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Fingerprint scanning and Photographing

At various points in the testing process you are required to:
i.          provide your original identity documents
ii.          have your RIGHT INDEX finger scanned MORE THAN ONCE
iii.          have your photograph taken

Finger Scanning

The first time you have your finger scanned you will be asked to place it and lift off the scanner at least 4 times.

The next time it will generally be only one time.

Your photograph:

Serious face (no smiling)
Hair behind the ears
No hats or glasses

N.B. If you are under 18, you will need to have your parent or guardian sign a consent form for the photograph and finger scan. Without this form, you will not be permitted to sit the test.

IELTS Application: Terms and Conditions

[Please see full text: ielts.britishcouncil.org/TermsConditions.aspx]


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I understand that the personal data on this Application Form is collected for the purposes of the IELTS test, and I consent for this data to be disclosed to, processed and stored by the IELTS Test Partners for the purpose of such administration.

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I understand that if I want a copy of my finger scan it can only be provided as a Binary Large Object (BLOB) and the request must be made to ielts@idp.com or ielts@britishcouncil.org. I understand a fee will be charged for access to this information.

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I understand that any personal data collected during the identity verification process by the centre either at test registration or on test day will be processed and securely stored by the IELTS Test Partners for the purpose of the IELTS test. I acknowledge that the photograph taken of me by the centre will be provided upon request to any Recognising Organisations to which I apply for the purposes of allowing these organisations to verify my test results or to carry out enquiries in relation to possible malpractice or test integrity issues. I understand that where finger-scan data is obtained it will not be disclosed to any entity except the IELTS Test Partners.
I understand that I will have my photograph taken by the test centre to allow the Test Report Form to be released. If I have not had my photograph taken by the test centre no result will be issued.
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