Information and advice about your IELTS test day
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.
Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day as the other sections of the test, or up to a week before or after. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.
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.
To do this safely and prevent the spread of Covid-19, health precautions are in place to protect both staff and candidates.
- Self-declaration form: All test takers must sign a declaration form at the entrance of the exams area on test day to declare that they are eligible to attend the test session
- Test takers should not attend the test if: they are under a quarantine, self-quarantine, stay-at-home or medical surveillance order, as specified by the local authorities OR if they have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms
- Test takers under 18 years have to get the declaration form signed by the guardian. The guardian will have to leave the test premises and return to collect their ward
- Temperature screening will be in place at all test venues. Test takers with symptoms of fever will not be able to sit for the test and will be asked to go home
- Social distancing measures must be adhered to – with staff and test takers always two metres apart
- All staff and test takers will be required to use face masks
- New hygiene protocols in place with sanitation stations in every test centre
- You will be asked to bring your own stationery (pen, pencil and eraser), and this must be taken away with you after the exam - except for scratch paper, notes or workings sheets
- Test takers should limit their belongings to only essential items like a wallet / purse and mobile.
The health and safety of test takers and test staff is our number one priority. Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, the British Council will continue to follow all directives made by the local authorities. Our precautions will be kept under review and we will remain vigilant to the developing situation.