IELTS test day

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.

Test Confirmation

A notification email will be sent to you about one week before your test day to confirm the test venue. If you do not receive the notification, please contact us on 6473 1111 or email no later than three days before the test. 

When should I arrive?

Registration takes place from 08.00 and the test starts at 09.00. 

You must be seated at the test venue by 08.50. Candidates arriving after 08.50 will not be allowed to take the test on that day and will not be eligible for refund or transfer.

What identification document do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring along the national identity card or passport listed as identification on your application form. Driving licences and student IDs are not accepted as identification.

Unfortunately, candidates without valid ID will not be allowed to sit the test. 

Why do you take my photograph?

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.

During the photo taking, you will be required to temporarily remove any covering from your face including glasses, hat, scarf etc.

Any candidate who refuses to have a photograph taken will not be permitted to sit the test and will not be entitled to a refund.

What am I permitted to take into the test room?

In the test room you are allowed to have:

  • Your original identification document
  • A plain transparent bottle of water (Label must be removed)

Pens, pencils and erasers are provided for the test. 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 and coat?

There will be a designated room or area where you will need to leave all your belongings. The room or area will be locked or monitored 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.

Breaks during exams

There is no break between papers. Please use the toilet before taking your test date photograph. You can only use your own time to go to the toilet after the Reading and Writing papers has started. However, you are not allowed to use the toilet in the last ten minutes of any of these tests or while the papers are being collected.