Preparing for IELTS

Humber College offers test takers several ways to prepare for their IELTS Test. 

1. Private Tutoring 

One hour Private Tutoring is now available. Please contact us to inquire about tutor availability.  

To register for tutoring, please contact: The cost of tutoring is $50 per hour or $40 per hour if registered for an IELTS Test at Humber. Payment is made at the Test Centre before your tutoring session.

Please indicate in your email which area of the test you would like to work on with the tutor.

If you are interested in working on writing, please answer either the GT or AC questions below, and send your writing to us at least 1 day before your tutoring session. 

Task 1 General TestYour next-door neighbour likes to listen to music late at night. Because of the loud noise, you often cannot sleep. Write a letter to your neighbour and include: a description of  the situation, explain the problem and offer at least one solution. (write at least 150 words) 

Task 2 General Test: The use of cell phones (mobile phones) has grown rapidly in the past few years. People use them for both business and personal reasons. What are the advantages and disadvantages of widespread use of cell phones? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowledge.                                                

Task 1 Academic Test: The chart below shows the cost-of-living in two different cities as compared to the national cost-of-living average. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. (write at least 150 words) 

Cost-of-Living Percentage Averages Above and Below the National Average

Item Riverdale Cape Alicia
Groceries 4.7% 0.5%
Housing 19% -12.5%
Utilities 4.5% 1.2%
Transportation 4% -3.8%
Health Care 7% 0.8%
Clothing 5.5% 1%

Task 2 Academic Test: Life now is better than it was 100 years ago. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.  (write at least 250 words) 

2. FREE Skills Workshops

Attend a free workshop before you take your IELTS test. Friday workshops in May will be held in room J120.  For June, July and August, all workshops will be held in D218. Workshops run from 5pm-7pm. Please email the Test Centre at to sign up for these workshops.

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Spring/Summer 2019

   May / June / July / August  Dates
Listening and Writing  Fri. May 24 
Reading and Listening Wed. June 5
Speaking and Writing Fri. June 21
Reading and Listening Wed. July10
Speaking and Writing Fri, July 26
Reading and Listening  Wed. Aug 7
Speaking and Writing Fri Aug 23

3. IELTS Pretesting

General Training and Academic Modules TBA

Pre Test Date: Saturday October 19- North Campus only.

Room TBA

What is pretesting?

  • Practice Listening, Reading and Writing*
  • Total test time is approx. 3hrs 
  • IELTS band-type scores are given after approx two weeks for Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Simulates a real "test-like" environment 

*Please note that not all modules for pretests are available for every session, and there are no pretests for Speaking.

Why participate?

  • Identify where you need more help.
  • Benefit from practicing under real test conditions
  • Take six to eight weeks before live exam to identify current English language level and assists in preparation for the live exam


4. FREE Online Webinar

Threre is an upcoming webinar on IELTS study strategies and tips is on August 19th at 10am (Eastern Time). The link below will take you directly to the Facebook post where you can register.


5. Road to IELTS  (Online)

Road to IELTS / IELTS preparation and practiceTry out the test for free before registering.  Road to IELTS - Test Drive 

Once you register for the test, get 30 hours of free online preparation.
To access your free online test preparation plus other useful test materials,  visit the preparation tab in your British Council Portal.