Prepare for your IELTS test

Make sure you are ready to demonstrate your English language skills

Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section. It’s also important to read through the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates and Declaration which are included in the application form.

Practise with sample test questions

Completing sample test materials is helpful in preparing for your test. These will give you an idea of what to expect in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests.

Sample test questions

Official IELTS practice materials

You may find it helpful to do a practice test. IELTS has developed two sets of official practice materials, designed to help you understand the test format and the types of test questions.

Both volumes of the practice materials offer samples of the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests with sample answers and examiner comments. The CD in Vol. 1 offers samples of the Listening test and the DVD in Vol. 2 shows test takers taking the Speaking test. These are the only IELTS practice materials endorsed by the IELTS partners. You can purchase official IELTS sample materials from Cambridge University Press (click on the links above), or from an IELTS test centre.

Purchase from your test centre

Consider our IELTS Masterclass 90

If you have registered or are thinking of registering for an IELTS Test, take part in an IELTS Masterclass: tips and advice from the experts! These Masterclasses are designed for those who aim to obtain an IELTS score of 6 upwards. IELTS Masterclass 90.

Register as soon as possible

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