IELTS Candidate Rules

Notice to Candidates

IELTS test terms and conditions

You must...

• provide proof of your identity (passport or National Identity Card) at registration. You should refer to the China IELTS Candidate Rules on which type of identity document is accepted. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must use a passport.

• bring exactly the same and valid original 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 any of the test components and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, and the results of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.

•  leave all personal belongings in the designated belongings area. The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document and a bottle of water (label-free). All electronic devices and all watches must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off. You may be electronically scanned for devices at any time during the test. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not be allowed to complete the test, and 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. Mandatory medicines can be brought into test rooms after being confirmed and approved by the invigilator.

• 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 permitted 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. If you have not had your photograph taken by the centre no result will be issued.

– providing a sample of your signature.

– having your finger scan taken.

• keep only the following items on your desk: your identity document and a bottle of water (label-free).

• if you are taking the paper-based IELTS, 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. If you are taking the computer-delivered IELTS, tell the invigilator at once if you don’t see the correct test version on your computer screen or if the test 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 complete 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. If you are absent for any of the test component((s), you will not be allowed to take the remaining test component(s) and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, your results of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.

• 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. Depending on the type of test taken, 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 the test room at the end of the test until you have been told you can leave.

• dress inappropriately or act in an inappropriate manner such as, being offensive or threatening with test day staff.

• 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.

– interfering with the computer settings (if taking a computer-delivered test).

– 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.

– hiding any electronic devices / written notes at the test venue before or during the test.

– removing, or attempting to remove any materials from the test room.

– damaging examination papers or answer sheets intentionally.

– passing or attempting to pass test-related information to other people.

– opening a test booklet before being instructed to do so.

– failing to stop writing when instructed to do so.

– other behaviours regarded as breach of test rules by the invigilator.

• Candidates engaging in malpractice will not be allowed to complete the test and will not receive an IELTS test result. Candidates who are found to have engaged in malpractice on test day after their result has been issued will have their result cancelled. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be banned from taking the test in future, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be reported to regulatory authorities globally and may be liable to legal action.

Your IELTS test result

• Results are issued by the British Council, usually 13 days after the test if taking the Paper-based IELTS, or 5-7 days after the test if taking the Computer-delivered IELTS.

• You will receive one copy of your Test Report Form. Please keep it in a safe place.

• 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 country or region of origin or language code is incorrect on the Test Report Form, please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed). Documentation must be provided to verify the correct details. If you change your name after receiving your Test Report Form, the name will not be changed on the Test Report Form.

• Your result may not be issued on time after the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide writing and speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.

• Your result 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 to the Recognising Organisations which you nominated in your application or to which you applied with your Test Report 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 may be cancelled.

• Candidates are not permitted access to the work they produce in the IELTS test.

Cancelling your IELTS test or requesting a transfer

• If you wish to cancel your test or request a transfer(limited to change of test date and/or test centre), please make sure you do so before the registration cut-off date on the NEEA IELTS online registration website on your personal page under“View Registered Tests”. You will be charged an administration fee of up to 25% of the test fee. Please be aware that a transfer to another Computer-delivered IELTS depends on the availability and the available test dates may be for the Paper-based IELTS.

• It is not possible to transfer registrations between different tests (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, or IELTS Life Skills). If you need to change to another test, please cancel your original registration and make a new registration before the cut-off date.

• If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for medical reasons, you must submit your cancellation application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) before the written test day and provide supporting medical evidence within the required deadline. 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. The NEEA IELTS National Call Centre reserves the right to check the supporting documents and to decide whether to approve the partial refund or not. Cancellation application will not be accepted after the written test day, or if the candidate has taken any of the four test components.

• You cannot transfer your tests after the registration cut-off date.

How IELTS uses your information

• The IELTS Test Partners recognise and support the right of IELTS test candidates to privacy.

• When you provide your identity information the IELTS Test Partners link that information to your IELTS test and test result on the Test Report Form. This enables you to submit your Test Report Form to Recognising Organisations and for them to verify your result.

• Test Report Forms will only be sent to those Recognising Organisations nominated by the candidate in their application or at the request of the candidate after the issue of results. When a candidate submits a Test Report Form to a Recognising Organisation they consent to the verification of the result by that organisation.

• 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 centre with educational institutions, governments (including visa processing authorities), professional bodies and commercial organisations that recognise IELTS scores (‘Recognising Organisations’) or law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities 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 will retain work produced by candidates in the IELTS test and may use it for quality control purposes and for investigations into suspected malpractice. Test score data and test responses, in an anonymous form, may also be used for informational, research, statistical or training purposes.

China IELTS Candidate Rules

The China IELTS Candidate Rules('Rules') constitutes an integral part of the rules stipulated in the on-line IELTS Application Form and Notice to Candidates: IELTS test terms and conditions('Terms and Conditions'). IELTS candidates must read and understand these rules before completing the on-line application. Please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) for further enquiries. The completion of registration means that candidates have already carefully read and accepted the Rules. The Rules is legally binding on all candidates immediately upon completion of registration for the test.

IELTS Registration

IELTS registration in mainland China is only available on the NEEA IELTS online registration website. Candidates may re-take the test as many times as they wish, and may register for as many tests as they need at a time. However, any two test dates must not be within a 7-day period. Please check each test date's registration, transfer and cancellation cut-off date on the online registration website.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to register for the right test (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, IELTS Life Skills A1, IELTS Life Skills A2 or IELTS Life Skills B1). NEEA and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any incorrect selection.

