7 Smartphone Apps to Ace Your IELTs Testadmin
Studying for IELTS can be as exciting as it is tedious. While looking to expand your vocabulary for the exam, you might find yourself lost in a sea of words; reading and listening to a lot, but absorbing nothing. While this can be disheartening in itself, the working people may find themselves confronting another problem – no time. Now with so many apps out there to solve your every problem, why not let them make your IELTS preparation an easy process? The following apps not only have content tailored to your needs but also have in-app quizes to make your learning stick! The portability of mobile and the fun-bite sized lessons would further make IELTS preparation a not so dreaded affair for you:
1- IELTS Full – Band 7.5+
As the name suggests, the app claims to get you to the elite band 7.5+ group, and with a wide range of IELTS material available on the app, this might just be true.
The app has 6 sections which cover everything from IELTS tips that would give you the tricks of the trade which ensure that you score high to IETLS vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will have samples (which includes samples tests, essays, and audios) for each section as well as in-app tasks to test you and measure your progress. The app comes with other features like giving you three levels in the listening section, each one consisting of 34 lessons,from which you can choose the level that you would be comfortable with and improve from there. It also has an offline feature so that you can learn on the go.
If you are looking for an all-in-one app, this app is the one!
2 – IELTS Skills – Free
Much like the previous app, IELTS skills is another one-stop shop for all your IELTS prep needs. The app has four sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Instead of just samples, you’ll get practice exercises and interactive tasks which would help you develop the skills needed for an IELTS exam. Each section comes with detailed examples and exercises that cover a full range of questions that you can expect from the IELTS exam. Perhaps, the most unique feature of the app, much like an IELTS guidebook, is its detailed overview of the exam which in no time will help you tackle IELTS question in every format with practiced ease.
Further, you can score yourself on the interactive ‘Can do Statement’ section to keep track of your own progress and become your own guide on the path of improvement.
3 – IELTS Word Power
What can be a better app to improve your vocabulary for the IELTS test than through an app developed by the British Council itself? While you might sometimes find yourself frustrated over bugs or error codes (which while rare has been known to happen), the content of the app itself is amazing. The app has various vocabulary topics such as ‘Work and Business’, ‘Art & Culture’, ‘Mass Media’, etc and has over 100 questions to test your word power. The app can also help you to find the nearest British Council IELTS test center.
With this app, not only will you find yourself learning new words and their meanings but also the context in which they should be used, which is an integral part of the IELTS exam.
4 – IELTS Prep App – takeielts.org (British Council)
Like the previous app, IELTS Prep app has also been developed by the British Council, and while it slightly less popular than the other one, it is the perfect comprehensive solution when it comes to the IELTS exam, in fact, it is the right companion piece for the IELTS Word Power app. If you like the interface and content, even if you just download these two, you’ll find yourself sorted. The app offers a comprehensive overview of the IELTS tests, practice tests, explanation of common grammar rules and exercises along with videos of IELTS speaking interviews, useful tips with the assessment criteria explained, quizzes to test your knowledge of the test format, and much more information on IELTS related topics.
The app has other useful features such as setting a test day reminder or enabling you to bookmark useful pages so that you can easily come back to them.
5 – IELTS Listening
IELTS Listening is especially targeted at people who are looking to improve their listening skills. The app will adapt to you as it offers you three levels, each of which consists of 34 lessons where there is one transcript and one exercise in each lesson. The app has over 700 articles about English listening with each one based on a real-world conversation. It has 100 most common phrases, 1500 most common words from basic to advance, 3500 essential English idioms and phrasal verbs. With this app, you can improve your vocabulary in various topics such as airport, bank, colors, shops etc. Additionally, the quiz feature will help you put your newly gained knowledge to test and making it stick.
All in all, the app has over 800 lessons for IELTS English listening and has other features like the bookmark manager, download audio file, and background Audio Mode.
6 – IELTS Writing
This app has free preparation materials and resources for self-study covering the academic as well as the general training part of the writing exam. The app has lessons, practice tests with answers, letter samples, graph samples, essay samples, useful links, and even the FAQs. The app will provide you with tips and other useful information to help you prepare for your exam along with quizzes and even mock tests to solidify your knowledge. The app offers an offline feature so that you can study without distractions and a wide variety of samples from which you can pick and choose to focus on a specific section.
All the application features are absolutely free with no hidden costs.
7 – IELTS Exam Preparation: Vocabulary Flashcards
Vocabulary is undeniably an important part of the IELTS exam, with this app you can learn the 600 most important IELTS English Vocabulary words via fun and easy flashcards that would give you full definition, example sentences and more!
Further, the app also allows you to practice by completing definitions and example sentences for each word. The flash card comes in three difficulty levels – easy, intermediate, and advanced. The algorithm of the app recognizes your strength and weaknesses and optimizes the flashcards accordingly. Further, the app uses spaced repetition which would make your learning session more effective and ensure that you not only learn new words but also remember them.
Whether you are looking to improve your listening skills or vocabulary or are looking for an all-in-one deal for IELTS, there’s definitely an app above that serves to your specific needs. With them, you are sure to improve your chances at IELTS significantly. Whether it’s a dumb cat video or a wall that suddenly becomes interesting, there can be so many distractions while you are studying. If you often find yourself studying for two hours with nothing to show for it, it’s time that you start looking for better ways and what can be more effective then an app that can help you increase your productivity. We have another blog just for that, 21 Best Productivity Apps for Students, which includes a range of apps from Time Saving Voice apps to Vocabulary Booster. They will surely help you concentrate for your IELTS as well.
Abhyank Srinet holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe & has an engineering degree with a specialization in Instrumentation & Control. His interest in the digital landscape motivated him to create an online startup for Masters in Management application consulting (MiM-Insider.com), focused on spreading quality information about the MiM degree & performing application consulting services for clients. He is the chief consultant of the company and takes care of Business Development and Digital Marketing side of the company. He is very passionate about writing and marketing.
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