The new editions are now available on our website in digital (e-book) version and on Amazon.com in print, and a free trial can be downloaded here.
Anything involving new book releases often takes quite a bit of time, because we want to make sure we’ve done the best job possible, improved and added useful content. This new edition wasn’t an exception, but hopefully it was worth waiting for – because following feedback from you, our lovely readers, we made some changes you’ll like.
The biggest change is that we added a complete IELTS-like practice test, we made it part of the books. The practice test is brand new, has been prepared especially for IELTS-Blog.com, and isn’t available anywhere else. ‘Ace the IELTS‘ now includes the General Training practice test and ‘Target Band 7‘ has the Academic test (with answers of course).
The test consists of the usual 4 sub-tests (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), there is a Listening recording and its transcript has the answers underlined in sentences. Anyone who has trouble following the recording can use the transcript to understand parts they missed, and also to see the exact location of every question’s answer.
There is also a recording of a real student taking the Speaking test, and it comes with a transcript and an examiner’s commentary explaining the reasons for the student’s band score. This is a great opportunity to “take a peek” at what happens in the real test before it’s your turn to enter the examination room. Another helpful part of the practice test is model responses for Writing Task 1 and Task 2, that will show you what high-level writing looks like.
One more important change is we added new content to ‘Target Band 7′. There is a (quite rare) type of Academic Writing Task 1 which requires you to write about a plan (such as a floor plan of a building) or a map, before and after some changes were made. We added specific tips for this type of task, a model response and a practice exercise for you to do, so you will be prepared in case this uncommon task lands on your desk in a real exam.
There were other changes to both books’ content, but let’s not overload you with information. The important thing is you are getting the most updated books for your IELTS preparation that will maximize your score.
So be there first and take advantage of our special offer, and you will get more practice tests and other free bonuses with your books.
Have a great week, and good luck with your exam preparation!