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FREE OFFICIAL IELTS GENERAL EXAM PREPARATION MATERIALS

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There are three business partners that comprise the IELTS consortium.  


The British Council
https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/
​https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH7dokkVNtvrEI3qOvYuW2g/videos

IDP: IELTS Australia

​https://ielts.com.au/
https://www.idp.com/australia/ielts
https://www.youtube.com/user/IELTSEssentials/videos​


University of Cambridge
https://www.youtube.com/user/IELTSEssentials/videos​



IELTS consortium 

https://www.youtube.com/user/IELTSOfficial/feed




​Advice about the structure of the IELTS exam

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

https://www.ielts.org/~/media/publications/information-for-candidates/ielts-information-for-candidates-2015-english-uk.ashx

“Test format”
https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format  

“Test format”
​http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/ielts/test-format/

“Understand the IELTS test format: Overview of the IELTS test”
​https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/testinformation

“IELTS support tools: Helping you get ready for test day” [22-page booklet]
https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/supporttools



Advice about IELTS’s scoring system

“IELTS scoring in detail”
https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/ielts-scoring-in-detail

“IELTS assessment criteria”
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/find-out-about-results/ielts-assessment-criteria

"Speaking: Band descriptors (public version)"
​https://www.ielts.org/~/media/pdfs/speaking-band-descriptors.ashx


General advice

“Test day tips”
​https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/on-test-day

“Advice on preparing for IELTS”
​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKwp175tQXM


Technical advice


IDP Australia
“Five top tips to improve your IELTS Listening score”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSvEUWsKA7Q

Cambridge University
“Frequently Asked Questions” (Technical advice)
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/269899-ielts-general-training-faqs.pdf

British Council
“Reading test advice”
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/reading-test-advice

“Listening test advice”
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/listening-test-advice

“Writing test advice”
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/writing-test-advice

“Speaking test advice”
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/speaking-test-advice


Exam questions 

IELTS
“Sample test questions”
https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions

IDP Australia
“Free IELTS Practice Tests”
http://idpielts.me/prepare-ielts/free-ielts-practice-tests/


https://ielts.com.au/study-for-ielts/practice-test/



“Listening practice tests”
​https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests/listeningpracticetests

“IELTS speaking”

​https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests/speakingpracticetests

“Listening practice tests”
​https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests/listeningpracticetests

“IELTS Reading Practice Tests”
IELTS identify three types of reading tasks:

  1. Short factual tests
  2. Short factual tests on work-related issues
  3. Longer exercise on a general interest topic


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

https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests/generaltrainingreadingpractice


British Council
“Free IELTS practice Tests”
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-practice-tests   

“Free IELTS practice activities and resources”
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources

“Listening practice test 1”
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/free-ielts-practice-tests/listening-practice-test-1

Cambridge University
“Free paper-based sample tests”
​http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/ielts/preparation/


Examples of exam answers provided by test-takers

Multiple examples of speaking tests and graded answers appear at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/IELTSOfficial/videos

14 Speaking examples - examiner and student in this play list
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T6zglM1Onc&list=PLSAx4faA_rjNEb16E7FGDnQTSn9dAuDPv&index=1


IELTS Speaking test sample - Part 3 (Li, Band 6)
​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzd3sSCLMrg

“Sample candidate writing scripts and examiner comments” 
https://www.ielts.org/~/media/pdfs/115004_general_training_writing_sample_scripts.ashx 



Other resources

“Free IELTS online course”
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-ielts/free-ielts-online-course

“IELTS 1001 Ways” Cell-phone application (‘app’)
​http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-ielts/ielts-1001-ways-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 resources


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.


http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/international/uts-ielts-centre/free-ielts-pretest