… and so am I after having taken the test. Confusion amounted to mild chaos in the forefront of the test with regard to some administrative things: First, my order of specimen materials to prepare for the test wasn’t received. Then it was sent twice, one time by the British Council themselves, following their standard order procedure and a second time by the German Carl Duisberg Centers, who action the IELTS for Germany. Next, I missed the speaking test interview, which was scheduled for a separate day and which I apparently must have overlooked in the heap of confirmation letters and materials being delivered. Fortunately, the friendly German team arranged for an alternative interview in the immediate aftermath of the test.
Prior to the test I had slept a mere three or four hours from being plainly nervewrecked. I got up feeling like a pile of dung, all desparate and afraid of flunking. I pulled myself together as best as I could and went there. It later turned out that there were more candidates present than applications received, which resulted in an insufficient number of test leaflets. As staff hurried to copy the missing booklets, the sequence of modules was changed in order to make up for the extra time required for copying. Although present staff acted very competently, they couldn’t avoid a delay, which endangered my speaking test (interview). So in between modules I had to make sure with them they’d let me go early, if I managed to finish, so I wouldn’t miss the speaking test.
Now, honest – could have conditions been any more adverse than that? And does one really need any additional excitement in a test situation? I don’t think so.
Update: In the light of the above, I’m really satisfied to report that I scored 8.0 out of 9.0 possible of the band score – or in other terms: I got 89% right. So – that is over and done with for the time being, alas!