IELTS International English Language Testing System

Free IELTS Practice Tests – General

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. You may take IELTS General Training if you want to study or train in secondary education, training at a college below degree level, or migrate to an English-speaking country.

Prepare for the four different sections of the IELTS by downloading free practice materials below.

Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking

 

IELTS Listening practice tests

The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests. During the listening exam, you will hear several recordings which may have Australian, British, or North-American accents. Please note that when you transfer your answers you are mindful of spelling as incorrect spelling will be marked wrong.

Format: 
The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and covers four separate recordings.

SectionsDescription
Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency).
Section 2is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local families).
Section 3is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and student discussing an assignment).
Section 4is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a university lecture).

 

Sample Listening Tasks for Download:

The following IELTS Listening Sample Tasks are to be used with the answer sheet and MP3 audio files/transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.​

SectionsDescriptionWorksheetAudio File

 Section 1

Listening Sample Task
Form Completion

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Recording (MP3, 402KB)

Section 2
Sample A
Multiple Choice

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Recording (MP3, 402KB)

Section 2
Sample B

Listening Sample B Questions

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Recording (MP3, 402KB)

Section 2
Sample B

Listening Sample B Answers

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Section 3
Sample A

Listening Sample Task
Short Answer

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Recording (MP3, 574KB)

Section 3
Sample B

Listening Sample B Questions

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Recording (MP3, 549KB)

Section 3
Sample B

Listening Sample B Answers

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Section 4

Listening Sample Task
Sentence Completion

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Recording (MP3, 549KB)

NEW Samples:

Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 1)

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Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)

 

Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 2)

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Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)

Plan/Map/Diagram/Labelling

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Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)

Answer Sheet

Listening General Answer Sheet

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IELTS General Training Reading Practice Tests

The General Training version requires test takers to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.

The content of the Reading Section will differ for the Academic and General Tests.

Format: 

The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long and includes three sections.

 

SectionsDescription
Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be a composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, eg. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (eg. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions).
Section 3contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

 

TaskDescriptionWorksheet

General Training Reading Sample Task

Flow Chart CompletionClick to download PDF

 

Identifying Information

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Matching Information

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Matching Features

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Matching Headings

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Sentence Completion

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Short Answer Questions

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Answer sheet

Reading Answer sheet

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IELTS General Training Writing Practice Tests

The Writing section of the test includes two tasks and both must be completed. Each task is assessed independently. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1, so be sure to plan your time accordingly.

The content of the Reading Section will differ for the Academic and General Tests.

Format: 
The General Training Writing test is 60 minutes long and includes two tasks. Both tasks must be completed but note that Task 2 is weighted more heavily than Task 1. In Task 1, test takers are asked to respond to a situation, by writing a letter for example, requesting information or explaining a situation. In Task 2, test takers write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

SectionsDescription

IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

In Writing Task 1, test takers are presented with a situation and required to write a personal response in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter of at least 150 words. You will be told what kind of information (in the form of three bullet points) they must include in their response. Approximately 20 minutes should be allotted for this response.

IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

In Writing Task 2, test takers are asked to write a semi-formal/neutral discursive essay of at least 250 words. The task instructions give information about a point of view, argument or problem. The instructions then tell you how to discuss this, which may involve providing general factual information, outlining and/or presenting a solution, justifying an opinion, evaluating evidence and ideas. You should spend no more than 40 minutes on this task.

 

Sample Writing Tasks for Download:

SectionsWorksheet

General Training Writing Sample - Task 1

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General Training Writing Sample - Task 2Click to download
IELTS Writing Answer sheet

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General Training Writing Sample Script

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IELTS Speaking practice tests

The speaking test is the same for both the Academic and General Training Exam. During the Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified IELTS Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. Be prepared by familiarizing yourself with the format of the test.

Format: 

The test is 11 to 14 minutes long with three parts.

SectionsDescription

Part 1

You answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.

Part 2

You speak about a topic. You will be given a task card which asks you to speak about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. You will be given 1 minute to prepare your talk. You will then speak for 1-2 minutes.

Part 3

You have a longer discussion on the topic. The examiner will ask you further questions connected to the topic in Part 2.

 

Sample Speaking Tasks for Download:

 

TaskDescriptionFiles

Speaking Sample Task Part 1

PromptClick to download

 

Recording

Listen

 

Transcript

Download

Speaking Sample Task Part 2

Prompt

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Recording

Listen

 

TranscriptClick to download

Speaking Sample Task Part 3

PromptDownload Document

 

RecordingListen

 

TranscriptDownload

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