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Free IELTS Preparation Resources: A Test Taker's Survey

The writer has appeared for the IELTS test twice, preparing from the free resources surveyed in this article.

IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

Free IELTS Preparation Resources

A summary of free IELTS preparation resources.

Resource NameBrief

Road To IELTS

Official resources by British Council

IELTS Essentials

Practice questions posted on IDP official website.

IELTS Master

Preparation track/course endorsed by IDP.

English Score Tutors

Speaking lessons for $1. Endorsed by British Council.

Engoo.com

Free speaking lessons for IELTS

IELTS Mentor

Excellent full length practice sets for listening and reading.

IELTS Exam

Practice sets grouped into full length IELTS tests.

IELTS Up

Practice sets segregated into sections.

IELTS Material

Full length practice sets for listening and reading. Solved and recorded examples for writing and speaking modules.

Free IELTS Speaking Resources

Speaking is generally considered the most difficult part of the IELTS test. The fact remains firm that this is the module that is hardest to practice and prepare for. Even if you can read, write and/or understand excellent English, you might still stumble with words while speaking.

The key to improving your speaking score is to become instinctually accustomed to speaking. You can actually do this a few days before the test, and these great, almost-free resources can help you get accustomed to speaking, even on short notice.

English Score Tutors for IELTS Speaking Practice

English Score Tutors offers one trial lesson per user for $1. It is a 30-minute lesson conducted by a highly experienced native language tutor, who will also suggest improvements to your speaking style during the lesson. The tutors will surely give you a satisfying lesson. You can inform them beforehand about your intention to practice the IELTS speaking module and they will conduct a mock test for you and also provide you with a marked score in the end.

Engoo.com for IELTS Speaking Practice

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Engoo.com allows you to book one completely free live session with its assortment of English tutors. As with the former website, English Score Tutors, you can ask the tutor to conduct an IELTS speaking session and the tutor will let you practice IELTS speaking tasks with him/her.

Tutors at Engoo.com are not native in accent but are fairly fluent in speaking ability.

British Council Road to IELTS - Official

The British Council's Road to IELTS is the official preparation and practice portal for IELTS developed by the British Council.

The practice sets available on the Road to IELTS are best for familiarizing yourself with the look and feel of a real computer-delivered test.

Below is a summary of the resources that this portal offers.

ResourceFree / Paid

1 practice test for each of the following skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading.

Free

1 additional practice test for each of the following skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading.

Free with the purchase of an IELTS test from British Council.

Additional practice tests for reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Can be purchased.

Road to IELTS offers practice for all four modules.

Road to IELTS offers practice for all four modules.

Official Resources From IDP International

The official IDP Website offers practice questions for all four modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The questions for listening and reading are broken up in sequential order just as you would see them in an original IELTS test. These questions and answer keys are available as downloadable PDFs.

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IELTS Master: IDP Official

Just like British Council's Road to IELTS, IDP also has its official preparation portal by the name of IELTS Master Class.

The IELTS Master Class offers detailed, in-depth preparation and practice for all four modules. Unlike Road to IELTS, it also teaches problem-solving strategies.

The full subscription is paid, but with the purchase of an IELTS test from IDP you can get access to one module free of cost for six months.

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IELTS Mentor

IELTS Mentor ranks at the top when it comes to unofficial free online IELTS resources. The quality of practice sets is excellent and site interface is also commendable. The only disadvantage is that it does not offer an interface for computer-delivered IELTS, so you will have to practice on paper and have the answers checked manually.

A summary of resources available at IELTS Mentor is given below:

ModuleResource

Listening

16 free, full-length practice sets.

Reading

Up to 342 practice essays with IELTS-style questions.

Writing

1000+ sample essays for task 2 and 250+ sample essays for Task 1.

Speaking

100+ speaking test transcripts and several other transcripts for discussion topics.

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IELTS Exam

IELTS Exam is the second in line on our list of free resources. As opposed to individual modules, practice sets are grouped into full-length tests on this website. A plus point is that you won't have to check your answers manually as it has an option to auto-check selected or typed answers. (This will save you valuable preparation time).

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A summary of resources available at IELTS Exam is given below:

ModuleResource

Full-length practice tests

13 full-length practice tests are available, segregated in the following modules: listening, speaking, writing and reading.

Writing

150+ writing Task 1 examples and 200+ writing Task 2 examples.

Speaking

Numerous example questions for speaking parts 1, 2 & 3 are provided.

IELTS Up

Following the line is IELTS Up. This free resource library has practice sets, that are segregated into sections. Just like IELTS exam, an option to auto-check answers is also available.

It also has a free IELTS speaking test simulator, that may be worth giving a try, in order to bolster your speaking confidence.

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A summary of free resources available on this website comprise of:

ModuleResource

Listening

Approximately 10 practice sets segregated into sections.

Reading

11 practice sets segregated into sections.

Speaking

Multiple speaking test examples.

IELTS Material

IELTS Material is another excellent repository of quality practice sets. The interface of the site is sleek and clean, you will however need to sign-up on the site to access answers for questions.

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A summary of free resources available on this website comprise of:

ModuleResource

Listening

115+ full length practice sets with answers.

Reading

70+ full length practice sets with answers.

Writing

Multiple questions and model answers for writing Task 1 and Task 2.

Speaking

Multiple questions and recordings for speaking Tasks 1, 2 & 3.

IELTS Buddy

IELTS Buddy comes last on our list. A summary of resources available on this site is given below:

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ModuleResource

Listening

5–6 practice sets segregated into sections.

Reading

5–6 practice sets segregated into sections.

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Comments

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 06, 2021:

Informative and useful .thank u for sharing it

Amara from Pakistan on June 06, 2021:

Hi Ali.. its an informative Hub.. Thanks for sharing..

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