Mastering the IELTS exam with James

Discover why 18,000+ students rave about my IELTS courses.
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Get a 7+ in the IELTS exam

You've been provisionally accepted into the top university of your choice. But you need a 7.0 in the IELTS exam to take the next step. Or you've got a chance to move to an English-speaking country, but you need a certain IELTS score to take your application further. What do you do? That's where IELTS Step-by-step comes in. I'll help you to reach your goals with my motivating, comprehensive, in-depth online courses.

Learn from an ex-IELTS examiner with 20 years of experience

How do you know if you're getting the best advice about the IELTS exam? Do you know the best way to prepare for it? Don't take a chance with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Prepare thoroughly with one of the best collections of IELTS courses available online.
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Meet your tutor

Hi, I'm James!
And I love helping my students achieve their learning goals. I've got 18 years of experience preparing students for the IELTS exam. Plus, I'm an ex-IELTS examiner. I've got an MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Leicester) and a DELTA (University of Cambridge). On top of this, I've personally completed over 30 IELTS exams under exam conditions, so I'm more than experienced and qualified enough to guide you through the IELTS preparation process.

Apart from teaching, I also enjoy travelling, taking photos, and learning new things every day. I currently live in Hungary with my wife, Ivett, and our furry friends Mango, the dog, and Parsnip, the cat.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to get a 7+ in the IELTS exam!

Learn at your own pace and focus on the areas that are important to you.

LEARN WITH OUR VIDEOS and online exercises

Watch detailed video tutorials that will teach you all you need to know, then practice.


Get help from others who are in the same boat as you.

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You're not alone!

Our students support each other in their educational journey. Our IELTS Step-by-step Community page on Facebook is a great resource for students to connect with one another and seek help from their peers. Whether you're struggling with a difficult concept or seeking feedback on a task, don't hesitate to reach out to your fellow classmates for assistance. Remember, we're all in this together and by working together, we can achieve our academic goals.

NEW! Online lessons with me, personally.

I offer one-to-one lessons, and also classes with groups of up to 6 students. We use Google Meet to connect at a time that's suitable for everyone.

You'll get individual guidance and feedback from from me to ensure that your personal goals for the IELTS are met.

Prices start from $40 per hour for a one-to-one session, and $25 per hour for a group class.

of students achieve a band 7.5 when studying with me personally 

My Courses

"Amazing Course!"

"This course saved my life. I had 13 days to prepare for the exam so the fast track was an incredible help. I focused mostly on the writing and speaking videos and I got an 8. I'll be forever grateful to Mr. James Castleden for putting together this amazing course, you're a great teacher sir."



"Just Incredible!"

"So elaborate! I was exactly looking for a course like this. Thank you so much. Thanks, Mr. Castleden I have got an overall band 8 in IELTS this December. Your course was just incredible!"



"The Best!"

"It's the best course. All in details and very good explanation for each part of items with lots of examples. Thank you for your awesome and thorough job!"


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help you?

What can you offer that I cannot get at other online schools?

I started teaching IELTS online using YouTube. I would film myself completing IELTS exams that I had never seen before, and show students in real-time how to deal with difficult areas that come up. That method means that I have completed more than 30 IELTS exams under exam conditions (you'll be surprised how many IELTS 'teachers' have never done an exam themselves!). In other words, I know the IELTS exam extremely well. On top of this, I am an ex-IELTS examiner, so I am able to help you "get into the head" of the people who set the IELTS exams, ensuring that you have the best preparation before the big day.

What level of English do I need?

You will need to be at B1 (intermediate level) of English to fully benefit from these courses. In other words, if you're able to score a 5.5 in an IELTS exam under exam conditions before you begin your chosen IELTS Step-by-step course(s), then I'm almost certain you will be able to get a 7.0 or more in the exam(s) that you've prepared for.

Can I see any sample videos and exercises?

Yes, of course. Whole sections of each of the courses are freely available for you to view, with videos to watch and exercises to complete, so that you can see exactly what to expect in the course overall. Simply sign up and access the free materials in your chosen course(s).

When can I start studying ?

You can enroll any day of the year. Be online and start studying within a matter of seconds after enrolling.
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