IELTS simulations: exercises, simulation and exam test

Practicing for IELTS exams it’s important, no matter if you are going for Academic or General Training. That is why having IELTS exams on hand is what allows you to prepare for better results as soon as you have to take the exam.

From Speakingathome we can help you prepare for all of the IELTS exams.

Helpful websites.

There are websites with IELTS exam simulations that can help you by providing exercises that you can do at any time, which can also give you a glimpse of what you expect if you take either the General Training or the Academic. For example the British Council website provides some of those tests.

IELTS Exercises and Simulation

This is a simulation, reality may vary.


Sample General Training Reading Note Completion

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-6.

Download City Media Interships

Read the text below and answer Questions 7-9.

Download Bee Behaivior

Read the text below and answer Questions 10-14.

Download Important Notice


Read the following Writing exercices

Writing Task 1

Writing Task 2



Questions 1 and 2 

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C. 

1 Type of insurance chosen 

A) Economy 

B) Standard 

C) Premium 

2 Customer wants goods delivered to 

A) port 

B) home 

C) depot

Tapescript for IELTS Listening Recording  

(A customer has been arranging with a shipping agent to send a large box overseas. 

This is the last part of the conversation.) 

A: OK right. Now obviously insurance is an important thing to consider and our companies are able to offer very good rates in a number of different  all-inclusive packages. 

B: Sorry, could you explain a bit more? 

A: Yes, sorry, um. There’s really three rates according to quality of insurance cover – there’s the highest comprehensive cover which is Premium rate, then there’s standard rate and then there’s economy rate. That one will only cover the cost of the contents second hand. 

B: Oh I’ve been stung before with economy insurance so I’ll go for the highest. 

A: Mh’hm and can I just check would you want home delivery or to a local depot or would you want to pick it up at the nearest port? 

B: The port’d be fine – I’ve got transport that end. 

A: Fine and will you be paying by credit card? 

B: Can I pay by cheque?


Questions 3 – 12

Questions 3 – 8

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.  


Well known for:           …………….3

Complex consists of: concert rooms, theatres, cinemas, art galleries public library, restaurants and ………….4

Historical background: 1940 – area destroyed by bombs

                                        1960s – Centre was …………………5

                                         In …………………6 – opened to public 

Managed by:                   .............................7

Open:                               ………………8 days per year 


Questions 13 – 16. Sentence completion

Complete the sentences below. 

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer. 

Studying with the Open University demanded a great deal of  ………………13 

Studying and working at the same time improved Rachel’s ………………14 skills. 

It was helpful that the course was structured in  ……………………15 

She enjoyed meeting other students at ……………………16

Tapescript for IELTS Listening Recording  

Two friends, Rachel and Paul, are discussing studying with the Open University. 

Rachel has already done a course at the university, but Paul has not. The extract 

relating to these questions comes from the last part of the recording

Paul: The other thing I wanted to ask you was, did you find it hard, studying with the Open University? 

Rachel: You mean, because you’re studying on your own, most of the time? 

Paul: Mm. 

Rachel: Well it took me a while to get used to it. I found I needed to maintain a high level of motivation, because it’s so different from school. There’s no-one saying, ‘Why haven’t you written your assignment yet?' and that sort of thing. 

Paul: Oh dear. 

Rachel: You’ll learn it, Paul. Another thing was that I got very good at time management because I had to fit time for studying round a full-time job. 

Paul: Well I’m hoping to change to working part-time, so that’ll help. 

Rachel: What makes it easier is that the degree is made up of modules, so you can take time off between them if you need to. It isn’t like a  traditional three-or four-year course, where you’ve got to do the whole thing of it in one go. 

Paul: That’s good, because I’d like to spend six months travelling next year. 

Rachel: Huh, it’s all right for some. Then even though you’re mostly studying at home, remember you’ve got tutors to help you, and from time to time there are summer schools. They usually last a week. They’re great, because you meet all the other people struggling with the same things as you. I’ve made some really good friends that way. 

Paul: Sounds good. So how do I apply? 


Speaking practice test  

Part 1- Questions

Let’s talk about your work or the degree you are studying for:

  • What kind of job are you doing/degree are studying for ?
  • What’s the most interesting part of your work/degree?
  • What’s the downside of your work/degree?
  • Would you say it’s an amusing job to do/ a wonderful degree to reach for? (Why?)

Let’s talk about the last time you went on holidays:

  • Did you leave your town/city? (Where did you go?/Why not?) 
  • What did you do during your holidays?
  • Did you enjoy it alone or with Family/Friends?
  • Tell me about a particular situation that happened during your holidays  

Part 2 – Individual long turn

Candidate Task Card: 

Describe something you own which is very important to you.

You should say: 

  • where you got it from
  • how long you have had it
  • what you use it for

and explain why it is important to you.

You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes. 

You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. 

You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Rounding off questions: Is it valuable in terms of money? Would it be easy to replace?

Part 3 – Two-way discussion

Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed. 

  •  What kind of things give status to people in your country? 
  •  Have things changed since your parents’ time? 

Finally, let’s talk about the role of advertising. 

  • Do you think advertising influences what people buy?

From Speakingathome we hope that these exercises help you prepare for the IELTS and studying with us is one of the first steps to get to the exam as safely as possible.