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Welcome to This website is completely dedicated to those who are willing to take part in the IELTS examination and expect a high band score. If you are preparing for the IELTS exam on your own, you are advised to learn about the IELTS exam format, frequently asked questions, different sections of the IELTS exam and then browse the IELTS Preparation section. After you finish the preparation section, read and master the sample questions and finally go through the IELTS tips. This website aims to provide you with the comprehensive IELTS materials you need to study to achieve a high band score.

Reading through sample answers of IELTS Speaking and Writing sections is helpful to understand what types of questions you would be asked as well as how to answer them. Many of our sample answers are prepared by experienced IELTS teachers and those answers are band 8/9 levels. We suggest you read those answers (almost never try to memorise them) and prepare your own answers. Sometimes simply reading sample answers can enhance your preparation level and make you ready to answer almost any type of question.

The Reading section has many reading passages, both for the Academic and GT test-takers, and those samples were taken from original IELTS tests. Some of those reading samples come with answer explanations. In your IELTS test, you will have three reading passages while we have added a single reading passage on a page. This was done intentionally to let you practice rather than take mock tests. However, if you are still interested in using them for mock tests, practice three reading passages at a time within an hour. If you practice a single reading passage to test your reading skill, do not take more than 20 minutes to answer the questions.

Besides, the Listening samples have great resources to give you a real taste and flavour of the IELTS Listening test. Each listening sample has four sections and you are expected to finish the whole test in an hour. 

This website has four major sections (IELTS Preparation, IELTS Sample Questions, Blog & IELTS Tips) to offer every aspect you need to cover for your original IELTS exam. Each section gives you practice for the corresponding IELTS module of the original IELTS test and gives you a chance to develop specific skills that will help you both in the IELTS test and in your use of the English Language in general. The IELTS Exam sections give you great details about each section/ module of the IELTS exam and that helps you to understand the IELTS exam very closely.

What is IELTS?
Let's start with What is IELTS? This article gives you details about the IELTS test, the test format, who accepts IELTS, what you can do with it, differences between the Academic and GT IELTS, the Purpose of IELTS, and what skills are tested in an IELTS test. If you already know the IELTS exam format and have some preparation for the test, you should navigate to the IELTS tips and Sample Question sections which will enhance your knowledge of the IELTS exam and help you further improve your preparation for the test.

IELTS is the high-stakes English test for study, migration or work. With IELTS your possibility is endless! We also have another section that talks about IELTS to a great extent and this section is known as Everything you need to know about IELTS. After learning what is IELTS, you can spend a couple of minutes browsing this article to learn more about IELTS.

The total time of an IELTS test is 2 hours 45 minutes. The listening, reading and writing parts are completed in one sitting in a common exam auditorium on the same day, while the speaking part is taken individually with an expert IELTS examiner on the same day or up to a week before or after the other tests. The Listening and Speaking modules of the IELTS test are the same for Academic and General IELTS. But the Reading and Writing modules are different.

The IELTS exam has 4 sections or modules: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. All IELTS candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but Reading and Writing tests vary depending on whether a candidate is taking the 'Academic IELTS' test or the 'General Training IELTS' test. Find out which form of IELTS is appropriate for you - Academic or GT IELTS, and prepare for that IELTS Test Module.

4 sections of the IELTS test:

Speaking - an interview with an examiner, 10-15 minutes.
Listening - 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes.
Reading - 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes [different for Academic or General Training tests].
Writing - 2 writing tasks, 60 minutes [different for Academic or General Training tests].

IELTS Mentor:
'IELTS Preparation' section is the best place for you to make yourself well equipped for the original IELTS examination and to achieve the band score you desire. The comprehensive preparation materials, exam-specific tips, how to address different question types and relevant examples give you the best IELTS preparation guideline you need.

Navigate to the 'IELTS Sample Questions' and get the real IELTS exam questions with model answer(s). This section is updated regularly to provide you with as many sample questions as possible, each with one or more model answer(s) that you can follow as standard. To boost your confidence, correct mistakes and enhance your writing skills, send your writing samples for our evaluation and we will review and score them. Our 'IELTS Writing Assessment' section gives you an excellent opportunity to have your writing sample assessed and scored. To know more about our writing assessment service, email us.

The Blog section has many useful resources, recent exam questions, online quizzes and model tests. The blog posts are updated regularly and the IELTS Quiz is one of the best places to enhance your preparation for the test. Taking the quizzes and mock tests is fun and equally effective for achieving a higher band score.

Already prepared for the IELTS exam? Then you should focus on the Exam specific tips to improve your understanding of the IELTS exam. A good understanding of the IELTS test helps you do better in the original IELTS exam. This section also provides valuable tips on your IELTS Exam. IELTS sample questions would enhance your chance to practice several questions taken from original IELTS exams. Finally, IELTS Preparation Tips is an excellent place to quickly improve your IELTS Preparation and then hit a high band score.

