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British Council

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

British Council via FutureLearn

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Anyone thinking about taking an English language test, such as IELTS, will find this course particularly useful, but all English language learners will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course.

The course focuses on the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System). IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Over 3 million IELTS tests were taken globally last year.

This course will take you through each stage of the IELTS test — reading, writing, speaking and listening. At each stage there will be advice from our video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators. You will also be asked to share your experiences, tips and opinions with other learners.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS course, you will:

  • be familiar with all parts of the IELTS test
  • have some useful tips to help you achieve your IELTS goals
  • understand how the IELTS test is assessed
  • have an opportunity to have your written and spoken English assessed by other learners

The British Council has over 80 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and delivers IELTS tests in more than 100 countries. The course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning.

You can find out more about this course in this post for the FutureLearn blog: “IELTS: a global test for a global language.”

The course is aimed at non-native English speakers at around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.

Taught by

Chris Cavey


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  • Very useful and interesting to people who have to face english exams, It provides with a lot of resources to practice all of the diferent english skills required for examination.
  • Kml
    good overview and walk through with a lot of useful tips focused directly at IELTS test. Can be done at own pace
  • Multi Khairat
    I take this course because I want to improve my english language especially how to do IELTS test. I feel difficult to answer IELTS test. I choose this course so that I can study about IELTS test. Now days, we know that many universities in this world use this test. If we want to enroll, we must have score of IELTS.
  • Anonymous
    In best of my knowledge this web page help to amend IELTS skills like speaking reading or writing. I prefer this page because in my opinion it’s the best way to improve my skills
  • Asdoost
    The course is a simple and good way to be familiar with IELTs. But there is nothing more than that.
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