IELTS Books

We recommend several books to help you prepare for your IELTS test. The book titles below are all available at our office

How to prepare for IELTS

How to prepare for IELTS is a British Council publication that contains advice, exercises and practice tests for the four components of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It covers both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

The book comes with a CD containing Listening and Speaking interview extracts. This book is suitable for home study or for use in class.

Top Tips for IELTS (Academic and General Training)

Top Tips for IELTS is a revision guide available in both Academic and General Training modules. It gives clear examples, explanations, answer keys and general revision advice.

The book comes with a CD-ROM that includes a complete sample paper and a video of the Speaking test.

IELTS Official Practice Materials Volume 2

IELTS Official Practice Materials Volume 2 includes Academic and General Training sample tests for all modules: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, as well as answers with examiners’ comments.

It also includes a DVD containing a practice Listening test, answers to the sample tests, and video clips of three students taking the Speaking test.

Action Plan for IELTS with CD (Academic and General Training)

This is the book for candidates who only have a few weeks to prepare for the exam. It includes examples of all the task types and provides test guidance and tips. It gives key advice to help candidates target each module of the test effectively.

It helps candidates familiarise themselves with each part of the test effectively and contains one complete practice test for use under timed conditions.

Instant IELTS with CD

This book contains a whole range of photocopiable materials that can be used by review centres to supplement their IELTS preparation courses.

It provides 34 lessons based on different IELTS task-types and covers both the Academic and General Training module of the test.

Cambridge IELTS 9 with Answers

This 9th collection of practice tests for IELTS provides all the exam practice you need. It contains:

  • Four complete tests for Academic candidates plus extra Reading and Writing modules for General Training candidates
  • A useful introduction to these different modules together with the explanation of the scoring system used by Cambridge ESOL
  • Answer keys and recording scripts making it ideal for self-study
  • Photocopiable answer sheets so you can practise transferring your answers

Audio CDs containing the recorded material for the Listening paper are available.

Common Mistakes at IELTS Advanced….. And How to Avoid Them

Based on analysis of thousands of exam scripts at IELTS band 7 and above, the book looks at real errors made by learners in the test and explains how to make sure you get it right.

The book highlights common mistakes students make and explains how to avoid them. It also includes IELTS-style exercises to familiarise students with the format of the test.

Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate….. And How to Avoid Them

Based on analysis of thousands of exam scripts at IELTS bands 5 and above, this book looks at real errors made by learners in the test and explains how to make sure you get it right.

The book highlights common mistakes students make and explains how to avoid them. It also includes IELTS-style exercises to familiarise students with the format test. 

Cambridge Grammar for IELTS with Answers and CD

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the grammar being used in different situations, as well as offering plenty of practice tests. It is suitable for anyone preparing for the IELTS.

The book covers the grammar you will need to be successful in the test. You can use it in class or for self-study.

Each unit is in four parts, Context Listening, Grammar, Grammar Exercises and Test Practice. Context Listening introduces the grammar of the unit in a context that is relevant to the IELTS test. It also gives useful listening practices. Grammar outlines and explains grammar points with samples. Grammar Exercises allows you to answer exercise and check the answer. Test Practice helps you practice the different parts of the test. The test task is followed by a grammar focus task, which gives you extra practice in grammar from the unit.

Check Your Vocabulary for IELTS

Check Your Vocabulary for IELTS has been written for those planning to sit either the Academic or General Training modules. It covers the main vocabulary points that you will need for, or come across in, the listening, reading, writing, and speaking sections of the exam.

Each vocabulary area is presented in the form of a self-contained module with task-based activities which present each vocabulary item in a real context. Pages 1-53 focus on general vocabulary items which can be used in all aspects of your English. Some of these are relevant to specific tasks in the exam. Pages 54-101 focus on topic-specific vocabulary areas which may be required in the exam. Each module consists of 3 tasks: the first two present the vocabulary items in context, and the third gives you the opportunity to review the vocabulary in the form of a gap-fill exercise.