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About IELTS

What are the Test Rules?

Learn more about the IELTS rules and regulations before the test. You will find these in the Notice to Candidates

On the test day you must:

  • provide exactly the same, original and valid identification document you registered with.
    Therefore if you registered with your passport and go to the test with your HKID Card, you will not be able to take test; and vice versa. There is no refund or transfer if you bring the wrong ID or expired ID.
  • arrive at the test venue before the scheduled test start time. If you arrive late, you will not be able to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
  • leave all personal belongings in the designated belongings area. The only items you may take into the test room are your approved ID, pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a transparent bottle of water (label-free). All electronic devices and all watches must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off.
  • consent for your identity to be verified both at test registration and on the test day. This may include:
    1. having your photograph taken. The photograph taken by the centre will appear on your Test Report Form.
    2. providing a sample of your signature.
    3. having your finger scan taken (this is not required if you are under 18).
  • attend all four components of the test. If you do not attend all four components, you are not able to receive an IELTS test result.
  • 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.

On the test day you must NOT:

  • talk to or disturb other candidates once the test has started.
  • lend anything to, or borrow anything from, another candidate during the test.
  • eat or smoke in the test room.
  • leave the test room without the permission of the invigilator.
  • leave your seat until all test materials have been collected and you have been told you can leave.
  • engage in any form of malpractice which may damage the integrity and security of the IELTS test.
    Malpractice includes, but is not limited to:
    1. attempting to cheat in any way, including using notes of any kind from any source.
    2. helping another candidate to cheat.
    3. impersonating another candidate or having another candidate impersonate you.
    4. copying the work of another candidate.
    5. disrupting the test in any way.
    6. reproducing any part of the test in any medium.
    7. attempting to alter the data on the Test Report Form.