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With so many websites and books offering IELTS preparation materials out there it's difficult to know where to find reliable, authentic resources. We get a lot of questions about our bestselling authentic resources, so today I will try to answer some of them.    Listening Practice: Listen to Emma read find the right preparation materials for you     1. What’s the difference between IELTS 10 and IELTS 15?  Both books are from a series of Authentic Practice Tests (books that feature tests that are exactly like the real exam). A new edition is published every year and IELTS 15 is the latest edition. Older versions, like IELTS  12 and 13 are still available to buy and there is no reason why you shouldn’t use them. Each of the books has 4 full practice tests, complete with answers to check your work. Find out more about IELTS 15 here. 2. I have 5 months until my test and I am not sure what to use to help me prepare? The most comprehensive preparation book is the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS. This study guide covers all areas of the test with in-depth skills practice, grammar and vocabulary exercises, test strategies and lots of tips and advice.  It also has practice tests so, if you’re only looking to get one book this is a great option.  If you’re not sure what is available then why not use our Resource Finder. It will help you to find the right preparation materials for you, all you need to do is answer five quick questions to find out what the best resources are to boost your preparation. Try it today! 3. I don’t know what practice tests I should use, what is the difference? Let’s break down our three most popular practice tests so you can find which one is best for you. IELTS Trainer 2 IELTS Trainer 2 provides practice tests AND guidance. First, you can build your confidence by following the step-by-step guidance, tips and strategies in the training and exam practice exercises in the first two tests. Then, you can apply what you’ve learned and develop your exam technique with the final four tests. This book comes with downloadable audio, audio scripts and answers with detailed explanations.  This is great if you want some guidance and tips as well as practice tests. IELTS 14 (IELTS 15 is now available) IELTS 14 contains four practice tests EXACTLY like the real exam. It comes with audio scripts, answer keys and sample Writing answers so you can check your own strengths and weaknesses. This book gives you an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with the test format and practise exam techniques using real-to-life test material written by the test makers (Cambridge Assessment English).  This one is perfect for test practice, and understanding where you might need to focus your study time. Official Practice Materials 2  This book contains practice test material covering all four skills and is suitable for both IELTS Academic and General Training modules. It comes with a DVD with the Listening test audio and three sample Speaking test answers. Examiner comments for Writing and Speaking sample answers will help you improve your score.  This one is the quickest to work through, so might be good if you have very limited study time 4. I already have IELTS materials to prepare but is there anything else you recommend to get my target band score? If you're struggling to reach your target band score then you might need to work on your general English. Some students make the mistake of  doing practice tests all the time and get frustrated when they don’t see any progress.  Remember that IELTS is a test of your English language level. Here on the We Love IELTS website we have a range of blog posts which include vocabulary, grammar and how to build your English language level. If you prefer to have a book to work from then the Grammar for IELTS and Vocabulary for IELTS books are both excellent self-study choices.  Best of luck with your preparation! Emma  

Emma Cosgrave

21 April, 2020

Find the right preparation materials for you

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With so many websites and books offering IELTS preparation materials out there it's difficult to know where to find reliable, authentic resources. We get a lot of questions about our bestselling authentic resources, so today I will try to answer some of them.

 

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1. What’s the difference between IELTS 10 and IELTS 15? 

Both books are from a series of Authentic Practice Tests (books that feature tests that are exactly like the real exam). A new edition is published every year and IELTS 15 is the latest edition. Older versions, like IELTS  12 and 13 are still available to buy and there is no reason why you shouldn’t use them. Each of the books has 4 full practice tests, complete with answers to check your work. Find out more about IELTS 15 here.

2. I have 5 months until my test and I am not sure what to use to help me prepare?

The most comprehensive preparation book is the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS. This study guide covers all areas of the test with in-depth skills practice, grammar and vocabulary exercises, test strategies and lots of tips and advice.  It also has practice tests so, if you’re only looking to get one book this is a great option. 

If you’re not sure what is available then why not use our Resource Finder. It will help you to find the right preparation materials for you, all you need to do is answer five quick questions to find out what the best resources are to boost your preparation. Try it today!

3. I don’t know what practice tests I should use, what is the difference?

Let’s break down our three most popular practice tests so you can find which one is best for you.

IELTS Trainer 2

IELTS Trainer 2 provides practice tests AND guidance. First, you can build your confidence by following the step-by-step guidance, tips and strategies in the training and exam practice exercises in the first two tests. Then, you can apply what you’ve learned and develop your exam technique with the final four tests. This book comes with downloadable audio, audio scripts and answers with detailed explanations. 

This is great if you want some guidance and tips as well as practice tests.

IELTS 14 (IELTS 15 is now available)

IELTS 14 contains four practice tests EXACTLY like the real exam. It comes with audio scripts, answer keys and sample Writing answers so you can check your own strengths and weaknesses.

This book gives you an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with the test format and practise exam techniques using real-to-life test material written by the test makers (Cambridge Assessment English). 

This one is perfect for test practice, and understanding where you might need to focus your study time.

Official Practice Materials 2 

This book contains practice test material covering all four skills and is suitable for both IELTS Academic and General Training modules. It comes with a DVD with the Listening test audio and three sample Speaking test answers. Examiner comments for Writing and Speaking sample answers will help you improve your score. 

This one is the quickest to work through, so might be good if you have very limited study time

4. I already have IELTS materials to prepare but is there anything else you recommend to get my target band score?

If you're struggling to reach your target band score then you might need to work on your general English. Some students make the mistake of  doing practice tests all the time and get frustrated when they don’t see any progress. 

Remember that IELTS is a test of your English language level. Here on the We Love IELTS website we have a range of blog posts which include vocabulary, grammar and how to build your English language level. If you prefer to have a book to work from then the Grammar for IELTS and Vocabulary for IELTS books are both excellent self-study choices. 

Best of luck with your preparation!

Emma

 

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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