Test centre protocol

Important note: You must read the test centre protocol before you register to sit AEA. Completion of AEA registration is dependent on your agreement to the terms of the test centre protocol.


On the day of the test, you will be required to show an appropriate photo identification. The only acceptable forms of identification are:

  • a current passport
  • an Australian driver’s licence
  • an Australian Keypass
  • a National Identity Card from your country of citizenship, or
  • a certified identification letter from your school or place of employment. This letter must be on official letterhead, and state your full name, date of birth and signature. The letter must be signed by a staff member/employer. A photo of you must be attached to the letter and have the school/business stamp overlapping it.

The identification must contain a photograph which is a recognisable likeness of you as you are at the time of sitting the test – a group or childhood photograph is not acceptable. A National Identity Card must include your name, signature, date of birth and recent photograph.

If you do not present any of the forms of identification listed above, or if the identity document you present does not contain a photograph of you as you look on the test day, you will not be permitted to sit AEA.

Confirmation of test registration

After you have registered to sit AEA, you will receive an email confirmation from ACER.

Arrival at test venue

Candidates should arrive at the test venue at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised starting time of the test.

Test security procedures and behaviour

ACER has established test security procedures which will be strictly enforced at all times.

It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure that they understand that the following are considered to be breaches of test rules:

  • the giving of false or misleading information
  • attempting to gain access to test questions prior to the test
  • attempting to copy or memorise all or part of the test
  • taking the test on behalf of another person
  • allowing another person to take the test on your behalf
  • using the test questions, their content or information about them for purposes other than your sitting of the test
    • This includes publishing the test questions, any of their content or information about them in any format; and/or passing the test questions, any of their content or information about them to third parties.
  • failing to follow the test supervisors’ instructions at all times
  • providing or receiving assistance during the test
  • creating a disturbance
  • being found with or attempting to use prohibited aids (e.g. notes, note paper, dictionary, calculator, mobile phone, smart glasses, smart watches or any device capable of audio or video recording, etc.)
  • the giving of false or misleading information
  • infringement of copyright 
    • Copyright infringement includes: performing those rights or authorising the performance of those rights which are granted at law exclusively to the copyright owner. These rights include the exclusive right to reproduce the copyright work in a material form and to communicate that work to the public.
  • in any way breaching (as determined by ACER in its absolute discretion) any of the terms and conditions of your registration to participate in the test
  • any negligent, unlawful or wilful act or omission by you which ACER, in its absolute discretion, renders you to be unfit to participate in the test, whether or not you are registered to participate at the time of ACER’s determination.

The penalty for any of the above breaches will be the cancellation of the candidate’s test and a ban from registering to sit for AEA on a future occasion.

Permitted aids

Candidates whose native language is not English may bring a printed bilingual dictionary into the test. Any candidate taking this option must submit the dictionary to the Test Supervisor on the test day for inspection before the test begins. Candidates should note that electronic dictionaries are not permitted.

Required items

Appropriate Photo Identification and Test Registration Confirmation which serves as an Admission Ticket.

Prohibited items

The following items are not permitted on your examination desk:

  • bags, briefcases, crash helmets, hats
  • audio devices, with or without earphones
  • books, papers, notepaper
  • mobile phones, iPods, iPads, laptops, and electronic devices of any kind
  • pencil cases, rulers
  • calculators
  • food or drinks other than bottled water
  • dictionaries, other than a standard printed bilingual dictionary
  • large items must be left outside the test room or in a designated area in the test room.

No eating is permitted during the test sessions, or in the test room. Bottled water is permitted.