Top tip 1: Get help – don’t just do lots of practice tests

You can buy books of practice tests, but it is a mistake to work through these books without getting some training.nAsk one of your tutors if you are on a General English programme or make an appointment to speak 1 to 1 with a tutor, either at the Student advice desk in Holgate reception or write to

If you’re just doing lots of practice papers, you are simply practising all your old mistakes again and again with each new test you do! (Then, if you get some help and learn new IELTS skills, you’ll find there are no new tests to help you practise and improve your scores!)


Top tip 2: Use some of the self-study resources available from the Library on the 1st Floor

  • Key Words for IELTS 1, Collins COBUILD
  • Improve your IELTS writing skills, Macmillan
  • Top Tips for IELTS General Training, Cambridge
  • Vocabulary for IELTS, (book and audio C) Cambridge
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