Our four Understanding IELTS courses will give you a complete guide to everything you need to know as you prepare for the IELTS test.

Each of the courses lasts for three weeks and takes you through one of the four stages of the IELTS test – reading, writing, speaking and listening. At each stage, there is 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.

Once you finish all four courses, 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.

Available courses:

Understanding IELTS: Reading

This course focuses on the Reading test. You’ll explore the format of the test and the kinds of text you need to read, and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different task types, from multiple choice to true, false, and not given.

You’ll also look at general reading strategies that will help you cope with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies.

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Understanding IELTS: Speaking

This course focuses on the Speaking test. You’ll look in detail at the three parts of the test and learn about the four criteria that will be used to assess your spoken English.

The tips and techniques will help you improve your English speaking and build techniques to help you succeed. Through practice activities, you’ll build confidence and feel fully prepared on test day.

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Understanding IELTS: Listening

This course focuses on the Listening test. You’ll explore the format of the test and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different types of tasks you’ll meet. 

You’ll also look at general English listening strategies that will help you cope with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies.

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Understanding IELTS: Writing

This course focuses on the Academic Writing test. You’ll explore the test format and develop strategies for each type of task.

You’ll look at graphs and charts in Task One, how to approach the task and the language needed for a successful answer. You’ll examine Task Two questions and learn how to plan, write and check academic essays.

You’ll also look at the assessment criteria, what the examiner looks for and how to write successfully for IELTS.

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IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. It's accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Over 3.5 million IELTS tests were taken globally in 2018.

We have over 80 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and delivers IELTS tests in more than 140 countries. 

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