Free download one of the popular IELTS books for General Training Module, written by Michael Nicklin, Vladimir Pejovic and Peggy Read
How to Use this Book
There are five main sections in this book. Each section looks at a different section of the IELTS General Training Module Reading and Writing tests.
At the beginning of each chapter there is a Demonstration to show you how a skilled reader and writer of English would answer the questions quickly and confidently. Instead of trying to answer the Demonstration questions by yourself, you should follow carefully the steps set out in the How to Answer section. In this way you will develop an understanding of the most efficient test strategies.
The Analysis and Practice section comes after the Demonstration and it is here the skills and strategies from the Demonstration will be explained in detail. You will have an opportunity to practise what you have learned in various activities; and, since working effectively in a limited time is very important in tests, each activity has a Time target. The Time target gives you a suggested time limit for completing the activity. Follow the instructions for each activity and when you have finished, check your answers in the Answer Key at the back of the book.
There are also Practice Reading and Writing tests for you to attempt once you have completed all the activities. There is a sample Reading answer sheet on page 155 for you to photocopy and use each time that you do a Practice Reading test. The answers for these tests are also included in the Answer Key.
About the Reading Test
The IELTS General Training Reading test takes 60 minutes. It is divided into three sections.
- Section 1 has short texts which come from advertisements, timetables, instruction manuals and the like.
- Section 2 has longer texts (usually two texts of about 500 words each) which give information and advice about education and training.
- Section 3 has one longer text (about 700 words) with more complex Ianguage and structure. The text will be about a general topic and will come from sources like general interest magazines.
There are between 38 and 42 questions to answer. The questions may come before or after the reading texts. There is a variety of questions. Often there are examples of how to answer the questions.
You may mark or write on the question paper, but all answers must be written on the answer sheet.
About the Writing Test
The IELTS General Training Writing test takes 60 minutes. You have to complete two writing tasks.
- you have about 20 minutes
- you must write a letter of at least 150 words
- you are given a problem and you must write a letter explaining a situation
and/or requesting information or action. You may also have to talk about your needs, wants, likes, dislikes and/or to give opinions.
- you have about 40 minutes
- you must write an essay of at least 250 words
- your answer should be like an essay you would write for a teacher or course tutor
- you are given a problem or an argument/point of view. In your answer, you may have to:
– describe the situation in your own country
– give your opinion and explain why you have that opinion
– agree or disagree with a statement.
Tasks 1 and 2
For both Tasks the following points apply.
- The topics of the questions will be of general interest, and no specialist knowledge is required. For example, topics can include travel, accommodation, current affairs, shops and services, health and welfare, health and safety, recreation, social and physical environment.
- You must write in complete sentences. Notes are not acceptable.