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Do not waste your money or risk your future by attempting to cheat.

Do not trust anyone trying to sell IELTS results.

Test security

There are numerous security measures in place to support genuine test takers and protect the interests of the organizations 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 center staff to help them identify imposters, detect fraudulent behavior and prevent cheating
  • strict test conditions
  • routine scrutiny of test results before release.

This multi-layered 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.

Verifying IELTS scores

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 test 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.

Verify IELTS results