Photo Requirement for IELTS Test Registration

The following guidelines are provided for centres to follow in the management of test day photos; the decision to accept the photographs submitted by a candidate is at the Administrator’s discretion.

Candidates provide two identical colour photographs that are not more than six months old
Cross reference with passport photograph (if the same has been used check the date of issue of the passport)
Black and white photographs must not be accepted
The image must be clearly visible i.e. the photographs must not be stamped, signed / written on, marked, folded, stapled over or damaged in any way

SIZE
• Standard passport sized photograph
• Minimum 35 mm in width
• Minimum 45 mm in height

POSE
• A close-up of the head and top of shoulders (80%+ of the photo)
• Looking straight towards the camera with face square on
• Both ears showing or both edges of the face visible if hair covers the ears
• NOT personal portrait style (glamour shot)
• NOT looking over one shoulder
• Head not tilted or rotated

PHOTO QUALITY
• Print quality of professional standard
• High quality paper and colour image
• No ink or marks on the image

LIGHTING & FOCUS
• No shadows or glare on the image or background
• Good colour balance that shows skin tones naturally
• A plain, light coloured background (beige, white, blue background recommended, not red)
- no objects in the background
- no patterned background
• Appropriate brightness and contrast
• Uniform lighting/ sharp focus and clear
• No ‘red eye’

EXPRESSION
• A neutral expression with mouth closed
- no smiling, squinting, frowning or raised eyebrows
• Nothing covering the face
• Eyes open and clearly visible
- no hair covering the eyes

GLASSES, HEADCOVERS, CLOTHING
• Nothing should hide the outlines of the eyes, nose or mouth
• No glasses (please advertise this requirement immediately but it will take effect January 2010)
• Head coverings worn for religious reasons are permitted
- Facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of face must be clearly shown

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