IELTS Test Day Procedure


Check test arrangement and print Admission Ticket

Ten days before your written test date for candidate taking the Paper-based IELTS, or three days before the written test date for candidate taking the Computer-delivered IELTS:

  1. Check your IELTS candidate number, interview time, written and speaking test venue, address and room number from your home page on the NEEA IELTS online registration website and print your Admission Ticket, and make sure you know how to get there on time.
  2. Take the time to read full details of the 'IELTS Candidate Rules' for important information about your IELTS test. Your IELTS test day.
  3. If you register for the Computer-delivered IELTS, please visit our website for the tutorial to help test takers to familiarise themselves with the way the questions are presented.

Note:

• Paper-based IELTS: Speaking interviews are usually conducted within 7 days before and after the written test. Under exceptional circumstances, speaking tests may be arranged outside the usual window period. The British Council reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to the test arrangement. Candidates may not request changes to the interview schedule. Failure to print the Admission Ticket in time may result in you missing the speaking test.

• Computer-delivered IELTS: Speaking interview is usually arranged on the written test day, or as close to the written test day as possible. The British Council reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to the test arrangement.

• The written and speaking test venue and address might be different from the test centre venue and address.

• Please follow the test arrangement instructions on the test day. The registration website information is for reference only.

• Should there be any changes to the Admission Ticket printing time, relevant news will be posted on the NEEA IELTS registration website. Candidates are reminded to check the latest update as soon as possible.

On test day:

You will find the IELTS test centre staff friendly, welcoming and highly professional. They will make sure that the test is delivered fairly and securely. Follow their instructions carefully.


Test date candidate flow chart


Written test

Arrive at the test venue:

  1. Arrive at the test venue by 07:30 am. Candidate taking the afternoon session of the Computer-delivered IELTS, please arrive at the test venue by 12:30 pm. Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand.
  2. Look for your name in the name lists on the notice board. Check your written test room number against your Admission Ticket.
  3. Present your Admission Ticket and go to the waiting room following the test centre staff's instructions, and leave your personal belongings in the designated area.

Check-in:

  1. Wait for Check-in in the waiting room and follow the test day personnel’s instructions to check-in into the test rooms. The check-in time is as the following:
    Paper-based IELTS: 07:30-08:30 am. Morning session of the computer-delivered IELTS: 07:30-08:30 am. Afternoon session of the computer-delivered IELTS: 12:30 -13:30 pm.
  2. You should have your identity document ready for check-in. No other personal belongings are allowed in the test room.
  3. Follow the test centre staff's instructions to have your identity document checked, and your finger scan verified. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner which doesn’t contain any ink, liquid or chemical. You will be given a paper wrist band after the finger scan verification.
  4. Line up in candidate numerical order outside the test room as instructed by the test centre staff. Please use the washroom before you line up.
  5. The Invigilator will brief you on the check-in process, scan you for any electronic devices, check your identity document when you check-in, ask you to provide a sample of your signature and tell you your seat number.
  6. Your identity card will be collected for further checking and will be returned to you before the end of the Writing test.
  7. Find your seat according to the desk label. Be seated and take the time to check your personal information and test arrangement on the desk label.
  8. Candidates taking the computer-delivered IELTS cannot operate on or adjust the computers when seated.

Note:

• The written test check-in for the paper-based IELTS and morning session of the computer-delivered IELTS closes by 08:30 am; afternoon session of the computer-delivered IELTS closes by 13:30 pm. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted to the test room, will not be allowed to take any of the test components, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, and your results of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.

• Other than a bottle of water (label-free) and necessary medicine, candidates will not be allowed to bring any personal belongings into the test rooms. All electronic devices, including watches, must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off. You may be electronically scanned for devices at any time during the test. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not be allowed to complete the test, will not receive an IELTS test result or be eligible for a refund or transfer. Candidates are strongly encouraged not to bring valuable items to the test. While the centre will take all reasonable measures to secure your items in the belongings area, they cannot be held responsible for any loss.

