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IELTS test day tips

Below are some tips for the day of your IELTS exam. This tips are to guide you before your IELTS test and also during your test. These tips are for both GT and Academic tests.

IELTS test day advice

Be prepared for your IELTS exam by making sure you know exactly what will happen in the day of your test. Check all tips and rules below.

Before the test

1. Sleep & eat well

  • The IELTS test is long. It takes 2 hours and 40 mins to do the listening, reading and writing test. There is no break between the tests. Make sure you are well rested and have eaten in order to keep your concentration during your test.

2. ID

  • Make sure you have the right ID with you. If you arrive with the wrong ID or if you forget it, you will not be allowed to take the test. The IELTS test location staff will check your identity when you arrive.

3. Drink

  • You can take a drink into the exam room in a transparent bottle with no sticker on it.

4. Arrive early

  • Check in advance how long it takes to get to your IELTS test center and exactly where your test will be held. Don’t be late or you won’t be allowed to enter the exam room.

5. No gadgets

  • Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices. You will be asked to place these with other personal belongings outside the test room.

6. Toilet

  • The listening, reading and writing tests take 2 hours and 40 mins. There is no break so make sure you go to the toilet before you enter the exam room.
  • If you need the toilet during the test, put your hand up and the invigilator will let you go. But you will lose valuable time, which could affect your score.

7. Clothes

  • Wear comfortable clothing. You are not marked on your appearance for any part of the test. So, wear something that you are comfortable in and that gives you confidence.
  • The test room might be cold in the aircon is on, so take an extra layer of clothing with you.

8. Pen, Pencil & Eraser

  • You can take pens, pencils and erasers into your test. You can’t take a dictionary or extra paper into the test room. For your speaking test, you can take nothing into the room except your ID.

9. Disability

  • If you have any form is disability that will affect your test, you must speak to the test center well before your test date.
During the test
1. Listen to instructions
  • Listen carefully to all instructions given before your test starts and then follow instructions carefully during the test.

2. Clock

  • Some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow. Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time during the test so that you can complete all the questions. You can’t take your watch into the exam room.

3. Focus & be calm

  • Make sure you go into your test with a clear aim and an understanding of the strategies you need to use. If you feel worried, take deep breaths to calm down. Focus on the questions and do not rush your answers, do your best.

If you have any questions during the test, raise your hand to ask for help.

The exam tips above  are summarised from the official IELTS sites:

Always check with official sources in case of any changes in rules.


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