IELTS Test Administration

The IELTS exam takes about three hours. Since you need to arrive at least half an hour earlier, you could be spending anywhere from four to five hours at the test centre. So make sure to eat a proper meal before the exam and to dress comfortably, so you won’t be hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, or otherwise distracted by your physical needs.

You need to bring the required identification with you to the test center. This may include a passport, national identity card or other document, so find out clearly in advance. You may also be asked to bring two recent passport photos. Check and recheck these official requirements at least twice – once at the time of registration and once a few days before the exam, in case there have been any changes.

You are not allowed to bring any personal items into the testing room, other than your ID, a pen/pencil, and eraser. You could also be asked to empty your pockets. No mobile phones, dictionaries, electronic spell-checkers, tape recorders, highlighters, correction fluid, or other objects or devices are permitted into the test room.

Activities are restricted to those related to the IELTS exam. Talking, smoking, eating, drinking, and of course, cheating, are all prohibited.

If you have a question or comment regarding IELTS rules, IELTS procedures, or your physical exam paper, you can raise your hand and a supervisor will come over to speak to you. You cannot ask questions related to the instructions or content of the test. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these beforehand.


The IELTS invigilator has the authority to dismiss you from the test if you break any of the rules, which are extensive. For this reason, it is important to read through the IELTS administration rules carefully in advance so you won't break a rule by mistake.

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