IELTS test day tips

Here are some quick tips for you to ensure that things will go smoothly for you on the test day.
  • Arrive on time – Make sure you know the time and date of your test provided in your confirmation email.  Allow enough time to travel to the test centre. Late candidates may not be allowed to take the test.
  • Be prepared  – Make sure you have the right ID with you. You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not have the right ID. Make sure you have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room and you will only be allowed to take water in a transparent bottle.
  • Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test so you understand them. You’ll find these in the IELTS regulations, terms and conditions.
  • 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. Please also be informed that watches are not allowed in the test room. Every test room will have a clock on the wall.
  • Follow the instructions – Listen to the supervisor carefully and follow the test day instructions. When you  get your test papers, read the instructions on the cover page first before writing anything. Don’t lose points for careless mistakes because you haven’t read the question properly.
  • Stay aware of the time – Stay aware of the time so you can attempt all 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.
  • Be calm and ask for help if needed. Work calmly, focus on the questions, don’t rush your answers and you will do your best. If you start to feel worried, take some deep breaths to help you calm down. If you have any questions the centre staff will help you.


  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests last 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between the parts of the test.
  • Speaking test may be offered on the same day as the other sections of the test, or up to a week before or one day after.
  • Your photograph will be taken on the first test day of your test.
  • At the end of the test stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.
  • If you think that there have been any issues that may have affected your performance, tell the invigilator.
  • If you want to raise an issue or make a complaint, please ask your invigilator for a Test Day Incident Form to complete. This form needs to be submitted within one week of the test date.