HOW TO USE THE ieltshelpnow.com IELTS practice tests
The IELTS practice tests that you can buy here at ieltshelpnow.com are either Package 1 (tests 1 – 15), Package 2 (tests 16 – 30), or Combo Package (tests 1 – 30). These IELTS practice tests are on offer for both the Academic and General training modules of the IELTS test.
- 15 or 30 sets of question papers (including listening, reading, writing and speaking)
- answer sheets (for listening and reading) and reading answer help (the explanation for all reading answers
- 15 or 30 audio recordings for the listening tests
- transcripts for all the listening recordings
- 15 or 30 audio recordings with the example speaking tests
- example writing answers by IELTS examiners and teachers
- examiner’s reports on the 15 or 30 example speaking tests
The sets of IELTS practice tests including the question papers, answer sheets, example writing answers, and the speaking tests examiner’s reports are in PDF format. To look at these you need to have Adobe Acrobat reader on your computer. If you do not have this already on your computer, it is available on this internet site.
The listening test recordings and the example speaking tests recordings are in mp3 format and we suggest that you download these files onto your computer as soon as possible so that you then have access to them at any time after your download link has expired. You can listen to them directly on the internet but streaming problems may make it difficult for you to get a quality listening in this way.
1. Print the IELTS practice test question papers, answer papers, examiner’s reports and audio scripts and listen to the audios directly from the download page.
2. Save the IELTS practice tests question papers, answer papers, audio scripts, examiner’s reports and audio recordings to your computer so you can print them out or listen to them later in your own time. The procedure for saving them is on the download page.
We would recommend that you follow the 2nd of these 2 options. When you have saved the Academic IELTS practice tests and recordings etc. or the General Training IELTS practice tests and recordings etc., you can plan out how you want to do your practice. Planning how to use the IELTS practice tests is very important for properly preparing for the IELTS exam. There are 15 IELTS practice tests. In the real IELTS test, you would have the following time to do the different parts of the test:
Listening: Approximately 25 – 30 minutes depending on the length of the recording. People doing the tests only listen ONCE to the recording.
Reading: 1 hour.
Writing: 1 hour (recommended: 20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2).
Speaking: 11 – 14 minutes depending on the examiner and candidate’s performance.
If the first IELTS practice test of ieltshelpnow.com is the first IELTS practice test that you have done then we suggest that you take your time and not worry about the time limits. Just go through the IELTS practice tests slowly so you get used to the layout and type of questions. After this first IELTS practice test or if you have done other IELTS practice tests before, then we strongly recommend that you practice under STRICT EXAM CONDITIONS following the timings above. This will help you prepare for IELTS in exam conditions. If you give yourself too long with your IELTS practice tests, then you will get used to having too long to answer the questions. This will have bad results in the real exam when you will have to follow the exam conditions.
Read the advice in the free tutorial sections on the different parts of the exam. You can find the free tutorials on the home page – click on the FREE COURSE TUTORIALS button on the right side of the home page. Read the advice more than once. Read the advice before you do an IELTS practice test and afterwards. Then think about it and what you did wrong or right. Then, don’t do another one straightaway. Wait until the next day.
Don’t try and do all the IELTS practice tests at once. Give yourself time between the IELTS practice tests and their different sections. If you do all the IELTS practice tests too quickly, you will become tired and lose concentration and you will lose some of the benefits of the practice. So, make a plan leading up to the exam with plenty of time to practice the different parts of the 15 IELTS practice tests.
You may be wondering how you can practice the speaking part of the exam. Go to the Academic or General Training Free IELTS Lessons. There it is explained how you can practice for this part of the test on your own or with a friend. The Free IELTS Lessons are found on the home page – click on the FREE IELTS LESSONS button on the bottom right side of the Home Page.
When you have finished the Listening and Reading sections of the IELTS practice tests, you can check your answers on the answer sheets which are on the downloads page which you should save along with the IELTS practice tests question papers. Obviously there are no single, correct answers for the speaking and writing as everyone produces different answers. However you should have a listen to the recordings of students’ interviews and look at their speaking examiner reports, and also go over the model writing responses. Read through the Free IELTS Lessons on writing and speaking to see how the best answers are produced. The Free Writing and Speaking Lessons are found on the Home Page – click on the FREE IELTS LESSONS button on the bottom right side of the Home Page or click HERE.
Hopefully following this advice will enable you to properly exploit our IELTS practice tests and allow you to prepare for IELTS in the best possible way.
We at ieltshelpnow.com genuinely hope that our low cost IELTS practice tests and Free IELTS Lessons will help you to improve your IELTS score and that this will lead to you achieving your dream! Good luck!