IELTS Test Security

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 an integrity 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

As an RO, you are strongly encouraged to verify every result presented to you as an additional safeguard against fraudulent documents. This can be done 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.

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Reporting Suspected Fraudulent Results

If you find that a result presented to you does not match the result stored by the verification service, please send a query with a copy of the TRF to managed by IELTS Quality & Compliance (Q&C). Similarly, if a forged TRF is discovered, Q&C should be informed and the TRF sent to Q&C. Please note that Q&C can only verify results that are less than two years old.

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Be aware

IELTS protects its test-takers.

Do not waste your money or risk your future by attempting to cheat.

Do not trust anyone trying to sell IELTS results.

Learn more about reporting a scam here.