Welcome to IELTS-Blog!

IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for the IELTS exam by yourself. The whole idea of this blog is to remind you that you’re not alone, to share knowledge and experience and to be a place where we help one another improve our English.

You will find here valuable info about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and secrets of success. This website offers lots of free IELTS practice tests. You will learn about the common mistakes my friends and I’ve made and we will warn you about hidden traps in the IELTS test. Feel free to leave comments, ask questions – this is what IELTS-blog is here for!

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How you can prepare for IELTS at home

You CAN prepare for IELTS at home, take the test and get a high score, by using the right tools in your exam preparation.

Academic IELTS

If you are studying for the Academic IELTS test, the book ‘Target Band 7’ will teach you strategies and techniques to finish IELTS tests faster and give more correct answers, maximising your score.

Target Band 7 is now available for download worldwide. View this special offer and get it at the discounted price. Look inside the book on Google books – or download a free trial here.

General Training IELTS

Worried about your General IELTS exam? Don’t be.The book ‘Ace the IELTS’ will help you become a blazing fast and super accurate exam-taking machine.

This special offer makes “Ace The IELTS” book affordable for everyone! Take a look inside – read it on Google books or download a free trial copy here.

Writing Correction

Problems with the IELTS Writing test? We can help: IELTS-Blog users get their tasks marked for the best online price by a team of experienced IELTS teachers, including an approximate Band Score, feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Learn how to submit your writing tasks.

Speaking Assessment

Need to raise your Speaking score? Our examiners will tell you how! Take a Speaking test online and you will get a complete assessment report with suggestions how to take your score to the next level.

Learn how to take our Speaking test online.


What kind of test is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an exam intended for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out what your level of English is (your result is a band score between 0 and 9). Usually you need to take the IELTS test if you are applying for a job or to study in a college or university in an English-speaking country, or if you are immigrating to such country. There are 2 modules of the IELTS test – Academic and General Training. The Academic Module is one that future students take and the General Training Module is for ​people who intend to ​live and work in another country. You can take IELTS on paper or on a computer.

The IELTS test formalities

When it becomes clear to you that you need to take the IELTS test, you’ll have to go through some formalities – which are:

  1. Call your local IELTS test centre or go online and find out the dates when you can take an IELTS exam and how much it costs. Note: the dates could be different for the Academic and General IELTS exams.
  2. Register and pay online or download and print the application form, fill your details, enclose a copy of your identification and, of course, the payment and send it to your local IELTS centre.
  3. Make sure they received it and allocated a seat for you on the date you have chosen.

Learn more about the IELTS exam – techniques, tips and secrets here
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How is IELTS structured?

The IELTS test consists of four parts:

  • Listening test
  • Reading Test
  • Writing Test
  • Speaking Test

The Listening test takes about 40 minutes – 30 minutes to listen to a recording and to answer questions on what you hear, and 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet (if you are taking the paper-based test). In a computer-delivered IELTS you will get 2 minutes to check your answers, which you would have already typed in the gaps.

The Reading test takes 1 hour and your task is to read passages of text and answer questions according to what you have read. There are several types of tasks you may need to do, and we cover them on this website.

The Writing test also takes 1 hour and is divided into 2 parts: you are given 20 minutes to write a letter/report and 40 minutes to write an essay.

The Speaking test takes up to 15 minutes and consists of 3 parts: an Interview where the examiner asks some questions about yourself, a Cue Card talk where you are the only one talking, and a two-way Discussion with the examiner.

Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done one after another, and only before the Speaking test you get a break. Sometimes the Speaking test is even held on a different day.


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363 thoughts on “Welcome to IELTS-blog!”

  1. Thanks for this timely information. I am in Nigeria and I want to know how this writing correction works, how much to pay in naira, how it’s been carriied out and duration of the program

  2. Hello Simone,
    How can I buy IELTS 5 Practice Tests, (High Scorer’s Choice) set of books 1+2+3 GT ( pdf version) ?

  3. I want to buy the full practice tests book with the listening recordings and printable exercises (10 in all), tapescripts, etc. Academic. PDF.

  4. Hi simone…i am very afraid about ielts.i was enrolled various ielts coaching centre but i had no improvement myself at the and especially i think writing and speaking module too much hard for me.

  5. Hi Simone

    I want to thank you so much, your book “Ace the IELTS” was my card under my slive. It was really helpfull to achieve an 7.0 Band Score, when every teacher score me with an 4 when I started to study.

