You can avoid any stress or delays on your exam day by bringing all of the correct forms and equipment. 

Before you set off:

  • Aim to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the exam so that you can relax before it begins. 
  • Allow plenty of time for traffic or travel disruption (and always have an alternative travel plan in mind).

Things to bring to the exam room:

  • Personal identification (National identification card or passport)
  • Statement of Entry (Invitation letter)
  • pens and pencils in a CLEAR bag
  • basic calculator (of a type approved by your exam board)
  • any extra equipment needed for your subject.


  • No mobile phones, or any other electronic devices, are allowed in exam rooms.
  • Don’t bring valuable belongings.

Please note that specific regulations, which may differ from the above, apply to oral exams. 

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ID and statement of entry

You need to bring your ID and your Statement of Entry to all examinations.

What counts as acceptable ID?

Only the following are acceptable forms of ID: 

  • passport
  • National Identity Card

If you do not have this, please speak to your teacher or British Council representative well in advance of your exams. 

What is a Statement of Entry?

A Statement of Entry is a document that confirms your exam registration. It will include a list of your chosen subjects and the exam dates and times for each module and venue details.

If you are a school student, you should receive your Statement of Entry from your school before your exams. If you are a private candidate, you should receive your Statement of Entry by email approximately three weeks before your first exam.

Parental consent for candidates who are under 18

Teenagers aged 11-17 are permitted to leave the premises unaccompanied after their exam only if their parent(s) have given written permission by signing this form. Please find the form in the Downloads section below.