• Arrive early

Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you to eat after the morning tests, especially if your Speaking test is at a later time that day. You cannot take food or drink into the test room.

  • Bring your ID

(valid passport/national identity card). You must have the same identification that you provided on your IELTS Application form. If you do not have the correct identification document, you will not be able to take the test.

  • Check-in your personal belongings

No personal items are to be taken into the test room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings. Items which are forbidden from the test room include: mobile phones, hand-held computers, cameras, hats, scarves, wallets, books or notes.

  • Listen carefully

Listen carefully to the test supervisor’s instructions. If you cannot hear or are unsure, raise your hand and the supervisor will assist you.

  • Raise your hand

Raise your hand and tell a supervisor if have a problem. For example, if you feel that your work may be affected by illness or any other reason, you must raise your hand and tell a supervisor.

  • Entering the test room

When it is time to enter the 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 staff member will assist you.

  • Breaks and asking for help

You are not permitted to leave during the first or last 10 minutes of any of the test sections. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask a staff member.

If you have a problem (for example, 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 provide any explanation on the questions.

Keep track of time. There will be a wall clock in the exam room. It is essential that you keep track of time and pace yourself as you are taking the test.

  • End of the test

You cannot leave your seat until you have notified an invigilator and given permission 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 test

Collect your belongings. Your provisional results will be available online 5-7 days after your computer-delivered IELTS test or 13 days after your paper-based IELTS test.

Your official result will appear on your Test Report Form which will also be ready 5-7 days after your computer-delivered IELTS test or 13 days after your paper-based IELTS test.


  • You must not cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test.
  • You must not use, or try to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone.
  • You may not lend anything to or borrow anything from another person once you have entered the test room.
  • The supervisor cannot help you with any of the test questions.
  • You must not talk to, or disturb, other candidates once the test has started.
  • You are not allowed to eat or smoke in the examination room.
  • You must not reproduce any part of the test. You will have your test results withheld and be liable to prosecution if you do this.
  • Do not take any materials from the examination room. This includes test papers, answer papers, working paper or any other test materials.
  • You cannot leave the examination room without permission from a supervisor.