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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 the strategies and techniques to help you solve IELTS tasks faster and avoid mistakes, maximising your score.

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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.

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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.

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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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  3. Is it same sequence of ielts test all over the world….i heard sequence changed in india idp…now im confusd…same change will happen in Bangladesh….or itz a fake news…
    I know xm starrts with listening….isnt it same fr all over the idp & british council centres or india is digfrent frm this
    Im frm Bangladesh

  4. Sorry, I have received the essay evaluation today, but I have some questions ask about in detail. What should I do?

  5. Speaking using the vocabulary words within the right time are so difficulties for me. I want to cover all the criteria of given Topic.So, I need some synonyms meanings in given paragraph which help me to achieve band ‘9’ on given IELTS test.

  6. Hi Kushal, I agree that speaking feels hard at first, because you need to think of many things at the same time. You need to build grammatically correct sentences and think of the right words quickly, rephrase, use synonyms, convey your ideas, it’s a lot to handle. With practice it gets easier, but just a word of caution – Band 9 is a native speaker level, and even native speakers rarely get Band 9 for speaking. It is also not a very practical goal because universities and employers don’t require Band 9. It would be better for your progress to aim at something challenging but achievable within a reasonable time, such as Band 7.5 or 8.

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  9. Today I had my exam in IELST .To be honest ,I was surprised doing the talking task.I felt confident .Moreover I was talking like I am a chatterbox.Thank you for helping us.

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