IELTS sets the standard for English language testing

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS for short, is used around the world by universities, colleges, governments, employers and professional accreditation bodies to evaluate English-language proficiency. More than 2 million tests are taken globally each year as a reliable and valid indicator of real-life ability to communicate in English.

Columbia International College is one of 1100 IELTS testing centres worldwide, giving our students and the community convenient and regular access to this highly respected way of gauging facility in English. The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and includes four components: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Test Locations

IELTS tests are conveniently held at Columbia International College’s Ainslewood Campus in west Hamilton:

IELTS Test Centre
1003 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4P3
1-905-572-7883 x2867
ca058.administrator@cic-totalcare.com

Click here for a map and additional contact information.

How to Apply

Online

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Click “Download Payment Form”
  3. Print and complete the payment form (signature required)
  4. Scan the payment form
  5. Click “Submit Payment Form”
  6. Click “Browse” to upload the completed form to our secure registration portal
  7. Click “Submit”
    **A confirmation will appear if you were successful**

In person

To register in-person, simply bring your passport or permanent resident card to room 106 (External Testing Office) at Columbia International College between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. On test day, you must bring the original of the document you used to register or you won’t be allowed to write the test and you will forfeit your test fee. You will also be required to pay for your test by cash, credit card, money order or certified cheque.

Regular mail

To register by regular post, send us the following documents:

  • a photocopy of your passport or permanent resident card. The number, picture and signature must be visible on the photocopy. On test day, you must bring the original of the document you used to register or you won’t be allowed to write the test and you will forfeit your test fee.
  • a completed, signed application form
  • a completed payment authorization form if you wish to pay by credit card. You can also mail a certified cheque or money order made out to Columbia International College with your application package.

Register for IELTS Online

2016 testing dates for IELTS at Columbia International College

Click here for a list of testing dates for IELTS at Columbia International College

Check your IELTS Results

Download IELTS info for candidates

Download the IELTS payment form for Columbia International College

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More Information

Learn about the IELTS test, including the test format, what to bring, and other quick facts.

There are rules for cancelling and changing test dates, ordering copies of test results and appealing your results. Check out the policies page for the details.

We’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions to help you register, prepare for your test and know what to do on test day. If you’ve got a question, check here first.