Things You Should Know On Your Test Day

Author : paris Date : Jul 23, 2018 Category : Homepage Comment : Comments Off on Things You Should Know On Your Test Day

 

Preparation

 

√  Rest
The IELTS test (listening, reading and writing test) takes about 2 hours and 40 mins. Before the test, you sometimes wait for up to about 1 hour to register. Thus, you need to rest well, including sleeping and eating well to keep you focused.

 

♦  Clothes
Comfort is always the golden rule. Comfortable clothing makes you relaxed and confident. Also, it is wise if you put on an extra layer of clothing in case of cold air conditioning. The examiner will not mark you according to your clothing. However, it would be better if you dress neatly and decently.

 

√  ID
Never forget to bring your ID otherwise you will not be admitted into the test.

 

√  Arrive On Time or Earlier
Make sure you know the commuting time between your home and your IELTS test center. You will not be allowed to enter the exam room if you are late.

 

√  Drink
Be sure to peel off all the external materials of your bottle before it is taken into the exam room. Only transparent bottles are allowed during the test.

 

√  Pencil & Eraser
You can take pencils and erasers with you into your listening, reading and test. For your speaking test, you can take nothing except your ID into the room. Some test centers provide pencils and erasers, so in that case you can’t take pencils and erasers.

 

During Your Test

 

√  Pay Attention to Instructions
Listen carefully to all instructions given before your test begins. The instructions cover nearly all parts of common situations and questions you might ask in the test.

 

⊗  Clock
You are not allowed to take a watch or a clock into the exam room. However, there will be a clock in the exam room, or the invigilator will remind you of time.

 

⊗  Toilet
There is no break during the test. You can put your hand up and ask the invigilator for permission to go to the toilet, but you will lose valuable test time if you do so. You are suggested to go to the toilet before you enter the exam room.

 

⊗  cheat
Any actual, intended, or attempted deception and/or dishonest action in the test is regarded as cheating.

 

⊗  bring any form of learning aids
Learning aids include dictionaries, e-dictionaries, notebooks, learning references and other kinds of English learning materials or tools. The misbehavior will also be regarded as cheating.

 

⊗  take the test paper home
The test paper is collected by the invigilator at the end of every separate test, so you are not allowed to take any part of the question paper home.

 

⊗  phones
Phones or any other electronic items are not allowed in the test room even if they are turned off.

 

Listening:
1. There will be time for you to check if or not the headphones are in good condition before the listening test. If no headphones are used, make sure you can hear the recording clearly and it is neither too loud nor light for you. Raise your hand if you have any problem.
2. There is time given to prepare the questions. Make sure you read through all the questions before the recording starts. Click here to learn more about this! You may practise at home before you actually acquire it.
3. It does no good to your score if you try to understand everything in your test. You need to focus on keywords and answers.
4. Write your answers on your question paper when you are listening. You will be given 10 minutes to transfer all the answers to the answer sheet after the recording. Remember to check your spelling and grammar.
5. Keep in mind how many words/numbers you can have for each answer.

 

Reading:
1. There will be time for you to check if or not the headphones are in good condition before the listening test. If no headphones are used, make sure you can hear the recording clearly and it is neither too loud nor light for you. Raise your hand if you have any problem.
2. There is time given to prepare the questions. Make sure you read through the questions before you read each passage. Click here to learn more about this! You may practise at home before you actually acquire it.
3. It does no good to your score if you try to understand everything in your test. You need to focus on keywords and answers.
4. Write your answers on your question paper when you are listening. You will be given 10 minutes to transfer all the answers to the answer sheet after the recording. Remember to check your spelling and grammar.
5. Keep in mind how many words/numbers you can have for each answer.

 

Writing:
1. Keep checking the time. You are suggested not to spend more than 20 minutes on task 1because you need 40 minutes for task 2.
2. Always write at least 150 words for task 1 and at least 250 words for task 2. How many words are appropriate in each task? Click here to learn more about this! However, it is not necessary to count the number of words, you can learn to estimate your words for each task by counting the lines on the answer sheet. How to use the answer sheet properly? Click here to learn more about this!
3. You must plan your essay before writing on the answer sheet. Since there is no extra paper for planning, you can do this on your question paper.
4. You can use either American or British spelling as long as it is consistent. What are the differences between American and British spelling? Click here to learn more about this!
5. If you need more answer sheets, put up your hand and you can get more from the invigilator.

 

Speaking:
1. Be confident and relaxed to make this test a comfortable chat rather than a formal interview.
2. You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if you need. Click here to learn more about this!
3. A pen and paper are provided by the examiner for you to prepare your talk for part 2. The examiner will only mark your talk, not your planning.
4. Never beat around the bush! Give direct answers and extend your answer.
5. American and British pronunciation both can be used. Do not worry too much if you have a certain accent affected by your mother tongue. As long as it is clear and understandable, your mark won’t be affected.

 

 

Paris M

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