Understand the test format
One of the first steps you should take in preparing for IELTS is to familiarise yourself with the format of the test. Review the content of the test as well as the question and task types for each section. It’s also important to read through the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates and Declaration which are included in the application form.
Practise with sample test questions
You may also find sample test materials
helpful in preparing for your test. These sample materials will give you an idea of what to expect in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests.
Official IELTS practice materials
You may find it helpful to do a practice test. IELTS has official practice materials to help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions.
There are two volumes of the Official IELTS Practice Materials:
Both volumes of the practice materials offer samples of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking tests with sample answers and examiner comments. The CD in Vol. 1 offers samples of the Listening test and the DVD in Vol. 2 shows candidates taking the Speaking test. These are the only IELTS practice materials endorsed by the IELTS partners and may be purchased from one of the above links or test centres.
Consider a preparation course
You don’t have to attend a preparation course, but many candidates find that doing so helps them improve their performance. If you would like assistance with test preparation, IELTS centres and language schools around the world offer IELTS preparation courses. Talk to your local IELTS test centre to find out more.
Register as soon as possible
When you feel you are ready to take the test, you need to register for a test date with an IELTS centre. We have over 1,100 test locations in more than 140 countries. Contact the centre as soon as possible, as the number of test takers who can take the test on a particular date may be limited. You will need to pay the test fee when you register.