Top Books For International English Language Testing System (IELTS )

(Last Updated On: December 16, 2017)


In this post, we are going to discuss some of the mandatory books you need to read before your IELTS exam. You could find two old posts regarding IELTS books, which list some of the IELTS self-preparation books as well as some of the cheapest books available in online.




IELTS Cambridge books:

The first one I would like to suggest is the Cambridge IELTS, Which is the top book rated by many students and teacher for IELTS Exam. There are a different version of this books are available, and the most recent one is called Cambridge IELTS 11. There are two copies of this book, one for academic and one for a general.

It looks like a small book with four set of test. First 100 pages are dedicated for test and you could find answers at page number 121. There is section called audio script from page number 100 to 121. Finally sample answers for writing task begins at 137. There are 143 pages are there and this book will cost you around 300 to 350. According to the website ieltsliz before you attending your exam, you must read this book and you should complete all this four test. She recommend to buy the most recent book from this series, that is version 11.

Category: Both academic version and general IELTS exam are available.

Price and reviews : INR 300 to 350, 4 plus stars.

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Official IELTS Practice Materials 1 with Audio:

It is written by Cambridge ESOL. This book contain both academic as well as general tips. it’s very old book released before 2010. It contain audios for improving your listening skills of IELTS exam. You could find mixed reviews about this book. It is a costly book compared to other IELTS book.

Reviews and price: 3.4 Stars and INR 800.

Official IELTS Practice Materials Volume 2:

It contain many practical test materials, which are really useful to improve your test score. In this book you could experience a real practice with IELTS exam. There are two versions are there, both are organized systematically and it’s really worth reading. The audio and videos provide with this are almost similar to real exam.

You could improve your speaking as well as your writing with this Official IELTS Practice Materials volume -1& 2. You could find many model answers of different band. Volume 2 includes a video series which is really intended to improve your speaking skills, you could see many useful videos of people taking the IELTS speaking exam.

Price is INR 900.

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A self study vocabulary practice, Cambridge English Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced:

I haven’t read this book yet, but you could find good reviews about this book on internet. This book contain 25 unit. Out of 25 unit first 20 discuss about new vocabularies and last five are dedicated for references.

This book is trying to cover all the four section of speaking part as well as the two parts of IELTS writing. Most of the vocabularies are academic related, and you could find this words in your daily conversations as well as in your reading.

As I told you, there are 25 units are there, first 20 unit cover 20 topic and each topic contain two sections. In each unit you could find two to three pages of new vocabularies related that topic. It can be a spoken English word or written English word.

Even though there are 25 units are there, you could use this units according to your convenient. There is no restriction to work around this units. But if you follow in sequential order, you could find somewhat easy.

Cambridge English Grammar for IELTS:

It is a general book and you could use this book if you are preparing for general or academic. I haven’t read this book yet. I found some good reviews about this book. One of the review says “It has a pre-test which we have to take by which we can understand in which part of the grammar we are vulnerable”. So  we could check those mistakes without difficulty or effort.

IELTS Trainer:

It’s a bit costly book,  and there are six test papers are there. You could find some useful tips and tricks. Actually I don’t have much idea about this book. As it is very costly pleas check before buying this. As I told you you could find some positive reviews about this book. According to book description in amazon out of six full practice tests, first two tests are fully guided with step-by-step advice on how to tackle each paper are given. There are tow edition are there. The ‘without answers’ edition is ideal for class use and it cost around $ 29 or 1400 (INR). The “with answers” is costlier. It cost around $ 30 or INR 1800.

Improve Your IELTS Reading Skills:

This a comprehensive book for students appearing for the IELTS Exam.This is very useful if you want to improve your English reading especially if you are planing to improve academic exam because this book is particularly for Academic reading and will be essential for students taking up the IELTS academic exam. In flipkart around 20 people out of 28 people, marked this one as “good book”. I’m letting this to your choice.

There are ten unit, which cover top ten topics. Some of the topics are machine, youth, climate, education, arts, science and nature. It explain us how to use reading skills like scanning a paragraph, sentence completions, table completions, flowchart completion, skim reading, matching heading and labeling a diagram, predicting answers from your reading, matching phrases and names. This book also covers labeling maps, short answer questions and predicting true false and not given, multiple choice.

In short, you could find almost all the question format of IELTS reading in this book.

