Your go-to IELTS test day checklist!

Got your IELTS test coming up? Take a look at our IELTS test day checklist so you know what to take and don’t forget anything on the day!

What to do before my IELTS test day

Step 1

Read the IELTS test terms & conditions

which can be found in your application form.

You can also familiarise yourself with the refund and cancellation policy here.

Step 2

Plan your journey

Plan your journey to the test centre a week in advance. Check for any planned road closures, train works or anything that could disrupt your journey.

Step 3

Find your identification

Make sure you have the right identification to take with you on your test day.

What to bring with you on test day?

  • A pen, pencil and eraser (if you are doing the paper-based test).
  • A water bottle which is free of labels or any words printed on it.
  • Proof of ID: The ID that your registration was accepted with.
  • You may bring a transparent water bottle into the test room.
  • A pair of glasses if needed. The case will not be allowed in the room with you.
  • If advised by your test centre, you may need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and your own mask/s.

*Anything else you bring that is not listed above will be stored in a separate room.

What to do when you arrive at your IELTS test

Step 1


Make sure you have eaten before your test. You cannot bring food into the test room.

Step 2


Be prepared for the test duration; it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes with no breaks.

Step 3

Arrive early

You may not be able to take your IELTS test if you are late.

Step 4

Be ready to prove your identity

IELTS staff will take a photograph of you on the day to be used in your results form.

Step 5

Turn your phone off

Make sure your electronic devices are turned off and kept outside of the test room.

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