How to prepare for tests and certificates

General materials

IELTS - Print and online materials

  • Focus on IELTS Foundation
  • Practice Tests for IELTS. Self-Study Edition 1
  • IELTS with Answers Edition. Examination Papers from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations 2
  • IELTS with Answers Edition. Examination Papers from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations 3
  • Achieve IELTS, Practice Test book book, audio CDs (available in the ILC)
  • Achieve IELTS 2, course and work book, audio CDS (available in the ILC)
  • IELTS Testbuilder 2, testbook, audio CDS (available in the ILC)
  • Information and tips from the British Council
  • IELTS Speaking Test Example for the oral parts of the test. listen to Lester from Hongkong taking his oral exam
  • Dominic Cole's IELTS Blog - collection of material for all 4 subtests, vocabulary elhilfen, strategies for the oral exam
  • edX - a MOOC-Provider - offers an online course for IELTS preparation. 

Cambridge Certificate

  • Cambridge Certificate: New Progress to First Certificate. Self-study Student's Book
  • Kenny, Nick/ Luque-Mortimer, Lucrecia: First Certificate Practice Tests, CD-ROM (available in the ILC)
  • Overview of the individual exams for Cambridge ESOL (general information, structure of test, examples to listen to...)
  • Flo-Joes Practice Tests free practice tests for the various Cambridge tests

TOEFL

Note

It is advisable to prepare using the materials which relate specifically to the test you want to take.

Software

  • Heinemann TOEFL course
  • Longman iBT TOEFL

Online learning with MacMillan English Campus

As an SuUB user you are entitled to free access to the MacMillan English Campus online portal. It offers over 2800 interactive exercises, articles from the International Guardian updated on a weekly basis and a range of games, and is thus a great way of preparing specifically for a number of English tests. MacMillan English Campus can also be used in conjunction with the tutoring programme.

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