Sample Papers

Sample Papers – Official Copies

Cambridge University Press is the publisher of the official IELTS sample papers.

British Council Official Past Exam

IDP Official Past Exam Papers

Cambridge Official Past Exam

Sample Papers – Books

Past exam papers can be purchased in nine different volumes:

Cambridge 1 to Cambridge 9

The series numbers range from oldest to newest.

In other words, if you want the most recent sample test, you should have a look at Cambridge IELTS 9.




The sample papers come in two different versions. The older past papers (Cambridge 1 to 6) have purple and black book covers.

The newer versions of the official sample papers (Cambridge 7 to 9) come with blue and black covers.

Each of the  past papers books contains four official papers from Cambridge ESOL.

The sample tests cover all four skills on the exam, which gives you excellent and authentic exam practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Cambridge Past Paper

The Official Cambridge Guide contains Past Papers. It has everything you need to prepare for the test.

You may also be interested in these publications by Cambridge ESOL:

  • Cambridge Vocabulary
  • Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • The “Objective” book for the exam
  • The “Vocabulary” book for the exam
  • The “Instant” book for the exam
  • The “Trainer” book for the exam

For further information and prices, please navigate to the Cambridge press site at the link at the top of this page.

More Sample Papers Links

For more IELTS sample test materials, please visit our book lists:

Book List for the Exam

List of Online Preparation