International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

On your test day

Read our frequently asked questions about your test day.

What happens on the test day?

Please arrive in the entrance hall of the Library and Learning Centre (marked as LLC on the map) at 8.30am on the morning of the exam. From here you will be taken to the examination venue, where you will register and have your photograph and finger scan taken by IELTS staff. You will also be asked to provide a sample of your signature. Please do not be late as you will not be allowed into the examination after it has started.

Please note that the photograph taken by the test centre will appear on your Test Report Form. Find out more about the IELTS candidate verification system.

What can I bring into the examination room?

Only pens, pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, water in a transparent bottle and the ID document you used to apply for the exam. You will not be allowed to sit the test if you fail to bring your Passport or National ID Card indicated on your application to the test. This document will be used for formal ID purposes.

You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and other electronic equipment must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in a lockable room designated by the test day administrator. If you do not switch off your mobile phone or keep it on you, you will be disqualified. Letters confirming your place and test day details cannot be taken into the examination room.

Will the speaking test be held on the same day as the other modules?

The speaking test is usually held on the same day as the other tests. The speaking test can be held up to seven days before or after the written part of the test, but you will be contacted in advance if we plan to hold the speaking test on an alternative day.

What happens if I miss my test without giving prior notice?

You will normally lose your full test fee unless you are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to explain your absence. Medical evidence must be provided within five days of the test date. It is your responsibility to make sure we receive the medical evidence within the deadline.