What Can I Bring To The IELTS Exam?

Many students are nervous about what to expect on their actual International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test day. The best way to ensure that everything goes smoothly is to know what to expect. The owners of the IELTS exam must protect the integrity of the IELTS test by enforcing a number of rules and regulations about what is allowed on test day. A great deal of these rules are designed to deter test takers from cheating. In this article, you will learn about what you are allowed to bring with you into an IELTS examination hall. These rules are enforced in Singapore and in every other country where the IELTS exam is held.

What Documents Do I Need to Bring for the IELTS Test?

A candidate must bring their current passport to the IELTS exam and this is the only form of identification that will be accepted at the test centre.

A candidate’s passport is the only form of valid identification document (ID) accepted in the IELTS Examination. Your passport must be up to date and other forms of identification such as Driving Licences, College or a student ID card will not be considered valid. Candidates who fail to meet these criteria will not be allowed to sit for the exam. Test takers should also carry a colour copy of the passport as well

If a candidate is below the age of 18 when booking their test, then they must also bring a completed consent form that has been signed by their parent or legal guardian with them along with their passport.

The above-mentioned documents are needed for all for sections of the IELTS test, including the speaking test, even if it is on a separate day.

What Other Items Can I Bring on the IELTS Test Day?

You are allowed to bring, a pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for the reading and listening test), an eraser. Make sure that you bring extra sharpened pencils since sharpeners are not allowed and your handwriting on the answer sheets should remain as legible and neat as possible.

You are not allowed to eat during the entire 2 hours and forty minutes of the test, so remember to eat well before the exam. The only form of refreshment you are allowed to bring in with you is a small transparent water bottle.

Wristwatches are also not allowed, but there are wall clocks placed inside every test room. All electronic devices like mobile phones etc. must also be left outside the test room along with all other personal belongings.

British Council and IDP Education Test Centre Rules

There are really no differences in rules about what to bring on the IELTS test day between these two organisations

However, the rules might vary from centre to centre and some test locations also make arranges to provide candidates with essential stationery and refreshments. So please to double-check the requirements of your specific test centre, and make sure you are aware of them well before your scheduled test date

The British Council and the IDP are not held accountable for any loss or damage of property left outside the examination room during your test. For this reason, I suggest that you only bring items that are essential on test day.

Jonathan has been teaching students to prepare for the IELTS and PTE Exams for more than 10+ years. He's taught English to students in various countries in the world including Singapore, China, Australia, Canada and Colombia.