What to bring to an IELTS test

The most important thing to bring on the IELTS test day is your identification, either your passport or national ID, depending on which one you used for your IELTS test registration. You will need the same identification for your IELTS Speaking test as well.

The test staff will check this before you enter the room and your IELTS Speaking test examiner will check this once again. You don’t have to bring any passport photos on the test day, as the IELTS test centre will take your photo when you register.

It is okay to bring a mobile phone, but you have to switch it off and place it with your other personal belongings in a special area arranged by the test supervisor.

It is not recommended to bring any valuable items with you on the IELTS test day. Electronic items are not allowed in the test room either.

Children or family members of test takers are not allowed to enter the IELTS test venue. If someone needs to wait for you, please ask them to wait outside the venue.


You must switch off your mobile phones and place them with your personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor.

Usually a secure room for personal belongings is available. You are strongly advised not to bring any valuable items with you to the test.

You cannot bring mobile phones, all electronic devices, keys, wallet, food, bags, watch/smartwatch/fit-bit, and all other belongings on your test day.

No. Test takers and test staff are the only people permitted to enter the test venue during testing. If you have a family member or friend who will collect you after your test, please advise them that they will need to wait for you outside the test venue.

No, the test centres will take your photo on the test day as a part of the registration process.