How do I locate an IELTS centre in Bristol?

Bristol has some options for taking IELTS. IELTS is accepted throughout the U.K. Therefore, it is the best option for those persons in need of an English proficiency test.

For more details of registration and other information on IELTS test centres in Bristol, continue reading.

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Registering for the IELTS exam?

Which version of IELTS do I require?

There are three versions of the IELTS test in the United Kingdom:

Academic Version: It is used for admission to a university or college. The exam has a more academic focus; it is more difficult.

General Training Version: It can be used for employment and some immigration purposes. It is similar to the Academic. However, the writing and reading sections are related to everyday tasks instead of academic ones.

IELTS for UKVI (Life Skills): This version is a new English language test, which has been designed to meet visa and immigration requirements in the U.K. It is intended for certain visa categories. The test assesses test takers at the A1 and B1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference. The tested tasks represent everyday needs for communication in the U.K.

Registration for ILETS online

A list of IELTS centres in the Bristol area is shown below. You can choose any one of them. Click on the link. Then you fill-in the online form that is found on the website. It will be necessary to provide proof of your identity. Hence, you need to upload a JPEG, GIF or PNG file of your ID. This file needs to be less than 1.5 MB. A valid government ID is mandatory for registration. This would be a passport or the U.K. National Identity Card. The uploaded files should show your photograph, the ID’s number and your signature clearly.

Typically, you pay using a credit or debit card. The test centre’s website will give you the details of accepted forms of payment. Fees are normally in pounds sterling. It is typical to pay the fee when you register.

Registration for IELTS in person

It is possible to register in person at a test centre. The process is the same as online registration except that you complete a paper form and provide a photocopy your ID. You indicate your preferred test date on the form. You need to indicate an alternative test date since your preferred choice of test date may not be available. There is not any limit as to how many times a person can take the IELTS test.

What about my IELTS results?

You will receive a Test Report Form (TRF); the TRF is the official document which shows your test results. The TRF is released on the 13th day after you write the IELTS test or 5-7 days for the computer-delivered IELTS. Ask your test centre whether they mail your Test Report Form to you, or do they allow you to pick it up in person. Remember, that it is important to check the Test Date and Results Chart for suggested test dates in order to have enough time for you to meet any submission deadlines.

Places that offer IELTS in Bristol

These locations offer IELTS tests in Bristol and nearby areas. Click on the links below for information, details of times, dates, fees and directions to the locations:

  • British Council – IH Bristol

Email: [email protected]


  • British Council – University of Bath

Email: [email protected]


  • British Council – Cardiff University

Email: [email protected]


Note that you are free to choose any test centre you prefer. Here are others IELTS test centres in UK:

What should I bring for the test?

You will need to prove your identity once more. It is very important that you use the same official government ID that you used for registration as you could be refused permission to sit for the test if you present a different ID.
You need something to write with, so bring a pen or pencil. Pencils are best to fill-in score sheets since you can erase mistakes. An eraser is very useful as well.

Some basic tips for IELTS

Becoming comfortable and familiar with the test leads to greater confidence, which will improve your test performance. There are plenty of online materials. Choose the ones that you like. Go to a library and borrow a book of practice tests. An IELTS preparation course will hone your test taking skills as well. Exposure to multiple topics and questions will develop your skill to respond to anything that you encounter on test day. Alternatively, you could hire a tutor for individual lessons though this would be more costly. Learning how to implement time management will lead to success on IELTS. You should schedule times for studying. Having clear objectives helps. Not knowing what you want or expect will reduce your chances of success on the IELTS exam.

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