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The Most Important IELTS Test-Day Tips that you need to remember

So the big IELTS test-day is arriving. You’ve done all of your test preparation and you’re ready to tackle the IELTS. Here are the most important IELTS test-day tips that will help you reduce stress and get that band 8 score!

1. Pack your passport and snacks

It’s good to pack your bag, including your passport and snacks, the night before the IELTS test-day. You don’t want to be running around the morning of the test last-minute trying to find the most important document you need. Without it, you won’t be able to sit the test. Remember to do a double-check of your bag in the morning. It’s also a good idea to pack some healthy snacks like fruits and nuts. There will be a break between the first part of the test (writing, reading, listening) and the speaking test. So, pack some brain food to keep you going.

2. Know where you’re going

It will give you peace of mind to plan the night before where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Check your confirmation email for the precise location and time of your test. Pre-plan your transport route on your IELTS test-day and try to arrive early. This will reduce worry about being late, and also allow for any unplanned disruptions.

3. Eat a good breakfast

It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets that brain working and those neurons firing. Eating a good breakfast will help you focus on the test. Be sure to eat something brainy like eggs, grains, oats or fruit with yogurt. You shouldn’t eat anything too heavy. You don’t want to feel sleepy during the IELTS test-day!

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4. Arrive early on your IELTS test-day

You should arrive early on your IELTS test-day to allow time for registration, including ID check and having your photograph taken for your test report form, checking in your personal items, and making your way to your test room. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test. (Refer to step 3).

5. The test room

Once have had your ID checked, your photograph taken and checked your personal items into a secure room, you will find your test room and wait in line to have your passport checked yet again, and depending on the test centre, you may even have your electronic fingerprint taken. You will be assigned a desk that will have your name on it. There will also be a pencil or two and an eraser. You will not be able to bring anything into the test room other than your passport and a clear bottle of water. The water bottle must be clear and must not contain any labels on it. You will also be provided with scratch paper to take notes if you need. These will be collected at the end of the test and discarded. You should listen carefully to the supervisor’s instructions. If you cannot hear or are unsure about something, raise your hand and the supervisor will assist you.

6. Timing

The test will begin with the listening component which lasts for about 30 minutes. This is followed by the reading, 60 minutes and then writing, also 60 minutes. There will be no break between these three sections of the test. You cannot leave your seat until all papers have been collected and you have been told to leave. If you finish the test early, you must wait quietly it is over and you are told that you can leave. When you leave, you are not allowed to take any papers with you, only your passport and the water bottle you brought in. You will then be advised of the time and place of the speaking test. It could be directly following the first part of the test, or you might have to wait a few hours. In some test centres, the speaking test may be done on a different IELTS test-day. If you have to wait a few hours, you can leave the test centre and have something to eat or go for a walk to get some fresh air. However, be sure to be back in the building at least 30 minutes before your speaking test. There will be a waiting room where you will wait with other candidates for your name to be called.

Do you know how IELTS scores are marked? Read here.

7. Breaks

You won’t be allowed to leave during the first or last 10 minutes of any of the test components. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom, raise your hand and inform the supervisor. When you leave the room, take your passport with you. They will recheck it when you return to the room and possibly your electronic fingerprint.

8. Asking for Help

If you have a problem (for example, if you think you have been given the wrong test paper, you didn’t hear the instructions, or you feel sick) raise your hand quietly and a supervisor will attend to you. You are not allowed to speak until the supervisor comes to assist you. Supervisors can only assist you with technical problems and will not provide you with an explanation of any of the test questions.

9. After the IELTS test-day

Once you have finished all parts of the test, you can collect your personal items and leave the building. You will be able to access your results online 13 days after the test and you will receive your official Test Report form in the mail.

These are the most important IELTS test-day tips that you need to remember. Do you have your own test-day preparation routine? Feel free to share them with us!

By the way, best of luck! And remember to relax. You’ve got this!

Written by: Jamal


All Comments 10
  • I tried many times to improve my skills in ilts. Tips are good to concentrate in correct ways. I will Organize my ways to get good bands.

  • Sobana murugesan says:

    I had taken the IELTS exam today(13th October) and I had faced issue with the audio equipment in the listening test.. even though I had changed my seats the issue persists..I was able to hear for 2 mins and couldn’t hear for the next 2 mins…it happened for around 6 to 7 times.. at one point of time I got frustrated because I have missed so many answers and when the audio came I was struggling to find out the questions related to that audio part.. I have never seen exam has been conducted in such a worst way… When I raised to the invigilators they just asked me to write a complaint… They are not aware of the solution and the consequent steps as well… The same issues happened for other 4 candidates as well.. the fault is with the equipment provided by the centre who are conducting the exams… I am so much afraid that my band is going to get affected jus because of the fault of the equipment…
    If any one had faced the same issue please let me know what I need to do as my further steps…

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