IELTS 2020 Practice Papers, Sample Papers, Old Question Papers Free Pdfs

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IELTS is an English Language Proficiency Test conducted by British Council, IDP. IELTS exam is of two patterns- Academic and General Training. Test takers write IELTS either for pursuing higher education or for employment opportunities. Before taking the exam, test takers must know the exam pattern. Test takers are being measured on four sections- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Total duration of IELTS is 2hrs 45 minutes.

IELTS: Speaking

This section assesses the spoken fluency of the test-takers in English. It will be a face to face interview session where the candidate has to give a general introduction and to talk on a specific topic chosen through a card. Duration for IELTS Speaking section is 11-14 minutes.

IELTS: Listening

IELTS Listening will be a 30 minutes long exam. In this section, candidates will have to answer a series of questions given based on recordings. In this section, the examiner measures the comprehensible ability of the candidate after understanding attitude, opinions, and factual information given by the speakers in the recordings. Candidates will be given four sections for IELTS Listening in the form of 4 recordings.

IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading is a section that has been different for IELTS Academic test takers and IELTS General Training test takers. In this section, test takers have to answer 40 questions in 60 minutes. The examiners measure ability of logical argument, opinions of the writer’s, and the purpose of excerpt given to the test takers.

IELTS Academic Reading section comprises 3 reading passages taken magazines, books, journals, and newspapers. Mostly the writing style of all these passages ranges from discursive, analytical and descriptive. Test takers have to understand the purpose behind writing these articles. Similarly in IELTS General Training, there are 3 sections. All these excerpts are taken either from advertisements, notices, handbooks or magazines. Writing styles of excerpts in these sections are mostly descriptive, instructive or argumentative.

IELTS Writing

Like IELTS Reading, for both IELTS Academic and General Training, IELTS Writing has been different for test-takers. In IELTS Writing section, test takers have to attempt 2 compulsory tasks in 60 minutes. Both these writing tasks are meant to measure writing skills and the grammatical usage of test-takers. Answers should be written in a paragraph and not in phrases or bullet points.

In IELTS Academic Writing, test takers have to complete 2 writing tasks in 60 minutes. In Task 1, the test taker has to explain information given in form of charts or tables in 150 words. For completing task 1, test takers get 20 minutes. Similarly in task 2, test taker has to write in response to a problem or argument or a point of view. In 40 minutes, test takers have to complete task 2 in 250 words. Like Academic Writing, test takers have to complete 2 writing tasks in IELTS General Training section. Format has been different as compared to Academic Writing. For Task 1, a candidate has to write a letter (either in personal, or semi-formal or formal) in response to a situation or request for information. In 20 minutes, the test taker has to complete Task 1 in 150 words. Similarly for Task 2, test taker has to write in response to a problem or point of view or argument. In 40 minutes, the test taker has to complete Task 2 in 250 words.

IELTS: Preparation Tips

Before taking IELTS, test takers have a proper plan for preparation. Good IELTS score is possible only when test-takers will focus on all four sections of IELTS exam. Few basic preparation tips for IELTS to score well at overall band are as follows

Learn Vocabulary: Test takers learn new words for scoring well in IELTS. But very few know how to make proper usage of words as per the context. Learning new words and making proper usage of words are completely different. With new words, test takers also learn synonyms of those words. So it helps in making a strong vocabulary.

Practice talking: It is necessary to practice talking in front of a mirror. If a test taker starts practicing for vocabulary it will give confidence while speaking to the examiner. In a similar way, test takers can also get help while listening to audio clips in IELTS listening section.

Skimming and Scanning: This practice will help the test takers in understanding the important and unimportant sections in a paragraph. In IELTS Reading section, test takers have to read 3 reading passages. For answering 40 questions in 60 minutes. So here the test takers have to be very keen on skimming and scanning sections with perfection.

Read Questions before answering: If test takers start reading the questions before reading the sections, then it will be easier to find out which sections are important. According to questions, test takers can try to find out answers out of given passages.

Improve Writing Skills: Except speaking, in all three sections, test takers have to show prominence in writing skills. One should improve writing skills by practicing a lot. One should practice writing on different topics using proper usage of grammar and vocabulary. Writing skills are dependent on how well the test takers manage time. In IELTS, time is a constant constraint. Therefore, one should practice writing under strict time management.

Revise Properly: This exam measures how well an individual manages multi-tasking on a strict time frame. After completing mock test papers or sample papers, always revise whatever is written. Without proper revision, test takers will not understand mistakes. Ask teachers or friends to find out mistakes in paper. Always look for improvement.

Pronunciation: Test takers sometimes get nervous in IELTS Speaking section. In this section, an individual has to take a face to face interview with the examiner. This exam session lasts for 11-14 minutes but the examiner will look after proper usage of grammar and English pronunciation. Try to follow a dictionary to improve pronunciation. For improvement, start recording phrases and repeat yourself in front of a mirror. Start speaking out loud each newly learned English words.

Listening skills: Test takers should start reading English books, magazines or handbooks for learning new words. Start listening to English news or watching English movies on TV. With constant usage of English words, test-takers will improve listening skills. This section is important because recordings will be played once in IELTS exam. One audio clip will be played once during exam. So the test takers have to be quite conscious while listening to each audio clip.

Sample papers available on the official website of are given below.

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  • For reading section, candidates must refer to the sample papers and mock tests as they are the best way to prepare for this section.

IELTS Listening: Audio Samples

IELTS Speaking: Audio Samples

Candidates can download free IELTS practice tests pdfs from below links:

Practice Papers

IELTS Practce 1.pdf

IELTS Practce 2.pdf

IELTS Practce 3.pdf

IELTS Practce 4.pdf

IELTS Practce 5.pdf

Academic Reading 1.pdf

Academic Reading 2.pdf

Academic Reading 3.pdf

Academic Reading 4.pdf

Academic Reading 5.pdf

Academic Reading 6.pdf

Academic Reading 7.pdf

Academic Reading 8.pdf

Academic Reading 10.pdf

Academic Reading 11.pdf

Academic Reading 9.pdf

Academic Reading 12.pdf

General Training 1.pdf

General Training 2.pdf

General Training 3.pdf

General Training 4.pdf

General Training 5.pdf

General Training 6.pdf

General Training 7.pdf

General Training 8.pdf

General Training 9.pdf

General Training 10.pdf

Answer Sheet 8.pdf

Answer Sheet 9.pdf

Listening 1.pdf

Listening 2.pdf

Listening 3.pdf

Listening 4.pdf

Listening 5.pdf

Listening 6.pdf

Listening 7.pdf

Listening 8.pdf

Listening 9.pdf

Speaking 1.pdf

Speaking 2.pdf

Speaking 3.pdf

Speaking 4.pdf

Speaking 5.pdf

Speaking 6.pdf

Academic Writing 1.pdf

Academic Writing 2.pdf

Academic Writing 3.pdf

Academic Writing 4.pdf

Academic Writing 5.pdf

Academic Writing Sample.pdf


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