmation email on the Monday previous to the test, and may contact the centre for further information beforehand.

To make a complaint regarding an IELTS matter, please contact the centre. Complaints must be received before results are released. For further information regarding the British Council’s Global Complaint Procedure, please refer to their website:

https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/how-we-work/policies/complaints

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