IELTS FAQs: Before your test (Part 2)

Deciding to take the IELTS test is an important step on the road to studying, living, or working in an English-speaking country. It’s normal to have a lot of questions — ILSC is here to help! We’re happy to present the latest in our IELTS FAQ Series, where you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Before your IELTS Test (First steps towards IELTS) – Part 2


Question 1: How long is the IELTS test?

The IELTS test itself is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and is divided into two main parts: the written test and the speaking test.

Written Test:

  • Listening – 30 minutes
  • Reading – 60 minutes
  • Writing – 60 minutes

Speaking Test:

  • The speaking interview lasts between 11–14 minutes

The total time commitment on your test day, including the registration period before the test, is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. Please note: this does not include waiting time between the written test and your assigned speaking test appointment.

Question 2: Do I need to bring any materials for the test? (Pencils, erasers, etc.)


Test Centres will provide candidates with pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener for the duration of the IELTS test. Candidates are permitted to use their own pencils, pens, or erasers in the test, provided they have no labels.

Candidates are only permitted to bring their ID (Passport or PR Card), pencils/pens and erasers, and a bottle of water (with the paper label removed). No other personal belongings are permitted in the examination room.

Question 3: When do I get my Candidate Number?

You will receive your Candidate Number on the day of your IELTS test. You will require your Candidate Number in order to access your IELTS test results online so it’s important to keep this information with you after the test.

Your Candidate Number will be printed on your desk label at the IELTS Test Centre and students are permitted to take this desk label with them after the test. Please note it is prohibited to write anything on your desk label during the IELTS test.

In the event you lose your Candidate Number, please contact your Test Centre representative and be prepared to give the identification information you provided during registration (Passport Number, etc.) and your Candidate Number will be reissued.

Interested in IELTS Preparation Classes? ILSC offers the IELTS Mastery Program and IELTS Mastery: 6.5 and also has general IELTS preparation and evening classes to get you ready for your test.



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