IELTS test preparation

IELTS Test Preparation

IELTS Test Preparation | All You Need To Know To Succeed!

What does it take to reach a band score of 9 on the IELTS test?

In this article we help you answer this question by offering you free test preparation videos as well as links to helpful websites and resources that may benefit you in achieving your educational goals.

What does IELTS mean?

The word IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System exam. This system measures the user’s proficiency level of English when looking to work or study in an English speaking country. It tests four sections; Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. 

IELTS Test Outline

First, it takes understanding the format and the grammar as necessary. Second it takes practice in building test taking strategies. The image below outlines the basic format of the IELTS test. The questions will vary based on the type of test taken.

IELTS Test Outline

Prepare for the IELTS

EduKitchen presents resources, websites, and our very own test preparation videos that highlight important test taking strategies when understanding the test.

At the end of this article you can sign up to receive our FREE IELTS eBook readiness guide for supporting your success with each section of the various tests.

Best My Test - IELTS Test Preparation

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The website BestMyTest highlights the right approaches for either the Academic or General exams. It offers free test sample questions for each section of the test. Click here or on the image to visit the website. 

Navigate Each Section of the IELTS Test

Use the table of contents below to make navigating this post easier. 

Table of Contents

Which IELTS Test Is Right For You?

The videos below will provide IELTS test preparation tips on how to prepare to take the each section and the differences between the two types of IELTS exams (General vs. Academic), as well as, what to expect on test day. 

After watching the videos, visit the recommend websites below to see available resources and books you can use to further prepare for the test. 

Academic vs. General IELTS Test

IELTS provides opportunities to internationals based on goals. If your goal is to study then you need to take the academic exam. If you goal is work, then the general exam is for you. 

Read on to find more details about the differences between the two types of IELTS exams (Academic vs. General) can be found in the Reading and Writing sections. 

Now lets watch our test preparation videos to better understand the format of each section, as well as how to best approach each section according to the test you choose.


IELTS Listening Section Format

It is important to note that the listening sections for both the General and Academic exams are the same. This video presents  a general overview as to the format of the listening section of the IELTS exam. It will also provide test prep tips on how to prepare to take the exam and what to expect on test day. 


IELTS Speaking Section Format

Below is a video which presents a general overview as to the format of the speaking section of the IELTS exam. It will also provide test prep tips on how to prepare to take both the General and Academic exams and what to expect on test day. 


IELTS Reading Section Format

Whether you take the General or Academic exam, you will find the reading section questions to be the same. This video presents to you a general overview as to the format of the reading section of the IELTS test. It will also provide test prep tips on how to prepare to take the exam and what to expect on test day. 


IELTS Writing Section Format

This video presents a general overview as to the format of the writing section of the IELTS exam. It will also provide test prep tips on how to prepare to take both the General and Academic exams and what to expect on test day. 

IELTS Test Preparation Books and Web Resources

There are many test preparation books available to help with studying for the IELTS exam. We provide links to the most comprehensive list of web resources to help compare and make a decision as to which book is best for you.

This website highlights all of the important and relevant information to understanding the IELTS exam. It outlines how to register, how to decide which test is best for you, and offers free test sample questions for each section of the test. Click on the image to visit the website. 

This website identifies the top five books for preparing to take the IELTS exam for international students. Click on the image to visit the website and see which of these popular books is best for you. 

Other Useful Links

  • English Exam website where you will find practice tests foe each section of the exam
  • IELTS Prepare website provides important information on what to do and what not to do while taking the test.

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Danya Khelfa
Danya Khelfa

Founder of EduKitchen

2 thoughts on “IELTS Test Preparation”

  1. Oh wow, thank you for mentioning that general IELTS test is a better choice if we’re going for some kind of career advancement. I’ve been called for a job interview next week, which requires me to have certain proficiency in English. I’ll remember this tip when I consult with an expert later.

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