Information and advice about your IELTS test day
It is normal to feel a bit nervous about your IELTS test on the test day. We’ve put together some information to help you understand what will happen on the day, so that things go smoothly for you.
Arriving for your IELTS test
- You will need to arrive in good time for your IELTS test. Your confirmation email will provide you with timings and procedures on the test day.
- If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test. You will receive an email at least three days before the test so you will know at what time your test starts.
- If you have asked for special arrangements as a result of a disability or other condition, adjustments will be made for you on the test day. Please contact our staff at the test venue six weeks in advance.
- Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room and you will only be allowed to take water in a transparent bottle.
- All candidates under the age of 18 years must carry the two consent forms (the parent consent form and the consent form for minors) duly signed by parents on both the test days - Speaking and Listening-Reading-Writing. You can download the forms in the download section.
During your IELTS test
- You are only allowed to have a pencil, pen, your ID, and an eraser on your desk.
- If you need to use the toilet during the test, raise your hand up to call the invigilator and don’t disturb other test takers.
- Raise your hand to call the invigilator if you want to ask a question during the test.
- When it’s time to take the Listening test, check that you can hear the recording clearly. If you can’t, raise your hand and inform the invigilator.
- After the Listening section, you will have 10 minutes (in paper-based IELTS test) to fill in the answer sheet. However, you will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section, so be sure to write your answers on your answer sheet when completing each section.