Terms of use

IELTS test and payment terms and conditions

You must …

  • provide proof of your identity (passport or National Identity Card) at registration. Contact the test centre to confirm which type of identity document is accepted. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must use a passport.
  • inform the centre of any changes to your identity document before the test date. If you do not do this you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
  • bring the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded in your application. If you do not do this you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
  • arrive at the centre before the scheduled test start time. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
  • leave all personal belongings in the designated belongings area. The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document, standard pen(s), pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free). All electronic devices, including watches, must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off. Centres may use metal detectors to scan for electronic devices. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not receive an IELTS test result or be eligible for a refund or transfer. While the centre will take all reasonable measures to secure your items in the belongings area, they cannot be held responsible for any loss.
  • consent for your identity to be verified both at test registration and on test day. This may include:
  • having your photograph taken. You will be required to temporarily remove any covering from your face. Any candidate who refuses to have a photograph taken will not be allowed to sit the test and will not be entitled to a refund. The photograph taken by the centre will appear on your Test Report Form.
  • providing a sample of your signature.
  • having your finger scan taken (persons under the age of 18 excluded). If you do not consent to having your finger scan taken you must make this known to a test invigilator before a scan is taken. You will then be directed to have your identity manually verified.
    • keep only the following items on your desk: your identity document, pen(s), pencil(s), eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free).
    • tell the invigilator at once if you think you have not been given the correct question paper or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.
    • raise your hand if you need to ask the invigilator something. Candidates may not ask for, and will not be given, any explanation of the test questions.
    • attend all four components of the test. If you do not attend all four components, you will not receive an IELTS test result. Exceptions are possible but must be requested at registration and written approval must be received from the centre.
    • inform the invigilator on the day of the test if you believe that your performance may be affected by ill health, by the way in which the test is delivered at the centre or for any other reason. If you have a complaint relating to the delivery of the test, you must submit your complaint to the test centre before you leave the centre on test day. Complaints relating to the delivery of the test will not be accepted after test day.
    • leave all test materials in the test room at the end of the test. The test materials include question papers, Speaking booklets, answer sheets and rough paper. Any candidate who attempts to remove test materials from the test room will not receive an IELTS test result.

You must not …

  • talk to or disturb other candidates once the test has started.
  • lend anything to, or borrow anything from, another candidate during the test.
  • eat or smoke in the test room.
  • leave the test room without the permission of the invigilator.
  • leave your seat until all test materials have been collected and you have been told you can leave.
  • engage in any form of malpractice which may damage the integrity and security of the IELTS test. Malpractice includes, but is not limited to:
    • attempting to cheat in any way, including using notes of any kind from any source.
    • helping another candidate to cheat.
    • impersonating another candidate or having another candidate impersonate you.
    • copying the work of another candidate.
    • disrupting the test in any way.
    • reproducing any part of the test in any medium.
    • attempting to alter the data on the Test Report Form.

Your IELTS test result

  • Results are issued by test centres, usually 13 days after the test.
  • You will receive only one copy of your Test Report Form. The test centre is not permitted to issue a replacement copy in the event of loss or damage.
  • The Test Report Form will be issued in your name as it appears on the identity document used at registration. If you find that your personal details are incorrect on the Test Report Form, please contact the centre where you took the test to request changes. Documentation must be provided to verify the correct details. If the centre is unable to assist with your request for a change to your personal details please contact IDP ieltsessentials@idp.com.
  • If you change your name after receiving your Test Report Form, the name will not be changed on the Test Report Form. In the unusual event that a replacement Test Report Form is approved centrally by the IELTS Test Partners (IELTS Partners defined as the British Council, IELTS Australia Pty Ltd (solely owned by IDP Education Pty Ltd) and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations), it will be issued with the name provided on the original Test Report Form.
  • Your result may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with your test. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.
  • The Test Report Form may be cancelled after it has been issued if any irregularity is identified. You may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.
  • Your result will be disclosed by the IELTS Test Partners to the Recognising Organisations which you nominated on your Application Form, for the purpose of allowing those organisations to verify the result or to carry out any enquiries in relation to suspected malpractice.
  • If any of the data on the Test Report Form provided by you or your agent to Recognising Organisations has been altered in any way, your original test result will be cancelled by the IELTS Test Partners.
  • You will not be permitted access to the work you produce in the IELTS test. The IELTS Test Partners will retain the work you produce to assess your test performance, and it may be used for quality control purposes and research activities.

Cancelling your IELTS test or requesting a transfer

If you cancel your test or request a transfer five weeks or more before the test date, the test centre will charge an administration fee of up to 25% of the total test fee.

If you cancel your test within five weeks of the test date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. If you cancel your test or request a transfer within five weeks of the test date for medical reasons, you must provide supporting medical evidence within five working days of the test date. Only evidence of serious illness will be considered. Only original medical certificates will be accepted and must state inability to appear for the test on the scheduled test date.

How IELTS uses your information

The IELTS Test Partners recognise and support the right of genuine IELTS test candidates to privacy. Test Report Forms will only be sent to those Recognising Organisations nominated by the IELTS candidate on their Application Form or at the request of the candidate after the issue of results.

The IELTS Test Partners or their authorised representatives may share candidate personal data including without limitation test performance or score data or photographs taken by the IELTS test centre with educational institutions, governments (including visa processing authorities), professional bodies and commercial organisations that recognise IELTS scores (“Recognising Organisations”) or law enforcement agencies where required for verification purposes or other purposes to protect the IELTS test and its stakeholders against any form of malpractice. Finger-scan data, where obtained, will not be disclosed to any entity except the IELTS Test Partners.

The IELTS Test Partners may use IELTS test score data and test responses, in an anonymous form, for informational, research, statistical or training purposes.