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Test day tips

Here are some quick tips for ensuring you do your best on test day

Arrive on time and prepared 

  • 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 have the right identification documents with you. If you arrive with the wrong ID, you will not be allowed to take the test.

Try to be calm and relaxed

  • Try to remain calm at the test centre. 
  • If you have any questions, ask the centre staff. They will be friendly and assist you.
  • Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test so you understand the rules. You’ll find these in the IELTS Application Form (PDF, 473KB).

Follow the instructions

  • 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.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between each part of the test.
  • Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room; you will only be allowed to take a drink in a transparent bottle.
  • 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.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests have a number of sections. Allow enough time for each section. 
  • Be aware that 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.