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IELTS rules and regulations

It is important that all candidates are familiar with the rules and regulations surrounding the IELTS test.

You must:

  • Provide proof of your identity using a valid passport or National ID card in the morning at registration and prior to your speaking Exam. Your passport and National ID must contain a passport number, a signature, a date of birth and a photograph.
  • Only have on your desk your identification, pencil/pen (provided by the exam Centre), an eraser (provided by the test center), and your passport or national ID card.
  • Ensure cell phone, pagers and any other electronic device is switched off and placed with personal belongings outside the room (or preferably left at home or in your car). Any candidate who does not switch off their phone/pager, or who retains one in their possession will be immediately disqualified and asked to leave the test.
  • Notify the Invigilator or test supervisor immediately if test day conditions in any way impede your performance.

You must NOT:

  • Impersonate another person or have another person impersonate you.
  • Attempt to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test.
  • Use, or attempt to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or cell phone for the duration of the test. Any candidate doing so will be disqualified and asked to leave.
  • Talk to or disturb other candidates once the examination has started.
  • Smoke or eat in the examination room.
  • Reproduce any part of the test in any format/medium. Any candidate doing so will have their test results disqualified and be liable to prosecution.
  • Remove any materials used during the examination. This includes, but is not limited to, examination papers, speaking task cards, answer papers or working papers. For further support and answers to frequently asked questions visit IDP IELTS FAQ section.