IELTS FREE Lessons


To learn any language, remember that reading improves writing, and listening improves speaking. You must practice all these four skills on a daily basis.

If you cannot find enough time to do all four, then start with reading. Read as many books, magazines, newspapers, as you can. Reading will make the language seem familiar to you and your confidence will increase in using the language. This is true for any language that you want to learn, be it English or any other language.

Once you have gained adequate confidence in using the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in English language, then you should start with your IELTS preparation. Without gaining sufficient confidence via English language preparation, simply preparing for IELTS may not get you your desired score.


ABOUT IELTS

Got a Low IELTS score?

Familiarise yourself with the computer-delivered IELTS

Managing your time in the IELTS exam

Counting of words in the IELTS

IELTS Indicator Test


SPEAKING

Downloads: IELTS SPEAKING: Band Descriptors (public version)

Here’s why you got a score of Band 5 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 5.5 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 6 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 7 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 7.5 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 8 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 8.5 in the IELTS Speaking Test
Here’s why you got a score of Band 9 in the IELTS Speaking Test

IELTS Speaking Band 9 Tips

SPEAKING SAMPLE TEST

Speaking
Duration: 11–14 minutes

In the Speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

There are three parts to the test and each part fulfils a specific function in terms of interaction pattern, task input and test taker output.

In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself and your family. In Part 2, you speak about a topic. In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic.

The Speaking test is the same for both Academic and General Training versions. Each of the three parts is designed to test a different aspect of your communication ability.

Downloadable Speaking Sample tasks

Speaking sample task part 1 – Prompt (PDF, 21KB)
Speaking sample task part 1 – Recording (MP3, 631KB)
Speaking sample task part 1 – Transcript (PDF, 12KB)
Speaking sample task part 2 – Prompt (PDF, 20KB)
Speaking sample task part 2 – Recording (MP3, 762KB)
Speaking sample task part 2 – Transcript (PDF,11KB)
Speaking sample task part 3 – Prompt (PDF, 18KB)
Speaking sample task part 3 – Recording (MP3, 1.2MB)
Speaking sample task part 3 – Transcript (PDF, 13KB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


LISTENING

LISTENING SAMPLE TEST

Listening

Duration: 30 minutes

The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training versions of IELTS and consists of four recorded monologues and conversations.

The following IELTS Listening sample tasks are to be used with the Answer Sheet and MP3 audio files and/or transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.

Listening sample test 1
Listening sample 1 task – Form completion (PDF, 59KB)
IELTS listening recording 1 (MP3, 1.2MB)
Listening sample 2 task – Multiple Choice (PDF, 16KB)
Listening recording 2 (MP3, 402KB)
Listening sample 3 task – Short Answer (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening recording 3 (MP3, 574KB)
Listening sample 4 task – Sentence Completion (PDF, 17KB)
IELTS Listening recording 4 (MP3, 549KB)
Listening sample 5 task – Matching (example 1 – PDF, 21KB)
IELTS Listening recording 5 (MP3, 2.8MB)
Listening sample 6 task – Matching (example 2 – PDF, 21KB)
IELTS Listening recording 6 (MP3, 2.1MB)
Listening sample 7 task – Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening recording 7 (MP3, 2.7MB)
Listening sample 8 task – Note Completion (PDF, 59KB)
IELTS Listening recording 8 (MP3, 4.18MB)
Listening Recording 8 Answer Sheet (PDF, 16KB)
Listening Sample 9 Task – Short Answer (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 9 (MP3, 11.8MB)
Listening Recording 9 Answer Sheet (PDF, 17KB)

Listening answer sheet
Listening answer sheet (PDF, 233KB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


WRITING

Downloads: IELTS WRITING TASK 1: Band Descriptors (public version)

Downloads: IELTS WRITING TASK 2: Band Descriptors (public version)

Downloads: IELTS WRITING TASK 1: Sample Blank Answer Sheet

Downloads: IELTS WRITING TASK 2: Sample Blank Answer Sheet

IELTS (General Training) Writing Task 1: Letter Writing


ACADEMIC WRITING SAMPLE TEST

Academic Writing
Duration: 60 minutes

The Academic Writing tests consist of two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words.

In Task 1, test takers are asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram). They need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes. In Task 2 test takers are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. They need to write their response in 250 words in about 40 minutes.

Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2.

Downloadable Academic Writing samples
Academic Writing sample task 1A (PDF, 257KB)
Academic Writing sample task 1B (PDF, 411 KB)
Academic Writing sample task 1C (PDF, 757 KB)
Academic Writing sample task 2A (PDF, 249KB)
Academic Writing sample task 2B (PDF, 249KB)
Academic Writing sample materials and examiner comments (PDF, 4MB)

Academic Writing answer sheets
IELTS Writing answer sheet task 1 (PDF, 700KB)
IELTS Writing answer sheet task 2 (PDF, 400KB)

Academic Writing sample script
IELTS Academic Writing sample script (PDF, 1.4MB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


GENERAL TRAINING WRITING SAMPLE TEST

General Training Writing
Duration: 60 minutes

The General Writing test consists of two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words.

In Task 1, test takers are asked to respond to a situation by writing a letter, for example, requesting information or explaining a situation.

In Task 2, test takers write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Below are samples of Task 1 and Task 2.
Please note that test takers for IELTS General Training take a different Writing test in IELTS Academic.

Downloadable General Training Writing samples
General Training Writing sample task 1A (PDF, 40KB)
General Training Writing sample task 1B (PDF, 470KB)
General Training Writing sample task 2A (PDF, 11KB)
General Training Writing sample task 2B (PDF, 11KB)
General Training Writing sample scripts and examiner comments (PDF, 3MB)

General Writing Answer sheets
IELTS Writing Answer sheet task 1 (PDF, 700KB)
IELTS Writing Answer sheet task 2 (PDF, 400KB)

General Training Writing sample script
General Training Writing sample script (PDF, 869KB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


READING

ACADEMIC READING SAMPLE TEST

Academic Reading
Duration: 60 minutes

Texts for the Academic Reading test are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of tasks is used, including: multiple choice questions, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Downloadable Academic Reading sample tasks
Academic Reading sample task – Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Table completion (PDF, 59KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Flow-chart completion (selecting words from the text) (PDF, 173 KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Identifying information (True False Not Given) (PDF, 174KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Matching headings (PDF, 92KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Matching sentence endings task (PDF, 132KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Multiple choice (more than one answer) (PDF, 223KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Multiple choice (one answer) (PDF, 256KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Note completion task (PDF, 260KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Sentence completion task (PDF, 190KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Summary completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases) (PDF, 259 KB)
Academic Reading sample task – Summary completion (selecting words from the text) (PDF, 189 KB)

Academic Reading answer sheet
IELTS Reading answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


GENERAL TRAINING READING SAMPLE TEST

General Training Reading
Duration: 60 minutes

A variety of tasks is used including; multiple choice questions, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Downloadable General Training Reading sample tasks

General Training Reading sample task – Flow Chart Completion (PDF, 40KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Identifying Information (PDF, 99KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Matching Information (PDF, 43KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Matching Features (PDF, 32KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Matching Headings (PDF, 31KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Note completion task (PDF, 211KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Sentence Completion (PDF, 19KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Short-Answer Questions (PDF, 18KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Summary completion task (PDF, 202KB)
General Training Reading sample task – Identifying information (True False Not Given) (PDF, 123KB)

General Training answer sheet
IELTS Reading answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)

Source: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions


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