Best IELTS prep books
When preparing for any test, it is important to learn what the test designer says about its own test. Make sure that your information is current. It is possible for the test format to change.
About The IELTS
The IELTS (“International English Language Testing Service”) is a UK based test which is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 500 locations in 130 countries. It has been in existence since approximately 1990. (As you may know Cambridge has been a huge player in ESL for many years.)
According to the test designer the:
“IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 21 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.
Close to 6000 organisations and more than 1.4 million test takers around the world trust and recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.”
The Two Versions of the IELTS:
“IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.”
Format of the IELTS
According to the test designer:
“IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests. Find out more and see a test sample.”
Best IELTS Preparation Books and Materials
It is important to start with materials directly from the test designer. These materials are described by IELTS as follows:
“The Official IELTS Practice Materials explains the test format in detail and gives you practice tests and answers. You can order your Official IELTS Practice Materials in one of three ways:
- place an online order from IELTS Australia
- place an online order from IELTS in the UK
- through your local test centre”
There are also many IELTS preparation books from third party publishers.