Free General IELTS Practice Tests

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.

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 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 1contains 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 TaskFlow Chart Completion
Identifying Information
Matching Information
Matching Features
Matching Headings
Sentence Completion
Short Answer Questions
Answer sheetReading Answer sheet

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.

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 1In 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 2In 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
General Training Writing Sample - Task 2
IELTS Writing Answer sheet
General Training 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 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 1contains 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 TaskFlow Chart Completion
Identifying Information
Matching Information
Matching Features
Matching Headings
Sentence Completion
Short Answer Questions
Answer sheetReading Answer sheet
+ Writing

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.

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 1In 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 2In 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
General Training Writing Sample - Task 2
IELTS Writing Answer sheet
General Training 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
  • Nigeria’s most popular English-language test for work, study, and migration.
  • 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.