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How to Use the Four Official IELTS Websites

There are four official IELTS websites. Today, we’ll look at what these sites offer and how to use the four official IELTS websites.

How To Use IELTS.org

IELTS.org has a really great selection of IELTS practice questions. The questions for Reading and Listening are organized by question type. And the Speaking and Writing questions are organized into two full sections. There are separate Reading and Writing question sets for IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic.

These questions are the most valuable part of the IELTS.org website. Unfortunately, they can be a little hard to access if you’re not already familiar with the site. To find the practice questions, go to the IELTS.org homepage. From there, move your mouse over the “About the test” option in the black menu bar that runs just under the IELTS logo at the top of the page. A dropdown menu will appear below the words “About the test.” Click the fourth item in the menu, “Sample test questions.”
 

how to use the four official IELTS websites

IELTS.org (screenshot)


 
This will bring you to the Sample test questions page. Scroll down a little bit, and you’ll see a row of fields with the following labels: “Listening,” “Academic Reading,” “General Training Reading,” “Academic Writing,” “General Training Writing,” and “Speaking.”
 
how to use the four official IELTS websites

IELTS.org (screenshot)


 
The IELTS.org page will default to “Listening,” with red brackets around the “Listening” field. When you land on the page, you’ll see links to IELTS Listening practise questions if you scroll down. You can move the red brackets by clicking on any other field in the row. When you move to a new field, the questions for that field will appear at the bottom of the screen.
 
How to use the four official IELTS websites

IELTS.org (screenshot)


 
This navigation is tricky, but it’s very convenient once you learn how to do it. The setup allows you to view all the different IELTS practise questions on a single page.

How to Use IELTS Essentials

The navigation for the IELTS practice on IELTS.org has its advantages. But if you want to access those same IELTS practise questions in a more conventional way, go to IELTS Essentials. On the IELTS Essentials website, you can access all of the test questions by clicking individual links. From the IELTS Essentials homepage, click “practice and prepare.” At the Practice and Prepare page, you’ll see links to different pages for Listening, General Training Reading, Academic Writing, General Training Writing, and Speaking. Again, this is the same IELTS practise you’ll get on IELTS.org. You’re just accessing it in a different way.

IELTS Essentials also has some other unique materials on its Practice and Prepare page. This includes a 40 minute video lecture about preparing for the IELTS, an IELTS Prep PDF, a portal where you can register for free IELTS training events around the world, and a link to the official IELTS IDP Facebook page.

How to use British Council IELTS

The British Council also hosts an official IELTS website too. This website has its own unique set of IELTS practise, largely different from the materials and sample questions you see on IELTS.org or IELTS Essentials. Unfortunately, from the British Council IELTS webpage, there’s no obvious way to access this IELTS practise. The good news is that the British Council’s IELTS practise is very easy to find through Google. Here is a direct link to their full practise tests. The IELTS Reading, IELTS Listening, and IELTS Writing sections are fully unique to the British Council. Only the IELTS Speaking section is taken form another source; it’s the same Speaking section you’ll find on IELTS.org and IELTS Essentials. The British Council has a number of other unique IELTS Practise resources and activities as well.

How to the Use Cambridge IELTS website

The Cambridge IELTS is something you might call “a horse of a different color.” That means it’s very different from the other websites. To access the official IELTS materials on Cambridge.org, you need to start at the Cambridge IELTS Products and Resources page. On that page, you can either click the “Products” tab or the “Resources” tab.

This is where the site gets a little frustrating. The Products tab just shows you official Cambridge IELTS books for purchase. The resources tab is where all the free goodies are — IELTS question sets, full IELTS practise tests, IELTS video presentations, and exam audio. However, all of these free IELTS materials can only be viewed if you have an account with Cambridge.org and are logged in. This content is completely unique to Cambridge.org, and getting a Cambridge.org account is free. So spend a few minutes registering your Cambridge IELTS account and logging in to Cambridge IELTS. It’s well worth the effort.

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