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International Language Testing System (IELTS) is world’s largest service for testing of one’s language skills in English. IELTS is the most accepted and most taken test around the world to get certification in English language. If  you have to go abroad in an English country for education, job or to make a living; you will have to first take part in this test. Only if you score up to a certain grade called Band, will you be eligible to apply for visa.

IELTS is a must test for every Non-English native who wishes expand his/her world by experiencing global life. In this article, I will be sharing with you a proper step and step method on how you can do IELTS Preparation. This article includes:

  1. Types and Sections of IELTS Test and its preparation
  2. Format of IELTS Listening Test
  3. Practice with Sample IELTS Listening Test
  4. Format of IELTS Reading Test
    • Academic & General Training
  5. Practice with Sample IELTS Reading Test
    • Academic & General Training
  6. Format of IELTS Writing Test
    • Academic & General Training
  7. Practice with Sample IELTS Writing Test
    • Academic & General Training
  8. Format of IELTS Speaking Test
  9. Sample IELTS Speaking Interview of Band 9

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Following is the method of IELTS Preparation.

Types and Sections of IELTS Preparation

Before you actually start working, you must first know about Types and Sections of IELTS Test. Then you will know what test you will be taking, what that test includes and in accordance with that, we will prepare for it.

There are 2typesof IELTS Test:

  1. IELTS Academic(For those going for education)
  2. IELTS General Training(For those going for work)

All IELTS exams are broken down into four categories.

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking

Both Academic & General Training exam are almost same with different purposes. Before you go ahead, make sure you know which of these two tests you are going to take.

  • In both test, Speaking and Listening Test is same. This is an important part of IELTS Preparation.
  • In accordance with the objective of test, Reading and Writing have their structure.

Once you have been issued a roll number slip, date and timing of the test will be mentioned on it. ReadingWriting and Listening will be taken in one day without any breaks. Speaking test will basically be an interview testing your communication skills. This interview will be  conducted before or after7 days of the above mentioned test.

1 –   Listening of IELTS Preparation:

Listening section of IELTS will be testing your response on English verbal communication. How good you are in understanding when someone will talk to you in English. Following is describes Format and Sample Questions for practice.

Format of the IELTS Listening

Whether you take Academic or General Training IELTS test, Listening part is same for both. It is a 30 minutes test in which You’ll listen to four different native English-speaking interviews. You will be provided a sheet with questions on it. After carefully listening to the recordings, you will have to write answers of the questions in the sheet.

In 1st Recording, A normal conversation between two people about life.

In 2nd Recording, A lengthy statement placed in everyday social context.

In 3rd Recording, A dialogue between up to four participants on some educational matter or classroom instruction.

In 4th Recording, A lengthy speech about an intellectual or educational topic, like a teacher lecture.

  • Full detailed details for IELTS listening test format is available here.

Exercise of IELTS Listening with Sample Questions

Practice plays an important role in training for IELTS. You will be provided with an MP3 audio file and paper sheets. You will open the answer sheet first and then start recording audio and fill the sheet accordingly.

1st Recording:

  • Here’s a Test File 1 to listen to
  • Here’s Response Sheet 1 to Fill as reported

2nd Recording:

  • Here’s a Test File 2 to listen to
  • Here’s Response Sheet 2 to Fill as reported

3rd Recording:

  • Here’s a Test File 3 to listen to
  • Here’s Response Sheet 3 to Fill as reported

4th Recording:

  • Here’s a Test File 4 to listen to
  • Here’s Response Sheet 4 to Fill as reported

2 –   Reading in IELTS Preparation:

In IELTS Preparation reading test, your English reading test skills will be put to trial.This way, it can be assured that you have the ability to understand any written work like books and office documents in English.

Format of IELTS Reading Test

  1. It is a Test of 60 minutes.
  2. Paper sheet provided to you will have 40 questions on it to be answered.

IELTS Reading Academic Test

In IELTS Reading Academic Test, three descriptive and factual long paragraphs will printed on your Paper sheet. Below them will be questions that you will have to answer in accordance with the paragraphs.

  • Detailed information for IELTS Academic Reading Test format is available here.

IELTS Reading curriculum exam

IELTS Reading General Education Assessment requires passages from various books, journals, newsletters, articles, business guides and instructions.

Rehearsal of IELTS Reading with Example Questions

Following are a few Sample Questions of IELTS Test for Reading, I took from official website of IELTS and filtered and sorted it for you. Carefully read them, and try to solve it yourself..

3 –   Writing of IELTS Preparation:

In IELTS Writing section of the test, as you can tell by the name, your writing skills will be tested. This is to make sure you have the ability to write any document or assignment in English language when needed. If you are going abroad for education or job, you will definitely be needing these skills.

Format of IELTS Writing Test

For this test you require good English language skills and also practice prior hand. It is a test where you have to write for continuous 60 minutes. You will be given two writing goals and you will have to describe each in 150 to 200 words.

IELTS Academic Writing Test:

IELTS Academic Writing test comprises a total of two jobs.

Throughout Task 1, a graph, list, map, or diagram will be provided. You’ll need to identify or justify the details yourself.

You must write an essay in Task 2, in answer to a statement or question. In formal writing, you must do all things, and stop casual words. Make sure you know all the tricks for writing in a formal way.

IELTS General Training Writing

IELTS General Training Exam Topics of general interest. It also includes two tasks, just like the Academic Writing test:

 You will be faced with a scenario in Task 1, and will be asked to write a letter to obtain information, or to explain the situation. Letter could be like boss or senior to anyone. Make sure you know the correct style and way of writing letters.

You must write an essay in Task 2, which will be in reaction to a statement, point of view, or question and, of course, structured method.

Practice for IELTS Writing with Sample Questions

Below some example exams I found in the official website of IELTS and have shared here for your ease and practice. Make sure you check them out and practice accordingly.


4 –   Speaking of IELTS Preparation:

Speaking, last section of the IELTS is considered the most difficult of all. It is different from other tests and taken separately on a different day. A representative of British council or AEO will take your interview and ask questions according to following format.

Format of the Test

Interview will be of duration of about 15 minutes approx. IELTS Talking assessments are the same for all college and general education exams. You must have proper communication skills and ability to convey your message to the second person in order to pass this test. Interview consists of three parts.

  • In Part 1, they will tell you about yourself and your family which must be able to answer properly.
  • In Part 2, you will be asked to speak about a certain topic that interviewer will give you.
  • In Part 3, there will be a little long debate on the topic.

Example of IELTS Speaking Interview Test

In IELTS Preparation Following is a video of official interview by an IELTS representative. The girl, Anushka, in the video has band 9 (grading system of IELTS) which is the highest. You can tell your level by comparing with her.