Test taker with headset

You’re bound to feel a little bit nervous on 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 13.00. However we recommend you arrive by 12.15 to give you enough time to get settled.

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

What identification document do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring along the valid original passport listed as identification on your application form. Certified copies of passport, driving licences, National ID and student IDs are not accepted as identification.

Unfortunately, candidates without a valid original passport will not be allowed to sit the test. 

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 and finger scan of candidates on the test day. The photograph and finger scan appear on your results (also known as your Test Report Form). This procedure is mandatory.

Candidates under 18 years of age must have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian so that we can take the photograph and finger scan.

What am I permitted to take into the test room?

In the test room you are allowed to have:

  • Your passport
  • A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
  • Transparent pencil case
  • An eraser
  • Drink in a transparent bottle

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?

There will be a baggage counter where you will need to leave all your belongings. The baggage counter will be manned by security personnel. 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.