Identification Document Requirements during Registration

 IELTS on-line registration will only accept the following identification documents:

• Chinese nationals from mainland China can register with a valid and current 2nd-generation national ID Card or passport

• Chinese nationals from Hong Kong and Macau can register with a valid and current ID Card, passport or Hong Kong and Macau Residents' Residence Permit

• Chinese nationals from Taiwan can only register with a valid and current Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents of China or Taiwan Residents' Residence Permit

• Foreign nationals can register with a valid and current passport

Unacceptable Identification

The non-acceptable identity documents include but are not limited to: 1st-generation National ID Card, household book, household certificate, identity certificate issued by PSB, driving license, student ID, work ID, Hong Kong / Macau Travel Permit for Chinese Citizens, Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, social security card,military service personnel document and any expired ID documents.

Identification Information Confirmation

Candidates must ensure that the personal details used during online registration for IELTS are exactly the same as the personal details on the identity documents. If the personal details provided by candidates during online registration do not match the details on their identity documents at any time during the written and speaking test session, candidates will not be admitted to the test and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind. Their test results will be voided as well.

Pre-booking of the speaking test

The speaking interviews for the paper-based IELTS are usually conducted within 7 days before and after the written test. The speaking interviews for the computer-delivered IELTES are usually arranged on the written test day, or as close to the written test day as possible. Under exceptional circumstances, speaking tests may be arranged outside the usual window period. The British Council reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to the test arrangement. Pre-booking of the speaking test is available during a 2-day period of time before the registration cut-off date. Speaking test date(s) for each test centre will be published during these 2 days in accordance with the test administration arrangements by the British Council and candidates can log onto the NEEA IELTS online registration website to choose their preference for morning or afternoon from the available date(s). The British Council will try to accommodate candidates’ needs as far as possible. If candidates choose not to pre-book, miss the booking deadline or fail to make an online booking, their speaking test time will be arranged automatically later. Candidates’ final speaking arrangement will be displayed on their Admission Tickets. Candidates may not request any changes to the interview schedule.

Candidates can book their speaking test only once, and this booking cannot be modified once it has been confirmed. If candidates choose to cancel their booking, they will not be allowed to book again. Such candidates’ speaking tests will be arranged automatically and displayed on their Admission Tickets. Candidates’ bookings will be automatically cancelled should they choose to transfer or cancel their tests after they have booked their speaking test dates.

Available speaking test date(s) of each test centre for pre-booking purpose are published by the British Council in accordance with the test administration arrangements. The pre-booking of the speaking test service is based on first come, first serve basis. Please book your speaking test date as early as possible, so that you can have more choices from the available speaking test dates.

Printing the Admission Ticket

Candidates taking the Paper-based IELTS can print their Admission Ticket by logging onto their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website up to 10 days before the written test date. Candidates taking the Computer-delivered IELTS can print their Admission Ticket by logging onto their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website up to 10 days before the written test date.

Candidates must check their personal information and test arrangements before the test (including test version, candidate number, speaking test time, written and speaking test venue and address, written and speaking test room, etc.). Failure to print the Admission Ticket in advance may result in candidates missing the speaking test. Sometimes the written and speaking test venue and address might be different from the test centre venue and address. Should there be any changes to the Admission Ticket printing time, relevant news will be posted on the NEEA IELTS registration website. Candidates are reminded to check the latest update as soon as possible.

Test Day Identification Document Requirement

Candidates should bring their valid original identity documents used for IELTS online Registration and the IELTS Test Admission Tickets to gain entry to the test centre.

Candidates who have the following situations will not be allowed to take the test or be eligible for a transfer, cancellation or refund:

• Fail to present a valid identity documents before the admission deadline for the speaking module or written modules.

• Fail to present an acceptable identity document during any parts of the test.

• Fail to present exactly the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded in your application.

• Any other situations where the supervisor is not satisfied with the ID verification outcome.

Candidate Identification Confirmation

The British Council reserves the right to establish the genuineness of a candidates' identity before, during, or after the test. The measures include but are not limited to:

• Questions related to candidates' personal information, and the record of the interview for the purpose of identification confirmation

• Request for submission of additional proof of identity within a given timeframe

In cases where a dispute regarding candidate identity cannot be settled on the day of the test, or if a candidate refuses to participate or is unable to satisfactorily establishing their identity, the IELTS Test Supervisor reserves the right not to admit the candidate to the test. The candidate will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind, and may be prohibited from taking the IELTS test on future occasions The candidates may contact the British Council on the following Monday afternoon to make an appointment for a full identity check. If the identity document is found to be genuine and valid, and the candidate’s identity is verified, a free test will be arranged for the candidate at a later date.

Candidates who attempt to take the test with false or altered identity documents, or who have someone else attempt to take the test on their behalf, or who attempted to forge or alter the Test Report Form will be prohibited from taking the IELTS test in the future and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation, or refund of any kind. Such candidates’test results will be cancelled, and the Test Report Form voided. Any person purporting to be the candidate will be prohibited from taking any IELTS tests on future occasions. The British Council reserves the right to inform recognizing organizations, relevant embassies and consulates-generals, law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities, other test partners and test centres of such cases. This may result in legal action.

Checking Test Arrangements

If deemed necessary, the British Council reserves the right to adjust the written test component sequence or change the speaking test schedule based on the test day situation without prior notice to candidates. Please follow the instructions on the test day. The test arrangement information on the Admission Ticket is for reference only.

Before the test starts on the test day, candidates are also required to double check and confirm their personal information and test arrangement on their desk labels. If candidates find any mistake in their personal information or test arrangements, they must report this immediately to the invigilator and follow the invigilator’s instructions. Once the test starts, it will not be possible to deal with any enquiries about changing test arrangements.

