Tips for writing you IELTS exam in Cape Town

If you are planning on writing your IELTS exam I can make the following recommendations. Firstly the relevant contact information.


  1. Firstly you have to make a booking at your closest examination centre. [Link] (Use the dropdown box at the bottom of the page)
  2. Try and book for a Saturday. Traffic and parking is less of a problem.
  3. Fill in all the required details using the online form.
  4. The test costs R 1,900.00.
  5. After you have made the payment you will receive an email with details regarding the date and time of your test.

The Test

  1. Make sure that you bring all the required items as outlined in your confirmation email.
  2. For the Cape Town examination centre the first part of the test is done at the Beattie Lecture Theatre at UCT. This is lecture theater 5 in University Avenue. The coordinates of the closest parking area is -33.960192, 18.459074. There is a handy map here.
  3. The last part of the examination is done at the Mowbray branch of Damelin college. The coordinates of the parking area is -33.946477, 18.476367.

General Tips

  1. Determine if you need to do the Academic or General Training test. I’m not sure what the difference is.
  2. Read the directions carefully and follow them.
  3. Read and understand the questions before answering them. I almost made a grave mistake during the Writing test.
  4. Don’t read or listen to the provided material in a casual matter. Pay attention to what is being asked. Now is not the time to let your mind wander on how interesting the subject matter is. Once again I made this mistake myself during the Listening exercise.
  5. The questions are reasonably easy and straightforward but the time is short. Take this into account.
  6. The Speaking test is difficult because it is not a true conversation. You have to carry the conversation. The interviewer just reads a script.

It takes 14 days to mark the test and you can view your results online.

-33.960192, 18.459074

Setting up Vodacom voicemail diverts (rules)

Lately I have been feeling the wrath of various telemarketers from Unknown or Blocked numbers. I have started to just reject the calls, but a little voice in the back of my head keeps wondering if the call might have been important. This is where a properly setup voicemail box can help. As far as I know there is no way to make Unknown number go directly to voicemail but it is possible to have calls that you reject go to voicemail. Simply dial the following numbers on your phone (Vodacom only):

\underbrace{076}_{prefix}\underbrace{123 4567}_{sufix}

To divert all calls to voicemail, if you are going overseas or do not want to be contacted, type the following:

  • **21*[prefix]131 [suffix]# and then dial  e.g. **21*0761311234567#

To divert to voicemail if you don’t answer, after about 20 seconds, type the following:

  • **61*[prefix]131[suffix]# and then dial  e.g. **61*0761311234567#

To divert to voicemail if your phone is off or when you are out of range, type the following:

  • **62*[prefix]131[suffix]# and then dial e.g. **62*0761311234567#

To divert to voicemail when you are busy with another call or if you reject a call, type the following:

  • **67*[prefix]131[suffix]# and then dial  e.g. **67*0761311234567#