On the test day, your IELTS test centre will be helpful and
friendly. But they have to follow strict procedures to ensure the
quality and security of the test. Below are some guidelines for
taking the test.
Arrive on time and try to stay relaxed and calm so you can do your best in the test. Read the Information for candidates booklet (PDF, 935KB) and Notice to candidates (PDF, 93KB) before coming to your test.
1. Bring your passport / national identity card with you:
You must have the same identification that you provided on your IELTS Application Form (PDF, 273KB). If you do not have the correct identification document, you will not be able to take the test.
Pens, pencils and erasers which you need for the test.
2. During the test:
Follow the supervisor’s instructions. If you are in doubt, raise your hand and the supervisor will assist you.
Tell the supervisor if you think you have not been given the right question paper, or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.
You may not ask for any explanation of the questions.
You may not lend or borrow anything from another person.
If you feel that your work may be affected by illness or any other reason, you must tell the supervisor at the time.
3. You must not:
Try to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test.
Use, or try to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone. You will be disqualified.
Talk to, or disturb, other candidates once the test has started. Smoke or eat in the examination room.
Reproduce any part of the test. You will have your test results disqualified and be liable to prosecution.
Take any materials from the examination room. This includes, but is not limited to, test papers, answer papers and working paper.
Leave the examination room without permission.
If you are caught infringing any of the candidate rules, your test result will be disqualified and your receiving institution or professional body will be notified.
For more information on taking the test, see Frequently asked questions.