IELTS Test day Tips and Advice

Hi dear how are you today !! are you going to take your test within next day? Please read it attentively because the tips and advice for the day of your IELTS exam. This tips and advice are to guide you before your IELTS test and also during your test. These tips are for both General Training and Academic tests. All pages on IELTS Zenon are related with this year, 2019.

Get ready for your IELTS test exam by making sure you understand exactly what will happen in the day of your test. Read all tips and advice below.  

About Sleep & Eat Well: 

The IELTS test  takes 2 hours and 40 mins to do the Listening, Reading and Writing test. You don’t get break or rest between the tests. So, you should well rested and have eaten in order to keep your concentration during your test.

Drink :

You can take a drink into the exam room as long as it is in a transparent bottle.

Wearing Clothes:

You should wear comfortable clothing. You are not marked on your appearance for any part of the test. So, wear something that you are comfortable in and that gives you confidence.

The test room might be cold in the air condition is on, so take an extra layer of clothing with you.

Arrive Early.

Make sure you know how long it takes to get to your IELTS test center and exactly where your test will be held. Don’t be late or you won’t be allowed to enter the exam room. You will need to check in so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare.

Toilet :

The listening, reading and writing tests take 2 hours and 40 mins. There is no break so make sure you go to the toilet before you enter the exam room. If you need the toilet during the test, put your hand up and the invigilator will let you go. But you will lose valuable time by doing this and it could affect your score.

No Phones:

You will not be allowed to take your phone or any other electronic items into the test room.

Pen, Pencil & Eraser:

 You should take at least two pencils and one pen – just in case one of them stops working. You should also take an eraser as well. You can’t take a dictionary or extra paper into the test room. For your speaking test, you can take nothing into the room except your ID.

Your identity documents:

√ Check with your test center exactly what ID you need to take with you. Don’t forget it.

√ IELTS staff will check your identity upon your arrival, the documents you received when you registered for the test will confirm which ID you’ll need. If you arrive without the correct ID you will not be able to take the test.
√ As an additional security measure, IELTS staff will take a photograph of you before you sit the test. This photo will be used on your Test Report Form.
√ In some countries, you may also be asked to provide a finger scan.

Listen to Instructions:

Listen carefully to all instructions given before your test starts.


There will be a clock on the exam room. You cannot take a watch into your test. Make sure you know where it is before your test starts so you can keep checking it in your reading and writing test. You can’t take your watch into the exam room.

Disability (Special arrangements) :

√ If you have any form is disability that will affect your test, you must speak to the test center well before your test date.

√ If you requested special arrangements as a result of a disability or other condition, adjustments will be made for you on the day of your test.

Focus & Be Calm:

Make sure you go into your test with a clear aim and an understanding of the techniques you need to use. Be calm and confident at all time.


Don’t cheat: 

 This is an international test and cheating or copying is not allowed.

No dictionary:

You are not allowed to use any form of learning aid in your test.

♠ Don’t take the test paper home:

You are not allowed to take any part of the question paper home with you.

♠ Don’t continue writing after the invigilator tells you to stop. If you continue writing even one word or one sentence, you could have your whole test invalidated.

Special arrangements

Official IELTS test centers can help if you have visual, hearing, speaking or learning difficulties. If you need a modified version of IELTS, please give the test center three months’ notice. 

If special arrangements (for example, extra time) need to be made then please give the test center six weeks’ notice.

Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have.

Special arrangements include:

√ Braille papers

√ Special Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses

√ Lip-reading version of the Listening test

√ Enlarged print or Speaking task cards in Braille.

What sort of help can I get?

If you have a visual impairment, test center can provide:

√  Enlarged print

√ Braille test papers
√ an amanuensis to write the answers for you.

If you have hearing difficulties, we can offer:

√ special amplification equipment
√ a lip-reading version of the Listening module.

If you have dyslexia, we can arrange:

extra time for the Reading and Writing tests.

Please contact your local test center as soon as possible. if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.

We want you to do well in your IELTS test, so we’ve put together some tips and advice to help you understand what you can expect on test day.

Follow our test day guidance to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible so you can achieve the IELTS score you need.

Getting to the test centre

Please don’t forget to check the start time of your IELTS test and make sure you know how to get to the test center on time. You should check before the day of your test, 

Remember to also check the location of your IELTS test location, as it may be different to the test center where you booked your test. I think you should confirm your vehicle also. 

During your test

Follow these rules when sitting your IELTS test:

√ You are only allowed to have a pencil, pen, your ID, and an eraser on your desk. 

√ If you need to use the toilet during the test, put your hand up to attract the invigilator’s attention and don’t disturb other test takers.

√ Raise your hand to attract the invigilator’s attention if you want to ask a question during the test.

√ When it’s time to take the Listening test, check that you can hear the recording clearly. If you can’t, raise your hand and inform the invigilator.

√ After the Listening section, you will have 10 minutes to fill in the answer sheet. However, you will not have 10 minutes after the Reading section, so be sure to write your answers on your answer sheet when completing each section.


√ Remain in your seat until you have the invigilator‘s permission to leave the test room.

√ If you believe that your performance may have been affected by any issues, inform the invigilator straight away.

√ If you want to make a complaint about your test day, you must do this within one week of the test date by filling in the Complaint Form.

Test day tips

√ Follow all instructions carefully and remember that in the Writing parts of the test, you will be required to write a specific number of words.

√ Some questions have guideline time limits for you to follow, make sure you stay aware of the time to ensure you have enough time to answer each question.

√ Stay calm and take deep breaths if you feel nervous or worried. 

Listening test tips and advice:
Follow this Listening test advice, and make sure you understand how to
Speaking test Tips and advice:
Your Speaking test will be a face-to-face conversation with an
Reading test Tips and advice:
Follow this Reading test advice, and make sure you understand how to
Writing tips and advice:
For your Writing test, all answers must be written in pen or pencil. You can

What to do during the written exams