In this post we’ll show you that language learning websites can contribute towards your best score on the IELTS exam.
Here we’ll look at some of the best.
These sites will give you:
- Practical advice on how to prepare for the IELTS
- Valuable examples under test conditions
- Ideas to build your social networks with native speakers
- Coaching on how to blend traditional learning with freely available digital content
Sound good? Let’s take a closer look!
Top websites for your training
Whether for work, leisure or to boost that C.V the IELTS is the essential certification to prove your level of English. Internationally recognised it is one of the world’s most popular English language tests. The IELTS Academic is for those seeking professional registration or to begin a course of study and is widely supported by many institutions. The IELTS General is for those intending to work or study in an English speaking country and is mandatory for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
So many sites! So little time!
GlobalExam is an online platform that not only provides some tips and sample exercises, but unlike the other websites, it gives an immediate correction with an explanation. All the content is produced and updated regularly by IELTS teachers. On GlobalExam, you can take a full mock test, in real exam conditions thanks to the timer, and get a correction at the end of the test. Your results are saved automatically, so you can check your preogression later, and work on potential gaps with our grammar and vocabulary study sheets. Another feature available is the possibility to create a “training schedule” that can help you organize your time to prepare for IELTS by giving you a programme to follow.
GlobalExam has a trial version in order for you to see what the website looks like and try platform thanks to a free IELTS practice test or IELTS E-book, then you can choose a Premium version among 4 different offers: weekly, monthly, quarterly or anualy.
2. IELTS Liz
The website ieltsliz.com was created by an experienced IELTS teacher from the UK, called Liz. She is an expert in the IELTS, and offers good exercises for free, as well as many tips. She also has a youtube channel IELTS Liz, if you prefer to watch videos. Her video lessons are very friendly and cover all the IELTS tasks (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).
3. IELTS Buddy
IELTS Buddy also offers a lot of sample exercises, which are downloadable, along with grammar and vocabulary sections that focus on specific topics useful for the exam, and finally some tips and stategies to earn more points. What we find the most interesting on this website are the “Model Answers” for the Writing module (commenting a graph and writing an essay). Indeed, the model answers allow you to see how the question could be answered, how are the ideas organized in the answer as well as the vocabulary to use.
4. IELTS Mentor
IELTS Mentor is also dedicated to the IELTS examination, and offers sample questions with answers for both General Training and Academic versions of the IELTS. Many sample questions are available for each task, with many sample answers to the question (especially for the essays) so that you can compare different “good” answers to a given question. You will also find advices per section of the exam, along with vocabulary to learn.
5. IELTS Simon
The website IELTS Simon was created by an ex-IELTS examiner, Simon, that still runs exam preparation courses in Manchester, UK. The websites gives you some free content to study IELTS, with recent archives to practice, and video lessons are available on his Youtube channel. If you like study with a book as well, he explains some of the audioscripts from Cambridge IELTS 12, which is another good resource to prepare for IELTS.
6. IELTS Advantage
IELTS Advantage focuses on IELTS vocabulary. The website is very user-friendly, with many videos and tips on how to learn vocabulary in an efficient manner. Indeed, as they say, vocabulary “makes up 25% of your total mark in the Writing and Speaking tests”, that’s why it is so important to improve your vocabulary.
For the writing and speaking parts, IELTS Advantage offers a correction service, starting from 29.95 USD.
7. Road to IELTS
As you may already know, the IELTS test has 3 co-owners: Cambridge English Language Assessment, British Council and IDP. Road to IELTS is the official British Council online course. This website has a free version, and a full version with all the exercises and online preparation course, starting from 49.99 USD.
8. IELTS up
IELTS-up provides some exercises for each part with explanations and advices. There is content for both General Training and Academic versions. What we like about this website is that they have a “score maximizer”, which they created in order to send you an individual strategy based on your skills, your objective and the time you have left to the exam.
On ielts-exam, you will find some free practice tests, as well as information about tests centers, which books to choose, and many other tips. The answers for the Listening and Reading parts are availble, but there is no correction for the Speaking and Writing parts.
10. IELTS Tutorials
- Sign up with 20+ Free practice Tests: You can easily Sign-Up, and get 20+ Free Practise Tests so that you can continue your preparation without any hassle. (https://ieltstutorials.online/)
- IELTS Tutorials Mobile App: IELTS Tutorials is available on Play Store & App Store. You can also download IELTS Writing Mobile App for all your IELTS Writing problems. You get 90 solved samples, practice materials, the latest videos, and informative blogs, you can ensure a high score in the exam.
You can also improve your score by listening to TED talks – which are videos of people pitching on a specific subject – that’s why TED-IELTS made a selection of talks that can help you. Listening to TED talks is a funny way to improve your English level, along with your listening skills. If you need a tutor to correct your writing – and have an idea of the score you could get on this part – you have the possibility to submit your essay, and a tutor will correct it for 10 GBP.
If studying online is not your thing, or if you like to combine your training with a book, feel free to check our selection of best IELTS books. Now that you have a list of resources for your preparation, you can start training!
Blended Learning, traditional and cutting edge
Take a break from the grammar books and watch English language TV series to improve your everyday English skills. “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey” are great for received English pronunciation, while more advanced learners might enjoy something like “Misfits” for the variety of British accents. US TV series are widely available too. Why not try “Friends” in English, especially if you already know the storyline. For more advanced learners who like “cop shows” try “Brooklyn 99”.
When it comes to newspapers, try reading the financial press such as “Wall Street Journal” or “Financial Times” to expand your advanced vocabulary and background knowledge.
Don’t forget songs too. Don’t be satisfied to la la along to the radio. Get the lyrics from the internet and sing along. It’s great for your pronunciation and it’s fun.
Tools, Help and Advice
In addition we provide a variety of tools for you to enrich your learning experience. Take advantage of our tutorials, webinars and e-books to ensure that you benefit to the full from your online learning experience.
We all know that the best way to learn or improve our language skills is to go and spend time in a country where that language is spoken. We also know, however, that this isn’t always practical or possible. We will also show you how to build your social networks to take in native speakers.
You should use what you are learning for real, whether at work sending an email to a client or making a phone call, or socially.