Learn everything you need to know about IELTS from the Know IELTS section. ‘How IELTS is scored?’ page gives comprehensive details about the IELTS scoring system, and that will help you target and interpret your IELTS Score more accurately.

All the burning questions about IELTS have been answered in the IELTS FAQ section. 'IELTS FAQs' section categorises relevant questions into seven main sections - General FAQs, Test Formats, Registering for the test, Taking the Test, Re-taking the test, Exam Specific FAQs, and Test Results. It makes finding a question and its answer easier.

Get the latest IELTS materials, sample answers, recent test changes and news from the IELTS Blog section.

Take the IELTS Quiz and Mock Test to assess your preparation level from our IELTS Mock Test section.

You can download the .pdf version of the original IELTS Answer Sheets, IELTS Handbooks, Recent changes in test format, Recent IELTS questions, IELTS Exam schedules, IELTS Application form, and a lot more from the download menu.

Free Online Courses:
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IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is the most popular and widely recognised assessment test of English Language proficiency for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking country like the UK, Australia, Canada, the USA etc. The IELTS exam is jointly owned, managed and administered by ' Cambridge Assessment English', 'British Council' and 'IDP: IELTS Australia'. The IELTS test was introduced in the year 1989 to assess whether candidates are ready to be trained in the medium of English in an English-speaking country. IELTS is now accepted as evidence of a prospective student’s level of English by most universities in English-speaking countries. 

IELTS is the most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test around the globe and more than 3.0 million candidates take part in the IELTS examination each year on average. IELTS is widely available including in the USA. In fact, this test is available at more than 1,600 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA.

Why choose IELTS?
Well, IELTS is one of the important aspects of the migration of your choice. IELTS test result is accepted for migration, work and study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Three million test-takers in more than 140 countries take IELTS every year and it is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations worldwide. Your IELTS test results will help you meet your immigration requirements. Most immigration authorities who require an English language test will accept IELTS. IELTS enables you to start your journey into work or study in another country.

IELTS treats all test-takers with the utmost fairness and respect by actively avoiding any cultural bias and accepting all standard varieties of native-speaker English, including North American, British, Australian and New Zealand English. Biometric security protects and ensures test integrity and IELTS test and the results are fair to all.

The IELTS test is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.

» Academic Module is suitable for those who are going to apply for further studies and professional registration.

» General Training Module is appropriate for those who are going to English-speaking countries to complete work experience and training programs or for immigration purposes.

Confirm which module you are required to take and sit for the appropriate IELTS exam.

Beyond college and university admission:
Your IELTS score can be useful even after you get admitted to a college or university. This could be a very convincing reason for you to take the test. Learn how the IELTS test can help you even after college admission?

More choices:
Along with the traditional paper-based IELTS test, Computer-based IELTS has recently been introduced and is available to some test centres globally. Currently, this computer-delivered test is available only to some selected test centres but the IELTS authority intends to make the computer-based module available in more test centres. 

Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the computer-delivered IELTS test are done on a computer. But the speaking test will still be conducted face-to-face by a human examiner. To learn more about this computer-delivered IELTS test visit our Computer Delivered IELTS test section.

Please note that, if you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the United Kingdom, you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test instead of the general IELTS test.

"IELTS Life Skills" test takers should visit the IELTS Life Skills section for details of this special IELTS test, FAQs, preparation materials and sample questions with answers. You might want to take the IELTS Life Skills test instead of Academic or GT IELTS if:

» You want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently.
» You are already living in the UK and want to make it your permanent home.
» You want to become a British citizen or get British citizenship.

IELTS Score:
Perhaps if you already know about the test, you would be interested to know how your answers are scored by the examiner or in simpler words, How IELTS is Scored. Please browse and read our How IELTS is Scored article to learn it. It also explains the Half and Whole band score which is often confusing to many. It is also worth learning what each band score (0-9) of the IELTS test means, and with this knowledge, you would be able to interpret your band score after you take the test and get your result.

IELTS Myth is an interesting section that deals with 15 IELTS Myths that every candidate should know about. Sometimes a piece of misinformation can affect your score negatively and this article presents what you should believe and what you should not.

IELTS Mentor is an independent website aiming to help IELTS candidates to assess, prepare and practise for the IELTS test. This website is not related to IELTS registration or IELTS test authority. The whole idea of this website was to share knowledge and experience of IELTS so that you can achieve your dream score. You are not alone, IELTS mentor and thousands of other candidates are there to help you. This site is optimised to become your best IELTS study companion.