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IELTS Exam Preparation

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 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.

Course Information

  • IELTS Exam Preparation courses start every Monday of the year.
  • IELTS Exam Preparation students are streamed into dedicated classes throughout the day, separated from students who are not training for an exam,
  • All classes are taught in a group size of 8.
  • All lessons are of 60 minutes duration.
  • Minimum age: 18 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.


How do I enrol for the IELTS Preparation Course?

To find out more about IELTS Preparation or enrol for the course, please visit our Contact area, where you can Make An Enquiry, Ask For A Call Back or fill out an Enrolment Form.


How do I take the IELTS Test with Harven School of English?

Many students who undertake the IELTS Preparation programme choose to plan their time at Harven School of English around the exam dates, with the objective of taking the IELTS exam in the UK upon completion of the course.

Local Test Centres

The most convenient and commonly used test centres for students at Harven School of English are either the University of Reading, or one of the several test centres in London. 

Test Dates

Tests are available on selected Saturdays throughout the year, and you can search for dates at specific test centres on the official website here

Sample timetable

15 mins Plenary session

60 mins Accuracy in Grammar and Structure: Exam Focus

60 mins Composition and Text Analysis: Exam Focus

60 mins Comprehension and Vocabulary: Exam Focus

60 mins Team Project: Exam Focus

60 mins Mentored Dissertation Skills Workshop: Exam Focus

60 mins Speaking with Impact: Exam Focus

15 min Plenary Session