Online IELTS preparation course

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A summary of all the benefits of enrolling with us

So what's included in your ielts membership?


To get a good result in your IELTS test, you need to know the facts and the techniques, as well as the skills you need to use. That's why we have covered every aspect of IELTS preparation in our online course in 10 clear units, as well as including our complete IELTS vocabulary course and our general English course.

Remember that this course has been designed, developed and maintained by British Council trained examiners, all of whom have a minimum of 16 years experience as IELTS examiners.

How membership will improve your IELTS reading skills

I always run out of time before I've answered all of the questions.

This is an extremely common issue in the reading test, which is why we look at the skills and techniques you need to know and use to complete the test in the 60 minutes given. In Unit 2 and 3, we look at how to use skimming, scanning and reading-for-detail skills. In Unit 4, we look at how you can use the layout of the reading text to help you find answers more quickly (such as the value of sub headings, understanding the writing style and the importance of register). In Unit 6 we look at speed reading skills and ways to raise your WPM (words per minute) reading speed.

I have difficulty with particular question types.

The IELTS reading test has 9 different question types, and each question type is covered in its own lesson in Units 1 to 9. The hardest question types are 'Headings' style questions (where you have to match a paragraph to one answer from a list of headings) and TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN questions (where you need to decide whether a statement matches what is said in the reading text). That's why our course builds on each question type, showing you exactly what you can do to maximise your chances of finding the correct answer.

I have problems with some of the words they use in the reading texts.

The online programme has a specialised IELTS vocabulary course built specifically for this problem. The vocabulary is divided into clear sections used in the IELTS tests (transport, health, society, the media etc). In addition, EVERY lesson in the online course starts with a vocabulary list and definition for words that will be used in the lesson, meaning that you are learning new vocabulary as you study. We also teach you the 5 different skills (context, contrast, description, logic and parallel) that we at IELTStestONLINE have developed to help with unknown vocabulary.

A summary of how IELTStestONLINE will improve your IELTS reading skills:

  • Individual lessons on each of the 9 different question types used in the reading test, covering what they are testing your ability to do, common errors candidates make, and the best techniques for finding the correct answer quickly.
  • How to work on your skimming,  scanning, reading-for-detail and speed reading so you can work through the texts and find the answers without running out of time.
  • What to do when you don't understand words or phrases in the reading texts or the questions, and how you can use different skills to you best advantage.
  • Develop your vocabulary in a range of IELTS related subjects like health, education, transport and more.
  • Reading practice tests that will automatically give you a band score, show you which of your answers were right or wrong, with additional feedback on how the correct answers should have been found.

How to improve your IELTS writing skills

I run out of time before I have chance to finish.

Step by step, the writing section of our course will help you build a pattern where every minute is used in the most efficient way. We start with a lesson focusing on analysing the question, then how to plan your answer, how to use the right format in your answer, how to clearly present the structure in Task 2 (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion) - even how to make sure you have time to proofread your work before the 60 minutes is up.

I find it hard to stay on the topic in Task 2.

Our online IELTS course will give you the tools you need to make sure you stay on topic by using the planning stage, how topic sentences can keep you on track and how you can develop and support your paragraphs with relevant points. There are lots of examples in the online course, as well as looking at the common errors candidates make.

Sometimes I don't understand the question.

As you work through the course, we will also build your vocabulary skills to improve your language and give you the best chance of understanding the question. In Unit 8, we also look at the techniques you can use to minimise the lost points if you don't understand the question.

My spelling isn't very good and I don't use enough high level vocabulary.

In Unit 2, we look at some of the rules and the exceptions for spelling. In Unit 3, we look at techniques to remember new vocabulary. There is also the complete vocabulary course. There are also the model answers, so you can see how new vocabulary is used in an IELTS task.

My grammar and punctuation is not good enough to get a good result.

The general English course which is included in all memberships will help you with EVERY tense used in English, all organised into levels from A1 (Beginner) to C2 (Proficient/Advanced). There is also a lesson on the correct use of punctuation - how to use a semi colon ( ; ), what an 'Oxford comma' is, when to use a comma in a relative clause and much more.

