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What procedures apply under the verification process?

Your identity will be verified on the test day.

This may include:
Having your photograph taken. The photograph taken by the test centre will appear on the Test Report Form (you will be required to temporarily remove any covering from your face)
Providing a sample of your signature
Having a finger scan taken (this is not required if you are under 18). If you do not consent to having your finger scan taken you must make this known to a test invigilator before a scan is taken whereupon you will need to provide an additional valid photo ID for verification.
Why does IELTS now require the capturing of a photo and finger scan?
The finger scan provides greater reassurance for stakeholders regarding the reliability of the results as well as increased protection for genuine candidates.
Ensuring all candidates who sit the test are the person pictured on the Test Report Form (TRF)
Ensuring the same person sits all components
Providing a tool to prevent serial imposters sitting multiple tests
Why does IELTS have this identity verification process?

The process has been developed to meet the increasing test security expectations of key stakeholders (such as universities, government bodies, immigration authorities of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US).

What security measures do IELTS take with my finger scan to ensure my privacy?

Every IELTS Test centre will take the necessary steps to comply with privacy protection legislation.

What is a finger scan? Is it different from a fingerprint?

A finger scan is different to a fingerprint. The identity verification process collects a finger scan as opposed to a fingerprint. The finger scan is stored as a binary blob made up of numbers. An actual image of the finger scan is not stored.

How do I know whether these requirements apply prior to application?

The terms and conditions are stated in the Declaration and Notice to Candidates on the application form. It is your responsibility to read and agree to all terms and conditions before signing the form. You should retain a copy of the Notice to Candidates for your own records.

What can I expect on the test day, and how will my finger scan and photograph be used?

You will have your initial photograph and finger scan captured when you arrive at the test venue for admission to the Listening, Reading & Writing components of the test. This process takes approximately 45-60 seconds. Your finger scan is conducted at every entrance to a test room for verification. The finger scan will be matched when you return to the test room. This process takes approximately 5 seconds. Your photograph will be shown on the Test Report Form. The finger scan data obtained will not be disclosed to any entity except the IELTS Test Partners.It will be retained for a period of 60 days after the test date and will then be deleted.

Are you under 18 years old?

Contact us for more information regarding the identity verification process for candidates who are under 18 years old.