COVID-19 update: is here to support you, no matter what.

Hello everyone,

Simone here, and this is a quick update to let you know some great news (yes, I know that’s rare to hear these days!):

1. At we are operating as usual. Our global team works remotely from home, and COVID-19 did not affect our ability to support your exam preparation.

This means we continue to provide support for all our books and practice tests, the writing correction service is running as usual, the interactive speaking assessments are happening, online courses are working fine, and we are replying to any emails or comments we receive within 12 to 24 hours. We are taking good care of our health and wellbeing, so that we can continue helping you prepare for IELTS.

More good news: our online courses’ duration has been doubled, so it’s 90 days for a Speed course, and 180 days for a Master course. We also doubled the money back guarantee period for our books and materials to 120 days.

2. Exam updates that we send out will still be arriving in your Inbox, if you are subscribed (and if you’re not, it’s free – so you should definitely take advantage of that and sign up).

We are asking our Gmail subscribers to check their Spam folder, and if our emails accidentally land there, mark them as Not Spam. We respect your inbox space, and never abuse your trust.

3. Essay samples, speaking videos and other helpful materials will be posted on our website as usual.

4. IELTS results competitions will still be held every month, because in the majority of countries people can still take IELTS exams normally. You can check this page to see whether IELTS exams were suspended in your country and the date when testing restarts.

5. Tips and advice from IELTS high scorers will still be posted on the blog as soon as possible.

I wish you all good health, keep studying, and stay positive!

Remember that we’re all in this together, and everyone at is 100% committed to helping you prepare for your exams.

IELTS test in India – January 2020 (Academic Module)

Our friend P. took an IELTS speaking test in India and below are the questions that she remembered and shared:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Part 1. About a lounge and accommodation options.
Questions: fill in the blanks.

Part 2. About sports event.
Questions: multiple choice, map labelling.

Part 3. About business studies.
Questions: multiple choice, matching answers to information on the recording.

Part 4. Research on smell.
Questions: 10 fill in the blanks.

Reading test

Passage 1. About noise in urban area.
Questions: fill in the blanks, match statements to scientists and organizations, multiple choice questions.

Passage 2. About existence.
Questions: matching information to paragraphs, fill in the blanks, match a scientist to his/her opinion.

Passage 3. About texting on TV.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs, multiple choice, match statements to people and company names.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart to describe, showing the generation of wind energy in megawatts for four different countries from 1985 to 2000.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some think that economic progress is completely dependent on the country’s success, while others believe that other factors are also important. What are the different factors contributing to the success of a country? Do you believe that only one factor is important, compared to others?



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