Information and advice about your IELTS test day
If you are taking IELTS Online, at home or elsewhere, you can find out more about the setup and requirements in our IELTS Online section.
The information below only applies if you take your IELTS test on paper or computer at a test centre.
You might feel a bit nervous about your IELTS test day. So that things go as smoothly as possible for you, we’ve put together some information to help you understand what will happen on the day of your 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 must ensure to bring the same, original identification document you register with to the test venue to ALL parts of the test. Without this, you will not be permitted to sit the test and will not be eligible for a transfer or refund. In cases of identity document changes, candidates must notify the British Council a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the first part of your test. Less than this timeframe and identity document changes will not be accepted.
You will find the date, time and venue of your test on your candidate portal on the following document "confirmation of completion of IELTS registration and acceptance of application".
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.
To find out specific information about each module of the test please consult the page "Which IELTS test should I take?" or the "Information for candidates" (PDF document you can download below).