Best IELTS Prep Books

Here are our list and reviews of the Top 5 best IELTS preparation and practice books for 2017. Although any of these recommended IELTS study guides would be a good choice, see for yourself which guide meets your particular needs best. What helps one person may not be as effective for another.

The comparison chart below will help you figure out which prep books best fit your needs.

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COMPANY Cambridge English Simone Braverman Barron’s IELTS CreateSpace IELTS Barron’s IELTS
PRICE  $46.87  $17.72  $33.98  $24.95  $6
PAGES  402  92  1608  68  384
FORMAT Paperback Book with DVD  Paperback Book with Audio CD  Paperback Book with Audio CD  Paperback Book  Paperback with MP3 CD
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The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS


Designed and published by the actual makers of the IELTS exam, The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS is a must-buy for all test-takers. It contains all you need to succeed in the exam.

Eight official practice tests and a focus on test-taking strategy help you maximise your score. Videos of the Speaking test, and all the listening material, including the tests, can be found on the DVD-ROM or downloaded via an accompanying App from iTunes or Google Play. This book provided step by step to understand the IELTS exam, as well as tips to do the test.

Following an introduction to the exam, this IELTS practice book tackles all four skills of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) in separate sections, which are in turn divided in four to eight smaller units. Each unit focuses on a skill’s specific key aspect, providing helpful explanations and practice as you go along.

If you plan to purchase only one IELTS textbook, this is most likely the one to choose.

Target Band 7: IELTS Academic Module – How to Maximize Your Score


Written by a former IELTS test-taker herself, Simone Braverman’s Target Band 7 is an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand strategic guide to the Academic IELTS.

This book should be your first book to start preparing for IELTS Academics module and also if you are preparing on your own and short of time. It teaches highly effective strategies for each subtest and give you tips and tricks to perform better on an exam day. However As a minor weakness, this book does not offer full length sample IELTS tests. Finally, as an added bonus, the book also features a detailed study plan.

This is highly recommended as one of the best IELTS books currently on the market.

Barron’s IELTS Superpack 2017 Edition


Academics and professionals looking to validate their English language proficiency by taking the IELTS get the most comprehensive preparation available anywhere with Barron’s IELTS Superpack It consists of four manuals, the brand-new Barron’s IELTS manual with MP3 CD, IELTS Practice Exams with 2 audio CDs, IELTS Strategies and Tips with MP3 CD, and Barron’s Essential Words for the IELTS with MP3 CD.

The IELTS manual offers a comprehensive overview of the test, details each section of the test, and offers a plethora of useful strategies, tips, and techniques for each of the four sections. It also provides sample exercises with answers and explanations.

This book is an excellent and valuable set of materials to help you prepare the exam.

IELTS Writing Section (Academic): How To Achieve A Target 8 Score


IELTS Writing Section (Academic) is the perfect tool for getting high scoresin academic writing. It gives major details on how to compose excellent essays however, there are only few samples for task 1 essay writing.

This book will go through step-by-step how to develop answers for the Task 1 report and Task 2 essay that the evaluators will love! Most people only obtain scores between 5 – 6 in the writing section and do not understand why. The thing is that it is actually quite easy once you know what to do! “IELTS Writing Section – How To Achieve A Target 8 Score (Academic)” goes through each part of a high scoring answer and explains exactly how to write it.

Written in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand style, It remains one of the best IELTS books for advancing the writing skills that are necessary to ace the test.

Essential Words for the IELTS with MP3 CD


This book offers students extensive practice in vocabulary building and correct English usage, with emphasis on 600 English words that relate to specific categories that appear frequently on IELTS exams. These categories include nature and the environment, leisure activities and hobbies, the arts and culture, transportation, health, tourism, business, technology, social issues, and education.

In sum, this book is an easy and novel way to build your English vocabulary. If you are looking to focus specifically on vocabulary, this may well be the best IELTS book out there.