IELTS Practice Test (General Training)

Computer-delivered practice test

Are you planning to take your IELTS test soon? Use the Official IELTS Practice Test by IDP to prepare.

Sign up now and experience a simulation of the actual Listening, Reading, and Writing tests. Moreover, you do this on a computer so you get to experience what computer-delivered IELTS is like.


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Why should you take a Practice Test?

The IELTS Practice test an an official preparation tool. It will give you the chance to practice taking IELTS test with confidence. During this test, you will answer tasks similar to those in the real test. And, an IELTS expert will review your answers and give you an indicative score. As a result, you will know which parts of the test you need to practice more.

  • Build confidence in IELTS
  • Gain experience in sitting a test
  • Get fast results


What is the IELTS Practice Test?

The official IELTS practice test provides you with valuable practice on the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of the IELTS test. And, you do the test under real examination conditions at an official test centre. Just like the real test. Furthermore, you get a score for your Listening, Reading and Writing performance. You can’t use the result as an official IELTS score. However, this is still an excellent way for you to know your current IELTS level and how it compares to the target level you need.


More support

IELTS offers more preparation support than any other English language test. That’s because we care about your result.

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Real people

You do the IELTS Speaking test face-to-face with an English language professional who has been trained to listen.

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Accepted by more than 10,000 institutions around the world.

Use your IELTS score for entry into a world-class University, for migration, or for employment.

The experience of taking IELTS is human – because you are. Throughout the test, you interact with real people who understand how important your result is to your greater journey in life.


IELTS Practice Test FAQ

Who marks the test?
Who marks the test?

IELTS is recognised and trusted by individuals and organisations worldwide for its fairness, reliability and high quality standards. That’s the same for any of our preparation material. As a result, we make sure that the Writing section of your practice test, for example, is marked by a certified IELTS expert who will determine an indicative band score.

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What do I need to bring to my Practice Test?
What do I need to bring to my Practice Test?

We try to make sure the Practice Test matches the real IELTS test as closely as possible. Therefore, on the day of your test, please arrive with your passport at the venue and leave any personal stationery and other items (keys, wallet, phone and wrist watch) in the cloaking area. We will provide stationery for the test (pencils and erasers) in the test room. You can’t bring personal items into the test room. These items should checked into the bag room. In the test room, you are only allowed to bring your passport, and clear drink in a clear bottle (without a label). To ensure the security of the test, mobile phones and other electronic devices are strictly not allowed.

What to bring?
  • Your passport
  • Water in a clear bottle
How long does it take to get the results from an IELTS Practice Test?
How long does it take to get the results?

We will release your results from your IELTS Practice Test within 7 days after the test session. Please note that these test questions are not the same as the actual questions in the IELTS tests. Therefore, the scores you will receive from this exercise does not, in any way, guarantee the same result in the actual test.

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Who can do the IELTS Practice Test?
Who can do the IELTS Practice Test?

This event is open to everyone who is planning to take the IELTS test. Seats are limited per session. So, be sure to reserve your seat by registering now. Unfortunately, we cannot accept walk-ins.

Is the Practice Test Academic or General Training?
Academic or General Training?

While the IELTS Practice Test is currently only offered for General Training, there are two types of the IELTS test: Academic and General Training.

IELTS Academic

Usually you take the IELTS Academic test when you are applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This test is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.

IELTS General Training

The General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. Also, it is a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

Which test should you take?

How can I register for an IELTS Practice Test?
How can I register?
  1. Book for the session through Eventbrite. You can use the direct links provided on this page to book a test in a city close to you.
  2. Pay the registration fee
  3. Keep your confirmation email in a safe place on your phone.
Are the scores I receive valid?
Are the scores I receive for my practice test valid?

When you register for an IELTS Practice Test, or Pretest, we will give you an indicative score for your Listening, Reading and Writing performance. However, this score is not an official IELTS score. So, you can’t use them for study, immigration or work-related purposes.

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I am a native English speaker. Should I still practice IELTS?
I am a native English speaker. Should I still practice IELTS?

Even if English is your first language, or you consider yourself a native speaker, you should still practise for IELTS before taking the test.

Check: IELTS for native English speakers – some tips to get a top score

Is the IELTS Practice Test paper-based or computer-delivered?
Paper-based or computer-delivered?

In 2017, IELTS introduced the option for you to take the test on a computer instead of on paper. First in Australia, and now available around the world. Similarly, a few years ago, people did the official IELTS Practice Test on paper. However, we now deliver this preparation tool on computer. There are lots of benefits of doing IELTS on computer.

Read more: what is the difference between computer-delivered IELTS and paper-based IELTS?

Need more practice?

IELTS Speaking Coaching

IELTS Speaking Coaching gives you access to a personal IELTS experts. Do a mock Speaking test from home and we will give you a personal feedback report on how you can improve your IELTS score in Speaking.

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IELTS Assist

IELTS Assist gets you help from official IELTS experts. Complete an IELTS Assist practice task from home and we will give you a personal feedback report on how you can improve your IELTS Writing, Reading or Speaking.

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Ready for your test?

If you’ve prepared for your test, it’s easy to book your IELTS test online. Find your closest IELTS Test Centre, pick your preferred date and sit your test. With computer-delivered IELTS, you get your results in 5-7 days.

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Prepare for IELTS to get the best score

When was the last time you were tested on your English language skills? High School perhaps? If so, doing an exam that tests your skills in another language (or even your native language) can make you nervous. Even if you speak English fluently, it’s important to spend a bit of time preparing for your IELTS test so you don’t face any unpleasant surprises on the day of your test. In fact, some native English speakers score less well on their test than non-native speakers. Why? Because they didn’t know what examiners were looking for when scoring their language skills. We’ll share some of the marking criteria with you here.

IELTS preparation

All the practice material that we have available are designed by IELTS experts to help you get the results you need. But how do you navigate through all the support tools? Let us guide you to the best preparation material.

Free support tools

At IELTS, most of the practice and preparation material we have is free. Why? Because we want you to do well in your test and achieve the results you require. We understand that repeating an exam can be frustrating. So, if you want to prepare on a budget, you should definitely attend a free IELTS Masterclass. We also have heaps of test tip videos, for example the “Five mistakes to avoid in the IELTS Reading test.” Before you sit your test, it’s also a good idea to have a look at the IELTS Support Tools – an easy guide on everything you need to know about the test.

Expert coaching by IELTS

If you need a bit more support, we can help you. IELTS Assist is a premium coaching service to improve your skills in Writing, Reading or Speaking. When you purchase IELTS Assist, you complete a custom preparation test at home, and get this corrected by an official IELTS expert. You get a personalised feedback report with tip on how to improve. If you want feedback on all components on the IELTS test, try the IELTS Progress Check. This is an official, computer-based IELTS practice test, assessed and scored by official IELTS markers.

IELTS tips

We regularly write easy tips in our IELTS resources. Most of these short, easy blog posts give you an insight into the IELTS test with some tricks on getting the score you need for immigration, work or study. For example, our Grammar 101 series explains the difference between commonly confused words: believe vs belief or elude vs allude When you start looking, you’ll find a lot of these words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings. They’re called homophones, homographs or homonyms.

Other articles help you with your general English language skills. Do you know how to pronounce “debut?” Our most visited post 50 most commonly mispronounced words provides a good start to help you articulate and enunciate words correctly. We also have some quick guides on understanding verb tenses or how to improve your vocabulary and spelling.

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