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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good General IELTS Guide, 13 Dec. 2014
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This is intended as a self-help guide for students who want to take the IELTS test, although I have used it more as a teaching aid. It is intended for students at all levels, but it is probably of most use for those likely to achieve overall scores below Band 7. At the time of the first edition, many British universities required only an overall Band 6 or even just a Band 5.5 score from their undergraduate entrants. Today, many courses require a minimum overall Band 6.5 score, sometimes Band 6.5 in all papers or even a Band 7 overall. Even though the current edition does give some extra tips on gaining a Band 7 score, it may not be of a high enough standard for those hoping to qualify for the most prestigious courses.

The IELTS guide has a number of good points. Firstly, there is a lot of book for the price, including plenty of practice material. Secondly, the guidance for each of the four IELTS tests is set out in a logical and progressive fashion, so that someone starting IELTS study is not intimidated by the difficulty of the actual tests straight away. Thirdly, it is generally made clear what has to be done to reach different levels, including sections on how to gain Band 7 scores in each area of the tests. Finally, as well as building skills for each of the four IELTS tests, there is general guidance on vocabulary, grammar and spelling.

There are however a few negatives. The level of English used in explanations is fairly high, probably higher than those without good English could cope with by themselves. Further, the answer keys lack explanations, but knowing why an answer is right or wrong can be very important. These are a significant problem for self-study, but less so as part of a lesson.

Overall, this is a useful IELTS study guide, but should be used as part of a wider programme of study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, straightforward and easy to understand, 13 Jan. 2014
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I've bought a number of IELTS books, Although they all say similar things, the McGraw-Hill's book tells it in a clear, straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. With simple exercises and huge text fonts that ease reading and comprehension. Despite the size of the book, it is fairly light due to the economic paper used. However, do be careful when flipping the pages or you may tear a few... In general, I love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic IELTS PRACTICE book, 14 July 2013
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This book gives you everything you need for plenty IELTS practice. As well as a CD you have plenty practice papers and very usefull advice and tips to help you achieve your IELTS level. This is well worth the money a really good book.
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