The Test Day

Arriving at the Test Centre

Please allow yourself plenty of time for travelling and arrive at the test centre at least one hour before the test is due to start. Directions to the test venue are provided in the 'Our Centre' section on the left.

The test will begin at 10.00AM. Registration for the test will close 30 minutes before the test begins. If you arrive after this time you will not be allowed to sit the test and you will not receive a refund of the test fee.

If you are unable to attend on the test day due to illness or some other unforeseen event please contact the IELTS Administrator as soon as possible. You may apply for your test to be rescheduled but you must complete a form and supply appropriate supporting documentation within five days following the test date. Rescheduling is at the discretion of the IELTS Administrator.

Personal Belongings

Before you register, you will be able to leave your personal belongings in a secure room. You will be given a ticket number for you to show when you collect your belongings after the test. If you lose your ticket, you will have to wait until all belongings have been collected.

What can you take into the exam room?

  • Pen, pencil, eraser
  • Water in a clear, plastic bottle with no label.

You will NOT be allowed the following items in the exam room:

  • Mobile / electronic devices
  • Hats/caps
  • Outdoor jackets
  • Watches of any kind - a large clock is displayed in the exam room.
  • Correction fluid
  • Highlighter pens
  • Tissues - these will be available in the exam room.


Once you have handed in your belongings, ensure you use the toilet as you will not be able to take a toilet break until the beginning of the Reading test.

You must bring your ID document with you on the test day(s). This should be the document that you supplied when you registered for the test. You will not be allowed to sit the test without it!

Your identity will be checked at registration against your documents. Your photograph will be taken on the test day and this will be the photograph that appears on your Test Report Form (TRF).  For additional security, your finger will be scanned and your identity and finger scan will be checked every time you enter or leave a test room.

During the test

You will be shown to your desk which will have your personal desk label attached. You should place your ID document on your desk. Your identity will be checked by the invigilators during the test. Possession of a mobile phone or any other electronic device in the test room will constitute cheating and you will be expelled from the test room. 
You must remain seated in the test room until all papers have been collected and counted.
If you feel that you have been disadvantaged during the test, or if you wish to make a complaint against the test centre you must do so on the day of the test. Complaint forms can be requested from the test day staff and must be completed and returned on the day.


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