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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

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General Training IELTS

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Writing Correction

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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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    Preparing for the IELTS at home is a smart and convenient approach that many candidates opt for. Here are a few tips to make your at-home preparation effective:

    Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format: Understanding the structure of the IELTS exam is crucial. Spend time going through sample papers and familiarize yourself with the types of questions in each section.

    Set Clear Goals: Determine your target score and set achievable milestones along the way. This will help you stay focused and motivated throughout your preparation.

    Practice Regularly: Consistent practice is key to improving your language skills. Dedicate specific time slots each day for practice sessions covering all four sections of the test: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

    Use Authentic Materials: Utilize official IELTS preparation materials and resources such as practice tests, sample questions, and study guides. These materials closely resemble the actual test format and will help you become familiar with it.

    Work on Your Weaknesses: Identify your weak areas and devote extra time to improving them. Whether it’s vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation, targeted practice will help you address any gaps in your language skills.

    Seek Feedback: Practice speaking and writing tasks regularly and ask for feedback from teachers, tutors, or study partners. Constructive criticism will help you identify areas for improvement and refine your skills.

    Simulate Test Conditions: Practice under timed conditions to simulate the real test environment. This will help you manage your time effectively and build confidence for the actual exam day.

    Stay Motivated: Stay positive and motivated throughout your preparation journey. Celebrate your progress, stay focused on your goals, and remind yourself of the benefits of achieving a high score on the IELTS.

    By following these tips and maintaining a disciplined approach to your preparation, you can increase your chances of success in the IELTS exam from the comfort of your own home. Good luck!

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