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Understanding IELTS

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The complete guide to IELTS preparation with advice, strategies and practice for all four parts of the test.

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Discover IELTS preparation strategies from the British Council

If you are planning to study abroad or move to another country to work or live, you may be asked to prove your English language ability with the IELTS test.

The four courses in this ExpertTrack from the British Council give you all the information and practice you need to approach all four parts of IELTS with confidence that you can achieve the band score you need.

In each of the four courses you’ll find:

  • a description of each part of the test and what you have to do to achieve a good band score
  • the assessment criteria that tell you what your examiner is looking for
  • exam techniques to help you tackle all types of test questions
  • tips and strategies for successful test preparation and for improving your English ability
  • practice tests to help you know what to expect on test day

As well as that, each course looks at common problems language learners have with that language skill:

Speaking

  • how to give full and fluent answers to the examiner’s questions
  • how to improve your confidence when speaking English
  • planning a short talk in English
  • finding enough to say
  • improving your pronunciation
  • the grammar you need for the test

Reading

  • techniques like skimming and scanning to improve your test reading speed
  • reading about unfamiliar topics in English
  • improving your vocabulary and dealing with unknown words
  • coping with time pressure

Writing

  • understanding and describing charts and data
  • writing about trends
  • planning an essay
  • the grammar and vocabulary you need

Listening

  • listening test techniques
  • widening your listening range
  • staying focused when you listen
  • listening to conversations in English

Key skills you will learn

  • IELTS
  • English speaking
  • English listening
  • English writing
  • English
  • English proficiency
  • IELTS test preparation
  • English language skills

Experience required

This IELTS preparation ExpertTrack is aimed at anyone who is preparing for the IELTS reading, writing, speaking, and listening tests. It might also be useful for IELTS teachers and those preparing for other English language proficiency tests.

IELTS is one of the world’s leading English tests. It is recognised by more than 10,000 organisations globally.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will be helpful for anyone preparing for IELTS. The four courses are a complete preparation for the four parts of the IELTS test. While the focus is on IELTS Academic in preparation for study, the tips, advice and strategy will also be very helpful for those preparing for the General Training test.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    4.9 (434 reviews)

    Prepare for the IELTS Reading test and improve your English reading skills with this British Council IELTS preparation course.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

  • Course 2

    4.9 (473 reviews)

    Find out what you need to know about the IELTS Writing test and learn techniques and strategies to improve your test performance.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

  • Course 3

    4.8 (586 reviews)

    Find out what you need to know about the IELTS Listening test and learn techniques to improve your test performance.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

  • Course 4

    4.9 (421 reviews)

    Prepare for the IELTS Speaking test and improve your English speaking skills with this British Council IELTS preparation course.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

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