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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 started on 1 June 2020 and run for three weeks.

Understanding IELTS: Listening and Understanding IELTS: Writing courses start on 6 July 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