Test Day Tips

Test Day Tips

Advice for the day of your IELTS test

On the day of your test you must:

  • Arrive early so you have plenty of time to register and relax before the test. If you are late, you may not be allowed to take the test.
  • Bring your ID (valid passport/ national identity card). You must have the same identification that you provided during your IELTS registration procedure. If you do not have the correct identification document, you will not be able to take the test.
  • Bring stationery (pens, pencils, erasers). You are not allowed to borrow anything from or lend anything to another candidate once you enter the examination room.
  • Leave your personal items out of the examination room. No use of electronic devices of any kind and dictionaries is allowed. Eating and smoking are also prohibited during the examination. You will only be allowed to take a drink in a transparent bottle in the examination room.
  • Ask for help if needed. If you have a question, the staff members will assist you, without being able to help you with any of the test questions.
  • Listen to and follow the instructions given carefully. When you open the past papers read the questions before writing to avoid being off topic.
  • Avoid talking to other test takers during the examination. Copying from other test takers or plagiarism (copying from another source) are also prohibited. If you are caught doing any of the above your test result will be withheld and the institution or professional body you may have nominated to receive your results will be notified.
  • Avoid leaving blank answers, even if you are not sure.
  • Check the time so you have enough time to complete all questions.

 

More specifically for each part:

Listening

  • The recording is heard only once.
  • Time is given to read the instructions carefully.
  • Extra 10 minutes are given to transfer the answers to the answer sheet.
  • Extra care should be given to the word limit, spelling and grammar, as marks will be lost for mistakes.
  • A pencil must be used.

Reading

  • No extra time is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet.
  • Extra care should be given to the word limit, spelling and grammar, as marks will be lost for mistakes.
  • A pencil must be used.

Writing

  • A pen or a pencil must be used.
  • Answers must be written in full and not in a note form or in bullet points.
  • Extra care should be given to spelling, grammar and punctuation, as marks will be lost for mistakes.
  • Extra care should be given to the word limit, as well as to the time spent at each task.

Speaking

  • Be calm and confident.
  • Do your best.

Read IELTS Information for Test Takers