Top 9 free resources for your IELTS preparation

What’s the way to ace any exam? PRACTISE, PRACTISE and more PRACTISE

The same mantra goes for the IELTS exam as well. When it comes to preparing for the IELTS, having a command over basic English fluency isn’t enough. It would help if you had proper comprehension, vocabulary, and a sound understanding of the English language. However, while embarking on your study abroad journey, you might not have enough resources to invest in an IELTS preparation course to help you gain fluency and a good band in your exam. To help you in your journey and make sure you are not breaking your pockets to prepare for IELTS, here are the top 9 free resources that will help you in your IELTS test preparation.


The website is run and developed and run by a famous ex-examiner of IELTS, Mr Simon. The website provides various free resources and advice for IELTS preparation. This website is dedicated to providing a compilation of resources you can access free of cost. You also get the chance to take your lessons in audio, video, and written formats. Furthermore, the content provided on this website is comprehensive and would allow you to self-study for the exam without enrolling in a coaching program ever.

British Council

British Council is one of the IELTS partners and provides ample free resources to applicants preparing for IELTS. They have introduced various videos of successful IELTS applicants wherein they share their IELTS preparation journey. You can surely boost your preparation by visiting their website and gain practical advice, sample tests, essays, and grammar lessons.

Magoosh IELTS 

If going through written lessons has become too boring for you and you want to learn in a much more engaging way, you can boost your IELTS preparation by watching the Magoosh IELTS Youtube channel. This channel provides in-depth knowledge regarding IELTS practice with a focus on all four IELTS domains. It also guides its viewers about the necessary preparation resources and where to find them.

IELTS Official 

On the note of the interactive learning platform, you can also go to the IELTS official’s YouTube channel, which will let you watch several videos which guide you through the entire IELTS exam process. They are known to conduct various live Facebook sessions with IELTS experts as well. You can clear any doubts with experts on the spot. Moreover, test discussions will give you ample information and guidance regarding the test and its preparation.

IELTS buddy

IELTS buddy is one popular website known for its tests and sample study material to prepare for the IELTS exam. It offers tips and tricks for answering the questions within the stipulated time frame and has different practice materials for all four IELTS domains. Moreover, if you have any queries and need any advice on your prep, you can also go to its question-answer forum and post your queries and resolve them by experts and fellow candidates.

IELTS Online Tests

When it comes to preparing for a competitive exam, learning is not enough. It would help if you practised what you have learnt and therefore, the mock test websites are a lifesaver in this regard. The IELTS Online tests website gives free access to hundreds of mock sample questions for IELTS preparation, along with several live sessions to guide applicants through their IELTS preparation journey. Not only that, once you have taken your mocks, you can also go to their feedback and training sessions and figure out how to improve your performance.

LearnEnglish Podcasts

This is another application developed by the British council, where you can listen to their entertaining podcasts and refine your listening skills. The audio script in this app will enable you to read and listen simultaneously and offers background playing, so you can shut your phone off and learn on the go. Moreover, you can listen to podcasts on a wide range of topics and even access them offline so that your learning doesn’t stop, and you can enhance your listening skills even when working on something else.

BBC Learning English

 This is the official English learning application developed by BBC and has a plethora of downloaded audio programs that you can listen to on the go. There are new lessons updated on the app daily, and you can also practise your comprehension skills by taking its practice lessons.  The application has recently introduced a new feature called audio programs, wherein one can improve their listening skills.

IELTS Vocabulary

IELTS prep means rote memorizing hundreds of words and their meanings which can be quite overwhelming. The IELTS Vocabulary application focuses on developing the candidate’s vocabulary by learning important English terms through tests and flashcards. There are segregated lists of words based on the degree of usage, and you can take their quizzes for preparation reviews. Moreover, you can also access the app in offline mode. You can skim through the flashcards and learn new words anywhere and everywhere.

The IELTS test is not a piece of cake and but neither is it impossible to crack. So utilize these free resources and make the most out of your preparation to score a high band in your IELTS and clear the language hurdle between you and an excellent international experience.

Author Bio: Abhyank Srinet is a passionate digital entrepreneur who holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe. He started his first company while he was still studying at ESCP, and managed to scale it up by 400% in just 2 years. 
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