This page provides you with links to sites that you may find useful for finding our more about the test or improving your score.
These are the places that own and run the test. You should check out these for things such as booking a test, finding a test centre, and learning more about the test.
Here are some places where you can find practice tests.
These are from the official IELTS partners so they are sure to be the same as what you will get in the real test:
The Cambridge Books which you can purchase also provide actual old tests. We have links to them on our books page:
It can be difficult to get English speaking practice if you don't have anybody to practice with.
You can of course try to contact someone on our Speaking Buddy pages. Another site running a similar 'find a speaking partner' is English Arch's Skype Buddies:
Or here you can find a Facebook page dedicated to finding a speaking partner:
The IELTS Network Forum also has a section dedicated to finding a partner:
And if you are lucky you may even meet someone to talk to face-to-face in your local area if you try Conversation Exchange:
Student's often want their writing checked and corrected, and obviously this can be an important way to improve your writing. You need to know where your mistakes are.
IELTS buddy doesn't provide this service at the moment, but if you search the internet you'll find a number of places that do.
You will usually have to pay for this though. Here are some paid services:
IELTS Up provides a free service, but unfortunately they are only able to provide a band score, not corrections, but this may still be useful to find out roughly what level you are at:
Grammar is obviously important for the test, but student's particularly need help for their writing.
IELTS buddy has its own IELTS Grammar pages that are geared specifically towards IELTS, but here are some useful sites to help with this.
Really Learn English provide a useful set of lessons that cover many grammar topics, and you'll also find practice exercises on the site: