Barron's IELTS with Audio CDs, 3rd Edition April 1, 2013
The IELTS test is used as a measure of English language proficiency by over 7,000 educational institutions, government departments and agencies, and professional organizations in 135 countries. This updated manual for ESL students covers all parts of the IELTS and all of its question types: multiple-choice, short answer, sentence completion, flowchart completion, graphs, tables, note taking, summarizing, labeling diagrams and maps, classification, matching, and selecting from a list.
Building upon my experience as an IELTS writing teacher and professional writer, I collected abundant writing materials authentic from test centers and other media. This book is the result of a combination of two years of teaching experience and the research of IELTS writing skills, built upon equally as many hours creating original writing samples to students preparing to take their IELTS test. This book has been developed to be used in the classroom and for self-study.
Intensive reading is reading that requires intense concentration and the unravelling of difficult sentences and technical vocabulary. IELTS reading is intensive.
The importance of extensive reading cannot be stressed enough. Simply doing IELTS reading papers is not enough for most.
While studying, if you spend all your time ploughing through past papers (intensive), your score will increase. However, a solid study timetable containing extensive and intensive reading will give your English the extra lift it needs.
Find a reader, make sure it is the correct level and read for 30/40 minutes per day as well as doing past papers.
As far as Basic IELTS Listening is concerned, it is arranged into five units whose themes centre upon cultural and social issues of the English-speaking commnunities. Especially, a variety of text types such as dialogues, news, reports, stories, and short talks, coupled with well-designed tasks are introduced so as to facilitate actual tests in the most effective way.
It is very important that you practice real IELTS test questions for this module.
Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer.
Passages are taken from books, newspapers, magazines and the topics are very diverse, from scuba diving to space exploration. Passages progress in difficulty, with first being the easiest and fourth the hardest.
The directions are in Chinese, but all the Reading Practice and Answer Keys are in English.