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Test security

There are numerous security measures in place to support genuine test takers and protect the interests of the organisations who rely on the integrity of IELTS results.

A strict set of protocols is in place to safeguard every aspect of the IELTS test, including:

  • tight regulations surrounding test papers
  • biometric test taker registration and verification systems
  • training of test centre staff to help them identify imposters, detect fraudulent behaviour and prevent cheating
  • strict test conditions
  • routine scrutiny of test results before release.

This multilayered approach to test security also includes a probity process for prospective test centres and strict protocols surrounding test centre operations and audits.

The IELTS Partners also work closely with relevant authorities worldwide, including migration and law enforcement agencies, to detect, prevent, and, where appropriate, prosecute any cheating or fraud attempt in accordance with local legislation.

If you have concerns relating to the security of the IELTS test (e.g. you have heard about suspected scams or suspected fraudulent activities), you can report them to us using this online report form.

Please note that this form is only to be used for the reporting of security concerns. If you would like to provide other feedback about the IELTS test, or if you would like to make a complaint about the IELTS test, please use this online enquiry form.

Warning to test takers:

  • Do not waste your money or risk your future by attempting to cheat.
  • Do not trust anyone trying to sell IELTS results.

Verifying IELTS scores

Organisations which use IELTS are strongly encouraged to verify every result presented to them as an additional safeguard against fraudulent documents. They can do this quickly and easily by using the online IELTS Results Verification Service, which cross-checks the information on the form against the IELTS database. The form itself has many security features, including security-enhanced paper, authenticated by an IELTS validation stamp, and a high-resolution photograph of the test taker.

Where organisations find that a result presented to them does not match the result stored by the Verification Service, they are advised to contact the IELTS Partners so that the matter can be investigated.

Verify IELTS results

Support for organisations that accept IELTS scores

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Register your organisation

Reach out to new prospective test takers by listing your minimum IELTS score requirements on this site.

Setting IELTS scores for organisations

Setting your IELTS score

Guidance to help you set appropriate IELTS score requirements for your organisation.

Ensuring quality and fairness

An overview of some of the key features of IELTS and how they contribute to reliable, relevant and fair language assessment.