There are numerous security measures in place to support genuine test takers and protect the interests of the organisations who rely on the integrity of IELTS results
A strict set of protocols is in place to safeguard every aspect of the IELTS test, including:
- tight regulations surrounding test papers
- biometric test taker registration and verification systems
- training of test centre staff to help them identify imposters, detect fraudulent behaviour and prevent cheating
- strict test conditions
- routine scrutiny of test results before release.
This multi-layered approach to test security also includes a probity process for prospective test centres and strict protocols surrounding test centre operations and audits.
The IELTS partners also work closely with relevant authorities worldwide, including migration and law enforcement agencies, to detect, prevent, and, where appropriate, prosecute any cheating or fraud attempt in accordance with local legislation.
Verifying IELTS scores
Organisations which use IELTS are strongly encouraged to verify every result presented to them as an additional safeguard against fraudulent documents. They can do this quickly and easily by using the online IELTS test results verification service, which cross checks the information on the form against the IELTS database. The form itself has many security features, including security-enhanced paper, authenticated by an IELTS validation stamp, and a high-resolution photograph of the test taker.
Where organisations find that a result presented to them does not match the result stored by the verification service, they are advised to contact the IELTS partners so that the matter can be investigated.