If you’ve come this far, you need to get the IELTS. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, and in this article I’ll try to help you to pass with a good grade.
In the following, I explain how to pass the IELTS Exam on my own, and without stepping on the toes of any academy or private tutors. Only with the books you will see later.
This one is one of the articles in the series on “learning English alone”, where I explain why learning English in an academy is not effective and how with the right material you can prepare for the different English certificates. If you want to know how to prepare for IELTS on your own, read on!
The IELTS Exam: Terms and Conditions
For newcomers, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam is, as its proper name suggests, an international system for recognizing English language level. Its main feature is that it assesses the level of international English, without any preference for British or American English.
If you want to study at a university or obtain a work permit in England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States or Canada, you will surely need to take the IELTS and show that you have a sufficiently good level of English.
The IELTS exam is organized by the British Council, Cambriddge University and the Australian Department of Education. On this page you will be able to see the 8.000 organizations all over the world, which recognize this certificate.
There are two versions: “Academic” and “General Training”. The first one is oriented to Academic English and the second one to English for the professional world. The exam has the same structure, with the only difference being that the parts of “Writing” and “Reading” are adapted to each version.
The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes, costs 198€ (assholes!) and the certificate of level is valid for 2 years, the same status as the other exams.
In IELTS there is no test for each level like the Cambridge exams, except that here there is a single exam in which you can get a punctuation from 0 to 9 which corresponds to a different level of English. For example a punctuation of 5 would correspond to level B2 (First Certificate).
In this article you can see the equivalences between the IELTS qualification and the different levels of English. Below, I leave you the books that prepare the IELTS on your own (and get it with good marks)
IELTS Readiness Books for IELTS Alone
In a test that has a punctuation from 0 to 9, we can’t afford to miss any! A tenth more or a tenth less, depending on which university you want to go to, so don’t be a shut-in and start preparing for the IELTS thoroughly! From my personal experience, I can assure you that with these books + constant effort = good IELTS scores!
As IELTS is an exam in which practice and practice will help you improve your scores, the key is to work on these books from A to Z to pass the exam successfully. You’ll need to cram yourself full of exercises and mock exams.
If you put yourself with these books every day for one hour, so that you can do several chapters a day, I can assure you that in two or three months you will have no problem passing IELTS successfully. The key is to do something every day, there will be some where you can only work for 15 minutes but at least that’s it.
It doesn’t matter if you can only get involved for a short time each day, the important thing is that you don’t skip any days and that you make the most of that little time. We’re not talking about quantity, we’re talking about quality.
I have put the respective links of each Amazon book where you can buy them at very cheap prices (up to 10€) in the bookstores that everyone knows. Moreover, from 19€ the shipping costs are free, I always buy them this way. Be careful because sometimes Amazon makes offers of three books that people are used to buy together, and with which we can save even more money.