On the day of your test

When to arrive

You must arrive between 8am and 8.15am. On test days you can only enter the building via Level 3. No other entrances will be open.

If you arrive late, you will not be able to sit the test. We recommend that you visit the test centre location before the day of your test to familiarise yourself with the test centre and parking facilities.

What to bring

Make sure that you bring:

  • your passport. If you do not have your passport, you cannot sit the test.
  • a drink in a clear bottle. You must remove stickers and labels from water bottles. Water bottles with writing on them are not allowed in the examination room.

A pencil, eraser and pencil-sharpener will be supplied.

You cannot bring any other items into the exam room. You must put your personal belongings in our secure storage area during the test. Personal belongings include:

  • mobile phones and electronic devices
  • watches
  • keys
  • coins
  • wallet or purse
  • bags
  • hats and caps (except for appropriate religious attire)
  • highlighters
  • items including passport sleeves and loose papers in passport including old flight stubs.

If you take these items into the exam room, you will be excluded as per the IELTS rules, reported immediately to IELTS, and asked to leave.

Test day schedule

You will not be able to enter the test room once the test has started. If you arrive late, you will not be able to start the test.

You cannot leave the test room during the test unless authorised.

The listening, reading and writing modules of the test are held in the morning. This section of the test will take approximately 3 hours.

The speaking module is held between 1pm and 5pm. We will allocate you an interview time. You cannot change the time of your interview on the day of the test.

If you require an early interview, you must provide proof, for example plane tickets or a letter from your employer. Providing proof does not guarantee an earlier interview.

Your interview time is written on the candidate card given to you at registration on your test day. You must return to the test centre at least 15-20 minutes before your allocated interview time to register for the speaking module.

Test structure

A diagrammatic representation of the four IELTS test structure modules


The listening module takes 30 minutes. There are four sections in the test, with 40 questions.


The reading module takes 60 minutes. There are three sections in the test, with 40 questions.


The writing module takes 60 minutes. There are two writing tasks of 150 and 250 words.


The speaking module is an interview of 11-14 minutes.

Listening, reading and writing modules must be completed on the same day, with no breaks between them. The order in which these tests are taken may vary.


IELTS test centre

  • Postal address:
    QUT IELTS test centre - QUT International College
    P Block, QUT Kelvin Grove, Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove, QLD, 4059