Test-day Preparation

On test day you will be expected to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time, so you have time to check in at reception.

You 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, but if you are intending to reply on your smartphone to navigate make sure it is charged and that you have spare data.

Remember that buses and trains can be late and that traffic may be heavier than you had hoped, so allow extra time whichever way you are travelling.

Food and drink

No food or drink is allowed in the test room, so consider your pre-test diet. Foods that release energy slowly (that is, which have a low glycaemic index, or GI) will stop you from feeling hungry during the test. Eat protein and low-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 the sugar rush of an energy drink is soon followed by insulin slamming on the brakes, leaving you feeling worse than before. This is far from ideal on the day of a long test. These products are no substitute for a good night’s sleep, eating properly and taking some exercise.

Also, ensure that you are not dehydrated. Drink water, but don’t overdo it: you don’t want to be needing the bathroom while the timer is ticking.

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