Before your test

Tips: do's and don’ts

The week before the test:

  • Check the start time and location of the test (emailed to you at least five working days before the test).
  • Check transport options and make note of any potential delays (plan your travel accordingly).
  • Read the IELTS terms and conditions.
  • Clear your diary for the day, ensuring you have no other commitments.

Practice and preparation:

It is advisable for all test takers, even native English speakers, to practice for the test.  Practice tests improve your skills and your awareness of the test format.

IELTS preparation materials:

IELTS on computer preparation materials

Further information and test tips are available on the British Council website.

What to bring to the test:

  • The original ID you applied with (copies are not acceptable). You may take a drink of water into the test rooms - in a clear bottle with the label removed.

We will provide:

  • Pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. *Note – until social-distancing measures are relaxed, test takers must bring their own pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners for the test, and also a ballpoint pen to sign the attendance register (pens not permitted in the test rooms).

Items not permitted in the test rooms:

  • Coats, jackets, bags, mobile phones, watches and electronic devices – these can be left in the cloakroom (locked during tests).

We advise that you do not bring valuable items with you – we do not accept responsibility for valuable items lost or stolen while on the premises.