You must try to register for IELTS test at least 2 months before your chosen test date as later on you may find difficulty in finding a seat.
You can check for IELTS results after 13 days of your test.
You can repeat the test as often as you like to improve your score.
Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
Total Test Duration 2 hours 45 minutes.
Make sure you have visited the venue of the test a few days before the test date. Arrive at least half an hour earlier than the reporting time specified. Arriving late could send your tension levels soaring and the exam requires you to be absolutely relaxed and ready to give of your best.
The British Council offers preparatory courses for IELTS. A four day intensive course is held before the date of the test. The course might be a good idea as it gives you an insight into IELTS along with lots of practice. I think it would not help those whose level is very poor. It would be most useful for those who lie somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Similarly AEO also offer courses.
There is no break between the components of the test. This means that for around 3 to 3.5 hours, you can’t eat, drink or visit the restroom. So be ready for it.
Carry your original and valid passport as it is mandatory. Also take the letter which gave you the venue of the test and your roll number. The receipt for the IELTS fee is another document that is sometimes asked for. Take it too.
Take a number of sharpened pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and pens. Do all the components of the test in pencil. For listening and reading, use of a pencil is mandatory.
Time is a crucial factor so take a watch with you and give appropriate time to each section.