Preparation Tips

“Do you run preparation courses for ISLPR?”

We often get asked if there are ISLPR preparation courses. The short answer is, no.

It is not helpful for candidates to try to prepare for an ISLPR test the way that they might prepare for tests in some other testing systems. For example, with the writing test we do not recommend that candidates try to guess what their tasks will be and spend a lot of time practising these and only these. We do not recommend that a candidate practises complicated phrases that they hope they can use for any topic.

The best way for a candidate to prepare for an ISLPR test is by practicing their English skills every day. ILS offers individual tutorials to help candidates improve their English skills prior to sitting an ISLPR English test.

Best preparation for an ISLPR test: study!

Study your English skills before an ISLPR test.

ILS also recommends reading and subscribing to the ISLPR English Test Blog. The information on the ISLPR blog will help improve your English skills and prepare candidates for their ISLPR test. (Subscription to our blog is FREE).

Candidates who are doing the ISLPR test for professional registration should focus on material that is relevant to their profession.

Before Your Test:

Read the various guidelines pages available on our blog.  On these pages candidates will find information about the kinds of tasks they can expect during their test. For more information on what the testers are looking for when assessing your English download the marking criteria from this page.

Guidelines: writing

Guidelines: speaking

Guidelines: listening

Guidelines: reading


Due to the nature of the ISLPR test we do not publish sample tests.

After Your Test:

We provide personalised feedback sessions. Candidates that do not reach the level required in any skill or skills can apply for feedback on their test.

During a feedback session an ISLPR tester will go through your test and explain why your English was graded at that level.