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Recommended self-study resources for English language exams

We recommended the following resources for self-study when preparing for English language exams. These are widely available online and through Blackwells bookshops:


Road to IELTS
This comprehensive 30-hour online course includes a Last Minute version that is free if you are registered with the British Council.

High-quality videos and podcasts, along with interactive exercises to help you improve your English.
Get started by testing your skill level at

IELTS WordReady
Personalised vocabulary learning to help you prepare for IELTS Academic.

IELTS Prep App
This app helps you practice for the Speaking and Listening sections of the IELTS test and develop your skills. You can even book your test through the app.
Available on Play Store or App Store.

MOOC ‘Understanding IELTS Techniques for English Language Tests’
This is a free online six-week course featuring videos, test samples & quizzes.
Next course starts 4 Feb – 17th March 2019.

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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