Doing IELTS on a budget?

Here are some free support tools to help you prepare.

If you're a student like me,

you probably don't have a heap of money to throw at test preparation.

But don't worry!

Getting ready doesn't have to be expensive.

Let me share a few tips that can help you prepare

without spending much money.

Study with a friend.

A study buddy can help motivate you

and give you feedback on how you're going.

It's also far more fun than studying alone!

Read English.

Read as much English as you can

– you can make it fun and interesting by choosing your favourite magazine

or a news website.

It doesn't always have to be a boring text book.

Listen to the radio or podcasts.

Sharpen up your listening skills while you're out and about.

If you pay attention to the speaker

you can learn from their pronunciation

and you might even pick up some new words.

Get on Facebook.

Did you know that IELTS Essentials has about about 1 million fans?

That's 1 million IELTS test takers you can interact with and learn from.

The page is also monitored by an IELTS expert

who responds to each individual question

So head over to facebook and join the community.

Get free materials from

it's packed with resources to help you, like:

The IELTS Support Pack.

It's a free download with information about the test and general advice.

There's also free sample tests and practice materials

for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

And you can sign up for an IELTS Masterclass

– a free, 90-minute seminar where you get to interact with an IELTS expert.

But that's enough from me.

How about you?

What tips can you share?

Leave a comment with your suggestions.