British Council program

Understanding IELTS

Prepare for success in the IELTS Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening tests with these four courses from the British Council.

  • Overview 4 courses
  • Duration 12 weeks
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Prepare for your IELTS test. Practise with other learners. Perfect your English.

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IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. If you want to study in another country or to move abroad for work, you may need IELTS to prove your English language ability.

IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). The test is developed to provide a fair, accurate and reliable assessment of your English language proficiency.

This program of four courses explains each section of the test, what is being tested and what you have to do to demonstrate your language proficiency to the examiner.

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When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

12 weeks recommended learning
$236 USD (course costs)
4 courses

What do I need to start?

This program is designed for anyone preparing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. IELTS teachers will also find it useful.

What skills will I learn?

On the program you will:

  • Explore in detail each of the four parts of the test     

  • Examine the assessment criteria and what is needed to achieve high band scores 

  • Explore the range of task types seen in all parts of the test   

  • Collect tips and develop techniques to help prepare for the test

For more information about the FutureLearn Award please click here

Courses on this program

4 courses

British Council

The British Council has been teaching English for more than 75 years and have helped over 100 million people around the world learn English and improve their language skills. We are global experts in teaching English both in our online courses and our teaching centres around the world.