The 10 Best IELTS Books

We asked 20 IELTS examiners in the UK what books they thought were the best for IELTS candidates to use to prepare for IELTS. Here is their list.

English Vocabulary In Use

This book is for you if you need Band 7+ but feel that you sometimes can't explain things in English. You will quickly expand your vocabulary with over 100 units of easy to understand explanations and practice exercises.

Advanced Grammar In Use

This book covers the grammar that you need for Band 7.5+. It is a self-study book with clear explanations and practice exercises, and has helped millions of learners improve their English communication skills. However, if you need Band 7 in writing, for example, you won't need to use much of the complex structure you will find in this book.

Kaplan IELTS Prep Plus

This book has 6 Academic and 2 General IELTS tests along with strategies to help you with the exam. There are also videos of speaking tests and listening/reading activities so it covers everything in the test.

Grammar for IELTS

Grammar is a major problem for a lot of IELTS students. This book uses listening activities to introduce the grammar points, so your listening skills develop while you study. There are a wide range of tasks from the Academic and General Training Reading and Writing papers, plus the Listening paper, providing plenty of test practice.

The Official Guide To IELTS

Understanding the IELTS test is key to improving your score and this book helps a lot with advice, tips and clear explanations. Exercises cover every question type, so you choose what to practise. Develop test-taking strategies with EIGHT official practice tests. It is good to jump in and out of and focus on the parts you need to work on.

English Grammar In Use

Every English student has used this book at some point in their English career. Most IELTS students make mistakes with simple gramamr that they don't know they are making (articles for example). This book goes through everything you need to improve your grammar accuracy.

IELTS General Training 15

This book has FOUR complete examination papers plus details of the different parts of the test and the scoring system. This is really important for IELTS candidates as they need to be familiar with how IELTS is scored. In this book, you can familiarise yourself with the General Training test format and practise your exam technique. The audio is included.

IELTS Academic 15

This book has FOUR complete examination papers plus details of the different parts of the test and the scoring system. This is really important for IELTS candidates as they need to be familiar with how IELTS is scored. In this book, you can familiarise yourself with the General Training test format and practise your exam technique. The audio is included.

IELTS Trainer General Training

If there is one IELTS book that was designed for self-study, it is this book. It takes you through 2 full tests, giving you advice and showing you techniques on how to do the different parts of the test. It is simple to use then you have 4 more tests at the back to put into practice everything you have learnt. It is no substitute for a teacher (nothing is!) but it is as good as it gets.

IELTS Trainer Academic

If there is one IELTS book that was designed for self-study, it is this book. It takes you through 2 full tests, giving you advice and showing you techniques on how to do the different parts of the test. It is simple to use then you have 4 more tests at the back to put into practice everything you have learnt. It is no substitute for a teacher (nothing is!) but it is as good as it gets.