What to Expect on Test Day?

The IELTS test has four components. Three components − Listening, Reading and Writing − are always taken on the same day, in the same session. The Speaking component may be sat the same day or taken up to seven days before or two days after the other tests, depending on the test centre. The IELTS test implements sophisticated, biometric security measures which protect candidates and organisations from attempts to cheat. You will go through the processes described below when you register on test day.

Arrive early
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 passport before you enter the examination room. 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 the test venue nor can be permitted in the test room. ONLY YOUR PASSPORT IS ALLOWED. 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. Please cooperate with them.

ID Verification

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 (e.g. Hair, hat, glasses)

This photo will appear on your IELTS Test Report Form.

A finger scan will also be taken as part of your identity registration.

Before you enter the test room, your finger will be scanned again to verify your identity.

The Test Day staff will also check your identification at certain times during the test. Please cooperate with them.

Your privacy
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. Finger-scan data will not be disclosed to any party except the IELTS Test Partners.

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 a bottle of drink in a transparent bottle. Please note that you do not need to bring these, as they would be provided for you.

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, you cannot hear the instructions, or you feel (ill) 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.

After the IELTS test
Don’t forget to collect your belongings.

Your provisional results will be available to preview online 13 calendar days after the paper based test and 3 – 5 calendar days after the computer delivered test. You can collect the result from the test center (in-person or by a third-party) or have it posted to you – depending on what was specified at the time of registration. Please notify the staff at the registration desk if you would like your results posted to you. Information about results collection will also be detailed on your IELTS Test details notification.


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. Please be advised that all Invigilators that work for IDP IELTS test centres undergo a rigorous training process before being employed, are monitored and are regularly given feedback regarding their test day conduct and performance.
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