    I would like to ask you how or where I can obtained the promo code that your book gave me to the writing assessment.

    Thanks you so much again for your response

  6. Hi Cristyn, thank you so much for sharing the news with me, I am SO HAPPY for you!!! Congratulations on scoring Band 7 in IELTS, you’ve done great! I am going to write directly to your email to help you access the discounted writing assessment service. Expect an email from me shortly.

  7. This blog is very helpful. IELTS need thorough practice, tricks and information to accomplish great score, so get instructing from an affirmed mentor either Online or Offline.

    The best decision to get ready for IELTS at Home is take a crack at Online Training.

  8. Hi
    I have ielts practice book 10 but I couldn’t find the audio please help me to find the audio recording I tried many times but I can’t find. Please

  9. I am giving computer based IELTS test….is it okay to use capital letters in reading and listening??

  10. Hi Vineeth, yes it is fine, but please make sure to use the correct uppercase/lowercase letters in writing, that’s really important. If you type your writing task 1 and 2 in all capitals that will be considered a punctuation problem and your score may get affected.

  11. Hi Simon
    Thanks for all your help. I want to use your correction service but i did not understand what Task means in your offers. I clicked on this question but it did not worke. By 8 task you mean 8 different writings?

  12. Hi Farzane, a task means either a writing task 1 or a writing task 2. If you purchase a package of 8 writing tasks, that means you can submit any combination of writing tasks 1 and 2, just make sure you send 8 in total.

  13. Hi Simone,
    I appreciate your efforts for test takers. This site is very helpful for students who will going to appear on exam. Well, I would like to ask that I purchased the standard writing correction package which include 8 writing tasks on 1st May 2020 but I didn’t receive a confirmation email yet.
    I want to know that how i send you my writings?

  14. Hi Nazim, I checked our records and we don’t have any payments from the email address you are using in this comment (hina_ayesha15@yahoo.com) – could you please let me know if you entered a different email address when you paid? Also, sometimes people type their email address incorrectly and all our emails to them go to a non-existent address. Please email me to simone@IELTS-Blog.com so that we can discuss your purchase in private (I may need to ask you some more questions to find your purchase).

  15. Simone Braverman
    Sir is the question going to set from my country or from the country I am to visit

  16. Hi Tomiwa, if you’re asking about the questions in Speaking, the examiner is likely to ask you about your home country. But if I got your question wrong, please reply and let me know.

  17. Hi Simone, I’m from Iran and today I had speaking test, so I want to share with you.
    Part1: pen and pencil, which one do you learn at school? Which one do you like to use? Do you like to them that someone give you as a gift?
    Do you have shop in around your house? Do have beautiful view from your house?
    Part2: Have ever been in crowded place? Why? With whom? Enjoy?
    Part3: do you mention crowded places in Tehran? Why some people go these places? Do they show their personality to others? How cities can be well designed? What are the negative sides of bad views in cities on people?

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    Hello. this blog is amazing for beginners. All the content is very useful to get desired band score.

  20. Hi Simone, I have read all things mentioned above. I am sceptical about the price as I want to know that 40$ price is for all the modules or it is for jus one module.

    Please contact me on my email which I have registered. I have planned to start my preparation with you.

  21. Hello sir please can I have some past questions of ielts and answer respectively?
    Also I need in PDF centre numbers and names the Globe if possible please it’s my humble wish

  22. Good afternoon sir my name is swapna
    I am not from English medium
    I am learning
    I am improving also
    I can’t effort pay to fee
    I want to prove my self
    Please help me
    God bless you

  23. Hi Swapna, welcome to IELTS-Blop.com! It’s great to see you here, and well done on improving your English. You don’t have to pay here – most resources on this website are free. I am sure you will find them helpful.

  24. I am Ahamed Mohamed from Sri Lanka.
    Last year,i sat acadamic IELTS test and score only overall 5.5 with L -5.5 ,W-5.5 ,S-5.5 and R-4.5.So,i tried to student visa by submitting the result from Canada but the score is insufficient to fulfill acadamic requirments.Because of the situation, i am getting ready to sit ielts test again.I am able to improve IELTS skills except READING.So ,could you send materials which are related to acadamic IELTS 2020 as soon as possible? I am expeacting your reply

  25. Hi Ahamed, if you subscribe to our daily updates you will start receiving IELTS materials, recent questions from 2020 and updates to your email address, straight away. Just enter your name and email address in the form on this page.

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