What is IELTS

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What is IELTS

Free IELTS Preparation Lecture

Please read this whole page carefully to learn about IELTS and learn how to use these lectures for your preparation. Most of the lessons and tips are for people aiming for IELTS band score 7, 8 & 9. Although, people who only need band 6 can also benefit. 


What is the IELTS Test?

IELTS = International English Language Testing System. It is the world’s biggest English language test with test centres in most countries. This means it is a test which accepts international English, not only British English.

There are four parts to the IELTS test:

  • IELTS Speaking – a face to face informal test with an examiner which lasts between 11 and 14 mins and is made up of 3 parts. All IELTS candidates take the same test.
  • IELTS Listening – a 30-minute audio recording with 40 questions. All IELTS candidates take the same test.
  • IELTS Reading – 3 reading passages with 40 questions which lasts for 1 hour. This test is divided into Academic and General Training papers.
  • IELTS Writing – this is divided into task 1 and task 2. Task 1 Academic is a short report of a chart, graph, map table etc. Task 1 GT is a letter. Task 2 Academic & GT is a formal essay. IELTS writing lasts for 1 hour in total.

For more information about band scores, GT IELTS, computer IELTS etc see the TEST INFORMATION button on the RED MENU BAR at the top of the website. The Test Info FAQ page will give you information about using capital letters, using highlighter pens etc – make sure you read that page.


How to use this lecture?

At present, there are over 300 PAGES OF FREE IELTS LESSONS & TIPS on this site. All pages are accessed through the MENU BAR at the left side of the website. You will find IELTS model answers, lessons, videos, tips, topics, vocab, band score info, etc all for free to help you prepare at home for your test.

You can also find more information in the comments section of many pages. I am not able to answer all comments posted to me, but you can learn from the answers I have already provided to others.


How to Prepare for IELTS

Watch the video to learn the essential steps to prepare successfully for your IELTS test. When you prepare for IELTS, there is no particular place to start. Just start where you want to start. This video will help make sure you cover all the vital aspects of preparation before your test.

If you prepare in the right way, you will be able to maximise your results. Having both good English and a clear understanding of the IELTS test is essential. Be clear-minded and strategic in your approach and training.

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