8 websites to help you prepare for IELTS
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8 websites to help you prepare for IELTS

In this blog I want to share some of my favourite websites and apps with you to help your IELTS preparation. These links are not all IELTS focussed, some of them are just for fun, and yes, I know that you're preparing for IELTS and that you're focussed on the test, but it's equally important to work on your general English. Remember, learning exam skills will only help you to improve your band score a bit, if your English level is not good enough then no amount of practice tests will get you the 7.5 or 8 you need for that MBA you want to take!   1. LEARNING ENGLISH This resource from the BBC is available online or you can download the app. You can find activities to practise grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading and more. If you’re fond of audiobooks there are some radio plays that you can listen to.  They also have 1-minute and 6-minute English videos. These are fantastic for developing vocabulary and opinions of a wide range of topics. You can start by doing the ‘Test Your Level’ activity which will then guide you to resources that are the right level for you. The content is constantly added to so you will always find something new to do! 2. CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH This resource from Cambridge English, is not specifically IELTS focussed but does have some good, short (5-10 minute max) activities, great for developing vocabulary and grammar.  Choose your level and the kind of activity you want to do or see all the activities and choose anything that interests you. I would recommend that you go for the intermediate and advanced level activities although the beginner activities could also serve as useful review.  3. WORDSHAKE Wordshake is a fun word game! You get given a grid of letters and you need to find as many words using those letters as possible in the time given. It is a fun way to practise spelling and challenge yourself to remember English words that you have learnt.  4. FREERICE This is a brilliant website and app. Not only is it a fun way to test your English, but by playing the game you are helping the UN World Food Program raise funds (through advertising) to provide food to people in need.  You can choose different levels of difficulty and different categories from English grammar to famous paintings to test yourself on. The questions get harder as you play longer. It is truly addictive! 5. CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY Sign up for an account with Cambridge Dictionary Plus and start making your very own wordlists. You can then turn your lists into quizzes that you can use to test yourself. Alternatively, there are plenty of image quizzes and wordlist quizzes created by the team at Cambridge Dictionary that you can do too.  6. ENGLISH CLUB We all need to work on grammar, it’s just the way it is. This site has lots of games you can play to go over different tenses and structures… in fun and interesting ways. Not IELTS focussed but I’m certain that you’ll be able to find plenty to keep you busy and help you improve your grammatical accuracy on this website.  7. CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY BLOG “About Words” is run by Cambridge Dictionary. The articles are written for people learning English using a high level language. They introduce and explain a lot of vocabulary in context.  I especially recommend looking at the ‘Word of the Day’; you could get into the habit of checking each day at a certain time. You could set yourself the goal of reading one blog post a week and making a note of the new words that you learn in your vocabulary notebook.  8. WE LOVE IELTS Last but not least, we’re here to help you prepare for IELTS success. We are working hard to make sure that the content we provide is updated and added to on a regular basis. Check back regularly for new podcasts, blog posts and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates direct to your inbox.  So, there you have it, a list of websites that you can access from your phone, tablet or computer when you have some time to spare. Thanks for reading and feel free to share this post with any of your friends who might find it interesting. Emma

Emma Cosgrave

6 November, 2020

8 websites to help you prepare for IELTS

8 websites to help you prepare for IELTS

In this blog I want to share some of my favourite websites and apps with you to help your IELTS preparation. These links are not all IELTS focussed, some of them are just for fun, and yes, I know that you're preparing for IELTS and that you're focussed on the test, but it's equally important to work on your general English. Remember, learning exam skills will only help you to improve your band score a bit, if your English level is not good enough then no amount of practice tests will get you the 7.5 or 8 you need for that MBA you want to take!

 

1. LEARNING ENGLISH

This resource from the BBC is available online or you can download the app. You can find activities to practise grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading and more. If you’re fond of audiobooks there are some radio plays that you can listen to. 

They also have 1-minute and 6-minute English videos. These are fantastic for developing vocabulary and opinions of a wide range of topics. You can start by doing the ‘Test Your Level’ activity which will then guide you to resources that are the right level for you. The content is constantly added to so you will always find something new to do!

2. CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH

This resource from Cambridge English, is not specifically IELTS focussed but does have some good, short (5-10 minute max) activities, great for developing vocabulary and grammar. 

Choose your level and the kind of activity you want to do or see all the activities and choose anything that interests you. I would recommend that you go for the intermediate and advanced level activities although the beginner activities could also serve as useful review. 

3. WORDSHAKE

Wordshake is a fun word game! You get given a grid of letters and you need to find as many words using those letters as possible in the time given. It is a fun way to practise spelling and challenge yourself to remember English words that you have learnt. 

4. FREERICE

This is a brilliant website and app. Not only is it a fun way to test your English, but by playing the game you are helping the UN World Food Program raise funds (through advertising) to provide food to people in need. 

You can choose different levels of difficulty and different categories from English grammar to famous paintings to test yourself on. The questions get harder as you play longer. It is truly addictive!

5. CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY

Sign up for an account with Cambridge Dictionary Plus and start making your very own wordlists. You can then turn your lists into quizzes that you can use to test yourself. Alternatively, there are plenty of image quizzes and wordlist quizzes created by the team at Cambridge Dictionary that you can do too. 

6. ENGLISH CLUB

We all need to work on grammar, it’s just the way it is. This site has lots of games you can play to go over different tenses and structures… in fun and interesting ways. Not IELTS focussed but I’m certain that you’ll be able to find plenty to keep you busy and help you improve your grammatical accuracy on this website. 

7. CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY BLOG

“About Words” is run by Cambridge Dictionary. The articles are written for people learning English using a high level language. They introduce and explain a lot of vocabulary in context. 

I especially recommend looking at the ‘Word of the Day’; you could get into the habit of checking each day at a certain time. You could set yourself the goal of reading one blog post a week and making a note of the new words that you learn in your vocabulary notebook. 

8. WE LOVE IELTS

Last but not least, we’re here to help you prepare for IELTS success. We are working hard to make sure that the content we provide is updated and added to on a regular basis. Check back regularly for new podcasts, blog posts and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates direct to your inbox. 

So, there you have it, a list of websites that you can access from your phone, tablet or computer when you have some time to spare.

Thanks for reading and feel free to share this post with any of your friends who might find it interesting.

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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