IELTS Preparation Checklist

Register for the test. Find a convenient test date out of the 48 test dates per year offered by PeopleCert. Check the IELTS score required by your chosen university, institution, employer or organisation. Each organisation sets its own requirements so it’s a good idea to contact the organisation directly to check their IELTS requirements.

Taking an English language course is one of the best ways to improve your English. The feedback you receive from your teacher will help you improve the specific skills involved in speaking, listening, reading and writing English. An IELTS preparation course is different to an English language course, as it will not help you improve your English, but it will help you familiarise yourself with the types of tasks included in an IELTS test.

Listen to English language radio, television and film. You should try to listen to a variety of English accents including American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand. Read English publications such as newspapers and magazines regularly. Write letters, emails or notes in English whenever possible. Speak English with your friends and family.

For additional preparation, you may practise using the free IELTS test sample questions and IELTS Master course when you register.

Re-read the Information for Candidates booklet and Notice to Candidates again to ensure that you understand the test format and rules. Plan your journey – ensure you know how to get to the test venue so that you arrive in time. Also, get plenty of rest the night before your test to help you feel more relaxed on the day.

Allow plenty of time to travel to the test venue to ensure you arrive on time. Bring your passport/national identity card with you: You must have the same identification that you provided on your IELTS Application Form or you will not be able to take the test. Bring stationery: pens, pencils and erasers that you need for the test.