I don’t know why I haven’t written this before to be honest. Please read this carefully!
It does NOT matter which IELTS centre you take the test at. You will not get a better mark in one centre than another because some centres are “easier”. It is a complete waste of your time and money travelling to a different centre to take the IELTS exam. Stick close to home so that you have more time to get a good night’s sleep and wake up in a familiar place. Please remember these things:
- The examiners marking you are trained, experienced teachers. They are reassessed every two years and their marking is regularly checked to make sure that they are doing their jobs well.
- Writing and Speaking tests are double marked so that the final bands are accurate
- If somebody you know got a good mark at one centre, it’s because they deserved it! It isn’t because they did it at an easy centre.
I hope that this message reaches some people. I know that the IELTS exam is stressful, but the best way is to relax the day before. Extra travelling won’t help.