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What to Expect on Test Day

Before taking the test, it is always helpful to familiarise yourself with some basic information and with the procedures for the IELTS test.
When you have registered for the test, you will receive a confirmation email. Then a Confirmation of Registration (COR) with your personal details, date(s) and time of both your written and speaking tests will be sent to you two weeks before the test. Make sure you check both your Junk folder and Trash folder. Print your COR (A screen capture of your COR on a cell phone is acceptable) and bring it together with the same ID document you used for registration – please ensure you have the original ID document plus a photocopy.

Here are some quick tips for ensuring you do your best on your test day

IDP Education, co-owner and official test centre of IELTS

Arrive early and be prepared
  • Double-check the time and date of your test and allow plenty of time to travel to the test centre. If you are late, you will not be able to take the test.
  • Make sure you have the right identification documents with you. If you arrive with the wrong ID, you will not be able to take the test.
Check-in your personal items
  • No personal items can be taken into the test room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings in a secure area outside the test room.
  • Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You are not allowed to take food into the test room. You are only allowed to take a drink in a transparent bottle.
ID check
  • When you register on the test day, a staff member will check the original of your ID document. Your ID must be the same ID that you used when you originally registered for the test. It must also be valid (i.e. it has not expired) and include a photo of yourself.
  • On the day of your test, the test day staff will take a high-resolution photograph to include on your Test Report Form (TRF) and will ask for a finger scan as a further verification of your identity.
During the Test
  • On your desk, you are only permitted to have your ID, pencils, eraser and a bottle of water in a transparent bottle.
  • Listen to the test day staff carefully and follow the test day instructions.
  • When you get your test papers, read the instructions on the cover page first before writing anything.
  • You are not permitted to leave during the first or last 10 minutes of any of the test components. If you need to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask the test day staff.
Keep track of time
  • Watches are not permitted in the test room. Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time so you can attempt all questions.
Ask for help and stay clam
  • If you have a problem (for example, if you think you have been given the wrong paper, you cannot hear the instructions, or you feel ill) raise your hand, the test day staff are there to help.
End of the test
  • You cannot leave your seat until your papers have been collected and you have been told to leave.
  • If you finish the test early you must wait quietly until the test is finished and you are advised that you can leave.