Prepare for Your IELTS Test
Make sure you are ready to demonstrate your English language skills. IDP IELTS offers an extensive menu of IELTS preparation resources, many of which are absolutely free of cost! Browse through the Prepare for IELTS section on our website to learn more about the complimentary prep tools that you can take advantage of.
Here are some additional tips to help you prepare for success:
Register as soon as possible
When you feel you are ready to take the test, register for a test date with an IDP IELTS centre. We have over 100 test locations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and more! The number of test takers who can take the test on a particular date is limited, so it is best to plan ahead and register as soon as possible. You will need to pay the test fee when you register.
Understand the test format
Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section. It’s also important to read through the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates and Declaration which are included in the application form.
Consider a preparation course
If you would like assistance with test preparation, IELTS centres and language schools offer IELTS preparation courses. You don’t have to attend a preparation course, but many test takers find that doing so helps them improve their performance. Talk to your local IELTS test centre to find out more.
Access free IELTS prep resources
IDP IELTS offers a variety of complimentary resources to help you prepare and succeed in the test. From online webinars to downloadable practice tests and weekly blogs offering advice and information, we have it all. Subscribe to the monthly IELTS Candidate Newsletter to learn more.
Buy official IELTS practice materials
You may find it helpful to do a practice test. IELTS has developed two sets of official practice materials, designed to help you understand the test format and the types of test questions.
Both volumes of the practice materials offer samples of the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests with sample answers and examiner comments. The CD in Vol. 1 offers samples of the Listening test and the DVD in Vol. 2 shows test takers taking the Speaking test. These are the only IELTS practice materials endorsed by the IELTS partners. You can purchase official IELTS sample materials from Cambridge University Press (click on the links above), or from an IELTS test centre.