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Last Minute IELTS Tips

How hard is the real test? Am I fully prepared? Have I prepared with a reliable IELTS prep? What if I can not get a good score? What can I do now? As the IELTS test is approaching, some test takers feel more stressed and are likely to think about these questions from time to time. If you are worried about your upcoming IELTS test and can hardly fall asleep at night, here are some last minute IELTS tips for you to get through it!
 

The Second to Last Day Before the Test

Do a full length practice test except the speaking section from 9:00 to 11:45 in the morning. Take this test the same as the real test and set a time limit for each section (30+10 minutes for listening, 60 minutes for reading and 60 minutes for writing). Leave the speaking section to the afternoon and then check answers to evaluate your score. Then you can take some time to review the other practice tests which you have done before to remind yourself of your common mistakes.
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The Last Day Before the Test

Check your speaking test schedule

Don’t forget to check your speaking test schedule through your test center account. If the speaking test takes place in the afternoon right after the writing test, make sure to bring some food and water so that you can feel comfortable when facing with the examiners.

Review your notes and writings

If you have a notebook for IELTS, go through the notes. Also, take a look at all your writings to remind yourself of some expressions, sentence structures and arguments.

Relax

Do not do practice tests on this day because it may cause more pressure if you don’t do well. After the dinner time, prepare everything you need for the next day (your ID, photo, registration number and water). Then just relax and don’t stay up late! You can watch English news and listen to the music before going to bed.
 

Test Day

Arrive early

Though the test usually begins at 9am, it is better to arrive at the exam place at 8am because you won’t be allowed to enter after 8:30am.

Go to the bathroom before the test

Despite that you are allowed to go to the bathroom in the reading and writing section, it is better to save your time to concentrate on your test because time is limited.

Focus on your test

Do not think about other issues and do not worry about the score. Just focus on your test and try to do your best!

Read questions first

After you get the listening test paper, skim all the questions so that you can get prepared for each task.

Don’t spend too much time on a single question

If you get stuck on a question in the listening section, just guess an answer and move on to the next question. In the reading section, you can answer the question later if you have extra time.

Check your personal information

Last but not least, don’t forget to check your personal information before handing in your answer sheet!

These are some tips to help you get prepared  and relieve your tension in the last several days before the test. Do your best and trust yourself!

 

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