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Test-day Preparation

You’re expected to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time, so you have time to check-in at reception.

You’ll need to bring:

  • Your test confirmation email
  • Photographic ID from the approved list

Make sure you know how to get to the test centre.
Consider taking a map, and if you’re using GPS or your smartphone’s maps app make sure it’s charged and has data credit.

Remember that buses and trains can be late, especially when you need them not to be.

Food and drink

No food or drink is allowed in the test room, so consider your pre-test diet. Foods that release energy slowly will stop you from feeling hungry during the test. Try to eat proteins and high GI carbohydrates: meat or baked beans, brown (wholegrain) rice or pasta, or wholegrain breakfast cereals or muesli. However, don’t stray far from your usual diet on the day of the test in case you feel sick. You may want to try these foods out at the same time of day a few weeks in advance.

Be wary of energy drinks and coffee. If you aren’t used to them, don’t drink them, especially in large quantities. Caffeine can acutely increase anxiety, and sugar rushes are soon followed by insulin slamming on the brakes leaving you feeling worse than before, far from ideal for a long test. They are no substitute for a good night’s sleep, eating properly, and a bit of exercise.

Also make sure you aren’t going into the test dehydrated. Drink water, but don’t overdo it, you don’t want to be going to the bathroom when the timer is ticking.