All right students, this is the third and final addition to the ‘List of the Best’ series (unless someone can give me another ESL test to find preparation resources for – I will be checking the comments for suggestions!). As usual, I will review three books, three websites, and then give you some links to some great 50% off last minute promotions for IELTS Preparation courses in ESL Explorer’s four promotion cities: Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Sydney.
Okay, I have said enough. Read on for a review of the best IELTS preparation resources!
1. Ace the IELTS
Although this book is a bit shorter than most, Ace the IELTS seems to recieve mostly positive reviews from students. The fact that the book is shorter is actually an advantage to some, as it means you can learn material quick if you are using it as a last minute study tool. Students seem to especially like that the book gives descriptions and examples of exactly what to expect on the IELTS by explaining test taking and writing techniques in an easy to understand way.
2. Check Your English Vocabulary for IELTS
This book has been praised for effectively being able to extend students’ vocabulary, better than most books. It has a large number of practice questions and answers, and best of all, explanations for the answers are provided to eliminate any confusion. The book also flows very well, due to the fact that each lesson pulls material from previous lessons. This book seems to be a fantastic choice for most levels of English language learners!
3. Cambridge IELTS 8
Although this book is a tad more expensive than the rest, student reviews prove that spending the extra money is worth it in this case. The book includes four complete practice tests, as well as an extensive explanation of the scoring system used. Students comment this book takes a little while longer to get through, but the extra time is compensated for by higher scores. One complaint was the lack of listening exercises. There are a couple, but students said they could always use a couple more!
This site contains all the information you need know about the IELTS. With lengthy descriptions of the format and strategies to complete each section, there are sure to be no surprises when students enter the exam room to take their test. There is also a quiz generator if a little practice is needed!
2. British Council: IELTS Preparation
I mentioned in a previous blog post that the British Council is a great resource for ESL students. This part of their website only enforces my statement. Giving answers to specific frequently asked questions (How long will the test take? What should I bring with me?) and giving students 30 hours of free test materials, the British Council is definitely a site worth checking out!
3. Good Luck IELTS
For a third time, the ‘Good Luck’ site has made the list. It just can not be overlooked due to the abundance of information and practice tests available on the site. Just as on GoodLuckTOEFL and GoodLuckTOEIC, GoodLuckIELTS gives students a detailed set of skills and strategies that can be applied to each of the sections of the test. The site also gives access to sample IELTS essay topics, speaking topics, and letter topics.
This post wouldn’t be complete without me giving you links to some of the best promotions on IELTS Preparation Courses on the Internet today. ESL Explorer is offering 50% IELTS Preparation courses in Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Sydney – check out these links to see if any are available! Don’t worry if nothing is available at the moment, these promotions change weekly!
Of course, taking General English courses are sure to help with your chances of acing the IELTS as well. Here are some links to weekly promotions in ESL Explorer’s four promotion cities.