Your Test Day

Find out when to arrive, what to bring, and what to expect on test day.

Essential 

  • Your valid ID document.  IELTS accepts either a valid international passport or a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) card.  Photocopies will not be accepted on test day and you must bring the original document.  If you do not have either of these ID documents, please contact us before you register.

Optional 

  • Water bottle.  Please bring water in a clear, colourless bottle with all labels and writing removed.  If your bottle does not meet the requirements, you are unable to bring it into the test room.
  • Stationery.  You can bring 2 pencils and a clean eraser (no writing; labels removed).  You may also borrow this equipment form your test centre.

All other items must be checked in.  Certain items such as religious jewellery are allowed if it does not cause disturbance/noise.  Please confirm with the supervisor on test day. 

We have a secure place for your bags and coats during the test.

To comply with the latest public health and workplace safety measures announced by the British Columbia government, all IELTS test takers are now required to show proof of vaccination when visiting ILAC testing centres.

Starting from Monday, December 20, 2021, test takers must show evidence of being fully vaccinated* on arrival, with one of the following photo identification documents:

  • passport
  • permanent resident (PR) card
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document (RPCD)

*Find out if your vaccine is approved for travel to and use in Canada.  Please email us if you have any questions.

All paper tests follow the same schedule.  We will email/text you if there are any changes to your test.   

Note: If the schedule here is different to your confirmation email, always use the information we have provided by email. 

Time

Section

Important to Remember

8:00am to 8:15am

Registration

  • Check in at reception when you arrive.
  • We will take your finger scan and photo.  Learn about how we handle your data here. 
  • Remove jewellery and watches, switch off your phone, and check your belongings in to our secure storage area.  
  • Take a seat in the waiting area. Now is a good time to use the washroom, as there are no specified bathroom breaks during the test.

Arrive by 8:15am to allow enough time to complete registration.  

If you arrive late, the doors will be closed.  We do not reopen doors after they have been closed, and we do not offer refunds for late test takers.

See FAQs for more information.

8:45am to 9:00am

Pre-test Checks

  • We will assign you a seat.  It’s important that you sit in the correct one.
  • We will check everything is ready to begin your test. 

Please keep your ID with you during the test.

Note that tests may start slightly before or after 9:00am.

9:00am to 9:40am

IELTS Listening Test

Duration: 30 mins (+10*)

*Paper-based test takers get an extra 10 minutes to transfer their answers to the answer sheet.

ILAC paper-based tests do not use headphones.  If you want headphones, please register for a computer test.  

09:50am to 10:50am

IELTS Reading Test

Duration: 60 mins

Write all answers directly onto your answer sheet.  There is no additional time to transfer your answers.

11:00am to 12:00pm

IELTS Writing Test

Duration: 60 mins

Complete both tasks given.  There is not a choice of questions.

12:00pm to late afternoon 

IELTS Speaking Test

Duration: 20 mins

You will have a face-to-face interview with an IELTS examiner.  We will provide the time slot on the test day.*

*In rare cases, we may need to schedule Speaking tests for a different day due to staffing or venue reasons.  If this happens, we will contact you in advance of your test day to confirm. 

Our computer-delivered test schedules vary, depending on whether you booked a morning, afternoon or evening session.  Check your email for full details of the location and schedule of your test. 

Computer-based Schedule

Time

(Computer tests run in morning, afternoon or evening sessions)

Section

Important to Remember

Arrive 30-45 minutes before* your scheduled start time.  

*For example, if your test starts at 1:00pm, please arrive between 12:15-12:30pm.

Registration

  • Check in at reception when you arrive.
  • We will take a finger scan and photo. Learn about how we handle your data here. 
  • Remove watches and jewellery, switch off your phone, and check your belongings in to our secure storage area.  
  • Take a seat in the designated area.  Now is a good time to use the washroom, as there are no specified bathroom breaks during the test.

Registration closes 15  minutes before the beginning of each test.  Allow enough time to complete registration before this time.

If you arrive late, the doors will be closed.  We do not reopen doors after they have been closed, and we do not offer refunds for late test takers.

See FAQs for more information.

5-15 minutes before your scheduled test time.

Pre-test Checks

  • We will check everything is in place to start your test.
  • We will assign you a seat.

Please keep your approved ID with you and bring it into your test room. 

Varies by session. We run morning, afternoon and evening tests.

IELTS Listening Test

Duration: 30 mins

Type answers directly into the computer.  No extra time is needed to transfer answers.

Varies by session. We run morning, afternoon and evening tests.

IELTS Reading Test

Duration: 60 mins

Type all answers directly onto the computer. 

Varies by session. We run morning, afternoon and evening tests.

IELTS Writing Test

Duration: 60 mins

Complete both writing tasks.  There is no choice of questions.  Word count is available on-screen (no spell-check or grammar-check).

Varies by session. We run morning, afternoon and evening tests.

IELTS Speaking Test

Duration: 20 mins

You will have a face-to-face interview with an IELTS examiner.  Check-in at least 30 minutes before your speaking test.

Select a same-day time slot when you register online.

IELTS assesses 4 skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  Each is worth 25% of your final mark.  Try to answer all questions; wrong answers are not subtracted from your score. 

Section

Overview

Length of Section

Listening

Listen to 4 recordings and answer 40 questions about them.  Note that each recording is only played once.

You will hear a variety of native accents, including Canadian, American, English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Australian, South African, and New Zealander.

30 minutes

(Paper-based test takers receive an extra 10 mins to transfer their answers to the answer sheet.)

Reading

Read some texts of mixed length and answer 40 questions in total.

60 minutes

Writing

Answer 2 short essay-writing tasks.  Complete both.  There is no choice of questions.

60 minutes

Speaking

You will have a face-to-face interview with a certified IELTS examiner.  Both computer and paper tests have in-person interviews.

The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and everyday, conversational topics.

20 minutes

View and practice sample questions here.

  • If you are late or absent: Arrive at your test centre at least 30-45 minutes before the first part of your test.  Test takers who arrive less than 15 minutes before their scheduled test time will be considered late/absent and are not eligible for a refund or transfer.
  • If you miss your test due to an emergency: Please email the office no later than 5 calendar days after your test.  You may be eligible for a refund/transfer if you can provide reasonable evidence that you missed your test due to a serious situation.  For example, serious illness (hospital or medical report), loss or bereavement of a close family member (death certificate) or trauma/accident (police report, traffic accident report).  In most cases, we are not able to issue refunds/transfers to test takers unable to show supporting evidence for their reason.

Check your confirmation email carefully to find out when you should arrive for your test.  Leave enough time, and plan your journey in advance.

Are You Ready?

Speak to the ILAC IELTS team to help you plan your test.