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IELTS Practice Tests

IELTS Practice Tests can provide you with the preparation you need to do well in the IELTS exam.

The tests vary slightly because if you are wanting to study abroad you take the Academic Module but if you are taking it for general immigration purposes such as for work you take the General Training Module

Online Listening Practice Tests

Academic & General

Listening Test One:

Listening Test Two:

Listening Test Three:

Listening Test Four:

Listening Test Five:

Computer Based Practice Tests:

These tests are a chance for you to practice tests based more fully on the official IELTS based computer test:

Online Reading Practice Tests

In a full reading test there are a total of three reading passages which you have to do in 60 minutes.

Each one of these is just one reading passage, so if you were doing it under timed conditions it should take 20 minutes. So doing three of them would be a full reading test.

Academic Reading

Air Rage IELTS Reading

Air Rage:

  • Matching Headings
  • True/False/Not Given

Wind Power IELTS Reading

Wind Power:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Summary Completion
  • Matching Statements
Container Trade IELTS Reading

Container Trade:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Cause & Effect Table
  • Sentence Completion
Australia Great War IELTS Reading

The Great War:

  • Short Sentence Completion
  • Yes/No/Not Given

Indian Marriages IELTS Reading

Indian Marriages:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Sentence Completion

El Niño IELTS Reading

El Niño:

  • Sentence Completion
  • Diagram Completion
  • Multiple Choice
Babies Gender IELTS Reading

Babies Gender:

  • True/False/Not Given
  • Sentence Completion
  • Summary Completion
Bees and Ecosystems

Bees & Ecosystems:

  • Sentence Completion
  • True/False/Not Given
  • Finding Information

You can download some of these readings here (PDF)

Computer Based Practice Tests:

These tests are not through IELTS buddy, but are a chance for you to practice tests based on the official IELTS based computer test:

General Training Reading

Unlike academic reading, the sections of the general reading test differ in structure, so this is a full IELTS General Training Reading Practice Test.

Section 1

Rail Cards IELTS General Reading

Rail Cards:

  • Sentence Completion
  • True/False/Not Given

Section 2

Work Station Safety IELTS General Reading

Workstation Safety:

  • Matching Headings to Sections
  • Sentence Completion

Section 3

Pilates IELTS General Reading


  • Finding the Information
  • Summary Completion

The British Council also has a reading practice test for IELTS General Training:

Writing Practice Tests

In the academic part of the test you have to describe some kind of graph, diagram or map (Task 1) and write an essay (Task 2).

In the general part you have to write a letter (Task 1) and write an essay (Task 2). 


Test 1

Line Graph

Agree/Disagree Essay

Test 2

Bar Chart

Pros/Cons Essay

Test 3

Pie Chart

Two Opinions Essay

Test 4


Causes/Solutions Essay

Test 5

Pie/Line Chart

Agree/Disagree Essay

Test 6

Process Diagram

How/Opinion Essay

General Training

Test 1

Request Letter

Causes/Opinion Essay

Test 2

Complaint Letter

Two Opinions Essay

Test 3

Request Letter

Opinion Essay

IELTS Writing Answer Sheet.pdf

You can also view questions with model answers:

Speaking Practice Tests

Speaking is the same for academic and general training. In part one you are asked easy questions about everyday topics such as work, hobbies, the weather, travelling etc.

In part two you have to speak for two minutes on a topic the examiner gives you. In part three you have a two-way discussion with the examiner on more complicated topics related to your part two topic.

This is a further speaking practice test from the British Council:

Or take an actual IELTS mock speaking test and get your band score.

IDP also has a number of IELTS practice tests and exercises on all the modules of the test:

Computer Based IELTS

If you are planning to take the computer based IELTS test you can find links to practice tests here:

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