Allow plenty of time to get to the test, especially considering unexpected traffic, the time to locate the venue and parking. You will be required to register and to show your identification document before you enter the examination room. The identification document must be the same as the one you used when you booked your test. Make sure you arrive at the time advised by the Test center. Your arrival time will be communicated to you on your Test Day Confirmation Letter. If you are late, you will not be allowed to enter. Avoid the added tension of having to rush.
Checking-in your personal items
No personal items should be taken to nor can be permitted in the test room. Only your identification document is what you must have in the test room. You’ll also be allowed to have a transparent label-free bottle of water on your Main/Written Test. All other items are forbidden from the test room, including but not limited to the following: mobile phones, jewelry and accessories, keys, passport jackets, excessive clothing (e.g. Jackets), hand-held computers, cameras, hats, scarves, wallets, books or notes, personal stationery (stationery will be provided by the Test Center). Test day staff will therefore collect and store all such items if brought to the Test Venue.
On test day, a member of staff will verify your identification (ID). Your ID must be the same ID that you used when you booked the test. It must also be original (not a photocopy), valid (unexpired) and include a recognizable photo of yourself.
The test centre will then take a photograph of you. For this photograph you will be required to temporarily remove anything covering your face.
This photo will appear on your IELTS Test Report Form.
The Test Day staff will also check your identification at certain times during the test.
Any personal data collected during the identity verification process by the centre either at test registration or on the test day will be processed and securely stored by the IELTS Test Partners for the purposes of the IELTS test. The photograph will be supplied to any organizations to which you have applied for the purposes of allowing these organizations to verify your test results or to carry out enquiries in relation to possible malpractice or test integrity issues.
Entering the IELTS test room
When it is time to enter the IELTS test room, a test invigilator will guide you to your seat. Do not write any notes. You are not permitted to speak to any other candidates. If you have a question, put up your hand and a member of staff will assist you. On your desk, you are only allowed to have your passport, pencils, eraser and water in a transparent label-free bottle.
In the test room
It is advisable to follow the instructions read by the Invigilator in the Test Room AS THEY ARE BEING READ to avoid making mistakes or missing out on relevant information.
You are not permitted to leave the test room during the last 10 minutes of either of the IELTS test components, during the listening test, when the papers are being collected and counted, or when the instructions are being read. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask a member of staff.
Asking for help
If you have a problem (for example if you think you have been given the wrong paper or you cannot hear the instructions raise your hand to attract the attention of the supervisor. Remember that the invigilators will not give you any explanation of the questions.
End of the IELTS test
You cannot leave your seat until you have been told to leave. If you finish the test early you must wait quietly until the test is finished and you are advised that you can leave. You must leave any notes and materials on the desk.
It is important to cooperate with the Test Day Staff/Invigilators at all times on the Test Day. This includes following all directions and instructions given to you.
After the IELTS test
Don’t forget to collect your belongings.
Your online results and your Test Report Form will be available on the 13th calendar day after the test. You can collect your Test Report Form from the test centre.