In this podcast / video / blog post you will get a treasure chest of IELTS resources, ranging from practice tests, online exercises, and even preparation strategy (at the end of the post).
Professional Online Preparation
Without doubt the best place for IELTS writing preparation and it even comes with a guarantee.
This site is run by a very handsome fellow, who will push you to improve fast.
To get the absolute value from this material you need to APPLY it and practise, practise, practise, and for that you need IELTS MOTIVATION. I would also advise you read the section at the end regarding getting a plan.
This site has TONNES of IELTS material for free.
30 GIGABYTES OF IELTS Material?
Torrents may be a little riskier, but you do get the audio versions which are useful for listening practice.
IELTS Material to improve your Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Are you fed up and annoyed about ARTICLES???? I think about 99% of all English language students have challenges with articles. This little baby will help you, but first watch the tutorial on how to use it.
An online video for the students going for Band 9?
This video is quite advanced material even for native English speakers, so be careful!
These sites are powerful when used with a plan (see end of article)
ESL Punctuation Online Quiz – Great if your writing suffers from punctuation abuse!
Reading Test – Now this is absolute GOLD for the reading test. Why? It uses current news so you can keep up with world affairs. It has different levels so you can push yourself, it’s really quick and easy to use, and finally there are even audio recordings of the text! Hearing the text will increase the chances of you remembering the vocab, and also guide your pronunciation challenges.
The IELTS preparation strategy that never fails!
The usual approach is to download or buy everything, then make crazy goals like “25 hours a day!
No socialising until IELTS is nailed!
No X-Box until I get Band 9!
I totally understand these ideas but from personal experience they hardly ever work.
What does work are smaller, more realistic, easily attainable goals, with the view to making them a habit. For example you could determine to do one hour a day, for 6 days a week.
In the first week write out a sample IELTS essay every morning and do then do a reading quiz.
Basically, consistently executing smaller steps is usually more attainable and more satisfying than going for outrageous unrealistic goals, also with the latter we often feel down when we don’t reach our own expectations.
I would also recommend careful planning, way way in advance of the exam. Then follow this really simple strategy.
- Allocate a specific time for focused IELTS preparation, an hour a day.
- Do practice tests to identify your weaknesses
- Focus on that specific area
- Do more practice tests to check for improvements.
IELTS is like a mountain, it cannot be accomplished in 3 hours, it needs to be climbed step by step, consistently over the space of at the very least a month.
Listen to the podcast here:
Here is a quick brief video I made for this post: