At this stage in your IELTS exam preparation, you have already invested a lot of time, energy and practice, your journey is nearly over. Now, there are just 10 IELTS Exam Tips you can follow that will guide you to fully prepare and enter your IELTS exam tomorrow with confidence! These tips are for the both module academic and general test taker. Everyone should read this tips before the test day and also on the morning of the test day.
1. Overcome your stress
The day before your IELTS exam can be a very stressful time. It is safe to say that anyone that takes the IELTS exam has a lot at stake, whether it is the chance to move abroad, to win international scholarships, advance your studies or earn a better life for your family. If you did not feel a little bit stressed, it might mean you don’t care enough!
However, you can control this stress by reminding yourself that your score doesn’t define who you are.
In 24 hours, your exam will be over and you will still be you. In 2 weeks, you will receive your results and you will still be YOU!
You can think about your results when you get them. If you have your IELTS exam tomorrow, worrying or stressing out will not improve your IELTS score. But entering the exam with a clear mindset will!
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, try to remind yourself that these feelings are not caused by a lack of preparation or ability, but by nerves or a fear of the unknown.
While it is impossible to find out the questions that will appear on your exam, there is one simple way of tackling this fear: prepare yourself as well as you can. More on this in the section below!
If you feel nervous before your test, try “reshaping” your nerves by saying “I AM EXCITED!” out loud. Studies have shown that this is an effective way of convincing your brain that you aren’t nervous, you’re energized!
2. Warm up properly
Do not go for any mock test. But, yes you can take some time to practice thinking in English. Just as footballers need to stretch and warm up before their matches, in the same way, you should warm up your brain by surrounding yourself in English for 24 hours before your exam.
To do this, try listening, reading, speaking and writing in English as much as you can. This can be watching English TV shows, listening to podcasts in English, speaking to your friends or writing some emails in English. Your friends and family might look at you funnily, but it will be worth it!
3. Get everything ready
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Get everything ready the night before the test. keep your passport, ID or the confirmation letter, one pen, two pencils, one sharpener and one eraser at one place and do not forget to take it along with you on the IELTS exam day.
Before you go to bed, double-check your test center and print out directions if you have never been there before. Print out your admission ticket, too, if you haven’t already; that’s the paper ticket you downloaded when you registered for the test.
4. Sleep and eat well
Sleep is essential and need to be natural. You must get enough sleep, so that you can be alert the next day to think well during your exams. Memories get better during sleep. It is creating new memories and connecting with the old and recent memories.
Eat well the night before and do make sure you eat breakfast in the morning of your IELTS exam. Because it helps you to focus during your exams. Without food, your mind will not really work well during exams as you do not have the energy to think much.
On the IELTS exam day, 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 aircon is on, so take an extra layer of clothing with you.
Drink plenty of water. You can take a drink into the exam room as long as it is in a transparent bottle.
Check with your test center exactly what ID you need to take with you. Don’t forget to take it on the IELTS exam day.
8. Arrive Early
Don’t jeopardize your performance on your exam day by arriving at the test center late, flustered or confused. Late arriving will not be allowed you to enter the exam room. You will need to check in so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare. Make sure you know how long it takes to get to your IELTS test center and exactly where your test will be held.
I suggest arriving at the test center with at least one hour before your test begins. This allows you plenty of time to learn which room your test is in, where it is located, where the toilets are, where you can get water etc. Learning these things well before your exam allows you to be completely focused when it begins.
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.
10. Follow Instructions
- Listen carefully to all instructions given before your test starts. Be calm and confident at all time.
- This is an international test and cheating or copying is not allowed.
- You are not allowed to take a dictionary, mobile phone or any other electronic device into the test room.
- You can’t take your watch into the exam room. There will be a clock on the exam room. Make sure you know where it is before your test starts so you can keep checking it in your reading and writing test.
- You are not allowed to use any form of learning aid in your test.
- 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.
The exam tips above are summarized from the official IELTS sites:
Always check with official sources in case of any changes in rules.
Best of luck with your test!
Related IELTS Resources
Take a practice test to find out what is your current weakness in terms of IELTS scale and allow more time to improve your weak spots. The following IELTS resources will help you to develop your skills faster: