IELTS Exam Specific Tips: Part 1

Night Before the Exam Date:
Get enough sleep the night before the exam date to keep yourself fresh during your exam. Never stay up late before the exam date as this would make you feel dizzy and would affect your performance. If you are late to go to bed the night before the exam then you will feel sleepy during your exam. Don't think too much about the exam just convince yourself that you have a good preparation and you are going to achieve your target score. Relax and think positively.

The morning of the exam day:
» Take a bath and feel fresh.
» Have a light meal that you usually take. Visit the restroom get fresh.
» Dress comfortably. You are not going for an interview for a job so you should wear the dress you like and feel comfortable.
» Make sure that you already know where the exam place is. If you are taking the exam in a city which is not known to you, make sure you already know how to reach your test centre.
» Make sure you have taken your ID card or Passport, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and all other necessary documents you will need for the exam.

» You must not bring into the test room the following items:

  • Correction fluid and highlighters.
  • Mobile phones, calculator and pagers. (they must be switched off and kept outside the exam room)
  • Large bags and personal belongings.

During the test:
Tell the supervisor if you think you have not been given the right question paper, or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible. You may not lend anything to, or borrow anything from, another candidate. 

Advice and assistance during the test:
Notify the test invigilator immediately if test day conditions in any way impede your performance. You cannot ask for, and you will not be given, any explanation of the questions.

A Good Start:
If you start to panic in the examination hall, it will affect your IELTS score. Learn to relax. Why should you panic? You are prepared well. Take several slow breaths, letting your shoulders drop in a relaxed manner as you exhale.

Concentrate on Questions:
Do not talk or think about anything in particular. Look at the questions and try to answer them. If you can not answer a question, don't waste time. Simply go to the next question. Do not think about your situation, the test in general, your score, or your future. If you do, force yourself to return to the question.

Do not Cheat:
Your attitude will affect your performance in the examination hall. You must develop patterns of positive thinking. To help in developing a positive attitude, always remember you are prepared well and you are gonna do better. Never ever think to cheat.

Other Tips:
» IELTS does not penalise you for wrong answers. So attempt all questions and answer them all.
» There are no breaks between the different test sections and it is not advisable to waste time in the middle of the test. Hence, visiting the restroom before entering the examination hall is a wise thing to do.
» Check all the documents that you need to carry for the exam before leaving for the test. This includes the original and valid passport, letter containing your roll number and test venue and fee receipt.
» You can use only pencils for listening and reading sections. So, do not forget to take sharpened pencils, a pencil sharpener and a good eraser along with you. Be aware of the time limit that you can spend on each question.

IELTS Tips Remember, some tensions are normal and good. Accept it. Use it constructively. It will motivate you to study. But do not panic or worry. Panic will cause loss of concentration and poor performance.


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Jagwinder Singh
Thank you for your great suggestions. I have an exam on October 31. Hope all the information provided by you will help me a lot. Once again thank you.
Jagwinder Singh
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