It helps to find out what will happen at the beginning and end of the IELTS Speaking test. This will help you to relax on the day of the test and it will make you feel a little more confident when you go into the examination room.
Here are some tips on how to begin and end the test the right way.
When you arrive at the test centre
When you register at the reception, a member of the test centre staff will check your ID card or passport, which you used when you registered for the test. They will tell you where to go for the test, and they will assign you a desk with a label that shows your name.
What to take
Don’t forget to bring the same ID card or passport that you used when you registered for the test. Leave your baggage and mobile/cellphone in the special area where candidates can leave their personal belongings. You are not allowed to take electronic equipment into the examination room.
Waiting outside the examination room
While you are waiting outside the examination room, do not knock on the door or disturb examiner. This may cause the examiner to have a bad first impression of you, which will not help you. Instead, wait until the examiner invites you in.
Beginning the interview
At the beginning of the interview, greet the examiner with a simple “Hello”, “Good morning” or “Good afternoon”. When the examiner asks you for your name, give your full real name. If you have an ‘English’ name, you can say something like “My name is Chow Xin Xin, but you can call me Stephen”. Present your ID card or passport when the examiner asks for it.
Ending the interview
At the end of the interview, say something simple like “Thank you. Goodbye.” Then leave the centre. Do not talk to any of the waiting candidates.