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IELTS Test Day: What to Expect

Are you wondering what to expect, what to eat, and what to bring on the test day? Don’t worry. Here is the test day outline and several useful tips for you to get fully prepared for the IELTS test day!

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Test Day Outline

Here is a normal test day schedule.

7:45 am-8:45 amCandidates check identity and take photos.
9:00 amTest begins.
9:00 am-9:40 amListening test
9:40 am-10:45 amReading test
10:50 am-11:50 am Writing test
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Lunch break
1:30 pm-6:00 pm Speaking test

Note: Examiners collect test papers after each section. Therefore, the start and end time of reading and writing section will be slightly different between different test rooms.


  1. You should arrive early on the test day. In most test centers, you are not allowed to enter after 8:45.
  2. You will be asked to leave your personal belongings outside the test room.
  3. You will only be allowed to have a pencil, an eraser, and your ID on your desk.
  4. If you need to go to the restroom or have any questions during the test, raise your hand.
  5. You have 10 minutes to fill in the listening answer sheet in the listening section. However, in other sections, there is no extra time to transfer answers.
  6. You should check your speaking test schedule online before the test day. The speaking test may take place in the afternoon on the same day or the day after the test day.

Check out our post on last minute IELTS tips to learn more useful information!

What to Eat

Do not skip breakfast on the test day. The IELTS test lasts for around 3 hours, so your brain needs enough energy to work. Eat protein-rich food can help brain work better. Eggs, milk, yogurt, and toast are great choices. Also, drink enough water before the test. Avoid high sugar food and beverages as they will block your brain.

If you need to take speaking test on the same day, make sure bring something to eat and drink during the lunch break. You can have some energy bars, fruits, and sandwiches.

What to Bring

Here is a list of things you should bring to the test.

  1. Original identification document such as your passport
  2. Two recent identical passport-sized photographs
  3. Stationeries (pens, pencils and erasers)
  4. A transparent bottle of water
  5. IELTS confirmation receipt (Some test centers need it. Check the requirement of your test center)
  6. food (If you take speaking test in the afternoon, bring some food. You will be asked to leave your food outside the test room. You can eat during the lunch break.)

You should prepare everything beforehand. Once you get fully prepared, just focus on the test and do your best!


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One Response to IELTS Test Day: What to Expect

  1. RAM October 10, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Thats good to start exm by 9 am. But, in our city Vijayawada(India) we have to go y 11:45 and exam will start @ 1:pm 🙁 🙁 this is not at all a good time to take test. & we have to sit over there until 4pm

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