Comprehensive Guide to IELTS

IELTS is one of the most popular English proficiency exams in the world. Nearly 2 million candidates take the IELTS test each year. Here's what you are up against if you have just signed up for IELTS. There are 2 types of IELTS exams:

  1. IELTS Academic Training Module
  2. IELTS General Training Module

Generally speaking, if you are an international student applying to Australian universities, you will take the IELTS Academic test. Whereas if you are an applicant for one of the points tested Australian PR visas, you will sit for the IELTS General test.

IELTS can be pretty tough for many non-native English speakers. You need to prepare well to make sure that you can get your desired IELTS band score. If you need help preparing for the IELTS test then this comprehensive guide is for you.

IELTS At A Glance


IELTS Test Fees (AUD)

The fees for IELTS test is $355. You can pay by credit card.


Results Available (days)

IELTS test results are typically available within 2-5 days of taking the test.


Max. Visa Points

You can claim 20 points for English proficiency in the points-based PR application for Australia if you score at least Band 8.0 for each of the four IELTS test components.

If you score at least Band 7.0 for each component then you get 10 points.

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FREE Resources for IELTS Band 7+

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IELTS Exam Day Cheatsheet

This IELTS exam day cheat sheet contains a summary of the best strategies and techniques used by candidates who have scored IELTS Band 8 & 9.

The best way to use this cheat sheet is to print it out and take it with you everywhere (just not inside the exam room :)). Especially, read it just before you go in for your IELTS exam.

Go over the IELTS exam techniques and strategies as many times as possible before the exam so that they become second nature. If you follow the strategies mentioned in this guide you will score band 7 or above for sure.

IELTS Grammar & Vocabulary for Band 7+

Let's face it, if you are stuck at 6.5 in IELTS writing then it is most probably because of your poor grammar and vocabulary.

We have put together an ebook to help you practice your grammar and vocabulary to score Band 7+ in IELTS.

Try to use the words in the wordlist in your essays, task 1s and speaking tasks. You should see a significant improvement in your scores soon.

IELTS Writing Task Templates

If you are one of those who struggle to come up with a proper structure for your essay, then templates can be a life saver for you. We've put together templates for different types of IELTS essays and letters.

Once you get a hang of the structure, you will be able to focus more on generating good ideas and supporting details rather than the structure of your essay or letter.

Stories From The Frontline

Here's what our past students say

I am sending this just to say a big thank you for your help. Today I got my IELTS exam results and I got an overall 7! I know that without your help  I could not get such a great score. Not only your course was really helpful but also the corrections service was amazing! Thanks for the great services that you are offering!
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2 years ago, I took ielts 3 times and failed 3 times. I got away with it because AHPRA (the governing body for nurses and midwives here in Australia) allowed me to just present a certificate that I was taught in English institutions in my country. 2 weeks ago, I had to face the dreadful IELTS again for my PR here in Oz, and this time, I took (probably) the most intelligent decision in my life and that is to review with Wisekangaroo! and guess what: I passed on my first try! L-8.5, R-7, W-7.5, S-7
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Brisbane, Australia
I am really pleased to inform you that i finally i got through!! My score-Overall 8,9 in reading,7 in speaking,8.5 in listening and 8 in writing. Thank you so much for your precious guidance and the timely feedbacks.
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New Delhi, India
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Dinayinie Ekanayake
Sydney, Australia

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Good luck to you with the IELTS exam as well as with your journey to becoming a permanent resident and citizen of Australia.

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