Check-in Times

•  Written test of the Paper-based IELTS: Candidates should arrive at the test centre by 07:30 am to check-in into the written test room. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as personal belongings storage, ID check, finger scan verification, test room check-in, test instruction delivery, listening equipment testing and adjustment, and clerical information completion on the answer sheets. The written test check-in closes by 08:30 am.

• Written test of the Computer-delivered IELTS:
Morning session: Candidates should arrive at the test centre by 08:00 am to check-in into the written test room. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as personal belongings storage, ID check, finger scan verification, test room check-in, test instruction delivery, listening equipment testing and adjustment, and clerical information completion on the answer sheets. The written test check-in closes by 08:30 am.
Afternoon session: Candidates should arrive at the test centre by 13:00 pm to check-in into the written test room. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as personal belongings storage, ID check, finger scan verification, test room check-in, test instruction delivery, listening equipment testing and adjustment, and clerical information completion on the answer sheets. The written test check-in closes by 13:30 pm.
Evening session: Candidates should arrive at the test centre by 17:00 pm to check-in into the written test room. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as personal belongings storage, ID check, finger scan verification, test room check-in, test instruction delivery, listening equipment testing and adjustment, and clerical information completion on the answer sheets. The written test check-in closes by 17:30 pm.

• Speaking test: Candidates should arrive at the test centre30minutes before their scheduled interview time. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as registration, personal belongings storage, test instruction, finger scan collection,photo taken, ID check, and speaking test room check-in. The speaking test check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

Test Results and Test Report Form

Paper-based IELTS
Candidates' Test Report Forms will be sent via express courier service to the mailing address (limited to mainland China service) provided on the on-line IELTS Application Form, usually on the 10th working day after the written test. This applies only to those who completed all four components of the test and had their photographs taken on the test day successfully. The Test Report Form despatch date may change due to public holidays. Candidates must ensure that the Test Report Form mailing address provided is valid for at least 1 month after the written test date. Candidates can change the address on their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website within 5 days after the written test date. Test Report Form mailing address change applications submitted later than the 5th working day after the written test date might be rejected.
Candidates can check their results and the courier tracking number on-line by visiting the NEEA IELTS online registration website, usually on the 10th working day after the written test. The score release date may change due to public holidays. The registration website information is for reference only and the test result is based only on the Test Report Form. It is not possible to give test results over the telephone, by fax or e-mail. The British Council cannot provide a photocopy or test result verification service.
Candidates won't be eligible to receive their Test Report Forms if they are absent for any of the four components of the test, fail to have their photographs taken before the completion of the test, disqualified during the test, or if their test results are voided after the test. For candidate whose speaking file not audible for marking, a free speaking test will be offered and the Test Report Form will only be issued after the candidate completes the free speaking test.

Computer-delivered IELTS
Candidates' Test Report Forms will be sent via the express courier to the mailing address (limited to mainland China service) provided on the on-line IELTS Application Form, usually on the 5th to 7th day after the written test. This applies only to those who completed all four components of the test and had their photographs taken on the test day successfully. The Test Report Form despatch date may change due to public holidays. Candidates must ensure that the Test Report Form mailing address provided is valid for at least 1 month after the written test date. Candidates can change the address on their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website no later than the written test date. Test Report Form mailing address change request submitted later than the written test date might be rejected.
Candidates can check their results and the courier tracking number on-line by visiting the NEEA IELTS online registration website, usually on the 5th to 7th day after the written test. The score release date may change due to public holidays. The registration website information is for reference only and the test result is based only on the Test Report Form. It is not possible to give test results over the telephone, by fax or e-mail. The British Council cannot provide a photocopy or test result verification service.
Candidates won't be eligible to receive their Test Report Forms if they are absent for any of the four components of the test, fail to have their photographs taken before the completion of the test, disqualified during the test, or if their test results are voided after the test. For candidate whose speaking file not audible for marking, a free speaking test will be offered and the Test Report Form will only be issued after the candidate completes the free speaking test.

Special test arrangement

The British Council makes every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates, to provide equal testing opportunities for all. Candidates who require special arrangements must submit a special test application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) at least three months before the test date. Relevant supporting materials (medical certificate and/or disability certificate) issued within the last two years should be provided. Please do not register and pay for the test until you receive written confirmation on your application from British Council.

Minor Candidate (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old)

Minor candidates (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old) are required to complete the Guardian Consent Terms and Child Protection Declaration with the assistance of their guardians when registering for the IELTS test. A signed and scanned copy of the IELTS Minor Candidate Parental Consent Form ("Consent Form") needs to be uploaded to the NEEA IELTS Registration Website. Failure to submit such "Consent Form" before the registration cut-off date will preclude the candidate from being able to register for the test session he/she has selected. The original written "Consent Form" may also need to be provided upon request on the test day.

Force Majeure

The IELTS Test Partners will make every effort to ensure that the examination takes place as planned. If examinations are disrupted, cancelled or delayed for any other reason outside of our control, every effort will be made to resume normal services as soon as possible. Liability of the British Council will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or re-testing at a later date.

The IELTS Test Partners take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. However, they cannot be held responsible for any indirect or consequential lost caused by circumstances beyond their control.

I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the aboveNotice to Candidates: IELTS test terms and conditions and China IELTS Candidate Rules and agree to abide by the rules contained therein. And I hereby acknowledge and agree that a violation of the aforesaid Terms and Conditions and Rules could lead to the cancellation or voided of my test results, and /or the prohibition from taking the test you registered for or take this time or any IELTS tests on future occasions, as provided herein in the Terms and Conditions and/or the Rules.

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Candidate Rules

Notice to Candidates

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test terms and conditions

You must...

