Free IELTS Practice Materials

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This free study material on IELTS will provide you with tips, exercises and more on writing, reading, listening and speaking.

If you don’t have the time or money for IELTS lessons in a classroom, or you want to supplement the lessons you are getting, then all you need will be posted here.

Academic Reading

Lesson 1: Paragraph Headings

Learn how to match paragraphs to headings – a common question type in the reading test.

Lesson 2: Multiple Choice & Scanning

In this IELTS Practice lesson you learn how to scan in order to answer multiple choice type questions.

Lesson 3: True, False, Not Given

In this IELTS lesson you learn how to answer True, False, and Not Given Questions.

Lesson 4: Matching Paragraph Headings

Further practice with matching paragraph headings to paragraphs.

Lesson 5: Sentence Completion

Learn and practice sentence completion type questions.

Lesson 6: Multiple Choice / Skimming and Scanning

Further practice on multiple choice questions and how skimming, scanning, and reading for detail can help you answer the questions.

Lesson 7: Guessing meaning from context

Improve your reading skills and speed by learning how to guess the meaning of new vocabulary. There is also a practice quiz.

Lesson 8: Differences between ‘False’ and ‘Not Given’

This IELTS practice lesson has a reading on the ageing population and explains the difference between ‘false’ and ‘not given’ questions. There are practice questions and explanations of the answers.

Lesson 9: Reading Strategies

The aim of this lesson is to develop your IELTS reading strategies in order to find the answers to questions such as ‘short answer’ as quickly as possible.

Lesson 10: Short Answer Questions

Get advice and tips on IELTS short answer questions and further practice on True, False, Not Given questions.

Lesson 11: Summary Gap fills

Learn strategies to complete a gapped summary from a reading to prepare you for the IELTS test.

Lesson 12: Mastering ‘Not Given’ Questions

This is another lesson on True, False, Not Given, but there is some extra help on learing to deal with Not Given questions. 

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Writing Task 1 (Academic)

How to Write an Academic IELTS Task 1

This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS Graph. 

Graphs Over Time

This important lesson shows you what you must do to properly describe a graph or chart that has a period of time. 

IELTS Pie Chart

In this lesson you’ll learn how to write about a pie chart, with tips on how to best organize your answer and advice on the language to use. 

IELTS Process

In this lesson you’ll learn how to describe an IELTS process diagram, with information about organizing your answer and using the passive voice. 

Two graphs together

Sometimes you get two graphs to describe together. This lessons shows you how to organize your answer if you do. 

IELTS Tables

This lesson provides you with IELTS practice for tables. It shows you that tables are not that different from other types of graph.

Language of Change

This lesson explains some useful sentence structures using some common language of change and you can practice the words with a gap fill.  

Language to Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast language is needed for most graphs and diagrams so it is important to learn and practice it. 

A Common Mistake

This lesson takes you through a mistake that is common when describing graphs in Task 1. 

Using Prepositions

Learn how to use the right prepositions when you are using the language of change in a graph over time.

Describing graphs in the future

Sometimes you may be given a graph to describe that is predicting what will happen in the future. View some strategies on how to approach a task 1 like this. 

Organizing a Line Graph (Part 1)

Find out about how there is more than one was to organize a task 1 graph, and learn how to write about a graph divided into ‘age groups’.

Organising a Line Graph (Part 2)

If you want to achieve a high band score for your graph you must ensure it is well-organised. This lesson tells you more about one possible way of doing this.

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Writing Task 1 (GT)

Lesson 1: Structuring/Organising the IELTS Letter

Learn the general structure of an IELTS letter, from beginning to end.

Lesson 2: Opening and Closing a Letter

Learn how to open and close a letter for the General Training Task 1.

Lesson 3: IELTS Complaint Letter

Complaint letters are very common. Get advice, strategies and key phrases to learn so that you can write an effective letter of complaint. There is also a model answer.

Lesson 4: IELTS Letter Tenses

It’s important that you use the right tenses in your letter if you want a high score. Learn more about how to look out for what tenses to use in this lesson. 

Lesson 5: IELTS Band 9 Letter

Find out what you need to do to get a band 9 in your letter.

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Writing Task 2 (Academic & GT)


This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS essay.

Identifying the Topic

Learn how to identify the topic of an essay question in order to help you answer it correctly. 

Identifying the Task

This IELTS practice will help you identify the task of an essay question. The most important thing to make sure you answer the question. 

Brainstorming and Planning

In this IELTS lesson, learn how brainstorm ideas for your essay and how to extend those ideas and create a plan.

IELTS Task Response

In this lesson we look at the dangers of not properly answering an IELTS writing task 2 essay question.

