As your test day approaches, it’s important to know what to expect before, during and after you take your IELTS test.

Make sure you arrive early and have all the necessary documents with you as the check-in process may vary between test venues. After you have checked-in, you will be able to lock away your personal belongings before you will be guided to your seat by a test invigilator. After this point you won’t be able to talk to fellow test-takers.

Once the test begins, keep track of time so you have enough time to complete each part of the test. If you have any questions, you can raise your hand to get the attention of an invigilator. Once the test concludes, you can leave the test room and collect your belongings.

You will get your IELTS results in 2-5 days for the computer-delivered test or 13 days after sitting a paper-based test. Your official Test Report Form (TRF) can be picked up from the test venue or mailed to you.

Ask IELTS

What should I bring on my test day?

You must bring the same passport or national identity card that you used to book your IELTS test. If you do a paper-based IELTS test, you can take pens, pencils and erasers into the examination room. If you do a computer-delivered IELTS test, the centre will provide you with pencils and paper.


You must leave all of your personal belongings outside the examination room in a secure area or locker. Mobile phones, pagers and smart watches must be switched off and left with your personal belongings.


If you keep mobile phones or electronic devices with you, you will be disqualified.

A virtual tour of a computer-delivered IELTS test centre

Take a virtual tour of a computer-delivered IELTS test centre and get a better understanding of what test day looks like.

https://images.ctfassets.net/unrdeg6se4ke/71ZLkrFCbfxzW193nojbbz/0833d4d97cf74c043d7b8b46abe559a2/Screenshot_2.JPG
2021-09-07T07:01:28.262Z
https://videos.ctfassets.net/unrdeg6se4ke/6uKsv8NalXjxFV9VlyWj6Y/edbcd7afc229062ace62f117ab7eef6c/Computer-delivered_IELTS_Immersive_Experience.mp4

Learn More