One of the things I like to do on this site is point you in the direction of the best IELTS on the internet. On this page you will find links to some of the best sites I have found for IELTS preparation. These are not necessarily exam practice sites, but places where you can go for good advice and help with your language skills.
I should add that I have only included non-commercial sites here and have ignored commercial sites that advertise themselves as being free but only exist to sell you a product.
If you are looking for exam practice materials, you will find them on these pages:
A good place to look for IELTS resources are university sites, particularly if you are intending to go to university.
Hong Kong University English Language Centre: a huge site with some fantastic resources for IELTS. Yu can’t access all of the resources as they are dedicated to the students at the university but the site is still worth exploring
Hong Kong Polytechnic/CILL: another huge site with lots of resources worth exploring. Be warned some of it is only available to students at the university.
UEfAP: a truly wonderful site with 100s of interactive exercises for all 4 skills
Nottingham University – Self Access Centre: this is not a dedicated IELTS site but it still has a range of excellent resources and exercises for academic English which are very good for academic IELTS candidates
Forums can be a great way to find advice and resources. They are also good for the soul because you find people there who have exactly the same problems as you. There is also the possibility of finding someone to practise with.
AIPPG IELTS forum: there are lots of IELTS forums, this is undoubtedly the best – you’ll find me here as “teacherdominic”
IELTS Exam Forum: this forum appears not to accept any new postings but there is a lot of useful material on it.
Esolasia: a much smaller forum but it has some excellent IELTS material on it.
Test Prep Forum: this another smallish forum but the advice on it tends to be excellent.
Using English: this is a general English forum where you can ask teachers questions about grammar and vocabulary. It is a useful site to check out if you are looking for a specific answer to a specific question – a lot of teachers use this site. If you search “IELTS”, you will find some excellent articles written by Alex Case on reading skills.
IELTS Simon: a great blog with daily IELTS lessons from Simon at the University of Manchester
English for University: this is a blog for academic English, but you will find lots of good links here to online resources as well as good writing advice.
IELTS IELTS : English Ryan’s blog on IELTS. It hasn’t been updated for a while but it is still excellent.
Englishtrainer: this is a well-written English language blog from the Philipines with some excellent IELTS advice and some practice material too. You’ll find some good interactive exercises as well.
A Teacher’s Odyssey: this is another excellent IELTS blog from the Philipines. You will find some writing makeovers here which are very well done and well worth a view.
World English: you will find a series of excellent test guides from the Homlesglen Institute here – very well worth looking at.
Parapal: you will find here a range of very well-made online interactive exercises: the vocabulary exercises are absolutely brilliant. For me, this is much the best site of its kind.
Yasi-Kouyu: this is a mix between a blog and a website written for Chinese IELTS candidates by a former IELTS examiner. While it is not the easiest site to navigate, you will find lots of good material and advice here.
Free Practice Sites
Wiziq: this is a very interesting concept. Wiziq is a free video conferencing program. If you sign up for it, you’ll find a variety of teachers offer online lessons or tutorials.