A strict set of protocols is in place to safeguard every aspect of the IELTS test, including:
This multilayered approach to test security also includes a probity process for prospective test centers and strict protocols surrounding test center 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:
Organizations 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 organizations 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.
Reach out to new prospective test takers by listing your minimum IELTS score requirements on this site.
Guidance to help you set appropriate IELTS score requirements for your organization.
An overview of some of the key features of IELTS and how they contribute to reliable, relevant and fair language assessment.