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Clare McDowell

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Clare McDowellClare McDowell is an Australian ELT author specializing in IELTS‏‎ preparation books.

McDowell graduated with a BA in French & Spanish language and literature from the University of South Wales in Australia in 1979. This was followed by an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She also has a DELTA‏‎ which she took in 1981.

Following graduation McDowell moved into teaching and then language testing, test design and then writing. For over 20 years she helped deliver the Cambridge Assessment‏‎ exams in Australia, retiring only in 2012.

She is currently director of the A.R.T.S. Australian Research & Testing Services in Sydney.

With her UK based colleague, Vanessa Jakeman, she has successfully co-authored a wide range of course books for the IELTS classroom as well as preparation texts for IELTS self-study. These books are highly regarded and have enjoyed world-wide recognition and sales.The books are published by Cambridge University Press‏‎ and Longman.

They include:

  • IELTS Practice Tests 1
  • Insight into IELTS
  • Step Up to IELTS
  • Practice Tests Plus
  • Action Plan for IELTS
  • New Insight into IELTS
  • Step Forward

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1 Comment

  1. Jay Jericho

    Dear Clare,

    I am writing to you because you are among a select few that have published peer-review critical scholarship that

    looks at the International English Language Testing System.

    The IELTS Review project updates this research area as at 2017.

    A sample publication is attached.
    Documents that relate to this project are accessible at:


    Please disseminate this link to any person/s who may have an interest in this project.

    Thank you for your time.

    Yours sincerely,


    Jay Jericho D.Soc.Sc Syd
    Posdoctoral Researcher – Language Testing