Information and advice about your IELTS test day
If you are taking IELTS remotely 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 tests at a test centre.
You might feel a bit nervous about your IELTS test day. So that things go 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. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test. You will receive an email at least three days before the test so you will know at what time your test starts.
Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices. You will be asked to place these with other personal belongings outside the test room.
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 centre three months in advance.
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between the parts of the test.
Speaking tests are scheduled to take place either during the week before the written parts of the test, on the day of the written tests or one day after the written tests. You can confirm the final time and day of your speaking exams through the Registration System within 48 hours before your written exam.
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.
The British Council takes your security seriously
Please note that security at a British Council IELTS test is very important. As an added measure, all participants will be required to have their photograph taken by IELTS administrative staff on their test day. Please make sure that you review the photograph instructions supplied to you after you have booked your test.
Watches – irrespective of their style and age – are not allowed in the test room. You will be required to leave your watch with your belongings in the secure baggage area. There will be a clock at the test centre.