Free Academic IELTS Practice Tests

The IELTS Academic test is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.
Prepare for the four different sections of the IELTS by downloading free practice materials below.

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 1is 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.​

SectionsDescriptionsWorksheetAudio File
Section 1Listening Sample Task
Form Completion
Recording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample A
Multiple ChoiceRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B QuestionsRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 3
Sample A
Listening Sample Task
Short Answer
Recording (MP3, 574KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Questions
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 4Listening Sample Task
Sentence Completion
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
NEW Samples:Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 1)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 2)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Plan/Map/Diagram/LabellingRecording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Answer SheetListening General Answer Sheet

IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests

Texts for the reading section are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Texts range from descriptive and factual to the conversational and analytical, and may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.

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

Format:
The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long. There are 3 sections, and the total text length is 2,150 – 2,750 words. Each section of the reading exam contains one long text. A variety of questions are used to evaluate your reading comprehension. They are chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

IELTS Academic Reading sample 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.

DescriptionWorksheet
Answer sheet
Identifying information
Identifying writer's views
Matching features
Matching headings
Multiple choice questions
Table completion
Diagram label completion

IELTS Academic 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 Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long and includes two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style.

SectionsDescription
IELTS Academic Task 1You will be asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in your own words.

You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or write about an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.
IELTS Academic Task 2You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

Sample Writing Tasks for Download:

You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

DescriptionWorksheet
Academic Writing Sample Task 1
Academic Writing Sample Task 2
IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 1
IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 2
IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script

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 1You answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.
Part 2You 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 3You 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 1Prompt
Recording
Transcript
Speaking Sample Task Part 2Prompt
Recording
Transcript
Speaking Sample Task Part 3Prompt
Recording
Transcript
+ Listening

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 1is 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.​

SectionsDescriptionsWorksheetAudio File
Section 1Listening Sample Task
Form Completion
Recording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample A
Multiple ChoiceRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B QuestionsRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 3
Sample A
Listening Sample Task
Short Answer
Recording (MP3, 574KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Questions
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 4Listening Sample Task
Sentence Completion
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
NEW Samples:Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 1)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 2)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Plan/Map/Diagram/LabellingRecording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Answer SheetListening General Answer Sheet
+ Reading

IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests

Texts for the reading section are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Texts range from descriptive and factual to the conversational and analytical, and may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.

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

Format:
The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long. There are 3 sections, and the total text length is 2,150 – 2,750 words. Each section of the reading exam contains one long text. A variety of questions are used to evaluate your reading comprehension. They are chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

IELTS Academic Reading sample 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.

DescriptionWorksheet
Answer sheet
Identifying information
Identifying writer's views
Matching features
Matching headings
Multiple choice questions
Table completion
Diagram label completion
+ Writing

IELTS Academic 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 Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long and includes two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style.

SectionsDescription
IELTS Academic Task 1You will be asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in your own words.

You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or write about an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.
IELTS Academic Task 2You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

Sample Writing Tasks for Download:

You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.

DescriptionWorksheet
Academic Writing Sample Task 1
Academic Writing Sample Task 2
IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 1
IELTS Writing Answer sheet - Task 2
IELTS Academic Writing Sample Script

+ Speaking

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 1You answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.
Part 2You 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 3You 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 1Prompt
Recording
Transcript
Speaking Sample Task Part 2Prompt
Recording
Transcript
Speaking Sample Task Part 3Prompt
Recording
Transcript
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  • IELTS is recognised by over 10,000 organizations in 140 countries worldwide.
  • Speaking test administered face to face in a private, quiet room with one examiner.