How to Prepare for the IELTS Test Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Very few people like taking exams. However, all candidate must have a positive experience of taking the IELTS exam.

You can make the day of the exam easier if you know what to expect and want you will have to do before you go to the IELTS test center.

prepare for the ielts test day

Here are some important advice and information so that you know what to do if there are any problems on the day that you take your exam.

Make sure that you have read and understood all the information and advice below before you go into the exam.

Rules and regulations

For any exam you take, there are some rules and regulations about what you must do and why you mustn’t do during the exam.

Read through the rules and regulations below and if there is anything you don`t understand, ask your teacher or the administrator at the Test Centre.

You must...
  • Provide a proof of your identity (e.g. passport or national identity card) at registration and every examination session. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must produce a passport. This ID must contain a number, a signature, a date of birth and a photograph.

  • Provide two recent identical passport-sized photographs on registration.

  • Only have on your desk your identification, a pen/pencil and an eraser.

  • Switch off your mobile phone, pager or any other electronic devices and put them with your personal belongings outside the test room.(Any candidate who does not switch off their phone/pager or who keeps one in their possession, will be disqualified.)

  • Tell the test invigilator immediately if the conditions on the day of test in any way impede your performance.


You must not….
  • Impersonate another person or have another person impersonate you.

  • Attempt to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt

  • Use or attempt to use a dictionary, page, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone for the duration of the test. (Any candidate doing so will be disqualified)

  • Talk to or disturb other candidates once the examination has started.

  • Smoke, eat or drink in the examination room.

  • Use or attempt to use, a dictionary

  • Reproduce any part of the test in any format/medium. Any candidate doing so will have their test results disqualified and be liable to prosecution.

  • Remove any materials used during the examination. This includes, but is not limited to, examination papers, speaking task cards, answer sheets and working paper.

Make sure you attend on time

Provide what you need
  • Take into the examination room only the pens, pencils and erasers which you need for the examination.

  • You must not use correction fluid or highlighters.

  • Leave anything which you do not need, or which is not allowed, outside the examination room.

  • You may not give anything or borrow anything from another during the examination.

  • Do not bring valuables as the test center cannot be responsible for these.

Examination instructions
  • Listen to the supervisor and do what you are asked to do.

  • Tell the supervisor or invigilator at once:- if you think you have the wrong question paper & if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.

  • Read carefully and follow the instructions printed on the question paper and on the answer sheet.

  • Fill in the details required on the front of your question paper and on your answer sheer before the start of the examination.

Advice and assistance during the examination
  • If you are not sure about what to do, raise your hand to attract attention. An invigilator will come to help you.

  • You must not ask for, and will not be given, any explanation of the questions.

  • If you do not feel well on the day of the examination or think that your work may be affected for any other reason, tell the supervisor or invigilator.

Leaving the examination room
  • You may not leave the examination room without the permission of the supervisor or invigilator.

  • You cannot leave your seat until all papers have been collected and you have been told you can leave.

  • When you leave the examination room you must leave behind any paper used for rough work, clearly through and many other materials provided for the examination.

  • Do not make any noise near the examination room.


IELTS Results
  • Results are issued by the test centers, usually 13 days after the test

  • Results may be delayed or withheld where any rules and regulations have been breached

  • In exceptional circumstances, results may be delayed and you may be required to retake one or more modules where the pattern module results unusual.

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