IELTS Test Preparation
Preparation classes for the IELTS test. This course is for students who are going to English speaking countries to study or work. Select either the Academic or General training module depending on your needs. Training consists of the General English course to improve fluency and accuracy, with extra lessons focusing specifically on the skills needed for the test.
- Levels: Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
- Lessons per week: 30 x 50 minutes
- Lesson times: 09:00 – 15:30, Monday to Friday
- Class size: max. 12 students
- Starting Dates: Every Monday
- Duration: Minimum 4 weeks
The course focuses on developing your ability to use and understand English at university level. Built around a skills-based syllabus, lessons focus on building the relevant listening, reading, speaking and writing skills required to perform academic tasks such as effective note taking, participation in seminars and tutorials, essay writing and comprehension of academic based texts and lectures. The course is also designed to serve as a means of preparation for those required to complete either Academic IELTS or TOEFL exams as part of their enrolment process. Lessons include content and tasks which simulate those occurring in both tests as well as teaching and practice of exam strategies. Practice tests will be made available providing learners with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the layout of each test and complete them in exam conditions.
Further details on both tests can be found as follows:
IELTS Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test. IELTS Academic may also be a requirement to join a professional organisation in an English speaking country. IELTS uses British English, and is more likely to be favoured by UK and institutions in Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand and Australia
IELTS BAND SCORES
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Students are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. Each band corresponds to a level of English competence.
Band 9: Expert user
Band 8: Very good user
Band 7: Good user
Band 6: Competent user
Band 5: Modest user
Band 4: Limited user
Band 3: Extremely limited user
Band 2: Intermittent user
Band 1: Non user