IELTS Exam Day
IELTS Exam Day
Understand what happens on your test day
You might feel a bit nervous about your IELTS test day. So that 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.
As your test day approaches, it’s important to know what to expect before, during, and after you take your IELTS test.
Make sure you arrive early and have all the necessary documents with you as the check-in process may vary between test venues. After you have checked-in, you will be able to lock away your personal belongings before you will be guided to your seat by a test invigilator. After this point you won’t be able to talk to fellow test takers.
Once the test begins, keep track of time so you have enough time to complete each part of the test. If you have any questions, you can raise your hand to get the attention of an invigilator. Once the test concludes, you can leave the test room and collect your belongings.
Your provisional test results will be available online 5 to 7 days after taking IELTS on a computer or 13 days after sitting a paper-based test. Your official Test Report Form (TRF) can be picked up from the test venue or mailed to you.
The Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test are completed immediately after each other on the same day. In some test centers, you will sit the Speaking test on the same day, or up to 7 days before or after your test date.
What to do if I am late to my test due to situations beyond my control?
If you experience difficulty on a test day, please inform the test centre immediately. The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.
On the test day
You must bring the same passport or national identity card that you used to book your IELTS test. If you do a paper-based IELTS test, you can take pens, pencils, and erasers into the examination room. If you do a computer-delivered IELTS test, the center will provide you with pencils and paper.
You must leave all of your personal belongings outside the examination room in a secure area or locker. Mobile phones, pagers and smart watches must be switched off and left with your personal belongings.
If you keep mobile phones or electronic devices with you, you will be disqualified.
The IELTS test location staff will check your identity when you arrive.
Please bring your original and valid passport you used when you booked your test, along with a colour photocopy. Driving licenses, student IDs and other documents are not accepted as valid proof of identification.
Invalid or expired ID / identification documents will not be accepted. If you cannot provide valid ID, you will not be able to sit the test.
At the end of the test
Stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.
If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the invigilator straightaway.
If you want to raise an issue or make a complaint, please ask your invigilator for a Test Day Incident Form to complete. This form needs to be submitted within one week of the test date.
All watch irrespective of their style and age are not allowed in the test room. You will be required to leave your watch with your belongings in the secure baggage area. There will be a clock at the test venue.