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100+ IELTS Exam Preparation Resources

Here is our list of online courses and other resources to help you prepare for the IELTS exam.

Update: We’re launching a TOEFL Speaking Practice Cohort! In this Cohort led by an ESL teacher, we’ll meet twice a week to practice for the TOEFL speaking section. The Cohort start on Nov 22. Enroll here.

Some weeks ago, we published a list of courses and resources to prepare for the TOEFL exam, including online courses, practice websites, mobile apps, youtube videos, vocabulary flashcards, podcasts, and guide books. Another standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers is IELTS (The International English Language Testing System). Submitting IELTS results is essential as a proof of your English abilities, when you plan to apply for studying abroad, working in Australia, the UK, Canada or New Zealand, or apply for permanent residency in those countries.

IELTS is even more popular than TOEFL with an estimated 3.5 million test takers in 2018 and higher interest worldwide in Google Trend as seen in the screenshot below.

Class Central lists around 500+ online courses to learn a new language at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. We also regularly publish collections like the list of 150+ free University courses to learn a foreign language. We researched and compiled a list of online courses and other resources for IELTS, including online courses, practice websites, mobile apps, Youtube playlists, and Guides and Books. 


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About the IELTS Exam

IELTS has been managed by the British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge Assessment English since 1989. It is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, colleges, government departments, immigration authorities, multinational companies, and many more. 

IELTS Test Types and Formats

The IELTS test includes four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. And there are two different IELTS modules: Academic and General Training. The Academic module and General Training module share the same Speaking and Listening tests but are different in the Reading and Writing tests. Here, you can find the detailed differences in format of two types of tests.

Content No. of Questions Time duration
Listening 2 conversations
2 monologues
40 30 min
Academic Reading 3 long texts 40 60 min
General Training Reading Section 1: 2-3 short texts
Section 2: 2 texts
Section 3: 1 long text
40 60 min
Academic Writing Task 1: Describe visual information
Task 2: Respond to a point of view or argument or problem
2 60 min
General Training Writing Task 1: Respond to a situation
Task 2: Respond to a point of view or argument or problem
2 60 min
Speaking Part 1: General questions
Part 2: Particular topic
Part 3: Further questions about the topic in Part 2
3 11 – 14 min

Paper-based IELTS vs. Computer-based IELTS

You can take the IELTS on paper or on the computer. They are the same in test format, question types, time duration, content, and registration fees. The only difference is writing answers on paper with an HB-pencil or typing on the screen. The Speaking part is completed face-to-face with an IELTS examiner in both approaches. There is no need to use your own computer as the test centre will supply it for the computer-delivered IELTS test.

The advantage of taking IELTS on the computer is that you can receive your results 3 to 5 days after the test while getting results from the paper-based test takes 13 days . 

IELTS Indicator

IELTS Indicator was launched due to the Covid-19 shutdown. IELTS Indicator is 100% online so that you can take it at home, even the Speaking test is delivered via zoom video call with an examiner. It includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are taken on the same day while the Speaking test can be completed before or after that day. 

It is only accepted by a limited number of institutions but it is not available for migration to Australia, Canada, or New Zealand. You can find out which organisations accept the IELTS Indicator via this website. If you plan to apply for study abroad, it’s better to email the university administration department and ask whether they accept the IELTS Indicator.

IELTS Test Fees

Book IELTS test

IELTS registration fee is different depending on where you book the test. Booking an IELTS test costs 250 USD in the US, 375 AUD in Australia, and 2170 RMB in China. 

Transfer IELTS test date

You can only transfer the test date once. It’s free of charge if you transfer the test date five weeks before the scheduled test date. But, if you transfer less than five weeks before the scheduled test date, you will be charged a 25% administration fee. You have no chance to transfer less than three days before the scheduled test date. 

Cancel IELTS test

Cancelling the test five weeks before the scheduled test date means you can be eligible for a refund of 75% of the test fee. But less than five weeks means zero refund.

IELTS Exam Preparation Resources

Online Courses

Websites for IELTS Practice Online

Mobile Apps

Youtube Videos 

IELTS Listening

IELTS Reading

IELTS Writing

IELTS Speaking

Guides and Books

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With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.

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