If you are planning on writing your IELTS exam I can make the following recommendations. Firstly the relevant contact information.
- Firstly you have to make a booking at your closest examination centre. [Link] (Use the dropdown box at the bottom of the page)
- Try and book for a Saturday. Traffic and parking is less of a problem.
- Fill in all the required details using the online form.
- The test costs R 1,900.00.
- After you have made the payment you will receive an email with details regarding the date and time of your test.
- Make sure that you bring all the required items as outlined in your confirmation email.
- 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.
- 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.
- Determine if you need to do the Academic or General Training test. I’m not sure what the difference is.
- Read the directions carefully and follow them.
- Read and understand the questions before answering them. I almost made a grave mistake during the Writing test.
- 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.
- The questions are reasonably easy and straightforward but the time is short. Take this into account.
- 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.