Common Tips


Remaining calm in the IELTS exam is very essential part as many candidates lose their score due to stress. So stay calm especially in speaking module because if you are mentally disturbed then the fluency, pronunciation and structure of your sentences may break. If you are not balanced mentally then you may run out of time in reading and writing too and even in listening you will not be able to grasp the answers from the audio. Use following tips to stay calm in IELTS exam :

  1. Take deep breaths (It will make you feel relaxed)
  2. Stay hydrated (It will increase the awareness level and will keep you energetic)
  3. Believe in yourself and tell your mind : YOU CAN DO IT
  4. Get familiar with all the phases of examination
  5. Brief yourself about the process of examination
  6. Practice in every environment as at the day of examination no distractions will actually disturb you


IELTS examination is all about checking your language proficiency so be careful with your spelling. You can write your listening and reading module in CAPITAL letters. After completion of the tasks in reading, listening and writing double check your spellings in answer-sheets. Spelling Check is a must do activity after completion of modules as it will boost your score and eliminate the silly mistakes. Always spare time for finding out grammar and spelling mistakes. Construct your sentences in a organized manner so that no grammar mistakes take place. In speaking module, your pronunciation and grammar will be assessed by examiner so it is mandatory to use it in a correct way.


Task completion should be the first thing in your priority list because in writing module the primary assessment criteria is task completion. And in listening and reading module, there is no negative marking so even if you do not know the correct answer you can use your guesses. For reading module, managing your time efficiently is very important as the passages are found lengthy usually.

For Listening module:

  1. Fill all the answers  –  7-8 minutes(maximum)
  2. Spelling Check  –  2-3 minutes

For Reading module:

  1. Passage 1  –  15-17 minutes
  2. Passage 2  –  17-19 minutes
  3. Passage 3  –  19-21 minutes
  4. Spelling Check  –  3-4 minutes

For Writing module:

  1. Task-1  –  19-20 minutes
  2. Task-2  –  35-38 minutes
  3. Spelling Check  –  3-4 minutes

For Speaking module:

  1. Section-1  –  greater or equal to 10 seconds
  2. Section-2  –  upto 2 minutes
  3. Section-3  –  greater or equal to 30 seconds


It is very important that you know different accents. In listening test, you may have audios with different accents so to it is essential to know that how words are pronounced to distinguish them and write the correct answer.


This is the part where examiner tries to trick the candidates. In all the modules you have to be careful and read all the instructions thoroughly. In listening and reading module, the words limit will be given for each section which should be taken in considerations by every candidate otherwise your written answers can be wrong.


All the candidates are advised to use pencils in the examination as it will give you more flexibility in writing answers. By using pencils you will be able to modify your answers in the answer sheets. So kindly use pencils. Carry two or three pencils, a eraser and a sharpener with you in the exam hall. However, in speaking module it is not mandatory to carry your pencil with you.

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