• provide proof of your identity (passport or National Identity Card) at registration. You should refer to the China IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Candidate Rules on which type of identity document is accepted. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must use a passport.

• bring exactly the same and valid original 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 any of the test components and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, and the result(s) of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.

•  leave all personal belongings in the designated belongings area. The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document and a bottle of water (label-free). All electronic devices and all watches must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off. You may be electronically scanned for devices at any time during the test. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not be allowed to complete the test, and 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. Mandatory medicines can be brought into test rooms after being confirmed and approved by the invigilator.

• consent for your identity to be verified both at test registration and on test day. This may include:

– having your photograph(s) taken. You will be required to temporarily remove any covering from your face. Any candidate who refuses to have his/her photograph(s) 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. If you have not had your photograph(s) taken by the centre no result will be issued.

– providing a sample of your signature.

– having your finger scan taken.

– being videoed while you are in the test centre on the test day, including from the place where you register and in each of the test rooms used for each part of the test you take. If you do not agree to be video recorded you will not be able to take the test, and will not be entitled to a refund or transfer.

• keep only the following items on your desk: your identity document and a bottle of water (label-free).

• if you are taking the Paper-based IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test, 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. For computer-delivered tests, tell the invigilator at once if you don’t see the correct test on your computer screen or if the test 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 complete 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. If you are absent for any of the test component(s), you will not be allowed to take the remaining test component(s) and you will not be eligible for a refund or transfer, your results of any completed part(s) of the test will be voided.

• 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. Depending on the type of test taken, 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 the test room at the end of the test until you have been told you can leave.

• dress inappropriately or act in an inappropriate manner such as, being offensive or threatening with test day staff.

• 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.

– interfering with the computer settings (if taking a computer-delivered test).

– 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.

– hiding any electronic devices / written notes at the test venue before or during the test.

– removing, or attempting to remove any materials from the test room.

– damaging examination papers or answer sheets intentionally.

– passing or attempting to pass test-related information to other people.

– opening a test booklet before being instructed to do so.

– failing to stop writing when instructed to do so.

– other behaviours regarded as breach of test rules by the invigilator.

• Candidates engaging in malpractice will not be allowed to complete the test and will not receive an IELTS test result. Candidates who are found to have engaged in malpractice on test day after their result has been issued will have their result cancelled. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be banned from taking the test in future, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be reported to regulatory authorities globally and may be liable to legal action.

Your IELTS test result

• Results are issued by the British Council, usually 13 days after the test.

• You will receive one copy of your Test Report Form. Please keep it in a safe place.

• 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 country or region of origin or language code is incorrect on the Test Report Form, please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed). Documentation must be provided to verify the correct details. If you change your name after receiving your Test Report Form, the name will not be changed on the Test Report Form.

• Your result may not be issued 13 days after the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide writing and speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.

• Your result 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 to the Recognising Organisations which you nominated in your application or to which you applied with your Test Report 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 may be cancelled.

• Candidates are not permitted access to the work they produce in the IELTS test.

Cancelling your IELTS test or requesting a transfer

• If you wish to cancel your test or request a transfer(limited to change of test date and/or test centre), please make sure you do so before the registration cut-off date on the NEEA IELTS online registration website on your personal page under“View Registered Tests”. You will be charged an administration fee of up to 25% of the test fee. Please be aware that a transfer to another computer-delivered test depends on availability and the available test dates may be for the paper based test.

• It is not possible to transfer registrations between different tests (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, or IELTS Life Skills). If you need to change to another test, please cancel your original registration and make a new registration before the cut-off date.

• If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for medical reasons, you must submit your cancellation application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) before the written test day and provide supporting medical evidence within the required deadline. 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. The NEEA IELTS National Call Centre reserves the right to check the supporting documents and to decide whether to approve the partial refund or not. Cancellation application will not be accepted after the written test day, or if the candidate has taken any of the four test components.

• You cannot transfer your tests after the registration cut-off date.

How IELTS uses your information

• The IELTS Test Partners recognise and support the right of IELTS test candidates to privacy.

• When you provide your identity information the IELTS Test Partners link that information to your IELTS test and test result on the Test Report Form. This enables you to submit your Test Report Form to Recognising Organisations and for them to verify your result.

• Test Report Forms will only be sent to those Recognising Organisations nominated by the candidate in their application or at the request of the candidate after the issue of results. When a candidate submits a Test Report Form to a Recognising Organisation they consent to the verification of the result by that organisation.

• The IELTS Test Partners or their authorised representatives may share candidate personal data including without limitation test performance or score data or photographs, video recording taken by the centre with educational institutions, governments (including visa processing authorities), professional bodies and commercial organisations that recognise IELTS scores (‘Recognising Organisations’) or law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities 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 will retain work produced by candidates in the IELTS test and may use it for quality control purposes and for investigations into suspected malpractice. Test score data and test responses, in an anonymous form, may also be used for informational, research, statistical or training purposes.

China IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Candidate Rules

The China IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Candidate Rules('Rules') constitutes an integral part of the rules stipulated in the on-line IELTS Application Form and Notice to Candidates: IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test terms and conditions('Terms and Conditions'). IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration candidates must read and understand these rules before completing the on-line application. Please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) for further enquiries. The completion of registration means that candidates have already carefully read and accepted the Rules. The Rules is legally binding on all candidates immediately upon completion of registration for the test.

IELTS Registration

IELTS registration in mainland China is only available on the NEEA IELTS online registration website. Candidates may re-take the test as many times as they wish, and may register for as many tests as they need at a time. However, any two tests must not be within a 7-day period. Please check each test date's registration, transfer and cancellation cut-off date on the online registration website.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to register for the right test (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, IELTS Life Skills A1, IELTS Life Skills A2 or IELTS Life Skills B1). NEEA and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any incorrect selection.

