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McGraw-Hill Education IELTS. 6 Practice Tests. (2nd) 

McGraw-Hill Education, 2017., 2nd. — 468 p.

McGraw-Hill Education IELTS, Second Edition is the ideal way to sharpen skills and prepare for this high-stakes English proficiency test, which is required for admission or hiring by schools, multinational corporations, and government agencies worldwide. Whether you’re preparing for the Academic or General Training version of the IELTS, you’ll benefit from the intensive practice you get from tests prepared by a veteran IELTS teacher and grader.


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PART I Getting Started
Chapter 1 Introducing IELTS 3
What is the IELTS exam? 3
What are the four parts of the test? 3
How is IELTS marked? 6
How should I prepare for IELTS? 9
Characteristics of different bands 10
PART II Building IELTS Skills
Chapter 2 IELTS Listening 15
Introduction to the Listening test 15
How is the Listening test marked? 17
How to fill out the Listening and Reading answer sheets 17
Listening strategies 20
Always listen for evidence 23
Strategies for each question type (i) 25
Strategies for each question type (ii) 30
The alphabet and numbers in the Listening, Speaking, and Writing tests 32
Listening Taster Test 41
Chapter 3 IELTS Reading 55
What happens in the Reading test? 55
How is the Reading test marked? 58
Academic Reading Taster Test 59
Reading strategies 68
Extra practice filling in a flowchart 74
Extra practice labelling a diagram 78
Special information about the General Training Reading test 81
GT Reading Taster Test 82
Chapter 4 IELTS Writing 90
What happens in the Academic Writing test? 90
What happens in the GT Writing test? 92
How is the Writing test marked? 92
Model answers to Academic Writing Task 1 questions 95
A single table in Task 1 100
Assessing candidates for Academic Writing Task 1 101
Assessing candidates for GT Writing Task 1 108
Assessing candidates for Academic and GT Writing Task 2 112
Understanding Task Fulfilment in Writing Task 2 114
Tone in Academic Writing Task 2 and GT Writing Task 1 116
The introduction in Writing Task 2 123
Writing the essay 125
Topic and supporting sentences in Writing Task 2 127
The conclusion in Writing Task 2 129
Understanding Coherence and Cohesion in Writing 129
Paragraph organisation in Writing Task 2 134
Linkers 136
Punctuation 139
Handwriting 143
Understanding Vocabulary for Writing 144
Describing graphs and charts in Academic Writing Task 1 145
Using approximate language in Task 1 150
Nominalisation 152
Understanding Grammar for Writing 155
Grammar and Vocabulary Test 1 157
Grammar and Vocabulary Test 2 157
Grammar and Vocabulary Test 3 158
GT Task 1 formal letters - a request 159
GT Task 1 formal letters - a complaint 161
GT Task 1 formal letters - an offer 162
GT Task 1 semi-formal letters - a view 163
Academic Writing Taster Test 164
GT Writing Taster Test ' 168
Writing - Putting it all together 170
Chapter 5 IELTS Speaking 173
What happens in the Speaking test? 173
How is the Speaking test marked? 174
Speaking Taster (Buzzer) Test 180
Fluency and Coherence 180
Spoken vocabulary and grammar 198
Pronunciation 213
Speaking - Putting it all together 226
Chapter 6 IELTS Spelling 229
Writing Task 1 229
Writing Task 2 231
Spelling and Pronunciation 231
Spelling and remembering what you see 238
Chapter 7 IELTS Vocabulary and Grammar 248
Introduction to Vocabulary 248
Word families 253
Reference and substitution 255
Vocabulary in Speaking Part 1 - Personal information and mini topics .... 264
Phrasal verbs 269
Thirty-three idioms which are safe to use in the Speaking test 280
Multi-choice test for vocabulary, grammar, and spelling 1 281
Multi-choice test for vocabulary, grammar, and spelling 2 284
Sentence types 285
PART III IELTS Practice Tests
Academic Practice Test 1 288
Academic Practice Test 2 303
Academic Practice Test 3 319
Academic Practice Test 4 336
General Training Practice Test 1 353
General Training Practice Test 2 364
Answers to Parts I and II 377
Answers to Part III 403
Appendices 443
IELTS Logs: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary 443
Checklists for practice and real tests 447
Answer sheet 456
ON CD-ROM: Audio Recordings 1-75

What is the IELTS exam?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's largest exam, and as its name suggests, it is used to test English language for college and university entrance, as well as for immigration or registration with professional bodies.
There are two kinds of IELTS tests: the Academic test for further study and the General Training (GT) test for immigration.
There is no pass or fail with IELTS. Instead, there are bands that show a person's level. These bands range from 0-9. A Zero is a candidate who didn't come for the test; and a Nine is a native speaker - someone whose English is perfect. A Five is a person who makes a lot of mistakes but can generally be understood. A Six is still an intermediate speaker, whereas a Seven is starting to get good. An Eight has perhaps only five or six errors in his or her 650 words of writing, and in the Speaking test, makes only very occasional errors. A Six is not that hard to score, but a Seven takes years of intensive study and usually residence in an English-speaking country.
The bands are used by different institutions or authorities. If you want to attend university in many English-speaking countries, you need at least IELTS 5.5 - the more famous the university, or the course, the higher the score you need. If you want permanent residence in Canada, you need a Seven. If you're a nurse and you want to continue nursing in Australia, then you also need a Seven overall, including a Seven in Speaking.
IELTS has full and half bands, meaning that a person who gets 6.5 is better than a Six, but not yet a Seven. One thing to note about these scores is that it's rather easy to go from a Four to a 4.5, or even a Five to a 5.5, but to progress beyond Six takes much longer. There are also candidates who never reach Six. You can't just take the test, take it again, and again and again, and hope on the fifth attempt you'll be handed a 6.5. No. You've got to fit the description of 6.5 in order to get it.
If you'd like to know which nationalities or first languages currently achieve which scores, go to the IELTS website: There's plenty of interesting data there as well as free practice materials.

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