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Are you planning to study, work or migrate to an English-speaking country? If so, then most countries require you to take an English language proficiency test such as IELTS as an eligibility criterion. International English language testing system (IELTS) is the most popular English proficiency test and is accepted by more than 12,000 organisations globally.

To take an IELTS test, it's important to be well-prepared for the same. To help you, we have a wide range of preparation materials and tools that are available on our IDP IELTS website. With that, you can also explore these 6 apps to help you in your preparation for IELTS success.

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6 mobile apps to help you prepare for IELTS

Here are the 6 best apps for you to download when preparing for the IELS test to score higher:

1. Your all-in-one solution – IELTS by IDP

Download the IELTS by IDP app and get access to IELTS preparation materials, including an app-exclusive free trial to IELTS Preparation Course developed by the Macquarie University experts and an IELTS Short Course by E2 Language.

The app also gives you access to the IELTS Prepare by IDP vodcast -- a 10-episode video podcast guiding you through the IELTS test structure, how to prepare, what to expect on test day and more.

You can also book your test, register for events, take quizzes, and check your results on the go, all in one app!

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2. Take advantage of vocabulary – Dictionary

Improve your vocabulary by using the built-in dictionary app on your smartphone. Whenever you face a challenging new word, simply search it up and jot down its meaning.

This way, you will familiarise yourself with new or difficult words and be able to know how to use them in the future.

This learning technique will also help you for your IELTS test, as you will be able to improve and widen your vocabulary.

3. Improve your writing – Grammarly

When it comes to the IELTS Writing test, part of the criteria is being assessed is grammatical range and accuracy. This is meant to assess the range of grammar you use and how accurately and appropriately you use it. To help improve your grammar, you can use the app Grammarly.

This dynamic app explains accurate sentence structures and helps correct any written errors, helping improve your grammar and writing. This will help in avoiding spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

For more advice on grammar, you can read the IELTS "Grammar 101" articles where we discuss grammatical rules such as when to use "Its or It's" and other topics.

4. Practice your speaking skills – Recorder

To help you improve and become more comfortable for your IELTS Speaking test, consistent practice is key. You can use your phone's voice recording app as a way to practice your pronunciation and intonation. By recording your speaking practice, you can play it back and see any points that can be improved and refine your skills.

Through recording yourself with your phone's voice record feature, you can become more at ease with speaking English out loud, and accustomed to being recorded as IELTS Speaking test itself is recorded for monitoring purposes.

5. Listen beyond music – Spotify

While Spotify is more known as an app for music and songs, they also have a wealth of different English language podcasts that can help you prepare for your IELTS test.

There are plenty of English language learning podcasts, such as the IELTS Prepare by IDP vodcast. Our ten-episode video podcast features interviews with trusted IELTS experts and helps you learn everything you need to know about the IELTS test before test day. The vodcast can be accessed through the IELTS by IDP app, and is also available on Spotify.

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Aside from learning through English language-themed podcasts, listening to podcasts in general can help with your IELTS Listening test, as it allows you to practice listening to spoken audio.

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6. Learn from videos – YouTube

Similar to Spotify, YouTube offers a wide selection of videos dedicated to English language learning content.

Different creators publish videos related to or discussing IELTS content -- if you want to go straight to the source, we have our very own IELTS by IDP YouTube channel that gives you access to a wide range of IELTS videos and advice from IELTS experts that will help you prepare for your test and improve your English proficiency.

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These six apps provide valuable resources and tools to help you effectively prepare for your IELTS test. Whether you need assistance with vocabulary, grammar, listening practice, or speaking exercises, these apps offer comprehensive and user-friendly features to improve your study experience.

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Access our official IELTS practice materials and get prepared with our wide range of practice tests.

Additionally, don't forget to download your free IELTS Preparation Guide and get tips from our IELTS Experts by registering for an IELTS Masterclass.

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Published on July 04, 2024

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