You’re bound to feel a little bit nervous on test day. To help things go as smoothly as possible for you, we’ve put together some information to help you understand what will happen on the day of your test.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
You will need to ensure that you arrive in enough time to get settled. Unfortunately, if you arrive after the start of the test you will not be allowed to take the test on that day.
Please contact the regional centre that you book your test with to check the test start time.
WHAT IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
You need to bring along the passport listed as identification on your application form. Driving licences and student IDs are not accepted as identification.
Unfortunately, candidates without their passport will not be allowed to sit the test.
WHAT SECURITY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE?
Security at IELTS tests is important to us. As an added measure, our exams services staff take a passport-style photograph of candidates on the test day. The photograph appears on your results (known as your test report form). We may also ask you to make a finger scan. These procedures are mandatory.
WHAT AM I PERMITTED TO TAKE INTO THE TEST ROOM?
In the test room you are allowed to have:
- Your passport
- A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
- An eraser
- A bottle of water.
Some regional offices may provide stationery, water and tissues in the test room. In others you will be allowed to use your own. You will not be able to take anything else into the test room. Please contact the regional centre that you book your test with for details.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY OTHER BELONGINGS, SUCH AS MY BAG, MOBILE AND COAT?
There will be a cloakroom where you will need to leave all your belongings. The cloakroom will be locked during the test. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving valuables, such as mobile phones and computers, at home.