IELTS preparation- Books and study materials
IELTS preparation- “The approach to preparation tells a lot about how well a candidate will succeed. You need to do more than only dream big. You need to practice!” says Sarah Deverall, Director of British Council, Malaysia. True that. Practice alone is the key to cracking any difficult exam and as someone once put it, practice alone leads to perfection.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the toughest English proficiency tests accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. The test is taken by more than 2 million candidates every year and measures a person’s ability in English on four different parametres -- Listening, reading, writing and speaking. The exam is measured on a band from 0-9. Most of the good universities and organisations demand that you should have a score of at least above 6 in the band. As such you need a comprehensive IELTS preparation strategy to crack in IELTS and the most important element here are IELTS preparation books and study materials. Which IELTS books do you refer to? Are there sample papers available? Do I take mock tests? Are there other materials available for IELTS preparation? These are some of the questions that come to any test taker's mind before appearing for IELTS.
To guide test takers through the right IELTS preparation strategy, Careers360 brings some of the important IELTS books study materials that IELTS candidates should study from.
IELTS is basically of two types - Academic and General. IELTS academic is taken by students who want to apply to a university at the undergraduate or postgraduate level and IELTS General is taken by people who want to take up work related training in an English speaking country. Although, the sections covered by both the versions are same, what varies is the difficulty level of the tests and their orientation. So, while in IELTS academic the orientation is more towards academic and in-depth knowledge of English, the focus of IELTS General is to test a candidate’s ability to communicate comfortably in a work environment.
However, the IELTS study materials for both the versions are more or less the same. This is so because the pattern for both the tests is similar:
Here’s the pattern of IELTS:
IELTS Test Component
4 sections, 40 items
3 sections, 40 items
3 part one-on-one conversation
Find below books and study materials for IELTS preparation:
British Council: One of the conducting bodies of IELTS, British Council publishes a huge collection of preparation materials for prospective test takers of the English proficiency test. Start with the ‘How to prepare for IELTS’ which is like a beginner’s guide in the preparation for IELTS. The book has exercises and answer keys for your help. Besides that you can go for their ‘IELTS Practice Materials Volume 1 and 2’.
Here are the IELTS books and study materials by British Council:
How to Prepare for IELTS
Official IELTS Practice Materials Volume 1
Official IELTS Practice Materials Volume
Top Tips for IELTS Academic
Top Tips for IELTS General Training
Cambridge: Your IELTS preparation is incomplete without the ‘The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS’. Cambridge also publishes a ‘Cambridge IELTS 9’ which includes practice sets for all the sections.
Here are the IELTS books and study materials by Cambridge:
The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS
New Insight into IELTS
Cambridge IELTS 9
Barron’s: Barron’s offers some of the best IELTS books and study materials for IELTS preparation.When it comes to study for an English proficiency test, Barron’s is the name which appears in the lips of many candidates. What Barron offers is a pack of IELTS preparation materials, including exam know how, practice sets, answer keys. Barron’s IELTS superpack has 10 full length practice tests with a comprehensive discussion on problem areas in the English proficiency test.
Ace the IELTS: Ace the IELTS by Simone Braverman, basically, focuses on the general version of IELTS test and is one of the best IELTS preparation study materials around. It covers every module of the test and includes exam effective tips and techniques for students.The books in itself do not have any sample tests but they include links to practice tests so that aspirants can go to these links later and test the techniques that they have learnt in the book.
Target band 7: Another gem on IELTS by Simone Braverman; this one talks about how you can maximise your score in the English proficiency test. Now what this IELTS preparation book essentially teaches you is speed and time – management. It has some interesting tips on getting the best scores through smart preparation, though its biggest drawback is that it does not include any practice tests or sample papers to practice.
IELTS preparation- Online and practice sets: Besides books, there are many IELTS study materials available online that students can use. In fact, you can even take mock tests online to check your time-management skills. You can either download the materials or buy online preparation kits. Besides that, you can also refer to IELTS preparation sample papers.
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Questions related to IELTS
SIR PLEASE TELL ME if MY 12TH SCIENCE PERSENTAG 75 CAN I APPLY IELTS AND HOW MANY BENDS GET TO GO TO CANADA AND CAN YOU TELL ME THE ADMISSION PROCESSES ? THANK YOU
First of all when it comes to the eligibility criteria for IELTS, candidates are required to be above 16 years, there is no such educational qualification or aggregate for that matter, now IELTS is of two types, one for academic purpose and another is for work purpose/migration, now the question about band is more dependent on the course and university you'll be applying for but you haven't mentioned much details regarding , this generally securing 6.5 band or above helps, this is just an average score, when it comes to admission process there are many more factors taken into consideration,, to know more about IELTS , visit our page at https://studyabroad.careers360.com/exams/ielts
where to learn English fluently (0tohero) in Bangalore?
Online sites classes running in offline mode where you can learn everything from the basics to the advanced level of English proficiency and writing.
Some of the best online sites for English Speaking are- Udemy, learn English.com, English specialisation course by course, British Council English Classes, etc. There are multiple offline modes of coaching institutes in areas such as electronic City, Begur, etc. Where you can learn English speaking.
Hope this information helps you!!
HELLO SIR SIR CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME CAN I GO CANADA AFTER 12TH SCIENCE OR AFTER B.E I CHOOS MY COURSE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND I BELONG GENERAL CETGARI AND TOTAL COST OF IT PLEASE GUIDE ME.. THANK YOU
To go to Canada for further studies, you first need to clear IELTS exam , it is an international English language testing system , every one who wants to go Canada either for business or studies need to clear this exam. this exam is basically to check your proficiency in English language. And next, you need to take admission in any college there to get the study visa (you can report to any nearby Visa/passport consultant for more information). Also, it will cost you around 18-19 lakhs (including admission in the college there).
Hope I answered your query, thankyou!
I cant speak fluent English can I attend IELTS if any chance is there to clear the exam
Hope your doing good
- The benchmark for testing the proficiency of English of a candidate is really set at a high level. So when a candidate thinks about taking the test, he should first assess his depth of knowledge in the English language.
- If you want to learn fast, then work harder. Learn in a scientific and systematic way. Be patient you can’t learn overnight.
- When you are learning ‘Spoken English,’ right from the word go start speaking and thinking in English.
Thinking in English? Sounds strange? But its’ a must for learner. Basically, learners from Non-English speaking countries think in their mother tongue and then translate into English. Its’ a completely wrong way, you must think in English.
Try your best to overcome your ‘Mother Tongue Bias.’ Its’ one of the biggest problems in case of the ‘Non-Native English Speakers.’ Read something loudly, record it using any device, then listen the recorded version to spot the difference and try to rectify it by repeating the process.
When you are learning ‘Spoken English,’ right from the word go start speaking and thinking in English.
Try to take up more mock tests and sample tests for more clarity and confidence.
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Goodluck for everything ahead:)
what is the minimum marks required for applying for the ielts test
This year onward there are no minimum IELTS Eligibility criteria 2020 set by the conducting bodies like IDP and British Council for the IELTS exam.
IELTS is an exam which is accepted by countries where English is the main language for communication purposes. It might be one of the basis for employment into an organization, or eligibility for admission into a particular institute, or a compulsion for the purpose of migration into a specific country.
For more detailed information. Kindly go through this link:
I hope it helps you.
Happy learning! !