Welcome to UCD English Language Academy IELTS Test Centre

UCD English Language Academy IELTS Test Centre is the longest-running test centre in Dublin, with a reputation for delivering exceptional IELTS exams. Conveniently situated on the UCD Belfield campus in Dublin 4, our test centre offers a spacious and beautiful test venue in the heart of Dublin City, making it the perfect choice for your IELTS test.


IELTS Registration Form

How to register for your IELTS test

UCD English Language Academy is an approved IELTS Test Centre in Ireland. We are delighted to offer paper based IELTS tests for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 

Our dedicated IELTS team is on hand to assist with all queries and guide you through the application process. We recommend that you apply early to ensure a place on your chosen test date.

Please use our calendar to find the date, location and format that suits you best. You also get access to over 30 hours of free preparation material when you book your course.

Follow our 3 simple steps:

Choose your test date

We have regular IELTS test dates throughout the year, offering both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.  

The primary difference between them lies in the purpose for which they are taken. It's important for test-takers to determine which version of the IELTS test they need to take based on their specific goals and the requirements of the organization or institution they are applying to. Both versions assess the four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

  • IELTS Academic: This version is primarily intended for individuals who plan to pursue higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking academic setting.

  • IELTS General Training: This version is suitable for individuals who are planning to migrate to an English-speaking country for work or training, or those who wish to undertake non-academic training or gain work experience.

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Course Dates 2024

  • Saturday 23 March
  • Saturday 27 April
  • Saturday 25 May
  • Saturday 8 June 
  • Saturday 22 June
  • Saturday 6 July
  • Saturday 27 July
  • *Dates are subject to change
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What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. It measures the ability to communicate in English. It is designed for people who intend to study or work in countries where English is the main language of communication.

The IELTS test is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989.

The test has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. A band score is awarded for each part of the test. The individual band scores are then calculated to produce an overall band score. 

Your language skills will be assessed on a scale ranging from 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert user). There is no such thing as a pass or a fail in IELTS. 

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Test Centre Location

The testing centre is located in the Daedalus Building on the UCD Campus, Stillorgan Road, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

You can view a map of the UCD Belfield campus here. The Daedalus Building can be found at number 20 on this map.

Getting Here

  • By bus: The Belfield campus is serviced directly by bus route numbers 3, 39a, 11B and 17. The 46A, 84 and 145 buses stop at the main entrance of UCD, about five minutes walk to the Daedalus Building. For exact routes and timetable please visit www.dublinbus.ie and search for ‘University College Dublin’.  
  • By car: Please note that parking at UCD is very limited on weekdays.

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IELTS Preparation Course

Prepare for your test with UCD ELA

Our IELTS Preparation Course is designed to build your academic language skills and systematically enhance your exam technique.  Through exam-based practice, activities and focused feedback, you will gain a clear understanding of how you can improve your performance and achieve your target result.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can book your test here. You should book as early as possible, as places fill up quickly. You may cancel up to 14 days in advance, without incurring a penalty.

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. 

Don’t forget to bring your passport or EU national ID card, otherwise you will not be allowed to sit the test and you will not receive a refund. Photocopies or other forms of ID such as student cards, driving licences and GNIB cards are not approved forms of ID for the IELTS test.

You do not need to bring a pencil or pen for your exam; we will provide them for you.

You will be asked to leave all your belongings in a secure room while you are doing your test, but UCD cannot accept responsibility for valuable items such as jewellery, watches, laptops, smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices. You will not be permitted to bring outdoor coats or jackets into the exam hall.

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.

Your test results will be sent to you by post 14 calendar days after the test date. Your results will be sent to the address provided on your application form. Please allow a minimum of 5 days for delivery - or longer if your address is outside Ireland. Alternatively, you may collect your results in person between 11:00 and 14:00 on results day (email ielts@ucd.ie in advance to make an appointment).

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

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes: Listening 30 minutes, Reading 60 minutes, Writing 60 minutes, and Speaking 11-14 minutes.