The step-by-step guide to preparing for your IELTS test

With so much information and resources online, it’s tough to know where to start when you’re getting ready for an IELTS test! Here’s our quick and simple guide to getting prepared for your IELTS test day.

Step 1

Get familiar with the test structure & question types.

You can find plenty of examples on our Test Format page which has lots of information and is a great place to start!

Step 2

Learn your current level and measure your improvement

Take a practice test first to understand your current level so you can benchmark where you’re at and measure your improvement! Start with the British Council practice tests!

Step 3

Use British Council’s prep resources to build your skills

British Council prep resources are available on the IELTS Prep App or by signing up to our free preparation course online. You can also have more personal support with a 1:1 IELTS tutor. Otherwise ask questions to IELTS experts with our online webinars.

Step 4

Take another practice test to see if you are ready for test day

Go back to the online practice test and see how much you’ve improved.

Step 5

Read our last-minute tips

For some extra last-minute preparation, read our tips.

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