Best FREE IELTS preparation

Got an IELTS test coming up? Want to find the best IELTS preparation websites? Need FREE exercises and example answers? The best FREE IELTS preparation websites are listed here.

Experienced IELTS teacher, examiner and author Michael H. Collins MA has searched the web for the sites that reveal the secrets of success at IELTS.

Based on extensive research for his own Seventh Level tuition company in London, England, this page lists the very best of FREE IELTS practice and advice websites.

Taking some English classes is not enough to do well at IELTS. IELTS is a difficult test designed to test whether you really can use English for everyday and academic purposes. There are many different types of question in each part of the test. You have to know how to answer each type of question. And you don’t have much time. You have to answer 40  Reading questions in 60 minutes and 40 Listening questions in 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes to transfer your Listening answers to the answer sheet). You have to spell your answers correctly to get the mark. Next you have to write two essays in only one hour. There is no break between these tests (although you can go to the toilet). Usually on the same day also you then have a Speaking test interview of 11 to 14 minutes. For that you don’t just answer a series of questions. You have to speak for up to two minutes on a topic.

Are you sure you’re ready? Do you know what the different types of questions are and how to answer them? Do you know what the examiner is looking for in your writing and speaking?

Preparation and practice are essential. Save time and gain in confidence by preparing in the right way. If you use the best FREE websites you will get on target for the score you need.

Here is an exclusive list of excellent websites about IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, all in one place. There is no need to search further. These sites are all FREE. The list will be kept updated.

A. LISTENING

Most common types of questions

1. Matching tasks

Completion tasks (fill-in-the-blanks/gap exercises)

Table completion

Strategy – Example –Exercise with audio

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/filling-out-a-table/

Advice – Exercises – Answers

http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-exams-ielts-listening-tips-1.htm

A similar exercise with audio

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/part-1-practice/

Exercise with audio

http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-podcast-professionals-ielts-listening-tips-2.htm

Form completion

http://www.examenglish.com/IELTS/IELTS_listening_part1.htm (2 mins 40 secs)

http://www.examenglish.com/IELTS/IELTS_listening.htm

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/part-1-listening-practice-numbers-names-addresses-and-dates/

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/part-1-listening-practice-numbers-names-addresses-and-dates/ (4 mins 40 secs)

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/ielts-part-1-listening-practice-a-festival/ (Questions 4 – 8) (2 mins 10 secs)

Sentence completion

Notes completion

3. Plan/Map/Diagram labelling

Advice – Questions – Answers

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-listening/directions-maps-and-plans/

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts-practice/mock-listening-paper-dormitory-tour

4. Multiple choice

Use items 3 (Questions) and 4 (Recording 2)

Strategies and examples

http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/listening_sample.aspx 14 mins 48 secs

5. Short-answer questions

6. True or False

http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-exams-ielts-listening-tips-2.htm

Numbers

http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-exams-ielts-listening-tips-2.htm

Spelling

http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-exams-ielts-listening-tips-2.htm

http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/CommonMistakes.html

****http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/common-spelling-mistakes-in-english/

**** http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com/p/downloads.html

Tips – Tests

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-vocabulary/spelling-test-tips/

Key words organized by frequency

http://www.examword.com/ielts/practice.aspx?co=il&id=highscore100ielt121222120151479#.UuIw9L76jIU

Organized by problem e.g. clusters

http://ielts-academic.com/2012/07/25/common-spelling-mistakes-in-ielts/

Spelling matters

http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-exams-ielts-listening-intro.htm

Game

http://gamestolearnenglish.com/spelling-bee/

Homonyms

http://www.magickeys.com/books/riddles/words.html

http://a4esl.org/q/h/homonyms.html

General advice

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/p/listening.html

Extensive page with many tips, strategies for test prep and general listening with practice tests

Extensive general advice. Links to tips and exercises

http://www.dcielts.com/listening/

Numerous strategies

http://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/53928-IELTS-Listening-Strategies-by-Laique-Lodhi

Five key skills for success in IELTS Listening

1. Predict answers before you listen to identify the type of information required.

2. Identify parallel meaning between what the speaker says and what the question asks.

3. Be aware of any grammatical changes you may need to make to the speaker’s words to make them fit the question.

4. Practice using different skills simultaneously (e.g. reading, listening and writing). You will need use all of these during the listening section of IELTS.

5. Improve your spelling.

Tips page

http://www.english-listening-world.com/content/english-listening-practice

Specific advice on each question type without exercises

http://www.aippg.com/ielts/downloads/IELTS%20Listening.pdf

Comprehensive advice on the skills and strategies needed for each type of question

http://australianetwork.com/studyenglish/pdf/s2021_notes.pdf

Six specific strategies (audio, 6.56)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCqhhQYeL6E

Shadowing technique 3 min 46 secs.

http://www.english-listening-world.com/

B. READING

Most common types of questions

True/False/Not Given

Strategies and Examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwrjXED9Vwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwrjXED9Vw 10 mins

Full explanation with examples with partial transcript

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNyLs7YWFL8  15 mins  44 secs

Tips – Exercise – Answers

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/true-false-not-given-some-tips-and-an-exercise/

Strategies – Example – Practice -Answers

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/true-false-not-given.html

Yes/No/Not Given

Strategies and examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzHX4mV_xSY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQigxZGy8jU

