On the test day

What can I take to the test centre or have with me for my online proctored test session?

You will need to have an appropriate photo identification document (ID) and a printed or electronic copy of your Admission Ticket.  Bottled water is also permitted but must be placed at the front of the test room during the test sitting.

If you are sitting the test at a test centre, you will be provided with scratch paper (one sheet at a time) and a pen. If you are sitting the test by remote proctoring, you should have two sheets of scratch paper and a pen on hand prior to the start of your scheduled session.

How long is the test?

Test centres

The test consists of two components: literacy and numeracy. The duration of each test component is 2 hours (including a short tutorial at the beginning of each test component). The registration process before each test component will take about 30 minutes. You can leave the test room once you have finished the test, however, it is not possible to leave the literacy or numeracy test component in the last 10 minutes. If you have booked consecutive test sessions, you may leave the test centre after the first test component and return to complete the second test session.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you are present at the test centre at the reporting time for each test component you have booked. Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements including parking to allow adequate time at the test centre.

Remote proctoring

The test consists of two components: literacy and numeracy. The duration of each test component is 2 hours (including a short tutorial at the beginning of each test component).  The pre-test procedures can take 30 minutes to one hour to complete depending on your computer and internet connection.

Please also view the remote proctoring FAQs.

What identification do I bring on the test day?

On the test day you will be required to show one form of photo-bearing identification. The only acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Current passport
  • Current photo-bearing driver's licence (learner’s permit, probationary or full licence)
  • Current photo-bearing Australian Keypass
  • Current photo-bearing Australian Proof of Age Card

The photograph on your identification document must be recognisable as a likeness to you as you are on the day of the test. No other form of identification will be accepted.

If you do not have one of these forms of identification, please allow enough time to organise one before the test date as you will not be able to enter the test centre or sit the test by remote proctoring without an approved form of identification. Some of these identification documents can take approximately one month to obtain.

If you are intending to use your driver’s licence as identification and need to renew or update your licence before the test date (for example changing from a learner’s permit to a probationary licence or from a probationary licence to a full licence), please ensure you allow adequate time to receive the new licence. A temporary licence without a photograph or a combination of temporary license and expired approved identification will not be accepted as identification at the test centre or by the online proctor.

Student cards and documents that have expired will NOT be accepted under any circumstance. Photocopies of identification documents are also not acceptable forms of ID.

Your date of birth, first and last name on your identification must match your Admission Ticket details.

If you do not present one of the above acceptable identification documents, together with your Admission Ticket, you will not be able to sit the test.

What is the policy for misconduct?

The test is administered in a secure environment, either in a test centre or by remote proctoring. Candidates are required to abide by the test rules (as instructed by the test supervisors and remote proctors) at all times during their test sitting.

Before you sit the test, you are advised to familiarise yourself with the test rules and information as to what constitutes Misconduct. You should also review the Permitted testing aids.

Test supervisors or online proctors will formally report suspicious behaviour to ACER. If you are found to be in breach of the test rules, the consequences may include cancellation of your test registration without a refund, withholding of your test results, and potential disqualification from sitting the test in future test windows.

Any incident of misconduct will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Higher education providers will be notified of confirmed incidents of misconduct involving their students.