IELTS Study Guide

After deciding to take the IELTS, you will need an IELTS study plan to help you prepare for the test. Here is a guide about why you need an IELTS study plan and how to make an effective plan!

Why is an IELTS study guide important?

Some people may wonder why they have to spend the time to make a plan. In fact, a study plan will save your time while preparing for the test because it arranges your time in advance! It will also help you to clarify your goals, check your improvement and the weaknesses. Therefore, a good study plan is one of the key contributors of getting a high IELTS score!

Are there existing study guides that I can use?

Yes, there absolutely are! Magoosh offers two study guides (also known as “study schedules” or “study plans”) that you can use to organize your IELTS preparation:

If neither of these study guides works for you, then you might consider making your own.

What should I do before making a new IELTS template for my studies?

You need to do some research work before making the template, or plan. First, you need to understand the test format of the IELTS so that you can be familiar with the different test versions, test process and the tasks. Besides, you need to know how is the IELTS score calculated so that you can predict your scores. Check out our The IELTS test format and How the IELTS scores are calculated! Then, find a high-quality IELTS prep product (hey- we might be able to help you there!)

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How to make an IELTS study guide?

Set a goal

The first step is to set a goal for yourself. The goal should be based on the minimum requirements of your dream schools. Check the admission websites of those schools and find out their requirements on the overall IELTS score and on different parts!

Find out your weakness

Before making the exact plan, you can do a full length practice test to check your level. Then you can find out your strength and weaknesses in different parts. For example, some students are better at reading and writing while some have better skills in listening and speaking. Even within the same part, you will do better on some types of questions. Check out our IELTS full length practice tests to find out  your weaknesses!

Make daily and weekly practice

This is the most complex step in making an IELTS study plan because an effective study plan should meet your personal needs. Here are some useful tips!

First of all, you need to find your spare time. If you are busy with your study or work, you can study for the IELTS one or two hours each work day. Besides, weekends are the best time for you to prepare for the test.

Then you need to consider how much time you have before your test. A study plan for three months is different from a study plan for one month. If your time is limited, you need to focus more on your weaknesses rather than every parts of the IELTS. For example, if you are already a good listener and reader, you can practice speaking and writing each day and do full length practice tests on weekends.

Here is a sample study plan.

IELTS study plan sample-magoosh

Note: This study plan is only a suggestion. You need to customize your IELTS study plan based on the tips above.

For more inspiration, check out our video on how to study effectively:

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12 Responses to IELTS Study Guide

  1. celina September 20, 2016 at 3:28 am #

    what do you mean by “modify writings” which is scheduled during wednesdays for 60 minutes?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am #

      Hi Celina,

      Kuangyan means for you to look over your previously written writing task and edit/revise/fix/study it so that you can see with fresh eyes what you wrote and determine how to improve it. 🙂

      • PARVINDER SINGH March 17, 2018 at 6:41 am #

        Hi Yesterday i got my General Test Result i Got READING And LISTENING 8 SPEAKING 7.5 OVERALL 7.5.

        WRITING I got 5.5 i just need .5 for my immigration purpose. Would you suggest going for revaluation or not. Thanks

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

          A re-evaluation never hurts if all you need is an increase of 0.5. But careful study and a retake has an even greater chance of boosting your IELTS Writing score by half a band. So I’d suggest requesting a rescore and studying for a retake in case the rescore isn’t successful.

          Congratulations on such a strong overall score, by the way. It sounds like you have the skill you need to either get a second chance on rescore or get to where you need to be by sitting the IELTS a second time. 🙂

  2. JOLSANA GEORGE June 29, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Hai, my name is Jolsana George.
    Could you please tell me, how to study Reading and Writing.?? Please tell me a way to practice it..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 4, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Jolsana,

      The best way to get started with your studying is to read our Complete Guide to IELTS Reading and our IELTS writing posts. That, along with the information in this study guide, will really help you learn how to prepare for the IELTS!

  3. Vikram February 1, 2019 at 6:20 am #

    Hii mam/sir my name is vikram singh i got 6-5 in listning and reading and 6 in speaking 5-5 in writting it is my third attemp in previous 2 attempts i got 6 in writting now only problem is that i am student of academic and i want 6 in each please suggest me should i go for revaluation for writting module i just want 6 so differnce is onlu 0-5 please help me with giving your precious advice

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 4, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi Vikram!

      Thanks for reaching out to us. It can be difficult to decide whether or not you would like to have your Writing re-evaluated, but I think this blog post will help:

      How Often are Requests for a Rescore Successful

      Keep in mind that requesting a rescore does not guarantee a score increase, and in some cases, it can even result in a score decrease. It is also possible that your score may not change at all. 🙂

  4. Raha February 15, 2019 at 9:15 am #

    Hi I had a Toefl test and I got 78 but the test of TOEFL has problems which I can not do anything for them such as starting time everyone start whenever they want, anyway, now I want to take an IELTS and I am not familiar with it would you please help me what should I study by this level at TOEFL for IELTS?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Raha!

      The best way to get started with your studying is to read our Complete Guide to the IELTS exam. That, along with the information in this study guide, will really help you learn how to prepare for the IELTS!

  5. Rida July 24, 2019 at 4:53 am #

    Hi , Hope you are doing great. My score in writing is 6.5 , reading 7.5, speaking 7 and in listening 7.5, for immigration purpose i need to have a score of 8 in L and 7 in S,R, W . I need to improve writing and listening , can you please help me out in improving my writing and Listening score. I have 1 month for preparation only and am a Jobian aswell.

    The only issue is of focus, i really don’t know how to manage time and stay focused on my goal of securing good score and that makes me more upset and frustrated.

    Regards ,


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Rida,

      Focus is a strategy that you must practice, just like you are practicing any other skill for the IELTS. This is something that you need to develop over time, which is why we recommend that students take several practice exams throughout their studies. When you find yourself becoming distracted, take some time to reflect on what’s happening–do you feel stressed? Are you reaching for your phone or looking for other entertainment? Are you tired? Paying attention to your feelings can help you to prevent and respond to these situations. I also recommend that you practice some stress-relief strategies. This will help you to refocus your energies when you get distracted.

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