Top Tips For Ielts General Training Paperback:

Top Tips For IELTS General Training, is a good book for IELTS exam. The book covers the general training module, with lots of examples and tips. It explains how to approach the your IELTS Exam and how to steps to be followed while preparing your exam as well as during your exam. In addition the book comes with a audio and video which contains an IELTS exam paper for testing your current skills. You could learn how the scoring systems works in IELTS, this book explains how the IELTS exam is scored.



Other books For IELTS

Price between 0 to 100:

Buy “IELTS: 10 Insider Tricks: Get our top insider tips and tricks to score a 7 or higher on the IELTS Exam” from amazon.

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Price: INR 0, which means it won’t cost you in kindle edition of amazon. In this book you will get many tips and tricks for IELTS exam. It is really new book in the market. Around five hundred copy are already sold out.

This book was created by Jessica Beck from All Ears English IELTS Expert. Jessica has very good experience in IELTS and she wrote more than 15 books regarding IELTS and English learning.

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Buy ” Common Mistakes at Ielts Intermediate and How to Avoid Them” from amazon at just INR 80. It can help you if you are unawares about common mistakes that you might do in writing part. It can be helpful only in writing task. As it is 80 rupees book, don’t expect more from this book.

Buy “Word Power Made Easy” at just under INR 90. One of the most rated English book ever. As you are going to write IELTS exam, you need wide range of vocabularies. This books is design to learn new vocabularies in systematic way.

I have one copy of this book, which I brought from local market. It is very cheap and best book. If you read the reviews about this book you could see around 90 % people rated it as the number one (out of 5000 people). I haven’t seen any reviews just like this. So if you want to learn new words and improve your vocabularies, no need to search for another book. You could buy this book without considering any other facts.

Please make a note that, it will only cost some 85 or 90 rupees, and there are around 400 plus pages are there, so the quality of the paper is not that much good. But still it is readable. One more point, this not a IELTS tips and tricks book. It is just a book for vocabularies. You could find some grammar related chapters and spelling rules.

Price between 100 to 200:

Buy “Essential English Grammar with Answers”, and learn English grammar. Raymond Murphy has written this book. This book deals extensively with English grammar. The book is prepared for beginners who have just started learning English and it is easy to understand. It will cost only INR 120. You could see very positive reviews about this book. It is an awesome book to learn English grammar. You won’t find any grammar book like this one.

As I told about “Word power made easy”, it is also very cheap book and hence the quality of paper is bad. But still you could read it. One more thing you need to notice that, there is no index page available for this book. It contain lots of examples and exerciser, but there is no enough explanation for each examples. It is a grammar book and not any IELTS specific book.

Buy “IELTS Essay Booster One Stop Destination for the Writing Module” from amazon at around INR 100 to INR 120. It is a paper book and it is not for the expert users, but still as a beginner you could read this book. 

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Only thing you need to notice is, it’s two year old book and there is no new version available for this book.

Buy “IELTS: A Masterpiece of Letters (First Edition, 2016)” At INR 180. This is the book written by Vinod Gambtoo. Like all other book which we described above, the content is really good and in my opinion,this book is helpful to those who really trying to improve their writing. But be careful with grammar. There were few sentences I found grammatically incorrect while reading.

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Buy IELTS Reading Tests (Academic Module) at amazon at INR 195. This a very old book, release in 2007.  This a dedicated book for reading especially Academic reading. This contain so many practical test papers, to test your understanding. Readers reviews about this book is some what average.

Price between 200 to 300:

Buy “A Masterpiece of Essays 3″ by by Vinod Gambtoo at INR 240. I don’t have this book, but there are some good reviews about this book in amazon. As I didn’t read this book, I don’t recommend to buy this, but still you could choose as it is giving lots of valuable information in just 240 rupees.

The best thing about this book is its a very new book, release in 2017. I haven’t seen any negative command about this book. Any way I will try to read this book and try to share my experience about this book.

If you already read this book , you could command your experience bellow this post , so that I can update it.


As I mentioned, I haven’t read some of the books listed above, I have some books from this above list, some of them I would like to read in near future. If you have any different opinion or idea about this list, please commend me. I will try to check it. In this blog we listed some of the cheapest book that you could refer for learning English and preparing for IELTS. If you read any other book, and if you find it useful then pleas command it. I will try to include it.

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