A summary of how IELTStestONLINE will improve your IELTS writing skills:

  • Individual lessons on every aspect of the writing test, from how to plan your Task 1 response to how to proofread your Task 2 essay when you've finished.
  • What to do to get ideas and make sure you write enough (but not too much!).
  • How to extend your vocabulary and show a good range in your writing.
  • How to stay on topic, clearly develop your points and extend them with examples.
  • How to identify which of the 4 types of Task 2 writing structures are most appropriate depending on the question.
  • Over 50 model answers so you can see how a complete answer is built and see the structure of a good answer.
  • Sample answers for different bands, so you can see the difference between a Band 6.0, Band 7.0, Band 8.0 and Band 9.0 answer.
  • MASTER Membership also includes complete assessment of your writing - we will make corrections, give you feedback and award an estimated band score, so you know exactly what you need to do to improve.

How to improve your IELTS listening skills

I have trouble understanding the different accents.

The IELTS test can include accents from a range of English speaking countries - Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more. That's why our practice tests and lessons also use people from these countries, so you are prepared no matter what accent you hear.

I lose focus / lose track of where I am during the listening test and I miss some of the answers.

In Unit 2, 4, and 7 of the online course, we look at strategies for how you can stay focused while you're listening, how the '2 question' technique can help you limit the number of answers you miss and how to use the preparation time you are given to help you stay on track when the recording is playing.

I don't understand what I have to do to answer the question types.

In every Unit from Unit 1 to Unit 7 of the online IELTS course, we focus on one of the 7 question types used in the IELTS listening test. We look at what the question is testing your ability to do, the techniques you should use to listen out for the answers, and how to avoid the common errors candidates make with each of the question types.

I don't know some of the words used in the question or the recording.

Every Unit also includes a vocabulary section, all related to a specific IELTS theme. In Unit 1, for example, we look at vocabulary for health; in Unit 2, we look at vocabulary for education, and so on. In Unit 5, we also look at techniques you can use to give you the best chance of guessing what a word means by applying 5 different skills (context, contrast, description, logic and parallel) that we at IELTStestONLINE have developed.

A summary of how IELTStestONLINE will improve your IELTS listening skills:

  • Individual lessons on each of the 9 different question types used in the reading test, covering what they are testing your ability to do, common errors candidates make, and the best techniques for finding the correct answer quickly.
  • How to work on your skimming,  scanning and speed reading so you can work through the texts and find the answers without running out of time.
  • What to do when you don't understand words or phrases in the recording or the questions, and how you can use different skills to your best advantage.
  • Develop your vocabulary in a range of IELTS related subjects like health, education, transport and more.
  • Reading practice tests that will automatically give you a band score, show you which of your answers were right or wrong, and then more feedback on how the correct answers should have been found.

To help improve your IELTS speaking skills:

I know what I want to say, but it doesn't come out well.

The online course will look at how to pace your answer, how to use 'filler' techniques (not hesitation markers like 'um' or 'er'!) and how to give yourself time to think. All of these skills will greatly improve your response - and your band score!

I can't think of what to say quickly enough.

This is a common concern, but the good news is that you are only being assessed on what you say, not how interesting or clever your answer is. The online course will look at how you can talk about points related to the question, use the 'my friend' technique and more.

I don't talk enough - I don't know how to extend my answer or talk for 2 minutes in Part 2.

The online course will show you how to use a range of different skills, such as the 3 finger technique and the power of description to help you expand what you are talking about and how you can continue to speak fluently even in Part 2.

I think my grammar is OK, but when I start speaking, I just use simple sentences or get the grammar wrong.

In large part, this is a matter of practice. Your membership includes a speaking assessment one to one with your support tutor, who will help you use a wider range of grammar and look at how to show the examiner your skills (especially in Part 3, where formal grammar is more important).

I'm very nervous during tests and this has a negative impact on my speaking test result.

It's perfectly understandable to be nervous, but by practising with your tutor in the one to one speaking assessment, we can work on how you can feel more in control of the speaking test and what you can do to give yourself the best start.

A summary of how IELTStestONLINE will improve your IELTS speaking skills:

  • A range of lessons focussing on the different skills you need to demonstrate during your speaking test, from when to use informal and formal language, how to demonstrate clear pronunciation and intonation, and how to demonstrate a range of grammar and vocabulary.
  • How to use the preparation time you are given to present your response for Part 2 of the speaking test (the 'long turn' topic card).
  • What to do when you don't understand the examiner or can't think of how to extend what you are trying to say into a longer, more impressive answer.
  • Model answers so you can see how a perfect (Band 9.0) response is created and how it's developed.

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