1- Arrive 2-2.30 hours before the exam- We recommend you arrive by 11:30 am to give you enough time to get settled.
Unfortunately, if you arrive after the start of the test you will not be allowed to take the test on that day.
2- Carry proper identification documents- You need to bring along your original and valid passport. Driving licenses and student IDs are not accepted as identification. Unfortunately, candidates without valid ID will not be allowed to sit the test.
3- Photograph is taken for security- Security at IELTS tests is important to us. As an added measure, our exams services staff take a passport-style photograph of candidates on the test day. The photograph appears on your results (also known as your Test Report Form). This procedure is mandatory. Candidates under 18 years of age must have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian so that we can take the photograph.
4- Try to be calm and relaxed at the exam center.
5- If you have any questions – friendly center staff are ready to help. So don’t hesitate to ask.
6- Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test so you understand them. You’ll find these in the IELTS application form (PDF, 321KB).
Checklist for the test room-
In the test room you are allowed to have:
1- Your identification document.
2- A pencil and a pen (a pencil will be needed for Listening and Reading)
3- An eraser
4- A bottle of water which should be transparent without any writing or labels on it.
5- You will not be able to take anything else into the test room.
6- On the day of the test, you should verify your information provided at the time of registering on the candidate data sheet as this information will be printed on your Test Report Form.
7- There will be an area where you will need to leave all your belongings. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend leaving valuables, such as mobile phones and computers, at home.
Checklist while giving the exam-
1- Read the question and then answer- Rule number one is to read the question carefully and underline what all information you want to include, analyze properly and make some notes before answering.
2- Don’t write too soon- Do not start writing immediately, most of the students in the excitement of knowing the answers start writing quickly, don’t do that plan on how you will start and how you want to finish, the more you think the better you will write.
3- Keep a track of time- Timing is often a problem, you need to schedule your time wisely as both the tasks are equally important. Do not spend more than 40 minutes on your essay which is Task 2 and 20 minutes on Task 1 the report.
4- Check your writing- This a must, check your writing for grammatical errors and word repetitions since this is an exam of language you are awarded on the basis of variation in your language. Pay attention to punctuation’s and other errors else you will end up losing marks.
6- Keep it well structured- Examiners spend a lot of time with your answer papers, you can create a good impression by presenting a well structured, paragraphed piece of information.
7- The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between each component of the test.
8- Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room.
9- Listen to the supervisor carefully and follow the test day instructions.
10- When you  get your test papers, read the instructions on the cover page first before writing anything
11- Don’t lose points for careless mistakes because you haven’t read the question properly.
12- Stay aware of the time- Watches are not allowed in the test room. Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time so you can attempt all questions.
13- Be aware that some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow.
14- If you start to feel worried, take some deep breaths to help you calm down. Work calmly, focus on the questions, don’t rush your answers and you will do your best.