May 10, 2016

6 Awesome FREE Resources to Help You Prepare for Your IELTS Exam

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What’s the secret to scoring top marks in your IELTS exam? Practise, practise and more practise!

Of course, it might not always be possible to find a native English speaker to talk to or for reading material that’s at the right level for you.

Or maybe you’re bored of studying in the same way all the time and are looking for something a little bit different - some interesting writing exercises, for example, or imaginative ideas to help you improve your exam technique?

Whatever you need to help you prepare for your IELTS, there are some fantastic online resources and websites out there. And best of all, most of them are totally free to use!

Below are five of our favourites. Enjoy your studies!

  1. IELTS Buddy

IELTS Buddy is an excellent website for IELTS students. It provides model answers to questions for each band and breaks them down to help you understand why each answer received a particular grade.

It also has lots of good advice, free grammar lessons, example questions and sample essays to help you understand what is expected of you in exam and to revise more effectively.

  1. The British Council

The British Council website has a huge selection of resources for students learning English.

There are videos from past IELTS students who scored top marks in the exam, giving practical tips on how to prepare. There are online games to help you learn new vocabulary and grammar in fun ways. There are podcasts and magazines for English learners and even a whole section aimed at people who are learning English for work reasons.

  1. EngVid

This website provides hundreds of free videos to help you improve your English vocabulary and grammar.

There are many videos explaining difficult topics like idioms and even advanced subjects like distinguishing between different accents. It’s an excellent resource, especially for getting used to the sounds of new words and making sure you get the pronunciation right.

  1. IELTS for Free

Are you looking for practise IELTS tests for reading, writing, listening or speaking? This website has a huge library of past papers and example exams. There are also plenty of additional resources to help you improve your grammar and learn new vocabulary, too.

  1. IELTS Liz

This YouTube channel belongs to Liz, a very experienced and popular English teacher who has created dozens of excellent videos for IELTS students.

Each video focusses on the skills you will need to do well in different part of the exam, so it’s really easy to figure out which videos will be most useful for you. Liz even covers some areas you might never have thought of, such as how to greet the examiner in your Speaking test.

  1. IELTS-Simon

Want to know what your examiner is thinking? Now you can! This website is run by a real IELTS examiner and provides plenty of free resources, including practise questions, advice on how to tackle each question and explanations of how each part of the test is graded.

It’s very clear and detailed – and a fantastic opportunity to find out exactly how your examiner will decide what band to give you!

Do you have any other websites, videos or apps that you use to practise your English? Please share your favourites in the comments section below!