What happens on the test day?
Ensure you arrive in plenty of time and allow plenty of time to travel to the test centre. If you are late, you may not be allowed to take the test.
Make sure you have the right identification documents with you as you will have to show this at the start of the test. If you arrive with the wrong ID, you will not be allowed to take the test.
Can I write in capital letters?
In the listening and reading tests you can use either capital letters or lower-case letters, but using capitals might be a good idea.
In the writing test, you can choose to write in capital letters if you want. However, you are marked on punctuation so being able to show proper use of capital letters and lowercase letters is important.
Can I wear a watch or take my phone into the test?
You are not allowed to wear a watch or take your telephone into the IELTS Test. In the listening, reading and writing test there will be a clock on the wall.
Do I have to structure my answers in a specific way?
There are many ways to structure an IELTS speaking or writing answer, however it is best to follow a clear structure to ensure you answer the question in sufficient detail.
Is Writing Task 2 worth more than Writing Task 1?
Writing Task 1 accounts or 1/3 of your writing score, whereas Writing Task 2 accounts for 2/3 of your score.
How long should I spend on Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2?
The writing test is 60 minutes in total, and it is recommended that you spend 20 minutes doing Task 1 and 40 minutes doing Task 2. Task 2 is longer and is worth more so it is important to spend more time on it.
What happens is I write less than the minimum word count in the writing test?
The minimum word counts are 150 words (Task 1) and 250 words (Task 2). If you write less than this amount, it could affect your score.
Where do I write my answers?
For the listening, reading and writing tests you write your answers on the answer sheet provided.
In the listening test you get an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.
What happens if I do not understand the topic or questions?
IELTS questions are non-specialist questions that are related to everyday issues and activities. You are therefore expected to be able to answer these questions.
How can I prepare for the IELTS test and get higher score?
You need to have a clear understanding of each part of the test and practice as much as possible before you take the real test.
It is also important to read academic articles from magazines and newspapers because this will give you ideas for your speaking and writing answers, but will also help to develop your range vocabulary.
What is IELTS ZOOM?
IELTS ZOOM is an online IELTS training program founded and created by a small team of experienced native-speaker IELTS teachers. Its aim is to provide good quality IELTS tuition for students who prefer to study online.
How will IELTS ZOOM help me?
IELTS ZOOM provides you with all the information that you need in one place. This includes videos, model answers, practice questions and tips.
How long do I get access to the IELTS ZOOM courses for?
Enrollment in the IELTS ZOOM courses allows you to access the content for a period of 12 months.
Can I download the IELTS ZOOM course content?
The videos and audio files cannot be downloaded (as they are streamed when you access the course). However, you can download all the PDF files for the four skills.