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Tips to prepare for IELTS

"The night before the test"

You must have a good dinner and go to bed at your normal time  not too early and not too late, as you do not want to disrupt your sleep pattern if possible. Have everything ready that you need to take with you to the test so you can simply pick it up in the morning, for example,

Required articles for real IELTS Test:

  1. Original Passport (Must, You can not attend test without this) 
  2. Confirmation receipt including test number 
  3. pens 
  4. pencils 
  5. erasers, etc.   

Recommended articles for real IELTS Test. 

  1. Two colour passport size photographs 
  2. Photocopy of passport 
  3. Any alternative photo identification proof like Voter ID card, Driving License, Pan card etc.   

A pen that runs dry or a pencil that breaks can take several minutes to replace. Check before the exam exactly what articles you need. Set your alarm clock the night before or arrange a wake-up call.  

On the morning of the test:

Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you, especially if your speaking test is at a later time that day. You cannot, however, take food or drink into the exam room.   

There will be a clock in the exam room but wear a watch just in case. It is essential that you keep track of time.  

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center. You will be required to complete a registration form and to show your passport before you enter the examination room so you must arrive at the time specified by your test center. If you are early, you could go for a walk. If you are late, you will not be allowed to enter. Avoid the added tension of having to rush.   

During the test  

Be warned:
There are no breaks in between the modules and you can only make an accompanied trip to the toilet during the writing test.  

Most students at the test will feel nervous. This is quite normal. In fact, it can actually be quite helpful in terms of motivation. It may make you alert and help you to focus. The aim is for you to try to perform at your optimum level.  

In contrast, high levels of anxiety can affect a student's performance. However, good preparation, familiarity with test details and a positive attitude can overcome much of this anxiety.  

The examination room should be suitable for testing, that is, the lighting, ventilation and temperature should be appropriate. If you are uncomfortable because of any of these factors or if there is some other problem, such as not being able to hear the recording of the Listening Module, make sure you ask the person in charge to do something about it. For example, you may ask to change seats.

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