Want to prepare for IELTS? What options do you have?

With an IELTS exam just around the corner, you must be stressed. It’s not your average exam. Major institutions, professional and educational, from all around the world, use it as an official measure of someone’s ability to carry themselves in the English speaking academic and professional world.

It assesses listening, reading, writing and speaking, so if you have strengths in one and weaknesses in others, there’s no hiding it. Some might say that it assesses your true abilities in the English language and thus the only way to prepare is to be good in all areas of practicing English, but this isn’t really the case. Here are our top SIX ways to prepare for the IELTS.

1) Invest in an IELTS Preparation course. This will provide you with online training for each section of the test and the layout of the prep course follows the layout and style of an actual test. So it’s a good way to familiarise yourself with the style of questions and how you can gain points in each area.

2) Check out the free resources available online. We have a great one! Check it out on hub.ielts.express. On it you will find other great websites with resources that we have rated out of five. You will also find great videos that we’ve filtered for you from YouTube. There are resources available for every part of the test in all different formats. You will even find practice tests all FREE!

3) Attend free webinars. Ielts.express holds one every 3 months on different topics each time. During these webinars, you can get advice and tips from an experienced IELTS teacher. You will also get exclusive free resources which you can use to practice what you learned during the webinar. Visit ielts.express for more info on our upcoming webinars

4) Follow us on YouTube. If you miss these webinars (they are live so each one will only happen once!) you can catch up on some of the content by following us on YouTube. Some of the highlights from the webinars will be posted a few months after each webinar.

5) You can attend a class designed exclusively to prepare for the IELTS exam. There will be different types of classes available to you, based on your level of English, the band you are expecting to achieve and whether you are taking the academic or professional IELTS test. These classes include lots of exam practice!

6) Last, but definitely not least, practice with a friend. Never underestimate the power of language exchange. It’s one of the sure-fire ways to become fluent in a language. Having to use it everyday with people who already speak fluent English.

So there you have it. There’s a lot you can get through from these tips. You just have to decide for yourself which you feel most comfortable with. Good luck and don’t panic!