IELTS preparation requires a right set of material, tools & apps alongside the right guidance. In this blog, we will take a look at the best IELTS(both general and academic) preparation material available on the web(The material can be in the form of PDF or available as delivery online or on app). The list will include free as well as premium material to prepare for IELTS at home.
IDP and British Council official material
When you book a test with IDP/British council, they send you preparation material free of cost(included in the cost of booking the test). They are the first and foremost tests that you should take regardless of whether you are taking IELTS general or academic since they come from IDP and British council themselves who organize the IELTS test all over the world. Here are the details of what you get in the Package:
Listening Tests with CD.
Writing test practice questions.
Speaking test sample questions.
Price: Free (Included in the cost of booking the test.)
ieltsonlinetests.com is a great platform which provides a lot of free ielts general and academic tests free of cost. Alongside free tests, they provide a lot of paid services as well which can help you prepare and improve your ielts score, they include but not limited to writing evaluation, mocking a speaking test and paid past year ielts exams. There are many other paid services as well available on the platform which can help you get a great ielts score.
Reading and listening tests are online and can be practiced online itself.
You can buy evaluation for writing tests for nominal price.
Price: Free service for online practice tests. Paid service available for modules such as writing and speaking.
Examenglish is one of the extremely popular sites to practice for english tests not limited to ielts but also for TOEFL and CAE. It provides many free tests on the site itself, where you can go and do some mock tests. They also provide a book with 10 practice tests which you can buy for nominal fees. They have apps that can help you learn tenses and grammar in English language and also the apps to practice ielts reading and listening.
Many Reading and listening tests are online and can be practiced online itself. You can also download their app for more free tests.
Price: Free service for online practice tests. Books can be bought for nominal price which contain 10 reading and 10 listening tests.
Magoosh is one of very popular platforms that has courses to prepare for exams like ielts, toefl. The format of preparation is in the form of a course i.e you subscribe to a course to prepare for a particular exam. For Ielts there are various level of courses that provide you access to the material for varied amounts of time.
All the courses include a lot of video content to help you prepare for exam.
4 full length mock tests.
Video explanation of the solutions.
Email assistance from expert tutors.
Some courses include grading of one essay by expert tutors at a very nominal additional cost(that cost will get covered as you will get access to material for more time).
Price: 59$ for 1 month, 69$ for 3 and 99$ for 6 month course access.
mini-ielts is one of the best free resources for practicing reading and listening for the ielts test. The site contains a lot of free tests to get you started on reading and listening section of ielts exam.
Many Reading and listening tests are online.
The interface works well on mobile as well.
Price: Free service for online practice tests.
In the modern day, there are a lot of choices available on web to practice and ace the IELTS. One just needs to identify the areas they want to improve upon and then they can start practicing on any of these platforms. This is not an exhaustive list by any means and we keep on updating this list frequently. We hope though that the list was helpful to you and some of these platforms help you ace your IELTS exam. If you come across a platform that you found great, we will love to hear back from you in the comments section. Good luck with your preparation !