Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your test time, to allow time for check in. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee would be forfeited.
During check in, your photo will be taken and test center staff will verify your ID. You may also be:
- asked to empty your pockets, raise your pant legs above your ankles and pull up your sleeves above your wrists for visual inspection
- asked to provide a voice sample
- scanned with a handheld metal detector wand
- required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection
Additional visual inspections of clothing, footwear and ID documents may also be conducted.
You may request that the inspections be performed by a staff member of the same gender and/or in an area sheltered from the view of other people, but ETS can’t guarantee that all test centers will have the necessary staff and space available.
You’ll be required to read and sign a confidentiality statement agreeing to all rules and regulations. If you don’t sign the statement, you cannot test and your test fees will not be refunded.
See the Bulletin for all test center procedures and security policies during your test session.
The testing time for the General Test administered beginning September 22, 2023, is 1 hour and 58 minutes, and there are no breaks. If you take an unscheduled break, testing time will not stop.