Identification Document Requirements during Registration

 IELTS on-line registration will only accept the following identification documents:

• Chinese nationals from mainland China can register with a valid and current 2nd-generation national ID Card or passport

• Chinese nationals from Hong Kong and Macau can register with a valid and current Hong Kong Macau ID Card/Hong Kong Macau Residents' Card or Hong Kong Macau passport

• Chinese nationals from Taiwan can only register with a valid and current Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents of China or Taiwan Residents' Card

• Foreign nationals can register with a valid and current passport

Unacceptable Identification

The non-acceptable identity documents include but are not limited to: 1st-generation National ID Card, household book, household certificate, identity certificate issued by PSB, driving license, student ID, work ID, Hong Kong / Macau Travel Permit for Chinese Citizens, Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, social security card, military service personnel document and any expired ID documents.

Identification Information Confirmation

Candidates must ensure that the personal details used during online registration for IELTS are exactly the same as the personal details on the identity documents. If the personal details provided by candidates during online registration do not match the details on their identity documents at any time during the written and speaking test session, candidates will not be admitted to the test and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind. Their test results will be voided as well.

If a candidate identifies any personal information input error before the test date, the candidate should contact the NEEA National IELTS Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) immediately and follow the relevant instructions and arrangements.

Pre-booking of the speaking test

Speaking interviews are usually conducted within 7 days before and after the written test. Under exceptional circumstances, speaking tests may be arranged outside the usual window period. The British Council reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to the test arrangement. Pre-booking of the speaking test is available during a 2-day period of time before the registration cut-off date. Speaking test date(s) for each test centre will be published during these 2 days in accordance with the test administration arrangement by the British Council and candidates can log onto the NEEA IELTS online registration website to choose their preference for morning or afternoon from the available date(s). The British Council will try to accommodate candidates’ needs as far as possible. If candidates choose not to pre-book, miss the booking deadline or fail to make an online booking, the British Council will arrange the speaking test time automatically later. Candidates’ final speaking arrangement will be displayed on their Admission Tickets. Candidates may not request any changes to the interview schedule.

Candidates can book their speaking test only once, and this booking cannot be modified once it has been confirmed. If candidates choose to cancel their booking, they will not be allowed to book again. Such candidates’ speaking tests will be arranged automatically and displayed on their Admission Tickets. Candidates’ bookings will be automatically cancelled should they choose to transfer or cancel their tests after they have booked their speaking test dates.

Available speaking test date(s) of each test centre for pre-booking purpose are published by the British Council in accordance with the test administration arrangements. The pre-booking of the speaking test service is based on first come, first serve basis. Please book your speaking test date as early as possible, so that you can have more choices from the available speaking test dates.

Printing the Admission Ticket

Candidates can print their Admission Tickets by logging onto their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website up to 10 days before the written test date Candidates must check their personal information and test arrangements before the test (including test version, candidate number, speaking test time, written and speaking test venue and address, written and speaking test room, etc.). Failure to print the Admission Ticket in advance may result in candidates missing the speaking test. Should there be any changes to the Admission Ticket printing time, relevant news will be posted on the NEEA IELTS registration website. Candidates are reminded to check the latest update as soon as possible.

Test Day Identification Document Requirement

Candidates should bring their valid original identity documents used for IELTS online Registration and the IELTS Test Admission Tickets to gain entry to the test centre.

Candidates who have the following situations will not be allowed to take the test or be eligible for a transfer, cancellation or refund:

• Fail to present a valid identity documents before the admission deadline for the speaking module or written modules.

• Fail to present an acceptable identity document during any parts of the test.

• Fail to present exactly the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded in your application.

• Any other situations where the supervisor is not satisfied with the ID verification outcome.

Candidate Identification Confirmation

The British Council reserves the right to establish the genuineness of a candidates’ identity before, during, or after the test. The measures include but are not limited to:

• Questions related to candidates’personal information, and the record of the interview for the purpose of identification confirmation

• Request for submission of additional proof of identity within a given timeframe

In cases where a dispute regarding candidate identity cannot be settled on the day of the test, or if a candidate refuses to participate or is unable to satisfactorily establishing their identity, the IELTS Test Supervisor reserves the right not to admit the candidate to the test. The candidate will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind, and may be prohibited from taking any IELTS tests on future occasions. The candidates may contact the British Council on the following Monday afternoon to make an appointment for a full identity check. If the identity document is found to be genuine and valid, and the candidate’s identity is verified, a free test will be arranged for the candidate at a later date.

Candidates who attempt to take the test with false or altered identity documents, or who have someone else attempt to take the test on their behalf, or who attempted to forge or alter the Test Report Form will be prohibited from taking the IELTS test in the future and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation, or refund of any kind. Such candidates’test results will be cancelled, and the Test Report Form voided. Any person purporting to be the candidate will be prohibited from taking the IELTS test on future occasions. The British Council reserves the right to inform recognizing organizations, relevant embassies and consulates-generals, law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities, other test partners and test centres of such cases. This may result in legal action.

Checking Test Arrangements

If deemed necessary, the British Council reserves the right to adjust the written test component sequence or change the speaking test schedule based on the test day situation without prior notice to candidates. Please follow the instructions on the test day. The test arrangement information on the Admission Ticket is for reference only.

Before the test starts on the test day, candidates are also required to double check and confirm their personal information and test arrangement on their desk labels. If candidates find any mistake in their personal information or test arrangements, they must report this immediately to the invigilator and follow the invigilator’s instructions. Once the test starts, it will not be possible to deal with any enquiries about changing test arrangements.

