About the new
process of identity verification
A new process of identity verification will be implemented by IDP
Test Centres with effect from 25 June 2011.
What new procedures apply under the new verification
Your identity must be verified either at
test registration or on test day.
This may include:
- Having your photograph taken. The photograph taken by the test
appear on the Test Report Form (you will be required to temporarily
any covering from your face)*
- Providing a sample of your signature
- Having your finger-scan taken
* Any candidate who refuses to have a photograph taken will not be
permitted to sit the test and will not be entitled to a refund.
Why does IELTS have this new identity verification
The process has been developed to meet or
exceed the increasing test security
expectations of key stakeholders (such as universities, government
immigration authorities of Australia, Canada, UK and US).
Why does IELTS now require the capturing of a photo and
- Greater reassurance for stakeholders
regarding the reliability of the results
- Increased protection for genuine candidates
- Ensuring the candidate who sat the test is the person pictured on
Report Form (TRF)
- Ensures the same person sits all components
- Gives us a tool to prevent serial imposters sitting multiple
How do I know whether these requirements apply prior to
The terms and conditions are stated in
the “Declaration” and “Notice to Candidates”
in the application form. It is your responsibility to read and
agree to all terms before
signing the form. You should retain a copy of the Notice to
Candidates for your own
If you don’t agree with the terms upon application, you have the
option not to apply
the IELTS test.
What is finger scan? Is it different from fingerprint
A finger-scan is different to a finger-print.
The new identity verification process
collects a finger-scan as opposed to a finger-print. The finger
scan is stored as a
binary blob made up of number (1, 0 etc). An actual image of the
finger-scan is not
What if I refuse to provide my finger scan or photograph on
the test day?
If you do not provide your finger-scan
and photo, you will not be permitted to take the test. No refund or
test date transfer will be provided.
What security measures does IELTS take with my finger scan
to ensure my privacy?
Every IELTS Test centre will
take the necessary steps to comply with Privacy
What can I expect on the test day, and how will my finger
scan and photograph be
You will have your initial photograph and
finger-scan captured when you arrive at the
test venue for admission to the Listening, Reading Writing
component of the test.
This process takes approximately 45-60 seconds. Your finger scan is
every entrance to a testing room for verification. The finger scan
will be matched
when you return to the testing room after a break. This process
takes approx 5
seconds. Your photograph will be shown on the Test Report Form.