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Top 5 Best Websites for IELTS Preparation

Posted by IH Aberdeen on 27th November 2015

Preparing for the IELTS exam doesn’t stop outside the classroom. The internet is a great source of free extra materials for IELTS practice.

But with so much choice, which are the best resources?

IH Aberdeen’s IELTS teachers Angela and Will pick their top 5 IELTS resources to help you prepare for the IELTS exam:


This is the official IELTS Exam site and it’s a great place to familiarise yourself with how the exam works. There is a lot of useful practical IELTS exam information here: general info on the IELTS exam format, how to register, where to find an IELTS test centre, sample IELTS exam questions and tips on preparing for the exam.

There’s also an active Facebook page which contains quizzes and tips, and is updated regularly. You can comment on posts, ask questions and converse with other learners.

2. IELTS-simon / DCIelts

Yes, you are right – these are 2 different sites. Both sites are really great resources for IELTS preparation and it’s hard to choose between the two.

These sites are run by experts: IELTS-simon is run by an ex-IELTS examiner and DCielts run by an IELTS teacher. The advice offered here comes from people who really know about IELTS success!

Both sites are updated daily with ‘IELTS Lesson of the day’. They offer a generous amount of free information and study materials: sample exam questions and papers, model answers, and lots of IELTS Exam tips.

You can subscribe to these sites to get daily lessons and tips delivered to your inbox. /

3. IELTS Buddy

It is easy to focus on IELTS skills, technique and exam practice and forget that vocabulary and grammar are important for IELTS too. IELTS Buddy is a great site which focuses on these important areas.

The informative section on Vocabulary and Grammar is useful for the IELTS Exam, with academic wordlists (to make your essays shine!) and grammatical structures appropriate to the writing tasks.

IELTS Buddy also offers more of the useful IELTS resources as the sites mentioned above: information on the exam format, sample exam questions and papers, downloadable materials.

4. IELTS Liz YouTube channel

If you prefer a more visual approach to learning, English teacher and IELTS examiner ‘IELTSLiz’ (not her birth name of course…) has a lovely youtube channel. Her video lessons cover all 4 IELTS tasks and the IELTS lessons are friendly, well-paced and informative. She also offers some other general tips and advice for the IELTS exam and she covers IELTS vocabulary too.

5. IH London blog

There is a lot of information and advice on IELTS on the internet and it can be overwhelming. IH London is a respected IELTS exam centre and language school and has a really useful, concise IELTS resource section on their blog. Here, you’ll find straightforward tips on how to improve you IELTS writing score, prepare for the listening test as well as many other parts of the exam.

A great, short resource on preparing for the IELTS exam!

Overall, there are lots of great resources out there for you to choose from. You’ll find which resources work best for you. And if there are any other websites of resources that you find really useful, let us know so we can tell other students all about them! 

Study hard for IELTS and you will succeed. Good luck everyone! 

To find out more about IELTS Preparation at IH Aberdeen, email us on, or call on +44 (0)1224 634006

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardised English test run by and managed by the Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Australia.

The test is taken in order to show proficiency in the English language in order to study abroad or for immigration purposes, such as to work. 

Thank you very much IELTS buddy! I had an 8 in the IELTS exam last week! Your lessons were priceless, especially the writing lessons. I raised my mark from 6.5 to 7.5 in three weeks! I am really grateful!

Polia Matyus, Chester, UK - February 2018

On this site you'll find free lessons on writing, speaking, listening and reading, sample tests, techniques to learn the best vocabulary, models essays and graphs, and many excellent tips and strategies

What is IELTS?

The letters stand for the International English Language   Testing System.  It is a test designed to measure your ability in the   four skills of writing, speaking, reading and listening. 

After the test you will be given a score from 1-9. You use this   score for admission to a university or to work abroad (institutions and   employers decide what score they require). 

It is accepted by many institutions and employers in the UK,   Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America.

ACADEMIC IELTS - Taking the test to study abroad

There are four sections in the IELTS test:

GENERAL TRAINING - Taking the test to work abroad

The general training module is intended to test English ability in a more practical, everyday context. The test format is the same as above for the listening and speaking. However the writing and reading modules are different.

People often take the general training module if they are intending to work or live abroad.

Classic IELTS Problems Solved!

What are recent IELTS exam topics?

It's useful to get an idea which questions have come up in the IELTS writing exam so you know what kinds of essay questions you have to prepare for.

On this page, candidates have posted recent writing topics:

How are IELTS scores calculated? 

You are given a separate score for each module of the test and these are then averaged together to give you a final overall band score. 

The writing and speaking are marked by an examiner using band scores.

The reading and writing are based on points for each correct answer with the total score for each then being converted to a band score. 

You can learn more about how they are calculated here:

When can I take the test?

The test dates are usually on a Saturday three times a month, and some Thursdays. 

They are set in advance for the whole year and are on the same date in every country.

Check what the test dates are for this year:





If you are intending to study abroad, you will take the academic writing module. This test takes 60 minutes and there are two parts. You will have to write an essay and analyse a graph or diagram.


The reading test takes 60 minutes and is divided into three sections. Each section will have an academic reading of about 600 words and you will have to answer 40 questions in total.


In this part of the test, you will have a 11-14 minute interview with an examiner. The examiner will ask you questions and evaluate your responses. The questions are easier at the beginning but get harder at the end.


The listening test takes 40 minutes and is divided into four sections, each one slightly harder than the first. There are 40 questions. You'll have to listen to each section and answer the questions as you listen.


If you are taking the test to work abroad, then you will take the 'general training' module. You will also have to write an essay, but you will have to write a letter instead of analysing a graph.


The reading test is different to the one for the academic module. The test is still 60 minutes and there are 40 questions to answer. However, the readings are different as they are based on real life situations rather than being academic.


Same as for the Academic Module.


Same as for the Academic Module.

Are there things that you are worried about in IELTS or you don't understand?

The site is here to help you with all the kinds of issues you may have with the test.

Here are some common ones:

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