IELTS | Test Takers - Tips for the test


Here are some quick tips for practising your English and taking the test.

Practise for confidence
Practise your English language skills with the Official IELTS Practice Materials or through other books or courses.

Download the Information for candidates booklet (PDF, 790KB) to understand more about the test.

Read, speak and listen to English as much as you can.

Practise speaking English with your friends.

Use radio, television and the web to read and hear different English texts and accents.

Arrive on time to the test
Double check the time and date of your test and allow plenty of time to travel to the test centre.

If you are late, you may not be allowed to take the test.

Make sure you drink water and eat healthy food on the day of your test.

Try to be calm and relaxed
Get a good night’s sleep before your test. Don‘t cram your study.

Try to remain calm at the test centre. The centre staff will be friendly and assist you.

Read the IELTS regulations before the test so you understand the rules. (A copy is on your IELTS Application Form (PDF, 273KB).

Understand the test format
To do your best, you need to know what to expect. Make sure you understand the test format.

Look at the free sample test pages to see the types of texts and questions.

Follow the instructions
Listen to the supervisor carefully and follow the instructions on how to sit the test.

When you open your test papers, read the instructions first before writing anything.

Don’t lose points for careless mistakes because you haven’t read the question properly.

Stay aware of the time
Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time so you can complete all of your questions.

Each part has a number of sections. Allow enough time for each section. Some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow.

Do your best
If you feel yourself becoming worried, take some deep breaths to calm down.

Work calmly, focus on the questions, don’t rush your answers and you will do your best.

For more information on taking the test, see Frequently asked questions.

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