What time should I arrive for the test?

Registration is held from 8.00am - 8.30am. Candidates who arrive after registration closes may not be able to sit the test.

What should I bring with me?

You must bring your current passport. No passport = no test.

What to bring:

  • passport
  • water in a clear bottle with labels removed

An HB pencil, pencil sharpener and eraser will be supplied.  All sub tests are completed in pencil only.

What not to bring:

  • mobile phones
  • all electronic devices
  • keys
  • wallets
  • food
  • bags
  • watch
  • all other belongings

A secure room for personal belongings is available. You are strongly advised not to bring any valuable items with you to the test.

How long does the test take?

The Writing, Reading and Listening sections of the Test are held from 8.30am - 12.00pm. Individual Speaking tests are held in the afternoon.

8:00-8.30am Registration
8.30-12.00pm Room entry


Each individual speaking test lasts for 11-14 minutes

When will my speaking test be conducted?

Speaking tests are held between 12.40pm and 4.40pm. Your individual test time will be sent to your mobile phone by text message on the Friday before your test. 

Your speaking test time will also be printed on a label on your test desk.

You are permitted to leave the test venue while waiting for your Speaking test but you must return to the appropriate registration desk and waiting room no later than 10 minutes prior to your interview time. Food and drink can usually be purchased from a number of cafes and shops surrounding the UQ St Lucia campus and Spring Hill test venues.

Please note: You must present your current passport for identification at the appropriate registration desk and also to your speaking test examiner. If you do not present your passport you will not be permitted to sit for your speaking test.

When am I given my candidate number?

Candidate numbers will be on a label on your test desk.

Can I bring my children or other family members with me?

No. Test candidates and test staff are the only people permitted to enter the test venue during testing. If you have a family member or friend who will collect you after your test, please advise them that they will need to wait for you outside the test venue.

Can I leave the test room during the Listening, Reading or Writing sections of the test?

Candidates are not permitted to leave the test room:

  • during the Listening test
  • between each subtest
  • in the last 10 minutes of each subtest

Candidates are permitted to leave the test room during the Reading and Writing subtests. If you need to leave the test room at any time during these subtests, including if you become ill, please quietly raise your hand and you will be escorted by an invigilator.

Candidates who leave the test room for any reason will not be permitted extra time to complete the test.