Ideas for IELTS

Candidates often worry about not having any ideas for IELTS essay topics. This gives you some advise on how to generate ideas. 

IELTS Essay Introduction

This lesson explains how you should approach writing an introduction for an IELTS Task 2 essay. 

Writing a Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is an important part of your essay, so this lesson explains how to write thesis statements for different essay types. 

Paragraph Writing

Writing clear and well-organized paragraphs is essential for your essay, so here you will learn about the basic elements that make up a good paragraph

IELTS Essay Conclusion

Learn how to write a quick conclusion for an IELTS essay.


Your writing must be coherent, and this lesson shows you how transitions can help you to do this.


Your writing must be coherent, and this IELTS practice lesson shows you how pronouns can help you to do this

How to get an IELTS Writing band 7

There is no quick way to achieve this, but this lesson provides some general guidance on what is required to get an IELTS band 7 in the writing module. 

Band 7 Transitional Phrases for Essays

Learn about useful phrases that can be used to improve the sophistication of your writing in argumentative essays.

How to Score IELTS Band 8

This lesson tell you more about how the scoring works for  band 8 writing and how long it can take you to get a band 8.

Problem Solution Essays

Learn how to write a problem solution essay for the IELTS test – a quick method that will produce a well-organized answer.

IELTS Opinion Essays

Get an overview of the various types of essay that ask for your opinion in the test.

Advantage Disadvantage Essay

This lesson shows you how to write an IELTS advantage disadvantage essay that requires you to give an opinion.

A Complex Essay Question

This lesson shows you how to answer a more complex IELTS essay question that does not have a straightforward ‘task’ given to guide you.

Personal Pronouns in Essays

Can you use personal pronouns such as ‘I’, ‘our’ and ‘we’ in IELTS essays? Find out more in this lesson.

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IELTS Grammar

Goto the IELTS Grammar page for updates on the grammar lessons.


Lesson 1: IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Extending Your Answer

In this lesson, learn some tips on how to extend your speaking for part 2 of the speaking test.

Lesson 2: IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Improving your Responses

This lesson uses a quiz to teach you how to best answer questions in part 1 of the IELTS speaking test.

Lesson 3: IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Describing Changes

You often have to discuss changes in part 3 of the speaking test. This IELTS practice lesson provides you with grammar tips to answer these questions.

Lesson 4: IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Talking about the Future

You often have to discuss the future in part 3 of the speaking test. This lessons provides you with grammar tips to answer these questions.

Lesson 5: IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Mind Map: Structuring your talk

This lesson explain how you can use a mind map to help you brainstorm and organise you talk for part 2 of the test. There is also a sample answer.

Lesson 6: IELTS Parts 1-3 – Formality & Getting the tone right

This lesson explains what tone you should use in the speaking to help you sound natural.

Lesson 7: IELTS Speaking Part 2 – A hypothetical situation

IELTS Practice: speaking about an unreal future situation in part 2 of the IELTS test.

Lesson 8: IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Giving & Justifying Opinions

Learn some useful phrases for giving opinions in part 3 and justifying those opinions.

Lesson 9: IELTS Part 1 – Types of Speaking Questions for IELTS

In this IELTS practice lesson some of the common types of questions that appear in part 1 of the test are explained. The aim is to improve the accuracy of your answers to questions.

Lesson 10: IELTS Speaking – Useful IELTS Interview Expressions

This lesson provides you with a set of useful expressions that you can use to help you in the all parts of the speaking test, particularly part 3.

Lesson 11: IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Talking about Personal Experiences

Many students make the mistake of talking about themselves in part 3. This is ok, but only for examples. Learn more about it here.

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Lesson 1: IELTS Listening Multiple Choice Tips

In this lesson, learn some tips on how to improve your listening skills for multiple choice type questions.

Lesson 2: IELTS Listening Distractors

In this lesson we learn more about a common way that you are tricked into writing the wrong answer. Learn about this so you can avoid the mistake.

Lesson 3: IELTS Listening Map Labelling

Here you can learn more about how to label a map, a task that sometimes comes up in Section Two of the test. Learn about the language of location and other top tips to score well.

Lesson 4: IELTS Signposting Language for Section 4

Section 4 is the most difficult part of the listening test. Learn useful signposting language to improve your score for this section.

Lesson 5: IELTS Pre-Listening Activities – Predicting the Answer

Predicting what you are going to hear is a really important skill that can help improve your listening and increase your score.

Lesson 6: IELTS Listening Sentence Completion Strategies

In this IELTS practice lesson you will learn some strategies to deal with sentence completion questions.

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