Check-in Times

• Written test: Candidates should arrive at the test centre by 07:30amto check-in into the written test room. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as personal belongings storage, ID check,finger scan verification/collection, photo taken, test room check-in, test instruction delivery, listening equipment testing and adjustment, and clerical information completion on the answer sheets.The written test check-in closes by 08:30 am.

• Speaking test: Candidates should arrive at the test centre30minutes before their scheduled interview time. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as registration, personal belongings storage, test instruction, finger scan collection/verification, photo taken, ID check, and speaking test room check-in. The speaking test check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

Test Results and Test Report Form

Candidates' Test Report Forms will be sent via the express courier to the mailing address (limited to mainland China service) provided on the on-line IELTS Application Form, usually on the 10th working day after the written test. This applies only to those who completed all four components of the test and had their photographs taken on the test day successfully. The Test Report Form despatch date may change due to public holidays. Candidates must ensure that the Test Report Form mailing address provided is valid for at least 1 month after the written test date. Candidates can change the address on their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website within 5 days after the written test date. Test Report Form mailing address change applications submitted later than the 5th working day after the written test date might be rejected.

Candidates can check their results and the courier tracking number on-line by visiting the NEEA IELTS online registration website, usually on the 10th working day after the written test. The score release date may change due to public holidays. The registration website information is for reference only and the test result is based only on the Test Report Form. It is not possible to give test results over the telephone, by fax or e-mail. The British Council cannot provide a photocopy or test result verification service.

Candidates won't be eligible to receive their Test Report Forms if they are absent for any of the four components of the test, fail to have their photographs taken before the completion of the test, disqualified during the test, or if their test results are voided after the test.For candidate whose speaking file not audible for marking, a free speaking test will be offered and the Test Report Form will only be issued after the candidate completes the free speaking test.

Special test arrangement

The British Council makes every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates, to provide equal testing opportunities for all. Candidates who require special arrangements must submit a special test application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) at least three months before the test date. Relevant supporting materials (medical certificate and/or disability certificate) issued within the last two years should be provided. Please do not register and pay for the test until you receive written confirmation on your application from British Council.

Minor Candidate (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old)

Minor candidates (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old) are required to complete the Guardian Consent Terms and Child Protection Declaration with the assistance of their guardians when registering for the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test. A signed and scanned copy of the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Minor Candidate Parental Consent Form ("Consent Form") needs to be uploaded to the NEEA IELTS Registration Website. Failure to submit such "Consent Form" before the registration cut-off date will preclude the candidate from being able to register for the test session he/she has selected. The original written "Consent Form" may also need to be provided upon request on the test day.

Force Majeure

The IELTS Test Partners will make every effort to ensure that the examination takes place as planned. If examinations are disrupted, cancelled or delayed for any other reason outside of our control, every effort will be made to resume normal services as soon as possible. Liability of the British Council will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or re-testing at a later date.

The IELTS Test Partners take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. However, they cannot be held responsible for any indirect or consequential lost caused by circumstances beyond their control.

I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the above Notice to Candidates: IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test terms and conditions and China IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration Candidate Rules and agree to abide by the rules contained therein. And I hereby acknowledge and agree that a violation of the aforesaid Terms and Conditions and Rules could lead to the cancellation or voided of my test results, and /or the prohibition from taking the test you registered for or take this time or any IELTS tests on future occasions, as provided herein in the Terms and Conditions and/or the Rules.

IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules

Notice to Candidates

IELTS Life Skills test terms and conditions

You must...

• provide proof of your identity (passport or National Identity Card) at registration. You should refer to the China IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules on which type of identity document is accepted. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must use a passport.

• bring exactly the same and valid original 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, and a bottle of water (label-free). All electronic devices and all watches must be left in the belongings area and must be switched off. You may be electronically scanned for devices at any time during the test. Any candidate who breaches these conditions will not be allowed to complete the test, and will not receive an IELTS Life Skills 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.Mandatory medicines can be brought into test rooms after being confirmed and approved by the Supervisor.

• 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. If you have not had your photograph taken by the centre no result will be issued.

– providing a sample of your signature.

– having your finger scan taken.

• being videoed while you are in the test centre on the test day, including from the place where you register and in the test rooms. If you do not agree to be video recorded you will not be able to take the test, and will not be entitled to a refund or transfer.

• 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.

• any candidate who attempts to remove test materials from the test room will not receive an IELTS Life Skills test result.

You must not...

• eat or smoke in the test room.

• leave the test room without the permission of the examiner.

• dress inappropriately or act in an inappropriate manner such as, being offensive or threatening with test day staff.

• engage in any form of malpractice which may damage the integrity and security of the IELTS Life Skills 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.

– 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.

– hiding any electronic devices / written notes at the test venue before or during the test.

– removing, or attempting to remove any materials from the test room.

– damaging test materials intentionally.

– passing or attempting to pass test-related information to other people.

– other behaviours regarded as breach of test rules by the invigilator.

• Candidates engaging in malpractice will not be allowed to complete the test and will not receive an IELTS Life Skills test result. Candidates who are found to have engaged in malpractice on test day after their result has been issued will have their result cancelled. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be banned from taking the test in future, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer. Candidates engaging in malpractice may be reported to regulatory authorities globally and may be liable to legal action.

Your IELTS Life Skills test result

• Results are issued by the British Council, usually within 7 days of your test.

• You will receive one copy of your Test Report Form. Please keep it in a safe place.

