Notice to Candidates
IELTS test terms and conditions
You must …
• provide proof of your identity (passport or National Identity Card) at
registration. Contact the test centre to confirm which type of identity
document is accepted. Candidates taking the test outside their own country
must use a passport.
• inform the centre of any changes to your identity document before the test
date. If you do not do this you will not be allowed to take the test and you will
not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
• bring the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded in
your application. If you do not do this you will not be allowed to take the test
and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
• arrive at the centre before the scheduled test start time. If you arrive late, you
will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or
• leave all personal belongings in the designated belongings area. The only
items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document,
standard pen(s), pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free). All
electronic devices, including watches, must be left in the belongings area and
must be switched off. Centres may use metal detectors to scan for electronic
devices. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not receive an
IELTS test result or be eligible for a refund or transfer. While the centre will
take all reasonable measures to secure your items in the belongings area,
they cannot be held responsible for any loss.
• consent for your identity to be verified both at test registration and on test
day. This may include:
– having your photograph taken. You will be required to temporarily remove
any covering from your face. Any candidate who refuses to have a
photograph taken will not be allowed to sit the test and will not be entitled
to a refund. The photograph taken by the centre will appear on your Test
– providing a sample of your signature.
– having your finger scan taken.
• keep only the following items on your desk: your identity document, pen(s),
pencil(s), eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free).
• tell the invigilator at once if you think you have not been given the correct
question paper or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.
• raise your hand if you need to ask the invigilator something. Candidates may
not ask for, and will not be given, any explanation of the test questions.
• attend all four components of the test. If you do not attend all four components,
you will not receive an IELTS test result. Exceptions are possible but must
be requested at registration and written approval must be received from
• inform the invigilator on the day of the test if you believe that your
performance may be affected by ill health, by the way in which the test
is delivered at the centre or for any other reason. If you have a complaint
relating to the delivery of the test, you must submit...