How do I prepare for IELTS?

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IELTS online training. You must practise the IELTS question types. They are very different from anything you have done at school.

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Improve your English. You may need to improve your English grammar, vocabulary and communication skills.

IELTSpractice will help you overcome both these challenges and will prepare you for a great score. And now you can practise ​computer-delivered IELTS​ too!

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Road to IELTS is the British Council official IELTS online practice materials

Official British Council course

Road to IELTS is 100% designed by British Council experts. That means it’s effective, reliable and trustworthy.

IELTS tips and advice from British Council experts

Advice from IELTS experts

Learn the tips and tricks that will give you the best chance of getting the band score you need — all from British Council teachers.

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Interactive exercises

Get to know the IELTS question types and task types with over 300 online interactive. These come with instant marking and feedback.

IELTS practice tests with answer keys for online IELTS practice

IELTS mock papers

When you’re ready, try some timed IELTS practice papers, specially created by the British Council. Print them out and do them in test conditions so they’re exactly like the real thing.

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Plan and track

Don’t waste time. With so many IELTS study materials to get through, use the Study Planner to prepare for the test efficiently. Then, track your progress and make sure you’re meeting your targets.

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No test-day shocks

Worried you’ll run out of time? Unsure of what to expect in the Speaking test? Hear from past candidates and read our FAQs — so there won’t be any surprises on your test day!

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Improve your English with IELTSPractice

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To do well in IELTS, you need to understand the question types and task types in each of the four skill tests. If you do nothing else, you really must do this. It will take the stress out of the experience and save you time in the test. By Dr. Victoria Clark, the Assessment Development Manager of British Council Responsive image Responsive image

Grammar for IELTS

Grammar accounts for 25% of your IELTS Speaking and Writing points, so it’s really important to avoid making mistakes. Clarity’s Tense Buster will help you learn, revise and really understand key grammar areas — and it helps with reading, listening, vocab and pronunciation too.

Writing for IELTS

The most challenging part of IELTS is the Writing test. You need to use the correct style and link your ideas logically. And you need to use a wide range of vocabulary and grammar correctly. It’s not easy — especially as you are working against the clock. That’s why you need Practical Writing.

Study skills for IELTS

Study Skills Success is used by more than 500 universities worldwide to help students with IELTS online preparation and study skills. The program will teach you how to give a short talk — a key task in IELTS Speaking — and will help you with independent learning, listening and writing essays.

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Improve your English with IELTSPractice

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Online IELTS Courses



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