What is the IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, designed for people who want to study where English is the main language of communication. Results from IELTS tests are recognised by universities, colleges and professional bodies in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world.
IELTS gives you a test report that shows an overall score for your level of English from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user).
The test has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes. To find out more about the test format, please visit ielts.org.
IELTS University Requirements
The table below is a table of the required IELTS level specified by most universities:
|Pre-sessional courses||4.5-6 (minimum 4 in writing)|
|Foundation courses||5.5 (minimum 5 in all elements)|
|Undergraduate courses||6.5 (minimum 6 in Listening and Writing), Medicine 7.5|
|Postgraduate courses||6.5 to 7 (minimum 6 in all elements)|
The IELTS exam preparation programme coaches students towards achieving success in the IELTS exam, an internationally-recognised qualification.
Students are trained to communicate effectively in a wide range of themes and topics. Reading and writing skills necessary for university application are also developed. Specific areas include:
- Analysing data
- Analysing essay questions
- Critical thinking skills for making evaluations and giving opinions
- Presenting an argument
- Speed-reading skills – reading for detail and gist
- Academic vocabulary and typical exam topics
Students also focus on pronunciation and intonation for greater fluency. Listening exercises use authentic materials based on everyday situations to develop comprehension skills for maximum success in the listening test.
- IELTS Exam Preparation courses start every Monday of the year.
- All classes are taught in a group size of 8.
- All lessons are of 60 minutes duration.
- Minimum age: 17 years.
Rate of progress
Weekly review tests highlight areas which need attention and are a good way to track progress. Mock exams under exam conditions give an idea of which band you will achieve.
Typically students can expect to see an increase in overall band score of 1 point over 4 weeks, or 0.5 over 2 weeks.