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IELTS Advantage: Speaking and Listening Skills

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  • ISBN 9781905085644
  • Category Exams - IELTS
  • Author Marks, Jon
  • Publisher National Geographic Learning
  • Status In Stock
Published 2013.

A comprehensive resource for achieving 6.5 or higher in the Speaking and Listening modules of the IELTS exam. Students are guided step-by-step through the different stages of the speaking and listening modules, using lively material covering a wide range of the topics that are likely to occur in the exam.

The step-by-step approach guides students to success using features such as Try it first!, Spotlight on language, Exam skills, Prepare and practise and Pronunciation focus. There are plentiful exam-practice opportunities, and students can compare model speaking tests with their own versions in order to acquire further useful ideas and strategies.

IELTS Advantage: Speaking & Listening Skills shows students how to give the well-structured, detailed replies that examiners are looking for in the speaking module. It contains numerous audio examples of model speaking test performances on the accompanying CD; covers a wide range of the key grammar and vocabulary that students will need to give their best possible performance in the exam; advises on strategies for getting the best possible score on the day of the exam; explains the formats of the listening module, and how to answer them successfully includes exam practice material covering all parts of the listening module; includes audio exam practice material for the listening module.

Key features: Suitable for classroom study or self-study; includes audio CD, audio transcripts and answer key; four full-length speaking test role-plays covering topics which commonly appear in the exam; frequent exam tips to help students achieve a higher score; check-and-challenge sections allow students to revise material and take their skills to the next level.

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Best IELTS Book for Higher Level Students

Reviewed by Pete Sharma

Delta Publishing’s IELTS Advantage series of books is by far the best resource for students hoping to get above a band 7.0.

I should point out that my site ‘IELTS Advantage’ and this book share the same name, but are in no way connected. I was unaware of this series of books until I searched for my own site on Google and these books showed up. So I should say again that I am in no way affiliated with this publisher.

Who is this book for?

This book is for someone who already has a good level of English and wants to improve their exam technique at home and score at least a band score of 7.0.

Who is this book not for?

Anyone at pre-intermediate level or below.


Giving students suggested fixed phrases and collocations is a big strength of this book.

There are lots of example essays and speaking sample answers which really helps students because it allows them to compare their own work with good examples.

There is a summary of the main points at the end of every chapter that helps students recall the most important information.

The reasoning behind each activity is explained and linked to the exam.



They have done a great job with what they have covered, but I think they could have made the book much longer and covered every aspect of the IELTS test. This book had the potential to be the definitive guide to IELTS but they missed a few things out which is unfortunate.

Difficult to find outside of the UK.

Score 4/5

Price: £ 21.00

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