THE BEST 5 BOOKS FOR IELTS READING PREPARATION (Book review + link to download)

There are too many preparation materials for the IELTS test in the market nowadays. If you do not know what books are the best to improve your Reading skills, let’s us suggest you some.

1- Improve your IELTS: Reading skills

– Targeted Band score: 5

– Book’s feature:

  • complete preparation course for the academic reading paper of IELTS.
  • Ideal for self-study as well as in class.
  • step-by-step guidance and a clear answer key.
  • technique boxes throughout each book.
  • key points on how to academic reading tasks; reading passages.
  • plus a practice test with exam-style questions.

– Book review:

  • Logic content design: Difficult types such as Matching headings, multiple choice, T/F/NG are practiced more intensively than the others.
  • Develop learners’ vocabulary base: Almost vocabularies are academic which could assist learners in other skills like writing, speaking.
  • Topic approach: This book is divided into 10 units with 10 different topics. Especially, the reading passages in the book also provide you with interesting ideas which you can use to apply to writing task.

– Book usage:

  • Step 1: Read and answer the questions at your normal speed. At this step, don’t focus on time pressure, so you can allow more time for this step.
  • Step 2: Re-do the test again with time limit (60 mins in total) without checking the answer key
  • Step 3: Check the answer key
  • Step 4: Find the clues for your answers (why it’s correct/incorrect)
  • Step 5: Write down new words, sentence structures and ideas that you find interesting

– Link download: Improve your IELTS: Reading skills

2- Collins Reading for IELTS

– Targeted Band score: 6

– Book’s features:

  • focuses exclusively on improving test-takers’ reading skills.
  • contains 11 units, each of which is aimed at a different common reading topic found on the IELTS, ranging from Eduction to Health and Fitness to Youth.
  • Each unit also targets a different exam skill (such as Matching Features or Answering Multiple Choice Questions).
  • The final unit offers a practice test, with answer key, to test all of the new skills you have acquired by completing the book.

– Book review:

  • The exercises in the unit are relevant to the test.
  • The aims listed at the start of each unit specify the key skills, techniques, and language covered in the unit. You work towards Unit 12, which provides a final practice IELTS Reading test.
  • the book provides examination strategies telling you what to expect and how best to succeed in the test.
  • Exam information is presented in clear, easy-to-read chunks.
  • “Exam tips” in each unit highlight essential exam techniques and can be rapidly reviewed at a glance.

– Link download: Collins Reading for IELTS

3- IELTS Advantage: Reading skills

– Targeted Band score: 7+

– Book’s features:

This book teaches a range of key strategies for reading more effectively and for understanding texts more easily, such as skimming, scanning and speed-reading techniques, helping students to get a better result in the Reading paper.

Each of the ten units provides a variety of long and short texts that cover major topic areas likely to appear in the exam. Each unit is divided into different sections to help students:

  • get to know the many question types and how to approach them
  • develop skills to cope with the amount of reading in the test
  • learn strategies which help in making the most of the time in the exam
  • develop vocabulary and collocations, with particular attention paid to synonyms and paraphrases, essential for a good exam result

– Book review:

  • Suitable for classroom study or self-study
  • Students who are taking the General IELTS Test can also benefit from the book
  • Includes answer key
  • Includes additional sections to help students with core skills needed for IELTS:
    • Useful websites for hours of IELTS reading practice
    • Problems to avoid when filling in the answer sheet
    • Tips for effective vocabulary skills
    • How to get the most from your dictionary
    • A summary of IELTS tips
    • How this book helps prepare for the other IELTS papers

– Link download: IELTS Advantage: Reading skills

4- IELTS Reading Recent Actual test

– Targeted Band score: All band scores – Practice material

– Book’s features:

  • Each book in IELTS Reading Actual Recent Test series has 6-8 reading tests.
  • The last part of the book is the answer keys to help students easily track your results and polish up your reading skills.
  • Some of these tests re-appeared in the real IELTS test

– Book review:

  • Best resources for IELTS Reading practice
  • The tests in each book came from past IELTS exam paper
  • Some of these tests re-appeared in the real IELTS test

– Link download: IELTS Reading Recent Actual test

5-Cambridge IELTS series – essentials books that you must work with

This series is the most famous book for IELTS preparation and is published by Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Association. The latest book is Cambridge IELTS 12.

I highly recommend you to work with books from 7 to 12 as the previous ones are quite out of date. Please download these books as below:

Book 12

Book 11

Book 10

Book 9

Book 8

Book 7








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