1 - First steps
Register for the test. There are 48 test dates per year and IDP IELTS offers over 200 test locations all over the world. Search for a test centre near you and find a convenient test date. Check the IELTS score required by your chosen university, institution, employer or organisation. Each organisation sets their own requirements so it’s a good idea to contact the organisation directly to check their IELTS requirements.
2 - Improve your English
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. Test preparation is different to an English language course, as it will not help improve your English. An IELTS preparation course can help you familiarise yourself with the types of tasks included in an IELTS test. Ask your local IELTS test centre for more information about a preparation course near you.
3 - Use English everyday
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.
4 - Practise with sample questions
Practise the free IELTS test sample questions. Use the Official IELTS Practice Materials (two books available) which include sample questions and sample responses with examiner comments. There is a wide range of IELTS preparation material available for purchase at bookshops and online.
5 - The day before the test
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.
6 - Test 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.