Understanding IELTS

The British Council’s four Understanding IELTS courses will give you a complete guide to everything you need to know as you prepare for the IELTS test.

During our free 3-week IELTS online preparation courses, you find out about each section of the IELTS test – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. 

You’ll receive advice on each part of the test from our video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators. You can also share your experiences, tips and opinions with other learners.

When does it start?

Understanding IELTS: Writing and Understanding IELTS: Listening courses will start on 23 November 2020.

You can register for free throughout the duration of the course and access previous sessions on demand.

What will I learn?

By the end of the Understanding IELTS: Speaking course, you will learn about:

  • the IELTS Speaking test format
  • the assessment criteria
  • giving a talk
  • what to expect on test day.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS: Reading course, you will learn about:

  • the IELTS Reading test format
  • reading strategies
  • IELTS Reading task types
  • dealing with vocabulary
  • what to expect on test day.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS: Listening course, you will learn about:

  • the IELTS Listening test format
  • IELTS Listening task types
  • Listening skills and strategies
  • texts on unfamiliar topics
  • what to expect on test day.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS: Writing course, you will learn about:

  • the IELTS Academic Writing test format
  • the Academic Writing task types
  • graphs and charts - language for successful answers
  • planning, writing and checking an academic essay
  • assessment criteria
  • what to expect on test day.