• 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 country or region of origin or language code is incorrect on the Test Report Form, please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed ). Documentation must be provided to verify the correct details. If you change your name after receiving your Test Report Form, the name will not be changed on the Test Report Form.

• Your result may not be issued within 7 days of the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take the IELTS Life Skills test.

• Your result may be cancelled after it has been issued if any irregularity is identified.

• Your result will be disclosed to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for the purpose of allowing them 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 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has been altered in any way, your original test result may be cancelled.

• Candidates are not permitted access to the work they produce in the IELTS Life Skills test.

Cancelling your IELTS Life Skills test or requesting a transfer

• If you cancel your test or request a transfer (limited to change of test date and/or test centre) before the registration cut-off date on the NEEA IELTS online registration website, You will be charged an administration fee.

• It is not possible to transfer registrations between different tests (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, or IELTS Life Skills). If you need to change to another test, please cancel your original registration and make a new registration before the cut-off date.

• If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for any reason apart from medical ones, you will not be eligible to receive a refund.

• If you cancel your test after the registration cut-off date for medical reasons, you must submit your cancellation application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) before the test day and provide supporting medical evidence within the required deadline. 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. The NEEA IELTS National Call Centre reserves the right to check the supporting documents and to decide whether to approve the partial refund or not. Cancellation application will not be accepted after the test day.

• You cannot transfer your tests after the registration cut-off date.

How IELTS uses your information

• The IELTS Test Partners recognise and support the right of IELTS Life Skills test candidates to privacy.

• When you provide your identity information the IELTS Test Partners link that information to your IELTS Life Skills test and test result on the Test Report Form.

• The IELTS Test Partners or their authorised representatives may share candidate personal data including without limitation test performance or score data or photographs, video recording taken by the centre with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) or law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities where required for verification purposes or other purposes to protect the IELTS Life Skills 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 will retain work produced by candidates in the IELTS Life Skills test and may use it for quality control purposes and for investigations into suspected malpractice. Test score data and test responses, in an anonymous form, may also be used for informational, research, statistical or training purposes.

China IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules

The China IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules('Rules') constitutes an integral part of the rules and regulations stipulated in the on-line IELTS Life Skills Application Form and Notice to Candidates: IELTS Life Skills test terms and conditions('Terms and Conditions'). IELTS Life Skills candidates must read and understand these rules before completing the on-line application. Please contact the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) for further enquiries. The completion of registration means that candidates have already carefully read and accepted the Rules. The Rules is legally binding on all candidates immediately upon completion of registration for the test.

IELTS Life Skills Registration

IELTS Life Skills registration in mainland China is only available on the NEEA IELTS online registration website. Candidates who have previously taken and passed the IELTS Life Skills test are not allowed to re-take the test at the same level within two years. Such candidates who registered the IELTS Life Skills test again will not receive an IELTS Life Skills test result or be eligible for a refund or transfer. There are no restrictions on retaking the IELTS Life Skills test for candidates who do not pass it, however,candidates can only book two tests at a time and the two test dates must not be within a 7-day period. Please check each test date's registration, transfer and cancellation cut-off date on the online registration website.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to register for the right test (Paper-based IELTS, Computer-delivered IELTS, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) delivered on computer, IELTS Life Skills A1, IELTS Life Skills A2 or IELTS Life Skills B1). NEEA and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any incorrect selection.

Identification Document Requirements during Registration

 IELTS Life Skills on-line registration will only accept the following identification documents:

• Chinese nationals from mainland China can register with a valid and current 2nd-generation national ID Card or passport

• Chinese nationals from Hong Kong and Macau can register with a valid and current Hong Kong Macau ID Card/Hong Kong Macau Residents' Card or Hong Kong Macau passport

• Chinese nationals from Taiwan can only register with a valid and current Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents of China or Taiwan Residents' Card

• Foreign nationals can register with a valid and current passport

Unacceptable Identification

The non-acceptable identity documents include but are not limited to: 1st-generation National ID Card, household book, household certificate, identity certificate issued by PSB, driving license, student ID, work ID, Hong Kong / Macau Travel Permit for Chinese Citizens, Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, social security card, military service personnel document and any expired ID documents.

Identification Information Confirmation

Candidates must ensure that the personal details used during online registration for IELTS Life Skills are exactly the same as the personal details on the identity documents. If the personal details provided by candidates during online registration do not match the details on their identity documents at any time during the test, candidates will not be admitted to the test and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind. Their test results will be voided as well.

If a candidate identifies any personal information input error before the test date, the candidate should contact the NEEA National IELTS Call Centre immediately and follow the relevant instructions and arrangements.

Printing the Admission Ticket

Candidates can print their Admission Tickets by logging onto their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website up to 10 days before the test date, Candidates must check their personal information and test arrangements before the test (including test version, candidate number, test time, test venue and address, test room, etc.). Failure to print the Admission Ticket in advance may result in candidates missing the test. Should there be any changes to the Admission Ticket printing time, relevant news will be posted on the NEEA IELTS registration website. Candidates are reminded to check the latest update as soon as possible.

The IELTS Life Skills test is arranged during a four-day window time (i.e., Thursday to Sunday) from the test date. Candidate requests for pre-booking or changes to the test schedule will not be accepted.

Test Day Identification Document Requirement

Candidates should bring their valid original identity documents used for IELTS online Registration and the IELTS Test Admission Tickets to gain entry to the test centre.

Candidates who have the following situations will not be allowed to take the test or be eligible for a transfer, cancellation or refund:

• Fail to present a valid identity documents before the admission deadline for the speaking module or written modules.

• Fail to present an acceptable identity document during any parts of the test.

• Fail to present exactly the same identity document on the test day as the one recorded in your application.

