IELTS Practice Tests Plus Reviews
This book has additional ?plus' features like vocabulary and grammar practices aside from the usual practices in all four modules of the IELTS examination: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It has an exam overview section (although you can get that information online anyway) and provides an answer key and tape script. But most of the questions are quite easy, in my opinion, a little easier than the actual exam. I would perhaps recommend this for the test takers who will take the General Training exam or who do not need a very high mark of 7 and above band score.
After you have done all the Cambridge IELTS tests, if you are still hungry for a harder one, this is the one for you. Practice Test Plus is more difficult than Cambridge IELTS and thus, more difficult than the actual IELTS test you will have. Thus, for those who aim at a Listening band 8.5 or 9, this is worth giving a try. However, this is not a must.
Since I am not a native English speaker, in a country where English is our second language, I made sure that I was ready and prepared to take the IELTS exam with the limited time that I had. I usually took at least one to two hours at home to review and I used this book as one of my resources. The book is a self-study edition. It provides an overview of the IELTS test on both Academic and General Training Module. An overview table was provided to depict what are the question types, number of item or task and target skills expected on each category. This aided me a lot on my review. I choose one or two parts of the test to practice each day and spent one to two hours doing the practice test and reviewing the answers. How each category is scored is also discussed in the book. As they have quoted in their book "teaching not just testing" and true enough they delivered this. I would highly recommend this book especially as a self-starter / refresher for people like me.
This book can be used by advanced level learners since this material contains several sets of practice tests. The reading passages contain difficult vocabulary and expressions, and the topics are not too familiar such as innovations and modern medicine. For the listening part, the speed of the speakers is not too fast, so the learner can catch up. However, the writing questions for both Task 1 and Task 2 are very challenging.