If your IELTS test is coming up soon, you will need to be prepared by studying hard and by preparing your body and mind to ensure your test goes well! Below are a few tips and tricks you should try before and during your IELTS test.

What You Should Do Before the Test

Your IELTS test can take as long as three hours, so you will need to prepare your body and mind to get through your test without stopping. The best thing you can do is to get a good sleep the night before your test and eat a healthy meal before you leave for your test. This will give you the energy to concentrate on your test the whole time.

You should also stay hydrated by drinking water before your test and bringing a transparent water bottle to drink from during the test. You should note that your time won’t stop if you need to use the washroom, so make sure you go, before the test. If you do need to go to the washroom during the test, raise your hand and inform the instructor or supervisor and they will escort you out.

When making your way to the test center, tell yourself you are going to do great because you are prepared! This will give you even more confidence in yourself and it will help you remain calm when you are performing the test.

What You Should Do During the Test

As you are aware, there are four parts to your IELTS test; the listening part, reading part, writing part, and speaking part. Below are a few tips you should follow for each section of your exam.

Listening Test

The most important thing about the listening test is being able to actually listen. If you are having problems with your headphones or if you need it to be louder, get the attention of the instructor or supervisor and let them know your problem.

You should also read the read questions before the recording starts to get a better understanding of what you will be doing.

Reading Test

The best thing to do during the reading part of your test is to fully understand and analyze the questions on the sheet. Keep an eye on the clock to ensure you are utilizing your time properly to get the test done on time. Write your answers on the answer sheet!

Writing Test

For the writing test, make sure you don’t spend more than 20 minutes on task 1 because you will need at least 40 minutes to complete task 2. Keep an eye on the clock to make sure you are writing at a good pace. When you are counting your words, try to focus on how many lines you have written then estimate your total word count. Before the test, you can do a practice where you write words on lines and see how many you can fit into them.

Speaking Test

The best way to prepare for your speaking test is to speak English before your test. The test won’t be a formal interview, so talk like you are talking to one of your friends. It also means you won’t have to wear a suit and you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!

With these tips in mind, we know you are going to do really well during your IELTS test! Good luck!


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