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Free online courses: 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 three-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: Speaking and Understanding IELTS: Reading courses start on 16 March 2020 and run for three weeks.

Understanding IELTS: Listening and Understanding IELTS: Writing courses started on 10 February 2020 and run for three weeks.

You can register for free for any of the courses when they're running. 

If you pay to upgrade, you get a certificate to say you've completed the course and get permanent access to all of the content, even after the course finishes.

What skills will I learn?

On the program you will:

  • Explore in detail each of the four parts of the test     
  • Examine the assessment criteria and what is needed to achieve high band scores 
  • Explore the range of task types seen in all parts of the test   
  • Collect tips and develop techniques to help prepare for the test