Before the day of your test, check the start time of your IELTS test and make sure you know how to get to the test centre on time. We recommend doing this a week in advance so you’re fully prepared.
â— Make sure youâ€™ve read and understood IELTS test terms and conditions as they contain important information about your test day. These can be found in the Test Takers Information part of your application form.
â— If you arrive late to your IELTS test, you might not be allowed to participate.
â— Turn off your mobile and any other electronic devices. These will be kept outside of the test room along with other personal belongings.
â— The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes. Please note that there will be no breaks during the tests.
â— You cannot bring food or drink into the test room â€“ with the exception of water in a transparent bottle. Make sure that you have something substantial to eat before your test.
● IELTS staff will check your identity upon your arrival, the documents you received when you registered for the test will confirm which ID you’ll need. If you arrive without the correct ID you will not be able to take the test.
● As an additional security measure, IELTS staff will take a photograph of you before you sit the test. This photo will be used on your Test Report Form.
● In some countries, you may also be asked to provide a finger scan.
● You are only allowed to have a pencil, pen, your ID, and an eraser on your desk.
● If you need to use the toilet during the test, put your hand up to attract the invigilator’s attention and don’t disturb other test takers.
● Raise your hand to attract the invigilator’s attention if you want to ask a question during the test.
● When it’s time to take the Listening test, check that you can hear the recording clearly. If you can’t, raise your hand and inform the invigilator.
● After the Listening section, you will have 10 minutes to fill in the answer sheet. However, you will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section, so be sure to write your answers on your answer sheet when completing each section.
● Remain in your seat until you have the invigilator‘s permission to leave the test room.
● If you believe that your performance may have been affected by any issues, inform the invigilator straight away.
● If you want to make a complaint about your test day, you must do this within one week of the test date by filling in the Complaint Form.
● Follow all instructions carefully and remember that in the Writing parts of the test, you will be required to write a specific number of words.
● Some questions have guideline time limits for you to follow, make sure you stay aware of the time to ensure you have enough time to answer each question.
● Stay calm and take deep breaths if you feel nervous or worried.
● Let staff know straight away if you cannot clearly hear the audio.
● Follow the instructions given carefully.
● Listen out for the specific information you need.
● Try to anticipate what the speaker might say.
● Be mindful about your grammar and spelling.
● Don’t spend too much time on a question you don’t know the answer to.
● Focus on what you are asked to do in completion style questions.
● Be aware of the word limit; if you are asked to finish a sentence using only two words and the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, then ‘coat made of leather’ would be an incorrect answer.
● Try to answer all questions; you will not lose points for incorrect answers.
● Check your answers thoroughly.
● Be aware of titles, headings and other special features like italics, underlining, capital letters, facts, graphs, tables and figures.
● Make sure that you understand the question and follow all instructions carefully.
● Don’t spend too long on one question or passage, keep an eye on the time you have left.
● If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t spend too long on it.
● Stay calm if the subject of the text is unfamiliar to you, all relevant answers can be found within the text.
● Take the words you use from the Reading text, don’t change the format or order of the words in the text.
● Don’t worry if you come across a word you don’t understand, you might not need to use it.
● Make sure you check your spelling carefully.
● Pay attention to your use of plural and singular words, check that they are correct.
● In ‘completion’ style questions, make sure you focus carefully on what you are asked to do.
● If a question asks you to complete the phrase ‘in the ___’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ for your answer; using ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect.
● Be aware of the word limit. If you are asked to complete a sentence with no more than two words, and the correct answer is “silk shirt” for example, saying “a shirt made of silk” would be incorrect.
● Try to answer all questions; if an answer is incorrect, there will not be a penalty, so give it a go.
● Be sure to check all of your answers carefully before the test ends.
● Think carefully about each task and be sure to make notes if that helps you.
● Underline or highlight key words in the tasks to ensure you are aware of what you need to do.
● Spend time planning your answers before you write them.
● Use a clear paragraph structure, put one idea in each paragraph.
● Don’t repeat the same ideas by using different words.
● Don’t copy entire sentences from the question – you will not get any marks for this.
● Stick to the relevant subject and don’t write about unrelated topics.
● Make sure you manage the time you have carefully. Keep in mind that Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1.
● Try to spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and about 40 minutes on Task 2.
● Keep in mind how many words are required for each task. If you don’t write at least 150 words for Task 1 and a minimum of 250 words for Task 2 then you will lose marks.
● Practice by learning roughly how long 150 words and 250 words look when written in your own handwriting. During the test, you won’t have time to count them.
● Do not write your answers in bullet points or in short notes, you need to write your answers in full sentences or you will lose marks.
● Pay close attention to your grammar, punctuation and spelling. If you make mistakes, you will lose marks.
● Try to use formal language.
● Examiners can spot ‘model answers’, so do not memorise them and use them in your test or it will be deemed invalid.
● Make sure you spend a few minutes re-reading and amending your answers where necessary.
● Try to speak as much as you are able to.
● Speak as fluently as you can and try to be spontaneous.
● Try to remain confident and enjoy using your English skills.
● Expand upon your answers as much as you can.
● Make sure that you talk more than the examiner does.
● If you need to, you can ask the examiner to clarify a question.
● Don’t memorise prepared answers, examiners have the ability to recognise this and will change your question as a result.
● Remember that you will be marked on your ability to effectively communicate your opinions.
● The questions that the examiners ask often tend to be quite predictable, so make sure you practice at home but do not memorise your answers.
● Braille papers
● special Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses
● lip-reading version of the Listening test
● enlarged print or Speaking task cards in Braille.
● enlarged print
● Braille test papers
● an amanuensis to write the answers for you.
● special amplification equipment
● a lip-reading version of the Listening module.
● extra time for the Reading and Writing tests