English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 84 The Explanatory Answer Key that is included in the fuller version of the book, as its name suggests, gives extensive and clear explanations of why the answers are the answers, as well as identifying distractors and the reasons why other answers are wrong. It contains model answers for the Writing tests, as well as transcripts of the Listening tests, which plainly indicate where the answers are to be found by using both numbering and underlining. IELTS Trainer is an excellent book. It is probably the most complete and accurate guide available as to the precise skills – both language skills and test skills – which will maximise a candidate’s chances of performing to best advantage in the IELTS test. Although there are other books which contain some of the tips, guidance and advice provided by this book, no other is so thorough, comprehensive and complete nor so underpinned by the authority that comes from close collaboration with Cambridge ESOL. For example, the learner who uses this work comes away knowing with confidence when, in the Reading Test, the questions relating to a particular task type will or will not come in the same order as the information in the text and how to avoid 22 of the most common spelling mistakes made by IELTS candidates. As I mentioned above, the book contains no guidance in relation to the General Training Module. That said, however, the Speaking and Listening tests are, of course, common to both Modules, so that those preparing for the General Training Module will still find great assistance in the parts of the book that deal with these sections. Moreover, in both Modules there is some overlap between the task types and skill sets needed for the Reading and Writing tests, so to that extent also, there will be much in this book that will be of great use to candidates who intend to take the General Training Module. I would strongly recommend this book as a teaching and learning resource for all those concerned with IELTS exam preparation and for candidates who are realistically aiming for a band score of 6 or higher in the Academic Module. I would also recommend it as helpful tool for those preparing for the General Training Module. Simon Burrell is an IELTS Preparation teacher at Greenwich College, Sydney, and is currently teaching EAP at the University of London.
English Australia Journal 27.2