English multimedia free courses and resources

Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course that will help you also improve English language skills. It will give you the best possible preparation for your IELTS test.

With Road to IELTS you get:

  • Online resources for both the Academic and General Training modules of IELTS
  • Practice zones with e-books to prepare you for the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests
  • Sample videos with tips from previous candidates
  • Teacher tutorials highlighting what to do, and what not to do, in your test
  • Timed practice tests
  • A “My Progress” section to help you compare your performance with that of other students worldwide
  • “My Profile” section to remind you of your test date

How will Road to IELTS help me?

Road to IELTS helps you in some important ways:

  • Instant feedback on your performance to monitor your personal progress
  • Access to the correct answers for practice exercises so you can understand your mistakes
  • Hints and tips to help improve your test performance
  • Exercises based on real IELTS test tasks to help you develop confidence before your test

You can try our Roads to IELTS resources with 10 hours of free study right now.

When you register for an IELTS test with us you’ll be free to enjoy a further 20 hours of learning materials.

Alternatively, you can go straight to Road to IELTS: Full Version to find out more about the full version of this e-learning product, including information about subscription packages.

Which version?  What will you get?  
Test Drive 10 hours of material that is available for free to everyone. It gives you all the IELTS basics. Start your preparation here   
Last Minute 20 hours of material (i.e. 30 in total adding the Test Drive) available for free to all candidates who have registered for IELTS with the British Council. Book your IELTS test now and get 20 extra hours of practice materials  
Full Version 120 hours worth of material available for anyone to purchase online. Find out more  


Road to IELTS is organised by skill: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Each skill area has four key resources:

  • Starting out: an eBook introducing each skills area, explaining task types and providing hints not only on how to prepare but also on how to achieve the best marks on test day.
  • Advice and tutorial videos: British Council experts explain the best way to prepare for IELTS.
  • Practice zone: candidates practice tackling the various question types. More than 120 hours of focused activities!
  • Test practice: candidates simulate the test experience with mock tests.


Using an iPad or other tablets? Download Road to IELTS mobile apps now


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