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About IELTS-blog

First off, welcome to No matter what country you are from, no matter what language you speak, here is an undeniable fact: will help you prepare for the IELTS exam, support you and guide you in a way no other website will.

This is a place where you can find all the help you need to prepare for the IELTS test by yourself. But self-preparation doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! Through this website you have access to the best-working techniques and knowledge, and to a helpful, friendly, around the clock, 7 days a week support team.

Originally created by Simone Braverman in 2005, over time became a large resource, filled with information about the recent IELTS exams, tips and advice provided by IELTS experts from all over the world, and numerous links to other helpful IELTS resources. In 2021 this website was visited by over 1,500,000 people, it has close to 500,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined, and about 49,000 future test takers are subscribed to our daily updates.

From Simone Braverman

Hi there!

IELTS-Blog founder and author of IELTS self-study books 'Target band 7' and 'Ace the IELTS'

I am glad that you made it here. This website will help you prepare for the IELTS test by yourself. Yes, you can actually do it, and I am a living proof to that.

This blog is something I desperately needed while studying for my IELTS exam. I hope that it will make your life a lot easier by supplying you with tips, practice, resources and advice, all put together in one place. You will learn here about the problems I had, preparing for the IELTS exam, and how you can avoid repeating my mistakes.

Believe it or not, you and I have more in common than you think!

English is not my first language. That’s why I had to take the IELTS test, just like you have to. When I started searching for information online, to prepare for my IELTS exam, it took me a very long time to find, compare and test on myself different techniques and tips. I made every mistake I could make because I just couldn’t find any friendly help on my level.

To tell you the truth, many IELTS prep websites looked a bit scary and full of words I only partially understood. The problem with all the books and courses I tried was, that they were written by native English speakers – that’s why they don’t really understand the difficulties that people experience if they weren’t born into English.

This was the reason why I wrote 2 IELTS preparation books, “Ace the IELTS” for General Training and “Target Band 7” for the Academic Module. My goal was to make IELTS preparation simple, clear and manageable, not scary or confusing. And I achieved it, because since then my books helped 100,000’s of students get their target IELTS scores.

That was the very beginning of my journey. Since then I made my full-time commitment to help people take IELTS and get the score they need. This became my life’s work and I am giving it my 100%.

To get the best results for my students, I partnered with former IELTS examiners, experienced educators with insider knowledge of IELTS, to really get to the bottom of this test. Together we published many more books that break down IELTS preparation into simple steps and guide you every step of the way until you reach your goal. And it may be a Band 7, or Band 8 , or even Band 9!

Robert Nicholson, Simone Braverman's co-author of IELTS High Scorer's Choice Series of practice test books

Meet Robert Nicholson – my co-author on the “High Scorer’s Choice” IELTS practice test series. Robert was born and educated in the UK. He has a BA degree in English, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a post graduate certificate of education and a Diploma in teaching English to adults. He is also a former IELTS examiner, who taught English around the world for 35 years and IELTS for over 25 years and has developed IELTS material for over 20 years.

Robert and I published 12 books and they attracted hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon and glowing testimonials on

Stephen Slater, Simone Braverman's co-author of IELTS Success Formula books

Meet Stephen Slater – my co-author on IELTS Success Formula books. Stephen was born in the UK and is a native English speaker. He is a former university professor with 20+ years of experience and a former IELTS examiner of many years.

Stephen is specialising in developing IELTS material, and his other publications include IELTS on Track book series, endorsed by the Centre of English language in the University of South Australia.

My IELTS test was a success and my dream became a reality. But even now, years after my IELTS, I haven’t forgotten all the problems and difficulties I once had. In fact, I re-live them through every student who turns to me, seeking help, and I use the knowledge I gathered and techniques I developed to prepare those students for the IELTS exam.

Come and prepare for IELTS with us. The whole idea of is for you not to do this alone, to get help when you need it, and to give something back when you can. In this wonderful online community we all share our knowledge and experience, and help each other improve our English skills.

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12 thoughts on “About IELTS-blog”

  1. How to start blogging

    Hi Simone, thanks for for creating this excellent website. I love it!. I couldn’t have pass by IELTS exam without it!

  2. Hi Simone,
    This is a fantastic job you have done. I am searching for some online stuff to prepare for IELTS. I find this is amazing, it has all relevant links and it looks properly cooked and fully served meal.. million thanks for all the resources and the effort to gather all these.


  3. Tatiana Zakharchenko

    Hi Simone!
    Thank you so much for your Target Band 7 book and your practice tests. They helped me greatly. I got 8.5 on my Academic test. I am a slow reader, I was worried about the Reading section most, but I practiced a lot using your prep materials and got 8.5 on Reading.
    All the best!

  4. Congratulations Tatiana! That’s an amazing score, well done! I am very glad that your hard work resulted in this wonderful success, really happy for you, and thank you so much for sharing.

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