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Find the Best Books to Prepare for the IELTS Test

Updated on May 7, 2015

Improve your score with these learning resources

These days the IELTS test is one of the most popular English tests available. You can use your test result to enter over 6000 university in a range of English speaking countries or to immigrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Britain.

As a result of this popularity there are many IELTS books being published to help you prepare for the exam. I have worked in an English College library for many years and the books I have listed here are among the best available. Try to get the most recent editions of books when preparing because the test is updated regularly and changes in the format can take place.

IELTS is recognised measure of English ability by more than 6000 institutions in over 135 countries.

An introduction to the IELTS test

This video introduces the various papers included in the exam and explains what is expected.

The General and Academic versions

It is really 2 tests

There are two different types of IELTS exams depending on why you are taking the test.

The Academic Exam - is for people who want to study in an English speaking country. Many countries accept this exam but it is most popular in Australia and Great Britain. Visit the Official IELTS website to see if the place you want to study will accept IELTS results.

The General Training Exam

This exam is for going to high school in an English speaking country. It can also be used to prove your English skills for immigration puroposes.

The listening and speaking parts of the test are the same for both levels of the test. The reading and writing tests are designed to suit the types of skills you would need to have for either university or high school.

The Speaking Test - Watch a speaking test and learn some tips

Improve Your Writing

The writing paper is one of the most difficult for the average test taker. Working through questions that are set up in the same way as the exam will help you be prepared for the styles of writing you will face in the official paper.

Writing Skills
Writing Skills

This book provides lots of exercises to help you and provides answers and examples of writing at different scores.


Over 1.4 million candidates take an IELTS test each year

Prepare for the exam

7.0 is the score required to undertake academic study and can boost your chances of being granted immigration to an English speaking country.

Target Band 7: How to Maximize Your Score (IELTS Academic Module)
Target Band 7: How to Maximize Your Score (IELTS Academic Module)

If you have mastered the basics of the test this book will help you to take your skills further and increase your chances of success.


IELTS Practice Tests

This publisher is considered to produce the most authentic practice tests available according to many teachers I have spoken to

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If you are planning to study IELTS at a college try to choose one that is accredited.

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      5 years ago

      I think the book of target band is not very suitable for the high school students.Do more practise to crep up the English level!

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      5 years ago

      Here's an article on handling pre-IELTS exam anxiety:

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I too have English as my home language, so don't need the test, but you have explained it well, and I am lensrolling to my lens Nice Distinctions in English Language

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      8 years ago

      I had not heard of this test, probably because English is my main (and only) language. But I agree that this is an excellent resources for those taking the test. Very nicely laid out.

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      Addy Bell 

      8 years ago

      What a great resource for those planning to take this test. I'm a native English speaker, so I hope I would pass this test without studying :)


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