Recommended book list for IELTS

Recommended book list for IELTS

by Mr Richard Forrest

I am often asked by students about which books they should read to prepare for the IELTS test. So many books are available on the market, it is hard to choose. In general, my advice is to stick to official sources for IELTS test preparation material and to have a few good grammar and vocabulary books too!

Essential test preparation book list for IELTS

-The Cambridge English IELTS book series 1-12

IELTS recommended reading list

Essential for any IELTS student's exam preparation is the Cambridge English IELTS book series 1-12. They are written by highly experienced IELTS examiners and are the most accurate simulation of the test available on the market, number 12 is the most recent. They include approximately 50 complete official tests for you to practice at home. 

Each book has four official IELTS exam papers for the IELTS Academic module in addition to further reading and writing papers for the IELTS General training paper.  They are quite expensive                            but the officially endorsed content will ensure you are getting realistic practice for your IELTS                                    exam. 

                          NOTE: These books do not contain extensive material for your IELTS speaking practice. To book a                            free practice speaking test, evaluation and feedback with a qualified teacher click here

   -The official IELTS practice materials

IELTS preparation books

If you complete all the Cambridge English IELTS books then you might want to consider getting some extra practice in with these. 

Essential book list for IELTS Grammar

-Essential Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy

A classic for any elementary student or more advanced student looking to improve on the basics. Surprisingly, many students lose points in IELTS with basic grammar errors that can be easily fixed. This book even contains the answers in the back, making it ideal for self-study. This book is essential for anyone looking to improve their grammar for IELTS.

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-Advanced Grammar in Use by Michael Hewings

The book contains 100 units of grammar reference and practice materials, with photos and illustrations in full colour and a user-friendly layout. It is ideal for learners preparing for the Cambridge Advanced, Proficiency or IELTS examinations, and is informed by the Cambridge International Corpus, which ensures the language is authentic and up-to-date. 

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Essential book list for IELTS vocabulary

-Academic English in Use by Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell

The perfect study aid for anyone using English for their academic work. Academic Vocabulary in Use is the perfect study aid for anyone using English for their academic work. Ideal for students of any discipline, from engineers or social scientists to business students or lawyers, it covers all the key vocabulary they will come across in academic textbooks, articles, lectures and seminars, allowing them to function confidently in an English-speaking academic environment. The book is designed for students at good intermediate level and above as well as those preparing for IELTS and other university entrance examinations.



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