Be prepared for the Paper-based IELTS test:

  1. After check-in, the invigilator will deliver the instructions for the test.
  2. You will be given the Listening and Reading Answer Sheet. Fill in the Answer sheet (Listening and Reading answers on separate sides) by following the invigilator's instructions.
  3. Test your headphones by following the invigilator's instructions. Raise your hand straightaway and let the invigilator know if you cannot hear the recording.
  4. You will be given the Listening question booklet and be asked to write your name and candidate number on the cover.
  5. You will be asked to test your headphones again before the start of the listening test.
  6. You are NOT allowed to open the question booklet until the recording tells you to do so.

Be prepared for the Computer-delivered IELTS test:

  1. After check-in, the invigilator will deliver the instructions for the test.
  2. Your identity card should remain on your desk for the invigilator to check during the test.
  3. Adjust the position of your computer screen by following the invigilator’s instructions.
  4. Wait for the invigilator to distribute your log in details for the Listening test. Log in to the test with the assigned user name and password strictly following the invigilator’s instructions, and note that all the letters are case sensitive. Put up your hand and let the invigilator know if you cannot log in.
  5. Check your personal details on the screen and click on the ‘My details are correct’ button if your details are correct. Put up your hand and let the invigilator know if your details are not correct.
  6. You may click the ‘Settings’ button and change your settings following the invigilator’s instructions, but do not click on the ‘OK’ button until you are told to do so.
  7. Put on your headphones and click on the ‘Play Sound’ button to check the volume on the Test Sound screen following the invigilator’s instructions. If you can hear the sample sound clearly click on the ‘Continue’ button and take your headphones off. Put your hand up and let the invigilator know if you cannot hear the sound clearly. You can change the volume by using the bar in the top right corner of your screen.
  8. Read the Instruction to Candidates and Information for Candidates on the screen following the invigilator’s instructions. Do not click the ‘Start Test’ button until you are told to do so.
  9. Put on your headphones and click on ‘Start Test’ button to begin following the invigilator’s instructions

During the Paper-based IELTS test:

  1. The test begins at 09:00am and finishes at approximately 12.00pm. Listening: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for transferring answers to the answer sheet, reading: 60 minutes, writing: 60 minutes.
  2. At the beginning of the listening test, you hear instructions and a sample question. Then you read the questions in section 1, listen to section 1 and answer the questions. The same procedure follows for sections 2, 3 and 4. Please remember that you will have 10 minutes after the Listening section to fill in your answer sheet. Please keep your headset on during the last 10 minutes and the recording will tell you when to stop. Please stop writing and put your pencil down immediately as instructed.
  3. You will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section to transfer your answers, so please make sure that you write your answers on your Reading answer sheet as you complete each section.
  4. Follow the Writing test instructions carefully. Remember that the Writing parts of the test have specific word length requirements. Some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow.
  5. Every test room will have a clock on the wall and the invigilator will give candidates four time-checks during the Reading and Writing test, which are 20 and 40 minutes after the test starts, and 10 and 5 minutes before the test finishes.. Stay aware of the time during the test so that you can complete all the questions.

Note:

• You must comply with IELTS test administration rules throughout the test and complete the test independently.

• Tell the Invigilator at once by raising your hand if you think you have not been given the right question paper, of if you are in doubt about what you should do.

• You are NOT allowed to open the question booklet until you are instructed to do so. Please stop writing and put your pencil down when you are instructed to do so. Candidates who breach the rules may be disqualified.

• You can only use the toilet during writing sections, not whilst the invigilator is giving instructions, and after obtaining permission from the invigilator. You are not allowed to leave the test room for a toilet break in the final 10 minutes of the test. Before and after using the toilet, you may be requested to undergo an electronic scan by a designated IELTS test day personnel.

