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HOW TO LEARN ENGLISH
Added by: Gekko, 25.10.2010

IELTS Study Books Review

 

Once you’ve learnt you have to do an IELTS exam the next question is how. If you don’t have a lot of time or are unable to join a preparation class, buying a student study book could be your best chance. But which one?  In this issue istudent looks at a few of the top selling books, their pros and cons and value for money to help you make that decision.

 

 

1.     Action Plan for IELTS (for IELTS General Training)

                                                Overview :

This book is an intensive, low-levelled exam practice guide focussing on the General Training Module only. It is especially useful for those who only have a few weeks to prepare and have no idea about the structure of the IELTS exam.

 

It organised in the same order as IELTS test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking modules) and examines each question type in detail. It provides a variety of example activities, mini practice tasks and advice on how to maximize your results in the test.

 

 

Tests included: 1 Full General Training test

Answer keys: Included.

Listening Transcripts: Included.

Price: $50-$55 (includes CD)

 

What we liked

  • Well organised for those with limited time to prepare as it is easy to follow.
  •  All the various question types in the examination are explained with step-by-step strategies to deal with each.

·         Action Plan for IELTS is available for both the Academic and General Training module. The Academic module is suitable for students around Band 6+ and the General Training module for students around Band 5+.

 

What we didn’t like

  • There is only one full practice test in the book, so to practise more you would need to purchase additional test books.
  • No Answer sheets are included in the book, so you wouldn’t be able to practice transferring answers correctly as required in the real exam.

 

 

2.     IELTS Book 7 - Step Up to IELTS Self-study Student's Book

Overview:

Step up IELTS will work well for students preparing for the IELTS examination on their own. If you are aiming to get a higher band result 7+ this would be a good choice for practice material, as the questions are not as easy as others. The book gives a variety of tips on how to prepare such as picture description, Vocabulary exercises brainstorming, examination of sample paragraphs etc. This book is for those who have a higher level of English (Upper Intermediate +) and who require high band scores.

 

 

Tests included: 1 Full General Training test +1 Full Academic Test

Answer keys: Included.

Listening Transcripts: Included.

Price: $52-56

 

What we liked

  • All the various question types in the examination are explained with step-by-step strategies to deal with each.
  • The book provides examples for each question type, sample practice tasks and tips how to maximize the score in exam
  • A real in-depth strategy book to help you with all academic skills you can take with you into future academic life.

 

What we didn’t like

  • There is only one full practice test of the Academic and the General Training Module in the book, so to practise more you would need to purchase additional test papers.
  • No Answer sheets are included in the book, so you wouldn’t be able to practice transferring answers correctly as required in the real exam.
  • Audio for the listening tests are not included in the price of the book and would cost additional $65 making it a very expensive choice.
  • There are two versions of the book. Make sure to buy the ‘With answers’ edition as this contains a full answer key and information on the exam.

3.     FOCUS ON IELTS Academic {New Edition}

Tests included: 1 Full Academic test

Answer keys: Included.

Answer sheets: Included

Listening Transcripts: Included.

Overview

The new edition of this book has made many improvements. It not only will prepare you for the Academic Module of the examination by going over question types and sections f the examination but also will teach you skills that you will need to achieve a successful study life at either university or TAFE. It has a lot of new material is thorough exam skills training and graded practice to help students pass the exam.

 

What we liked

  • A lot of advice to help you actually prepare for any type of examination.
  • All the various question types in the examination are explained with step-by-step strategies to deal with each.

 

What we didn’t like

  • There is so much do in the book that it is not a quick fix. You could spend weeks doing all the activities in the examinations, so this book is not recommended for those who have little time to prepare.
  • There is only one full practice test in the book, so to practise more you would need to purchase additional test papers.

 

 

 

 

4.     Prepare for IELTS (Academic Module)

Overview:

These practice tests will help you prepare for the General Training module of the IELTS tests. The book goes through each module of the exam and has little activities to help you find your problems with the exam and get used to doing the exam. There are 5 practice exams which have reportedly been tested by IELTS preparation classes to make sure all activities are relevant and useful.

 

Tests included: 5 Full Academic tests

Answer keys: Included.

Answer sheets: Not included.

Listening Transcripts: Included.

Price: $65-$70

 

What we liked

·         All the various question types that you might meet in the exam are included over the 5 tests, giving you the opportunity to get heaps of practise in one book.

·         There is also a General Training version of the book, for those who are require to sit it. It is as good as the Academic version and suits those requiring 6+ band results.

·         The price includes the Audio CD required for the listening modules.

 

What we didn’t like

  • No Answer sheets are included in the book, so you wouldn’t be able to practice transferring answers correctly as required in the real exam.
  • There may be too little advice and tips for those unfamiliar with the exam.

 

 

5.     Kaplan IELTS 2009-2010 Edition

 

Overview

This book is a useful starting place for those unsure of which test to take. It has a lot of advice on how to improve your skills in writing and reading. The book has both General Training and academic practice sections. The Listening and Speaking sections are separated but are exactly the same, which may be confusing (and a waste of time) for those trying to practise lots of examples before sitting the real exam.

 

Tests included: 1 Full General Training test + 1 Full Academic test

Answer keys: Included.

Answer sheets: Not included.

Listening Transcripts: Included.

Price: $55

 

What we liked

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