There are three main parts to this book. The Academic Reading is Part 1 and the Academic Writing is divided into two sections: Part 2 for Task 1 and Part 3 for Task 2. The units and the activities have been numbered separately in each section. Answers for the activities and the practice tests are in the Answer Key at the end of the book.
Part 1: Academic Reading
Part 1 gives you:
• an overview of the test that describes the Academic Reading, the form of the instructions, and the question types. There is then a reading that contains examples of all the different question types found in the IELTS exam.
• a chapter on the skills you will need for success in the IELTS exam.
• the question types in detail. For each question type, there is an Explanation at the beginning. The purpose of this explanation is to help you understand the purpose of the question type and the appropriate skill for answering the question. After the explanation, there is a Guided Practice. Here useful skills and strategies are explained in detail and there are activities for you to practise the skills. Then there is an Exam-style Practice, which provides a reading and questions for you to work through as you would for the actual IELTS exam. Follow the instructions for each activity and, when you have finished, check your answers in the Answer Key at the back of the book. Because working fast and efficiently is very important in tests, many exercises have a Time Target. The time target gives you a suggested time limit for the activity.
• four practice reading tests and a reading answer sheet, which you may copy.
Parts 2 and 3: Academic Writing
• gives you an overview of Task 1.
• takes you through each of the features the examiner uses to mark Task 1: Task achievement, Coherence and cohesion, Lexical resource, and Grammatical range and accuracy. Here useful skills and language will be explained in detail and there are activities for you to practise the skills and the language.
• There are then some Task 1 questions with candidate answers and analysis of those answers. There are also several Task 1 questions for you to practise on.
• gives you an overview of Task 2.
• takes you through the process of analysing the task question in order to plan your essay. Useful skills and language for writing an effective Task 2 response will be explained in detail and there are activities for you to practise the skills and the language.
• There are then someTask 2 questions for you to practise writing be re you look at the sample answers given in the Appendix.
There are editing checklists for Tasks 1 and 2 that you can copy and use to assess your own writing.
You can do the sections in any sequence you wish, but you will gain most benefit by working through the units be re you do any practice tests.