Video review of Week 3

In this video, the team of course educators discuss some of the questions which you posted on Step 3.2 during the week and look in more detail at some of the topics covered.

Here are links to some of the resources the educators mentioned in the video:

Remember to check the links we shared in Step 3.8 for lots of graded listening resources. You can find more in our Listening Skills Practice section. For more advanced practice, this blog has some excellent suggestions. TED Ed and TED Talks are also a great way to find things to practise with that you’re really interested in.

We talked about different accents, and you can practise listening to the ones you are likely to hear in IELTS with BBC Radio, ABC News Radio - Australia, Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio - Canada.

We mentioned writing your answers on the question paper while you listen then putting your answers on the answer sheet when you have finished. It is a really good idea to practice writing your answers as clearly as you can in your best handwriting!

Finally, you can practise listening to and writing down short dictations, including names and numbers here.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.

Check your progress

Now that you’ve reached the end of Week 3, click the Progress icon at the top of the page to see your progress page. This will show what percentage of the course steps you have marked as complete.

Once you have completed at least 50% of the steps in the course, you will be eligible to purchase the FutureLearn Statement of Participation. This printed and digital certificate is a great way to show your interest in learning English and is evidence of your engagement in this course. It can also be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and makes a great souvenir!

Booking a test

Now that you’ve completed the third week of this Understanding IELTS course, you may be thinking about registering for IELTS.

The British Council provides IELTS testing in more than 500 locations worldwide. To find your nearest test centre and book a test, visit this British Council IELTS booking site.

If you have any questions about booking the IELTS test or test locations, you can ask them in the comments below.

Coming up in Week 4

Next week we’ll be looking at the General Training Writing test. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 4.

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

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Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

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