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Recommended self-study resources for English language exams

Our teachers have recommended the following titles for self-study when preparing for English language exams. These titles are widely available online and through Blackwells bookshops:


101 helpful hints for IELTS, Adams & Peck (Adams&Austen)

404 essential tests for IELTS, Scovell, Pastellas & Knobel (Adams&Austen)

Action Plan for IELTS, Jakeman & McDowell (CUP)

Collins Cobuild Key Words for IELTS (Collins ELT)

Common Mistakes at IELTS and How to Avoid Them, Cullen & Moore (CUP)

Collins Practice Tests for IELTS (Collins ELT)

Headway Academic Skills: IELTS Study Skills, Harrison, Pathere & May (CUP)

IELTS Introduction, McCarter, Cole & Hunt, (Macmillan)

Practice Tests IELTS Plus, Jakeman, McDowell, Matthews, Salisbury (Pearson)


Cambridge English exams:


Cambridge First (FCE)

Common Mistakes at First Certificate, Tayfoor (CUP)

First Trainer, May (CUP)

Language Practice for First, Vince (Macmillan)


Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

Advanced Trainer, O’Dell/Black (CUP)

Common Mistakes at CAE, Powell, (CUP)

Exam Essentials:  Cambridge English Advanced Practice Tests, Osbourne & Nuttal, (NGL)

Grammar & Vocabulary for Advanced, Hewings & Haines (CUP)


Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Common Mistakes at Proficiency and How to Avoid Them, Moore, (CUP)

Succeed in Cambridge English Proficiency – 8 practice tests, Betsis & Mamas (Global ELT)

Proficiency Expert, Roderick, Nuttal & Kenny (Pearson)

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