Which IELTS book should you choose?
While choosing an IELTS book, things can be a little tricky. There are so many options available in the market and choosing the best one from the numerous options is not an easy task. Choosing a book really depends on your own needs. Do you just want practice tests? Answer keys? Just study materials? Do you want something self-guided? What level is best for you? Which IELTS exam are you going to take? IELTS books
To make your choice easy we have made a list of the top 5 best books available in the market. IELTS books
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1. Complete IELTS from Cambridge IELTS books
Complete IELTS from Cambridge publishing is a great book series (student and teacher) to start studying IELTS and improving your language ability. It gives you a break down of all the sections of the test into manageable learning parts. It gives you advice on how to approach different questions in all sections, grammar boosters, and vocabulary focus. The book contains a full practice test, answer keys (with explanations as to why answer choices were wrong) and examples of writing at different band scores.
The book is very user-friendly and easy to understand, full of interesting topics, and makes studying for the IELTS exam fun. This book is available in different IELTS score levels allowing you to focus your learning on the score you need to achieve. They are 4-5, 5-6.5, and 6.5-7.5 covering both general and academic papers. It is also available as an ebook.
2. IELTS Trainer IELTS books
IELTS Trainer is a book that concentrates learning on your exam skills only. This book doesn’t help improve your language skills it teaches you how to approach the test, what the test looks likes, tips on how to answer different question types in the reading exam, to understand the writing questions, different listening questions, and develop your answers for the speaking test. It contains 6 full tests. IELTS books
The book is available from Cambridge publishing in two versions – with and without answers. This makes it a great option for being used with a teacher or for self-study. Just make sure you get the one you need – general or academic. IELTS books
3. Collins English for IELTS
Collins English for IELTS is a series of books that allow you to study IELTS and focus specifically on areas where you need to improve. Each book works on one area of either improving your language skills (grammar, vocabulary, …) or exam skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening), and practice tests. The books for each of the four skills will help you develop a greater understanding of how to answer specific questions for that part of the test. For example, each chapter of the reading books covers a different question type. They are aimed at bands 5.5-6 in skill level and the reading and writing books focus on academic IELTS. IELTS books
The layout of the books is very student friendly. These books are great if you are just starting to study for the exam and want to focus on a specific area or if you have already taken the test and need to book a band score in one skill area.
4. IELTS Life Skills by Cambridge
IELTS Life Skills by Cambridge publishing is another book to look at. It is a test book and comes in both levels of the test – A1 and B1 and focuses only on speaking and listening skills. If your focus is for a visa to another country and need this test or just want to focus on these skills, this is a nice test book to help you focus on giving concise answers to questions. The book guides you through the exam and contains four full practice tests with answer keys. This makes it a great book for both the classroom and self-study. IELTS books
5. Cambridge English IELTS
Cambridge English IELTS is the official guide to IELTS from Cambridge publishing. If you are new to IELTS structure and the exam this is a great book to start with. It covers both academic and general paper, gives examples of all the different questions types used across all four skill areas, guides you through how to approach and deconstruct questions, language tips, and includes common mistakes and how to avoid them. The level of exam detail is very high. Do remember that it is an exam preparation book so won’t help you improve your language skills. IELTS books
Online training with Exam-Practice
Exam-Practice is a digital platform which helps you to take real-time full-length mock exams with a scoring system. Also, there are several exercises to practice for each part of the exam. Moreover, you will be able to improve your English grammar with “Build Your Basics” mode. Another very important feature that Exam-Practice offers is the ability to monitor your daily progress with Statistics mode. IELTS books
There are 4 Full-Length mock exams, more than 160 Exercises and lots of Study Materials available in Exam-Practice to help you succeed in your IELTS exam.