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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by the British Council: Understanding IELTS

Only the British Council offers this unique opportunity: a free high quality online preparation course to help you achieve the best possible IELTS score. Understanding IELTS is one of the top 10 most popular MOOCs of all time for candidates all over the world (source:, 2016).

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Practice tests

Free online practice test are available on our Take IELTS website:

Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test

Practise your listening with these online activities.

Prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test

Practise your speaking skills with these online activities.

LearnEnglish website

The British Council also has a dedicated website called LearnEnglish, which provides a number of English learning resources including:

  • videos
  • podcasts
  • grammar and vocabulary tutorials
  • business and work resources, as well as a magazine section
  • games
  • community networking opportunities.

It is an ideal resource to complement your IELTS training and increase your confidence when taking your IELTS test.