During the Computer-delivered IELTS test:

  1. The morning written test session begins at 09:00 am and finishes at approximately 12.00 am. The afternoon written test session begins at 14:00 pm and finishes at approximately 17.00 pm. Please do not switch off or restart your computer at any time before, during or after the test.
  2. You must comply with IELTS test administration rules throughout the test and complete the test independently. Do not click the ‘Start Test’ button until you are told to do so.
  3. You will receive 3 different log in sheets for the corresponding test components (Listening/Reading/Writing), you may make notes on the log in sheets, and they will be collected back by the invigilator after each component. Log in to the test with the assigned user name and password strictly following the invigilator’s instructions, and note that all the letters are case sensitive. Put up your hand and let the invigilator know if you cannot log in.
  4. Tell the invigilator at once if you don’t see the correct test on your computer screen or if the test is incomplete or illegible.
  5. Your time check is displayed on the top bar of your screen. Time check messages will display and flash on your screen 10 and 5 minutes before the end of the reading and writing test.
  6. Follow the Writing test instructions carefully. Remember that the Writing parts of the test have specific word length requirements. Some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow. The system will save your writing work automatically and you can check your word length from your screen.
  7. ‘Highlight’ and ‘Notes’ functions are available for candidates during the test by selecting the contents, right clicking the mouse and confirming the relevant option. ‘Clear’ and ‘Clear all’ functions can also be used to clear the highlights and notes previously made.
  8. There is a ‘Help' function which forms part of the test and which the test taker can access at any time.
  9. Your can only use the toilet during writing sections, not whilst the invigilator is giving instructions, and after obtaining permission from the invigilator and give your ID to the invigilator before you go. You are not allowed to leave the test room for a toilet break in the final 10 minutes of the test. Before and after using the toilet, you may be requested to undergo an electronic scan by a designated IELTS test day personnel.
  10. You must hide your screen by clicking on the “Hide’ button on the top right hand corner of your screen when you go for a toilet break. On your return from the toilet break, click on the ‘Resume’ button in the centre of your screen to continue your test.

After the written part of the test ends:

  1. You must stay seated in your seat. Do not speak.
  2. Leave the test room following the Invigilator's instructions.
  3. Remember to take your identity document.
  4. Remember to collect your personal belongings from the designated area.
  5. If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the invigilator straightaway. The invigilator will escalate your issue to the Test Supervisor and you can fill in a Test Day Complaint Form with the Test Supervisor if necessary.

Speaking test

  1. Please arrive at the test centre at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time and register for the speaking test with the centre staff. The speaking test check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time, if you arrive late, you will not be admitted to the test room, will not be allowed to take any of the test components, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, and your results of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.
  2. Present your Admission Ticket and go to the waiting room following the test centre staff's instructions, and leave your personal belongings in the designated area.
  3. Bring your identity document and Admission Ticket/desk label with you during registration. If you lose your Admission Ticket/desk label, please tell the test centre staff. Please wait in the waiting room after being checked in and remain quiet.
  4. Follow the test centre staff's instructions to have your identity document checked, your digital photograph and finger scan taken. Please take off your glasses, reveal your ears and look straight at the camera with a neutral expression. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner which doesn’t contain any ink, liquid or chemical. You will be given a paper wrist band after the test day photography and finger scan collection.
  5. The test centre staff will scan you for any electronic devices before escorting you to your test room. Please wait outside quietly until the examiner invites you into the room.
  6. When the examiner tells you to go into the test room, please only bring your identity document with you.
  7. The speaking test lasts between 11 and 14 minutes.
  8. After finishing your speaking test, please take your personal belongings and leave the test venue immediately. Do not talk to anybody about your test, otherwise you might be regarded as breaking the IELTS test rules, which may result in disqualification.
  9. If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the Test Supervisor straightaway. You can fill in a Test Day Complaint Form with the Test Supervisor if necessary.

IELTS Pre-test Checklist

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