IELTS Life Skills Test Day Procedure

Check test arrangement and print Admission Ticket

Ten days before your written test

  1. Check your IELTS candidate number, interview time, test venue, address and room number from your home page on the NEEA IELTS online registration website and print your Admission Ticket, and make sure you know how to get there on time.
  2. Take the time to read full details of the 'IELTS Life Skills Candidate Rules' for important information about your IELTS test. Your IELTS test day.


• The IELTS Life Skills test is arranged during a four-day window time (i.e., Thursday to Sunday) from the test date. Candidates may not request pre-booking or changes to the test schedule. Failure to print the Admission Ticket in time may result in you missing the speaking test.

• Please follow the test arrangement instructions on the test day. The registration website information is for reference only.

• 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.

On test day:

  1. You will find the IELTS test centre staff friendly, welcoming and highly professional. They will make sure that the test is delivered fairly and securely. Follow their instructions carefully.
  2. You will be videoed while you are in the test centre on the test day, including from the place where you register and in the test rooms.

Test date candidate flow chart

Test day procedure

  1. Please arrive at the test centre at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time and register for the speaking test with the centre staff. The speaking test check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time, if you arrive late, you will not be admitted to the test room, will not be allowed to take the test, and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
  2. Present your Admission Ticket and go to the waiting room following the test centre staff's instructions, and leave your personal belongings in the designated area.
  3. Bring your identity document and Admission Ticket with you during registration. If you lose your Admission Ticket, please tell the test centre staff. Please wait in the waiting room after being checked in and remain quiet.
  4. Follow the test centre staff's instructions to have your identity document checked, your digital photograph and finger scan taken, you will also be asked to provide a sample of your signature and read a voice sample collection script. Please take off your glasses, reveal your ears and look straight at the camera with a neutral expression. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner which doesn’t contain any ink, liquid or chemical. You will be given a paper wrist band after the test day photography and finger scan collection. Please repeat the voice sample collection script until you are asked to stop.
  5. The test centre staff will scan you for any electronic devices before escorting you to your test room. Please wait outside quietly until the examiner invites you into the room.
  6. When the examiner tells you to go into the test room, please only bring your identity document with you.
  7. Take the test with another test taker and one Examiner. Your own performance on both speaking and listening will be assessed during this one session.
  8. IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16-18 minutes, A2 takes no more than 20 minutes and Level B1 is 22 minutes.
  9. After finishing your test, please take your personal belongings and leave the test venue immediately. Do not talk to anybody about your test, otherwise you might be regarded as breaking the IELTS test rules, which may result in disqualification.
  10. If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the Test Supervisor straightaway. You can fill in a Test Day Complaint Form with the Test Supervisor if necessary.