The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication.
IELTS is accepted for study, work and migration in more countries than any other test. More than 9,000 universities, employers, professional registration bodies and governments around the world accept IELTS as evidence of your English proficiency.
On a IELTS course – you should:
- familiarise yourself with the four papers that make up the IELTS test
- develop the study and language skills required to earn a top score
- have the opportunity to write practice answers while learning necessary grammar and vocabulary
The test format and mark scheme:
- overview of the Test
- familiarisation of the test format, task types and timings
- familiarisation of the assessment criteria for candidates’ performance
- preparing notes before speaking
- speaking on general topics at length
- discussing abstract issues related to a topic
- listening for general understanding and for details
- interpreting and presenting information
- presenting and justifying an opinion
- analysing and assessing a problem
- summarising and paraphrasing
- skimming a text for general meaning
- scanning a text for specific information
- completing tasks in time limits
- completing answer sheets
Recommended course of studies
A typical course develops your English and exam skills at the same time. A course during the normal academic year should be at least sixteen weeks in duration. Classes can be held once (1×180 minutes) or twice a week (2×90 minutes). A typical semester course consists of 62 tuition hours (Friday or Saturday classes – 64 hours).