On the day of your test

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?

Your test will start at 9am or 9.15am. However we recommend you arrive by 8.30am 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 national identity card (European citizens)  or passport (non - European citizens) listed as identification on your application form. This must be the original of the same ID/Passport document as the one you used to complete your online application.

If you cannot provide this document, unfortunately you will not be allowed to sit your IELTS test and your test fee will not be refunded. 

Photocopies of your IDs/Passports are not accepted. Driving licences and student IDs are not accepted as identification either.

In case your ID/Passport document has changed after your online registration you should contact us in advance.

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.

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.

What am I permitted to take into the test room?

In the test room you are allowed to have:

  • Your identification document
  • A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
  • An eraser
  • A sharpener
  • 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 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.