What to expect on IELTS Test Day

On the day of your test your only worry is your performance, in other words your ability to prove your skills, knowledge, and fluency in the English langue. As some candidates tend to be more stressed than others, here are some tips and ground rules on how to handle yourself before and during the examination.


  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before the test and get a good breakfast that will keep you strong, focused, and relaxed during the long examination.
  • Arrive early so that you have enough time to check in and move through all necessary security procedures. You may refer to your booking confirmation for details.
  • Bring your ID (valid passport/national identity card); it has to be the same identification that you provided on your IELTS Application form. Your identification, pens/pencils, eraser and a drink in a transparent bottle are the only items that you can bring in the examination room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings although many exam centres provide lockers.
  • Try to remain calm so you can do your best in the test. Stay focused and listen carefully to the test supervisor’s instructions. If you have a problem at any time, raise your hand and attract the attention of the invigilators; the supervisor will assist you. Should you have to leave the room for any reason, remember that the clock will be ticking during your absence.
  • See that you don’t run out of time during the Reading and Writing sections, and make sure you keep up with the exam flow in Listening and Speaking. If you have practiced the test enough there should be no problem here.
  • It goes without saying that you must not cheat by trying to use a dictionary, per, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone, or by copying the work of another candidate.
  • You may not lend anything to or borrow something from another person once you have entered the test room. You must not talk to, or disturb other candidates. or in any way disrupt the test once it has started.
  • You are not allowed to reproduce any part of the test or take any materials from the examination room including test papers, answer papers or working paper.
  • You cannot leave your seat until your papers have been collected and you have been told to leave. If you finish the test early you must wait quietly until the exam is finished and you are advised that you can leave the room.

Your results will be available online 13 calendar days after the test at: https://results.ielts.org. Your official results will appear on your Test Report Form, which will also be ready at that time and you can collect it from the test centre or have it posted to you.

Good luck with your IELTS test!


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