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5 top tips for test day

Prepare for test day with answers to five of the most frequently asked IELTS test day questions. I hope these help you in preparing for test day. 1.    What ID do I need to take with me to my IELTS test? You must bring the same identity document that you used in your application. If you’re taking the test outside your own country then you need to use a passport. If you’re in your home country then check with the test centre what forms of ID are accepted. If you don’t have the correct ID with you on the day you will not be allowed to take the IELTS test and you won’t be able to get a refund or transfer either. You’ll need to show this document when you check in for your test in the morning and again at the start of the IELTS Speaking test.  If there are any changes to your document between completing the IELTS application form and your test day then you must inform the test centre before the test date.  For more information see ielts.org 2.    What time should I get to the test centre? You should have written confirmation from your test centre of the time and date of your test. But you should aim to arrive at the test centre early because there are a few things you'll have to do before the test begins. This includes registering for the test, verifying your ID, storing your belongings and having your photograph taken.  If you arrive late you will not be allowed to take the test.  3.    Do I take all parts of the test on the same day? The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. (That is a long morning so be sure to eat a good breakfast before you start!) Many test takers also sit the Speaking test on the same day, but it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be on the same day. 4.    Can I leave the room during the test? You’re not allowed to leave the test room during the first or last 10 minutes of any of the test sections. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask an invigilator. Do not leave your seat unless you have permission to do so.  When the test is finished, you must not leave your seat until all materials have been collected and you have been told you can go. If you have a problem (for example, you cannot hear the instructions, or you feel ill) raise your hand to attract the attention of the invigilator. Remember that the invigilators will not provide any explanation of the questions. 5.    Can I take my bag into the test room? The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document, standard pen(s), pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free). If you forget to bring a pencil, the test centre will be able to provide you with one. You must leave all other personal belongings in the designated belongings area. All electronic devices and watches must be switched off and left in the belongings area.  If you have any other questions, ask us on Instagram or Facebook. Emma

Emma Cosgrave

29 February, 2020

5 top tips for test day

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Prepare for test day with answers to five of the most frequently asked IELTS test day questions. I hope these help you in preparing for test day.

1.    What ID do I need to take with me to my IELTS test?

You must bring the same identity document that you used in your application. If you’re taking the test outside your own country then you need to use a passport. If you’re in your home country then check with the test centre what forms of ID are accepted. If you don’t have the correct ID with you on the day you will not be allowed to take the IELTS test and you won’t be able to get a refund or transfer either. You’ll need to show this document when you check in for your test in the morning and again at the start of the IELTS Speaking test. 

If there are any changes to your document between completing the IELTS application form and your test day then you must inform the test centre before the test date. 

For more information see ielts.org

2.    What time should I get to the test centre?

You should have written confirmation from your test centre of the time and date of your test. But you should aim to arrive at the test centre early because there are a few things you'll have to do before the test begins. This includes registering for the test, verifying your ID, storing your belongings and having your photograph taken. 

If you arrive late you will not be allowed to take the test. 

3.    Do I take all parts of the test on the same day?

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. (That is a long morning so be sure to eat a good breakfast before you start!) Many test takers also sit the Speaking test on the same day, but it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be on the same day.

4.    Can I leave the room during the test?

You’re not allowed to leave the test room during the first or last 10 minutes of any of the test sections. If you need to leave the test room to go to the bathroom at any other time, raise your hand and ask an invigilator. Do not leave your seat unless you have permission to do so. 

When the test is finished, you must not leave your seat until all materials have been collected and you have been told you can go.

If you have a problem (for example, you cannot hear the instructions, or you feel ill) raise your hand to attract the attention of the invigilator. Remember that the invigilators will not provide any explanation of the questions.

5.    Can I take my bag into the test room?

The only items you may bring into the test room are your approved identity document, standard pen(s), pencil(s) and eraser(s), and a bottle of water (label-free). If you forget to bring a pencil, the test centre will be able to provide you with one.

You must leave all other personal belongings in the designated belongings area. All electronic devices and watches must be switched off and left in the belongings area. 

If you have any other questions, ask us on Instagram or Facebook.

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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