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.