How to Keep Your Focus and Concentration during the Academic IELTS Exams

Be Prepared (Mentally and Physically)

Let's face it IELTS exams can be stressful. But what even more stressful is walking into an academic IELTS exam unprepared knowing that you are going to do badly. So be prepared;


Make sure that you spend a significant time making yourself familiar with all of the material that you need to know, this means revising weeks or months before. (Not hours or minutes!) Knowing the material will set you in good pace for the IELTS exam. You will find it harder to let your mind wonder away into daydream when you actually know what to write.


Staying up the night before late is never a good move. Make sure that you get plenty of rest before the day of the IELTS exam. Being tired will only help you lose your concentration.

Have A Good Breakfast With Coffee!

Breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day, especially when you have an IELTS exam. Breakfast will kick start your day keeping you energized throughout the IELTS exam. Don't miss out on the coffee either; it has caffeine and antioxidants that improve alertness and concentration, also giving you better information retention ability.

Know the IELTS exam's Structure, Location and Time

You need to set your mind at rest before the IELTS exam. Knowing all of the extra information that will help you have a stress free day. Make sure that you know how your academic IELTS exam is structured, where it is being sat and how long you have to complete it. You want to avoid all the nasty shocks possible. This should insure that you walk into the IELTS exam room feeling calm and confident, ready to achieve your full potential.

Go To the Bathroom before Even If You Think You Don't Need It

It seems silly, but you will be surprised by the number of people that will leave an IELTS exam midway because their body is telling them something. Bathroom breaks will just distract you from your IELTS exam. Avoid them and go beforehand. Remember, this is at least a 2.5 hour exam!

Focus On the Goal

Inside the IELTS exam room it is surprisingly easy to let your mind wonder, mainly because it is probably one of the blandest rooms you have ever been in throughout your life. However, reminding yourself why you are there and what you want to achieve can quickly send you back on track.

Don't Get Worked Up On One Question- Move On

Sometimes you will be completely thrown by one of the questions in the academic IELTS exam paper; this could cause you to lose your concentration and rhythm. However you just need to remain calm and be ready to simply move on and give the next question your best shot.

Remember It's Just an IELTS exam. You can take it again

You have to remember that it is just an IELTS exam. If you don’t get the grade you need the first time, it's not the end of the world! The academic IELTS exams can be very stressful experiences. You might not perform as well as you had hoped but you can probably retake it, and if not life goes on. It really does I promise.

Also don’t go overboard on any concentration drinks.

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28 Responses to “How to Keep Your Focus and Concentration during the Academic IELTS Exams”

  1. prakash satya

    hello.. i need some suggestion . . my IELTS Score requirement is overall 6.5 & individually 6 minimum, my IETLTS exam scheduled on 11th October. . am feeling nervous. & i have to 7 individually is my AIM, please help regarding. .

  2. prakash satya

    Hello aeadmin,

    Thank you very much for understanding my emotions . no issues for hard study.. i will manage at any cost. but i have to score 7 individually. i wish guidelines from your side. & more ever i already subscribed full study package in last week.

  3. Mafizul Islam

    Its very helpful for an examine who just want to appear in the IELTS exam! From there I have a good experience to have the best preparation before the exam!

  4. syauqi shafiee

    Conquering and fully knowing all the tips and tricks? Ya, I think I’m cool with that. It’s just that I coudnt manage to score 6> for my listening coz it seems like I coudnt really grab the accent of the natives. How do I be better off on this? it would really be an imperative act of you to reply this. thank you.

  5. Liezl matimtim

    hi aeadmin,

    I’m preparing for my Ielts General training and planning to buy the full course but i’m not sure if the course also covers the General training.

  6. Liezlmat

    thank you aeadmin i’ve got access to your fullcourse gt ielts. i hope it will help me improve my score since i’m planning to take on august 1.

  7. Hetal Patel

    Thank you so much…..this tips are really very helpful.when I gave this exam first time I only got 5 bands n I have lost my confidence which is come back by trying your tips.i have to score 7 . Please help me to bring this..

  8. Nguyen Kieu

    Thanks for your useful share. My aim is >8.0. Its hard to get. I have trouble in reading section, i feel sleepy when see reading test and less focus. Please advise. Regards,

  9. Alex Okoh

    Thanks for your tips.
    My major challenge is the reading aspect. The best I have got here is 6. I need minimum of 7 all round which I was able to get in the other 3 aspects. I lost some confidence after the last (2nd) attempt. I have been on your full course lately, practicalizing your tips and advice on the lessons has been quite difficult. The video lessons are good, but would have been better if it was a two way communication system. I have lots of unanswered questions.
    Once more, thanks for being there.

    • aeadmin

      Hi Alex, I understand your frustration. Through our blog, forum and email system we do have two way communication, as in this case. However, we do not offer live two way communication because this would be much more costly and most students simply cannot afford it. Nevertheless, I am sure that as long as you stay the course you will reach your goal. Your brain is a learning machine and has limitless capacity. Keep this in mind as you push forward with your studies.

    • aeadmin

      Thank you for your compliment Balakrishna, it is students like you who inspire us to bring cutting edge IELTS information and materials to our students. Keep up the good study.

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