How To Study For An IELTS Exam

IELTS is the most popular International English Language Testing System with more than two million IELTS taken last year. If you reside in East Asia* and have your IELTS score, you can enter the British Council’s  competition and win up to £40,000. The 2017 deadline has just been extended to the 28th of February. This review describes what IELTS is, how to study for an IELTS exam and links to enter the competition to win up to £40,000. We also trust this article will help you in your quest to become fluent in English.

Why are there two types of IELTS, Academic and General?

Academic IELTS is for people applying for university or professional registration. It tests some useful academic language and is used to determine whether you are ready to study in an English speaking country.

General IELTS is for people applying for secondary education, work experience or training programs and is required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The general test focuses on survival skills in a variety of social and workplace scenarios.

What’s the difference and how long does IELTS take?

Listening and speaking tests are the same for both Academic and General IELTS. Reading and writing tests differ to reflect the specific requirements of either the Academic or General IELTS student’s needs.

Listening, reading and writing tests are completed on the same day with no breaks in between. You should contact your test center to ask about the speaking test which can usually be taken up to one week before or after the other tests. The total test time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

How To Study For An IELTS Exam!

Give yourself enough time and don’t leave it to the last minute. You still have plenty of time to take your IELTS exam before the competition deadline. Don’t rush, stay calm and breathe!

Organize your study space. Make sure you have room to spread out when you need to. Index your resources so you can find them easily, which means putting them back in the same place when you’ve finished using them! Make sure people know where and when you are studying. Put up a “STUDENT AT WORK” sign so they respect your space.

Practice with old test papers and questions to familiarize yourself with the language used. Just like driving a car, you are allowed to practice in real life situations. You can find sample questions to all sections of IELTS by clicking this link here.

Schedule your time properly. Don’t wait until the last minute to start preparing for a test. Commit to study times by writing them on a calendar, in a diary or PDA. Divide your study time into small manageable chunks throughout the week and take regular breaks. Check off these “study goals” as you go so you can see your progress and you’ll always know exactly where to start in your next study session.

Snack on brain foods such as berries, chocolate, cereal mix, peanut butter on toast, salsa, cheese, hummus and veggies. Don’t go crazy on just one type of food. Add variety to spice up your study time.

Organize study groups with friends and explain your answers to each other. This means you will actually use English to communicate your ideas in real life situations. After practicing an old test, write your answers down and talk to a friend to compare what you both think. You can even join our IELTS Study Partners Facebook group.

How Can I Win Up To £40,000?

Once you have your IELTS score, you will be able to apply to the British Council’s East Asia* competition and win up to £40,000 by following this link here. They have extended their deadline for 2017 applications until the 28th of February.

* East Asia region includes Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

Are you aged between 16-19 and want to study in the United Kingdom? Teacher Steve personally recommends The College of Richard Collyer as one of the best places to study in the UK.

We suggest you get started by checking out our IELTS speaking topics and answers lesson. You can ask for additional help by writing in the comments section.



Author: Teacher Steve

Teacher Steve is 52 years old, happily married but has no children of his own. He's a fully qualified teacher who has been teaching English in sunny Thailand for over 15 years. Teacher Steve loves to write and decided to start English Teacher Online, in December 2016, to help students study English for free. He works tirelessly so that students can become fluent in English, empowering them to work and travel the world. You can also watch him teaching live at

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