Your IELTS test security

Protecting your results before, during, and after your test.

IELTS takes security very seriously and we have multiple measures in place to help protect the integrity of IELTS results before, during, and after test day. We understand how important it is that your IELTS test is fair and that your results are trusted by immigration authorities, employers, and educational institutions around the world.

A strict set of protocols and robust systems are in place to safeguard every aspect of the IELTS test. These include:

  • the highest of security protocols to safeguard test papers
  • biometric registration of test takers
  • the IELTS Results Verification Service
  • training of test centre staff to identify imposters, detect fraudulent behaviour, and prevent cheating
  • rigorous security processes at test centres
  • routine monitoring of test results before release.

Our multi-layered approach to test security also includes a strict enrolment process that prospective test centres must complete, and strict protocols surrounding test centre operations. Our examiners are trained, certificated, and monitored. Results are analysed, and test centres are subject to regular audits.

The IELTS partners work closely with relevant authorities worldwide, including migration and law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent, and, where appropriate, take legal action against any cheating or fraud attempts in accordance with local laws. 

Warning to test takers

Do not trust anyone trying to sell IELTS results or test papers.

Do not waste your money, or risk your future, by attempting to cheat. We have plenty of resources to help you prepare for your test and get the results that you need.

How to report IELTS security concerns

If you have concerns relating to the security of IELTS (e.g. you have heard about suspected scams or fraudulent activities), you can report these concerns to us here.

If you have any other questions or comments about IELTS then please contact us using our online enquiry form.