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Barron's IELTS. 

Barron's Educational Series, 2016. 4th. ed., 528 p.

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.

Students will find: Four practice Academic tests reflective of the most recent exams. Two practice General Training tests. An MP3 CD containing audio for all tests and activities. Explanatory answers for all test questions. Audioscript for the listening sections


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1 Introduction 1
Using This Book 3
Questions and Answers About IELTS 4
2 Preparing for IELTS 9
A Study Contract 9
Exam Day Tips 13
3 Listening Module 15
Quick Study 16
Overview 16
Question Types 16
Listening Tips 17
Completing the Blanks 18
Listening Skills 24
Skill 1Making Assumptions 24
Skill 2Understanding Numbers 30
Skill 3Understanding the Alphabet 32
Skill 4Distinguishing Similar Sounds 34
Skill 5Listening for Descriptions 36
Skill 6Listening for Time 38
Skill 7Listening for Frequency 43
Skill 8Listening for Similar Meanings 44
Skill 9Listening for Emotions 45
Skill 10Listening for an Explanation 47
Skill 11Listening for Classifications 49
Skill 12Listening for Comparisons and Contrasts 51
Skill 13Listening for Negative Meaning 53
Skill 14Listening for Chronology 56
Answer Explanations 58
4 Reading Module 65
Quick Study 66
Overview 66
Question Types 66
Reading Tips 68
Reading Skills: Academic 69
Skill 1Using the First Paragraph to Make Predictions 70
Skill 2Using the Topic Sentence to Make Predictions 72
Skill 3Looking for Specific Details 74
Skill 4Analyzing the Questions and Answers 75
Skill 5Identifying the Tasks 78
Reading Skills: General Training 90
Skill 6Making Predictions 90
Skill 7Finding the Answers 93
Skill 8 Identifying the Tasks 98
Answer Explanations 107
5 Writing Module 119
Quick Study 120
Overview 120
Question Types 120
Assessment Criteria 120
Writing Tips 121
Task Achievement Skills 122
Task 1Academic Writing 122
Skill 1Determining the Task 122
Skill 2Determining the Topic 125
Skill 3Making Comparisons 126
Skill 4Making an Outline 128
Skill 5Writing the Introduction 132
Skill 6Writing the Paragraphs 134
Skill 7Writing the Conclusion 137
Task 1General Training Writing 140
Skill 8Determining the Task 140
Skill 9Determining the Topic 142
Skill 10Brainstorming Ideas 143
Skill 11Making an Outline 146
Skill 12Writing the Introduction 150
Skill 13Writing the Paragraphs 153
Skill 14Writing the Conclusion 155
Task 2General Training and Academic Writing 158
Skill 15Determining the Task 158
Skill 16Developing a Thesis Statement 159
Skill 17Organizing Your Writing 160
Skill 18Writing the Introduction 165
Skill 19Writing the Paragraphs 169
Skill 20Writing the Conclusion 173
Writing Skills 176
Coherence and Cohesion 176
Skill 21Transition Words 176
Skill 22Repeating and Rephrasing 181
Skill 23Pronouns 183
Skill 24Stating Your Opinion 184
Skill 25Generalizing and Qualifying 186
Skill 26Synonyms 187
Skill 27-Plural Nouns 189
Skill 28Commonly Misspelled Words 192
Grammatical Range and Accuracy 193
Skill 29Parallel Structures 193
Skill 30Sentence Types 195
Skill 31Punctuation 198
Revision 200
Skill 32Using a Revision Checklist 200
Responding to the Task 201
Coherence and Cohesion 202
Lexical Resource 203
Answer Explanations 210
6 Speaking Module 229
Quick Study 230
Overview 230
Question Types 230
Speaking Tips 234
Speaking Skills 236
Part 1: Introduction and Interview 236
Skill 1Talking About Yourself 236
Part 2: Long Turn 242
Skill 2Organizing a Topic 242
Skill 3Discussing a Topic 245
Skill 4-Verb Tenses 246
Skill 5Sequence 247
Skill 6Comparing and Contrasting 248
Skill 7Explaining 250
Skill 8Describing 251
Skill 9Responding to Follow-up Questions 252
Part 3: Discussion 254
Skill 10Explaining an Issue in Depth 254
Skill 11Describing an Issue in Depth 256
Skill 12Comparing and Contrasting an Issue in Depth 258
Skill 13Giving an In-Depth Opinion 260
General Speaking Skills 262
Skill 14Asking for Clarification 262
Skill 15Delay Tactics 263
Skill 16Avoiding Short Answers 264
Skill 17Word Families and Stress 265
Skill 18Sentence Stress 266
Skill 19Transition Words and Intonation 267
Skill 20Lists and Intonation 268
Answer Explanations 269
7 IELTS Model Tests 285
Academic Model Test 1 287
Academic Model Test 1Answer Explanations 320
Academic Model Test 2 327
Academic Model Test 2Answer Explanations 359
Academic Model Test 3 367
Academic Model Test 3Answer Explanations 397
Academic Model Test 4 403
Academic Model Test 4Answer Explanations 434
General Training: Reading and Writing Model Test 1 441
General Training Model Test 1Answer Explanations 461
General Training: Reading and Writing Model Test 2 463
General Training Model Test 2Answer Explanations 483
8 Audioscripts 485

Over 2.2 million people take IELTS each year. There more than 1,000 test centers that administer IELTS in over 140 countries around the world. Today it is one of the most accepted international exams for academic qualification, professional licensing, and immigration. You can learn more about IELTS by visiting the official website at
IELTS is available for people who need to demonstrate their English language proficiency for specific purposes. There are two formats of IELTS to choose from depending on your needs. You should take the Academic Training modules if you are planning to apply to an international university where English is the spoken language. The Academic Training modules are also used as a measure of professional language proficiency for educators, nurses, veterinarians, and other professionals. The General Training modules are more suitable if you want to work, live, or study at a secondary institution in an English-speaking country.
There is a new test called IELTS Life Skills for those applying for a UK visa. This test measures a test taker's speaking and listening skills. More information on this immigration-specific test can be found at
Test Takers
International students represent the highest percentage of candidates who take IELTS. An IELTS score is a recognized measurement of English proficiency at over 7,000 institutions around the world. Government departments and businesses around the globe also require an IELTS or equivalent score for employment or immigration. Medical professionals who want to work overseas in the UK may take the IELTS test.
Skills Tested
IELTS consists of four sections that test the full range of English language skillsReading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both the Academic and General Training modules. The Reading and Writing sections are different in the Academic and General Training modules. These four modules are examined in detail in this book.


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