- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Barrons Educational Series; Second edition (1 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438073313
- ISBN-13: 978-1438073316
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,47,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Barron's IELTS Practice Exams with Audio CDs: International English Language Testing System Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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The instructions for YES/NO/NOT GIVEN were exactly the same as TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN which implied they were the same type of question, which in fact they are not. TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN focus on facts and information, whereas YES/NO/NOT GIVEN focus on views/opinions of the writer. Some of the strategies to successfully answer this question type are transferable, but not all of them as the test taker needs to focus on opinion/view, not facts and information. I have been led to believe that future editions will rectify this error.
Another major flaw in the practice tests is in the listening section - section 4. All lectures are divided into two parts allowing students/candidates to look at questions (e.g. 36-40). Breaks in the middle of the final section has not been part of an IELTS test for many years. The purpose of section 4 is see if the student is able to listen and comprehend a short lecture accurately.
Finally, Section 3 questions are extremely easy. Student have little difficulty answering all the questions correctly at very few synonyms and/or parallel ideas are used. In additions, many of the answers are blantly obvious when listening to the text. From Section 3 onwards, should be more subtle requiring students to listen carefully.
The only good aspect of this book is to build confidence and/or introducing new strategies for various question types.
I will need to repurchase the book...