Road to IELTS

IELTS preparation and practice


Road to IELTS is your best possible online preparation and practice resource for IELTS. With over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types as well as downloadable practice tests, it is comprehensive, up-to-date and aimed precisely at the challenges candidates face.


Road to IELTS is organized by skill, allowing candidates to plan their learning according to specific individual needs. Alternatively, teachers can set up learning paths, guiding candidates to the areas where they most need practice. As learners work through Road to IELTS, the Progress function enables them to monitor their activity across sessions, analyse the way they are spending their time and compare their performance with other online users. They can even predict their scores in the Reading and Listening test using our interactive widget.


Starting out. An eBook introduces each skill area, explaining task types and providing hints not only on how to prepare but also on how to achieve the best marks on test day.

Advice and tutorials. In a series of videos, British Council experts give advice, both specific (e.g. skimming the first paragraph in the Reading test) and general (e.g. dealing with nerves in the Speaking test).

Practice zone. With more than 350 focused activities, candidates practice tackling the whole range of task types and familiarize themselves with the format of the exam.

Test practice. Candidates simulate the test experience with six full mock tests in each of Reading, Writing, and Listening papers, and six simulations of Part 2 of the Speaking test.

Some key features

Fully comprehensive

With different forms of input (eBooks, interactive activities, videos, downloads), advice from both teachers and candidates, as well as practice papers, Road to IELTS covers every aspect of test preparation in detail.

Study planner

The study planner is an essential starting point for independent learners, enabling candidates to identify and reflect on their weaker areas and to allocate study time efficiently.

British Council content

The quality and continuous improvement of the content reflect the high standards of the British Council — one of the three originators of the IELTS test.

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