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The Very last minute tips for IELTS candidates


Remember to bring…
  • 1. your identification, which in many countries has to be your current passport; (a copy of your ID is not acceptable)
  • 2. your confirmation letter or test registration card (if you were given one when you registered)
  • 3. pens, pencils, a pencil sharper, eraser and bottle of water

In the listening test, remember…
  • 1. there are 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet when the recording ends
  • 2. it’s important to write your answers clearly when you transfer them to the answer sheet
  • 3. spelling is important
  • 4. some questions have a maximum number of words and/or numbers, e.g. no more than one word and/or a number
  • 5. you have to write your answers in pencil

In the reading test, remember…
  • 1. there’s no extra time to transfer your answers to the answer sheet
  • 2. it’s important to write your answers clearly when you transfer them to the answer sheet
  • 3. spelling is important
  • 4. some questions have a maximum number of words and/or numbers, e.g. no more than one word and/or a number
  • 5. it’s important to manage your time: 20 minutes per text in the Academic module or around 20 minutes per section in the General Training module
  • 6. you have to write your answers in pencil

In the writing test, remember…
  • 1. you need to do both task 1 and task 2 (but task 2 is worth more marks)
  • 2. it’s important to manage your time: 20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2
  • 3. it’s important to check your writing when you’ve finished; you may find some spelling and/or grammar mistakes
  • 4. you can write your answers in pen or pencil

In the speaking test, remember…
  • 1. it’s OK to correct a mistake in your speaking if you notice you’ve made one
  • 2. it’s OK to ask the examiner to repeat/explain a question if you don’t hear/understand it
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