Prepare for IELTS

Advice for native English speakers

Even native English speakers should practise for IELTS before taking the test. Make the most of our free resources and tips.

It’s natural to be nervous before taking a test, and this applies to native English speakers too. In fact, some native English speakers score less well on their test than other test takers. 

Even if you speak English fluently, it’s essential to practise for IELTS so there are no unpleasant surprises on the day of your test.

Our advice to native English speakers is to:

  • Familiarise yourself with the format of the test. 
  • Take some of our free practice tests.
  • Practise your test technique.
  • Remember, each part of the test will be timed so make sure you practise in timed conditions.
  • Understand what happens on test day so you’re completely prepared and can focus on getting the result you want. 

Don't leave it to chance

IELTS is one of the world’s most respected English language tests. Our testing system is designed to ensure that all test takers – even native English speakers – can excel in their career, studies or new life abroad.

To achieve the best score in your test, it’s vital to prepare well – even if you have a good track record with exams. 

Here are some of the points you'll need to consider when taking IELTS:

  • You’ll need to listen very carefully for specific information in the Listening test
  • You’ll be asked to carry out tasks that you may never have done before in the Reading and Writing tests.
  • In the Speaking test, you will have to speak fluently and coherently on a topic, regardless of whether you find it interesting.
  • Remember, each part of the test will be timed, so practise in timed conditions.
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