Test start time+–
The paper-based IELTS test starts at 9:00 but you should arrive at the venue by 8:00 for registration. Please note that if you are not inside the venue by 8:45, you might not be able to enter or take the test that day. If you are late, unfortunately, you will be deemed absent and subject to the terms of our refund policy.
The computer-delivered IELTS test starts at 10:00 but you should arrive at the venue by 9:30 for registration. If you are late, unfortunately, you will also be deemed absent and subject to the terms of our refund policy.
Equipment and provisions+–
Please remember to bring
- an acceptable identification document (ID) with you; unfortunately, if you fail to bring the correct ID to the test, you will be deemed absent and subject to the terms of our refunds policy
- sufficient pens and pencils
- a clear bottle of water with you, with the label removed, if you wish
Please do not
- wear clothes with anything in English written on them
- wear a bulky coat; they are not allowed in the exam room
- bring any electronic equipment or any type of wristwatch to the exam room.
How long does the test take?+–
IELTS test consists of four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Computer-delivered IELTS. All four competence areas are tested during one day. Your test day may be 6h long, including the break prior to your speaking test.
The day’s events in more detail: the registration starts at 9:30 at the venue. All candidates take the listening, reading and writing tests starting at 10:00. The morning test session takes three hours, until 13:00.
The speaking test will take about 15 minutes per person and they are scheduled to take place between 13:00 and 16:00 for all candidates. You can book your speaking test time online at the time of booking your test.
If you wish, you can leave the building after the morning session and return in time for your speaking test. Please allow time for rechecking the registration.
The length of time the test takes depends on if you take all four parts of the test on the same day.
If you are scheduled to take all four parts on the same day, the test may take as long as 9 hours, including the break prior to your speaking test. Please see more details below.
The main test day in more detail. The registration starts at 8:00 on Saturday morning. All candidates take the listening, reading and writing tests starting at 9:00. The morning test session takes three hours, until 12:30. The competence areas of listening, reading and writing always take place on the main test day. The main test day is the date you choose in your test application.
Your speaking test may be scheduled to take place on the main test day, Saturday, or one day before: Friday. If you have a preference regarding the day of the speaking test, please contact the Finnbrit office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) soonest and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
If you take your speaking test on the main test day, they take place in the afternoon between 13:00 to 16:00. You will be informed of the exact time of the speaking test when you arrive for registration. If you wish, you can leave the building after the morning session and return in time for your speaking test. Please allow time for rechecking the registration.
If you have agreed to take your speaking test one day before the main test day, on Friday, please come to the venue on time and allow time for registration. The advantage of taking the speaking test before the other parts is that you will finish at around 12:30 already on the main test day. If you have taken your speaking test prior to the main test day, you may leave at the end of the morning session.
The entire computer-delivered IELTS test takes place at the Finnbrit offices, please see “Contact us” page for details.
The main test day of the paper-based test is held near the Finnbrit offices, at Eira High School / Eiran aikuislukio, Iso Roobertinkatu 20–22, 00120 Helsinki.
If you have received an invitation to attend your speaking test on a day which is different from the main test day, your speaking test will take place at the Finnbrit office. Please see the “Contact us” page for the address.
If you have NOT received an invitation to attend your speaking test on a day prior to the main test day, your speaking test will take place on the main test day at the main test venue.
Please see a link to Journey Planner / Reittiopas for planning your route to the test venue by public transport: http://www.reittiopas.fi/en/
Test day advice in summary+–
Both paper-based and computer-delivered tests:
- Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the test.
- The same ID must be used to register for the test, uploaded during the online application, and brought to the test.
- No electronic equipment or any type of wristwatch are allowed in the exam room.
- A see-through bottle of clear liquid is allowed.
- Do not wear clothes with writing on them.
Also, for the paper-based test:
- Bring your own pen and pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener.
Also, for computer-delivered test:
- A pencil for writing notes and all electronic equipment, such as headphones, will be provided.
- The test is done on a Finnbrit computer with a standard Finnish keyboard which has a QWERTY layout similar to a British keyboard..
More advice for the test day here.