This series of books contains some IELTS tests.

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An ell post uses the phrase "rehearse the IELTS test" to refer to practice with tests in those books.

Is it clear and natural to use "rehearse" that way?

From Cambridge Dictionary

The musicians rehearsed (the symphony) for the concert.

In accordance with the usage from the example, should I say it like this?

Doing exercise to rehearse for the IELTS test.

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In the US, we would say "I am doing the exercise to practice for the IELTS test." We use "rehearsal" for performance-oriented things, and for larger (more people and/or more involved than one person sitting taking a test) things. We rehearse music and theater performances, we practice tests and batting skills. And standardized tests. As a side issue, "Doing exercise" sounds unnatural -- we would put an article in front of the exercise - "Doing an exercise", "Doing this exercise", etc. This assumes that "exercise" is one part of the practice exam; if that isn't the case, I don't know what "Doing exercise" is trying to say.

  • You can also use the plural, "Doing exercises," especially if you're working through more than one exercise (or even just answering more than one question) in one session. Jul 23, 2020 at 18:05

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