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-sample-tests/reading-sample-test-1-academic/reading-passage-3

http://www.ieltsonline.com.au/IELTSexpress/reading/practice/05_Viewpoint_questions.asp

Summary completion

Skills – Problems – Exercise – Answers – Advice

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/summary-completion-tutorial/

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/text-completion-a-tutorial/

Summary match (Matching information and paragraphs)

Tutorial-Texts-Answers

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/summary-completion-tutorial/

Strategies and Examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgME-f1XVDg  11 mins 33 secs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgME-f1XVDg 8 mins 43 secs

Tutorial (can subscribe to daily lessons)

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/paragraphs-headings-a-tutorial/

Note completion

Advice –Exercise – Answers

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-reading/ielts-reading-sentence-completion-exercise-the-giant-panda/

Strategies

http://www.aippg.com/ielts/downloads/IELTS%20Listening.pdf

http://www.highpoint-ieltsblog.com/2010/08/listening-notes.html

Strategies and examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tcVqo8Txgw 16 mins 20 secs

Table Completion

Strategies and Examples

Short Answers

Tips and short example

http://www.ielts-exam.net/preparing/Reading_task_type_nine_short_answer_questions/231/

Tips – Practice – Answers

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/ielts-reading-strategies.html

Strategies in detail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7U6ONKOKEg 5 min 35 secs

Tips – Questions – Answers

http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/academic_reading_sample.aspx

Tips – Test – Solutions

http://678ielts.com/academic-reading-short-answer-questions-national-geographic/

General practice (no advice) on most types of questions

http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/academic_reading_sample.aspx

Diagram labelling

http://yourieltstutor.com/how-to-answer-diagram-label-completion-questions-for-the-ielts-reading-test/

Sentence endings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjoBjrx38jQ   11 mins 33 secs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZO1SAkrRS8 9 mins 12 secs

Multiple choice                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DptZU8mJQ00

Matching facts and opinions                                                                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAV-Lz31UYU 14 mins 14 secs

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/2011/03/tips-and-strategies-for-multiple-choice.html  Tips

General advice

One page of advice

http://ielts-academic.com/category/ielts-reading/techniques-ielts-reading/

Extensive general advice with audio (11 min 49 secs)

http://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/53928-IELTS-Listening-Strategies-by-Laique-Lodhi

Extensive general advice

http://www.dcielts.com/reading-2/reading-tests/

Extensive page with many tips, strategies for test prep and general reading with practice tests

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/p/reading.html

C. WRITING

Task 1

Familiarization

http://www.bestieltsonline.com/data-to-analyse-in-ielts-academic-writing-task/

Scroll down to four links to exercises

http://www.scoop.it/t/ielts-esp-and-call/p/2887108315/2012/10/05/english-spelling-games-and-activities

Line graphs

http://www.britishcouncil.org/taiwan-exams-ielts-how-to-prepare-for-ielts-ielts-tips-writing-issue-3.htm

http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2012/02/ielts-writing-task-1-line-graph-exercise.html

http://ielts-academic.com/2012/06/13/ielts-writing-task-1-line-graph-with-sample-answer/

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/sample-ielts-task-1-line-graph-proportion-of-elderly.html

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/ielts-task-1-line-graph.html

http://www.ielts-writing.info/index.php/academic/ielts-writing-task-1-41/

**http://writefix.com/?page_id=686

 

Task 2

Detailed advice on types of questions and structure of answer

http://www.bestieltsonline.com/best-ielts-argument-essay-plan-writing-task-2/

Using examples for coherence

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-writing/examples-paragraph-coherence/

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-writing/punctuation-sentences/ [includes 10 links to other Dominic Cole lessons]

Arguments, Cause and Effect, Problem and Solution essays

**http://writefix.com/?page_id=1524

General

Extensive page with many tips, strategies for test prep and general  writing with practice tests

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/p/writing.html

GRAMMAR

Cleft sentences

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/sent-cleft.html

http://web.educastur.princast.es/eoi/eoimiere/myweb/blog/wp-content/uploads/cleft_sentences.pdf [Longman’s Advanced grammar]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv149.shtml

Fixing run-on sentences

http://www.slideshare.net/mballetto/correcting-a-run-on-sentence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTHI4D4LTnY

http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/asc/writing/essays-guides/documents/howtocorrectrunons.pdf

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/fragments-and-run-ons/

http://www.myenglishteacher.net/runonsentences.html  [Examples and quiz]

Punctuation

http://www.bestieltsonline.com/punctuation-for-ielts-writing/

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-writing/punctuation-sentences/ [with videos 2 min 38 secs, 5 min 33 secs]

Paraphrase  (six lessons)

http://www.eslwriting.org/learn-paraphrase-writing/

D. SPEAKING

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/p/speaking.html

Strategies and key phrases

http://www.ieltsnetwork.com  http://www.ieltsspeakingblog.com

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/speaking-questions-for-ielts.html

**http://writefix.com/?page_id=1524

Idioms

http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/idioms-practice.html

Pronunciation

http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/p/pronunciation.html

Paraphrase

http://teacherjoe.us/IELTSParaphrasing.html

Preparation advice

Numbers, tenses (many related videos on the website)

http://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/113803-Speaking-crash-course-for-IELTS-exam

Speaking Band Descriptors

http://www.ielts.org/pdf/UOBDs_SpeakingFinal.pdf

http://www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/101-ielts-speaking-part-two-tasks-about-sports-and-hobbies.pdf