On Test Day

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, and they are all tested during one day.

Your test day may be 6h long, including the break prior to your speaking test. If you wish, you can leave the building after having completed the Reading, Writing and Listening parts of the test and return in time for your speaking test. Please allow time for rechecking the registration.

 

Computer-delivered IELTS

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.

 

Paper-based IELTS

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 speaking test will take about 15 minutes per person and they are scheduled to take place between 12:30 and 18:00 for all candidates. You can book your speaking test time online at the time of booking your test.

Test venues+

The computer-delivered IELTS test takes place at the Finnbrit offices, please see “Contact us” page for details.

The paper-based test takes place near the Finnbrit offices, at Eira High School / Eiran aikuislukio, Iso Roobertinkatu 20–22, 00120 Helsinki.

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:

  1. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the test.
  2. The same ID must be used to register for the test, uploaded during the online application, and brought to the test.
  3. No electronic equipment or any type of wristwatch are allowed in the exam room.
  4. A see-through bottle of clear liquid is allowed.
  5. 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:

  1. A pencil for writing notes and all electronic equipment, such as headphones, will be provided.
  2. 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.