• Any other situations where the supervisor is not satisfied with the ID verification outcome.

Candidate Identification Confirmation

The British Council reserves the right to establish the genuineness of a candidates’ identity before, during, or after the test. The measures include but are not limited to:

• Questions related to candidates’personal information, and the record of the interview for the purpose of identification confirmation

• Request for submission of additional proof of identity within a given timeframe

In cases where a dispute regarding candidate identity cannot be settled on the day of the test, or if a candidate refuses to participate or is unable to satisfactorily establishing their identity, the IELTS Test Supervisor reserves the right not to admit the candidate to the test. The candidate will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation or refund of any kind, and may be prohibited from taking the IELTS test on future occasions. The candidates may contact the British Council on the following Monday afternoon to make an appointment for a full identity check. If the identity document is found to be genuine and valid, and the candidate's identity is verified, a free IELTS Life Skills test will be arranged for the candidate at a later date.

Candidates who attempt to take the test with false or altered identity documents, or who have someone else attempt to take the test on their behalf, or who attempted to forge or alter the Test Report Form will be prohibited from taking the IELTS test in the future and will not be eligible for transfer, cancellation, or refund of any kind. Such candidates'test results will be cancelled, and the Test Report Form voided. Any person purporting to be the candidate will be prohibited from taking any IELTS tests on future occasions. The British Council reserves the right to inform UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities, other test partners and test centres of such cases. This may result in legal action.

Checking Test Arrangements

If deemed necessary, the British Council reserves the right to change the test schedule based on the test day situation without prior notice to candidates. Please follow the instructions on the test day. The test arrangement information on the Admission Ticket is for reference only.

Before the test starts on the test day, candidates are also required to double check and confirm their personal information and test arrangement on their Admission Tickets. If candidates find any mistake in their personal information or test arrangements, they must report this immediately to the supervisor and follow the supervisor’s instructions. Once the test starts, it will not be possible to deal with any enquiries about changing test arrangements.

Check-in Times

• Candidates should arrive at the test centre 30 minutes before their scheduled test time. This is to allow time for a series of important pre-test preparations such as registration, personal belongings storage, test instruction, finger scan verification/collection, photo taken, ID check, voice sample collection, and test room check-in. The test check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the scheduled test time.

IELTS Life Skills Test Results and Test Report Form

Candidates' Test Report Forms will be sent via the express courier to the mailing address (limited to mainland China service) provided on the on-line IELTS Life Skills Application Form, usually on the 4th working day after the test date. This applies only to those who completed the IELTS Life Skills test and had their photographs taken on the test day successfully. The Test Report Form despatch date may change due to public holidays. Candidates must ensure that the Test Report Form mailing address provided is valid for at least 1 month after the test date. Candidates can change the address on their homepage on the NEEA IELTS online registration website before the test date. Test Report Form mailing address change applications submitted later than that might be rejected.

Candidates can check their results and the courier tracking number on-line by visiting the NEEA IELTS online registration website, usually on the 4th working day after the test date. The score release date may change due to public holidays. The registration website information is for reference only and the test result is based only on the Test Report Form. It is not possible to give test results over the telephone, by fax or e-mail. The British Council cannot provide a photocopy or test result verification service.

Candidates won't be eligible to receive their Test Report Forms if they are absent for the IELTS Life Skills test, fail to have their photographs taken before the completion of the test, disqualified during the test, or if their test results are voided after the test. For candidate whose speaking file not audible for marking, a free IELTS Life Skills test will be offered and the Test Report Form will only be issued after the candidate completes the free test.

Special test arrangement

The British Council makes every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates, to provide equal testing opportunities for all. Candidates who require special arrangements must submit a special test application to the NEEA IELTS National Call Centre (Tel: 010-82345671, Email: ielts@mail.neea.edu.cn, Service time: Monday to Friday(excluding national public holidays): 08:30 - 17:00; Saturday(when a writing examination is held): 07:30-13:00 (When weekends are swapped with weekdays to create a longer vacation: 8:30-17:00); Sunday(except when weekends are swapped with weekdays): closed) at least three months before the test date. Relevant supporting materials (medical certificate and/or disability certificate) issued within the last two years should be provided. Please do not register and pay for the test until you receive written confirmation on your application from British Council.

Minor Candidate (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old)

Minor candidates (above 11(inclusive) and under 18 years old) are required to complete the Guardian Consent Terms and Child Protection Declaration with the assistance of their guardians when registering for the IELTS Life Skills test. A signed and scanned copy of the IELTS Life Skills Minor Candidate Parental Consent Form ("Consent Form") needs to be uploaded to the NEEA IELTS Registration Website. Failure to submit such "Consent Form" before the registration cut-off date will preclude the candidate from being able to register for the test session he/she has selected. The original written "Consent Form" may also need to be provided upon request on the test day.

Force Majeure

The IELTS Test Partners will make every effort to ensure that the examination takes place as planned. If examinations are disrupted, cancelled or delayed for any other reason outside of our control, every effort will be made to resume normal services as soon as possible. Liability of the British Council will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or re-testing at a later date.

The IELTS Test Partners take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. However, they cannot be held responsible for any indirect or consequential lost caused by circumstances beyond their control.

I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the above IELTS Notice to Candidates: IELTS Life Skills test terms and conditions and China IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules and agree to abide by the rules contained therein. And I hereby acknowledge and agree that a violation of the aforesaid Terms and Conditions and Rules could lead to the cancellation or voided of my test results, and /or the prohibition from taking the test you registered for or take this time or any IELTS tests on future occasions, as provided herein in the Terms and Conditions and/or the Rules.