Test day information


Below is an example of a schedule for a typical test day:

8.00am - Registration

9.00am - The writing test commences, followed by the reading and listening sections of the test will and takes 3 hours (with no break).

12.30pm – 4.30 pm - Speaking tests

Speaking Tests will be scheduled between 12.30pm and 5 pm on the test date and takes approximately 15 minutes. Local candidates can do the Speaking test on the Thursday or Friday before the test day (Saturday). Thursday/Friday Speaking candidates will be given an SMS reminder about their Speaking test 2 days before their exam.

Speaking test times will be given on the desk label in the morning test. It is NOT possible to provide the interview time before the test day. Speaking registration is 30 minutes before your test time at room LC2.34, The Language Centre.

During the test your identity will be confirmed and you will be asked to check and confirm your personal details. You are required to check your details carefully and confirm any changes on test day as these details will appear on your Test Report Form.

Your fingerscan and photo will be captured on test day. Your test day photo will be used on your Test Report Form.


IELTS registration and tests are held in the Language Centre on the Callaghan (Newcastle) campus.

Find the Language Centre on the Campus Map.

The University has a large campus, and it is advised to locate the building and rooms early. Signs will be in place from 8am.


  • Passport for registration - Candidates who cannot satisfy staff of their identity will not be allowed to take the test. IELTS Australia will be notified of suspected imposters.
  • During semester the food outlet in the Auchmuty library is open on Saturdays. If your test is scheduled outside of normal semester dates you must bring your own food.

Do not bring valuable items. A locked bag room is available. The University of Newcastle does not take responsibility for your personal belongings.