Students studying before the IELTS exam
Students studying before the IELTS exam

You’re bound to feel a little bit nervous on the test day. To help 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.

When should I arrive?

The test starts at 09.00, however we recommend you arrive by 07.30 to give you enough time to get settled. 

Unfortunately, if you arrive after 08.30 you will not be allowed to take the test on that day.

What identification documents do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring along the same original ID listed as identification on your application form. Driving licences, Family ID and student IDs are not accepted as identification. 

Unfortunately, candidates without valid ID will not be allowed to sit the test and their test fees will not be refunded.

Why do you take my photograph and finger scan?

Security at IELTS tests is important to us. As an added measure, our exams services staff take a passport-style photograph of candidates on the test day. The photograph appears on your results (also known as your Test Report Form). This procedure is mandatory.

What am I permitted to take into the test room?

In the test room you are allowed to have:

  • Your valid identification document
  • A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
  • An eraser
  • A bottle of water

You will not be able to take anything else into the test room.

What do I do with my other belongings, such as my bag, mobile and coat?

There will be a cloakroom where you will need to leave all your belongings. The cloakroom will be locked during the test. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving valuables, such as mobile phones and computers, at home.