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There are three business partners that comprise the IELTS consortium.  

The British Council

IDP: IELTS Australia


University of Cambridge

IELTS consortium

​Advice about the structure of the IELTS exam

“Information for candidates: Introducing IELTS to test-takers” [8-page booklet]


“Test format”  

“Test format”

“Understand the IELTS test format: Overview of the IELTS test”

“IELTS support tools: Helping you get ready for test day” [22-page booklet]

Advice about IELTS’s scoring system

“IELTS scoring in detail”

Writing Task 1: Band descriptors (public version)

Writing task 2: Band descriptors (public version)

Speaking: Band descriptors (public version)

General advice

“Test day tips”

“Advice on preparing for IELTS”

Technical advice

IDP Australia
“Five top tips to improve your IELTS Listening score”

Cambridge University
“Frequently Asked Questions” (Technical advice)

British Council
“Reading test advice”

“Listening test advice”

“Writing test advice”

“Speaking test advice”

Exam questions 

“Sample test questions”

IDP Australia
“Free IELTS Practice Tests”


“Listening practice tests”

“IELTS speaking”


“IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests”
IELTS identify seven types of academic reading tasks:

  1. Identifying information
  2. Identifying writer's views
  3. Matching features
  4. Matching headings
  5. Multiple choice questions
  6. Table completion
  7. Diagram label completion

One example of each is found at this web-link:

British Council
“Free IELTS practice Tests”   

“Free IELTS practice activities and resources”

“Listening practice test 1”

Cambridge University
“Free paper-based sample tests”

Examples of exam answers provided by test-takers

Multiple examples of speaking tests and graded answers appear at:

IELTS Speaking test sample - Part 3 (Li, Band 6)

IELTS Writing Test Task 1 (Band 9)

IELTS Writing Test Task 2 (Band 5)

“Sample candidate writing scripts and examiner comments”

Other resources

“Free IELTS online course”

“IELTS 1001 Ways” Cell-phone application (‘app’)

​Free library resources

​Official commercial material available for free Members of the IELTS consortium have authored numerous texts and digital discs that are available for purchase. The best known books in this collection are the numbered Cambridge IELTS series books. Copies of these books are freely available at certain public libraries and college libraries. For example, the University of Technology, Sydney maintains a comprehensive inventory of the Cambridge IELTS series. These are archived in the 428.24 Dewey Index range. In some cases, members of the public may view these books and photocopy small sections of these books at libraries that allow members of the public to enter the library.

​Free library services

There are some free public services on offer such as free practice tests. For example, the University of Technology, Sydney offers a free introductory IELTS practice exam with feedback from an examiner.