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Why choose Basil Paterson?

Basil Paterson is the largest open exams centre in Scotland, offering IELTS exams in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. All major rail/bus stations are just a 15- minute walk away from our central Edinburgh venue.

The IELTS exam:

  • Demonstrates your English ability for higher education, work, and emigration purposes.
  • Has dates available every 2-3 weeks in Edinburgh and six times per year in Aberdeen.

IMPORTANT: There are different types of IELTS exam:

  • IELTS for UK Visa & immigration purposes (UKVI): Academic and General Training
  • Regular IELTS: Academic and General Training

Please ask your organisation (university/immigration office) which IELTS exam you need to do

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. 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 the largest open examination centre 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.



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

You can take the regular Basil Paterson IELTS exam if you are an EU student applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a British university. You can also take the regular Basil Paterson IELTS exam for emigration out of the UK. (e.g. Australia, Canada etc.) These exams can be taken in Edinburgh or Aberdeen.

This costs £155 and can be applied for online:

You need to take the UKVI IELTS exam if you are applying for UK Citizenship.You need to take the IELTS Life Skills exam if you are applying for a Settlement visa. These two exams are run by the British Council directly but use Basil Paterson as a venue. Please note that payment and ID documents submission for these exams must be made through the British Council, not Basil Paterson.

Both the UKVI IELTS and IELTS Life Skills exams can be applied for online:

Basil Paterson accepts no responsibility for booking the correct exam. You MUST contact your embassy or university for guidance on which exam you are required to take.


After your application, you will need to pay the exam fee of £155 for 2017. This payment can be made by using the Paypal button below, by credit/debit card by telephoning Basil Paterson on 0131 225 3802 or in person at the college.  Basil Paterson is located at 66 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 4NA.

Full Name
Exam Date
Reference Number


Submit copies of your ID documents to Basil Paterson along with your IELTS exam reference number.  These items can be uploaded when you register on the IELTS website, sent by post, emailed or handed in at the centre.

You have two days from applying to complete your registration with payment and by submitting a copy of your ID document.

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

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 exam for this to be arranged.

IELTS offers free online resources to help prepare for your exam. 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.

IELTS Examinations at Basil Paterson

07 January 08 April* 08 July 14 October
14 January 22 April 15 July 21 October
21 January 29 April 29 July 28 October*
11 February* 06 May 12 August 04 November
18 February 13 May 19 August* 11 November
25 February 20 May 26 August 25 November
04 March 03 June* 09 September 02 December*
18 March 17 June 16 September 09 December
25 March 24 June 30 September

Academic only
Academic and General Training
*Aberdeen & Edinburgh

2017 IELTS Exam fee £155

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. :

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