What is IELTS?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment.
IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
Note: This website is NOT the same or connected or associated with any of the IELTS Test Partners. If you want to prepare yourself for IELTS exam, you are in the right place! But if you are looking for information about registering for the IELTS, test dates or test fees, visit the official IELTS website, www.ielts.org.
Our Teaching and Correction Method
IELTS Writing class
In each writing class your teacher will show you how to meet the examiners expectations. We explain to you exactly what the examiners are looking for.
One of the tools we use is the IELTS Writing Band Descriptors. These descriptors describe what and how you need to write in order to get a high band score.
IELTS examiners score your WRITING in the following 4 areas:
1. Task Achievement – this band score is based on is how well you answer the question and how you support your answer
2. Coherence and Cohesion – this band score is based on how clear your writing is and how well you organize your ideas
3. Lexical Resource – this band score is based on the range of vocabulary that you use in your writing
4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy – this band score is is based on your ability to use a variety grammatically correct sentence structures
During our IELTS writing classes we focus on each of these areas and explain what you need to do in order to improve.
When we correct your writing we show you your band score range based on the IELTS Writing Band Descriptors below:
IELTS Speaking Class
During our IELTS Speaking classes you will have a chance to answer answer many IELTS Speaking questions. Your teacher will give you feedback and corrections. The teacher will also record your answers and analyse them with you so that you understand which parts will get you a higher band score and which parts you need to improve.
Your teacher’s feedback is based on the IELTS examiners’ expectations for each band score.
IELTS examiners score your SPEAKING in the following 4 areas:
1. Fluency and Coherence – this band score is based on how fluently and clearly you speak
2. Lexical Resource – this band score is based on the range of vocabulary that you use when you are speaking
3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy – this band score is is based on your ability to use a variety grammatically correct sentence structures
4. Pronunciation – this band score is based on your ability to pronounce English sounds clearly
During our IELTS speaking classes we focus on each of these areas and explain what you need to do in order to improve.
When we correct your speaking we show you your band score range based on the IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors below:
IELTS Listening Class
During the IELTS Listening class your teacher will help you build the skills you need in order to hear each answers and write it down correctly.
You will learn how to prepare for each listening passage so that you are ready to get the key information when the recording is playing.
During the IELTS Reading class your teacher will help you build the skills you need in order to quickly scan each text for the correct answer.
You will review test taking strategies that will help you understand how to complete each type of question.
IELTS Preparation F.A.Q
1. How long do I need to study for the IELTS Exam in order to be ready?
It depends. Before you register for an IELTS preparation course it is a good idea to do a practice test in order to see if you will get a high IELTS band score without studying. If you have taken other ESL courses and you have reached a high level you may be able to get a band 7.
If you take the practice test and you don’t get the IELTS band score that you need, then you should consider taking an IELTS preparation class to improve your skills.
Look at your results and see which areas you need to improve the most: IELTS listening test, IELTS reading test, IELTS writing test, IELTS speaking test.
Then focus on those areas in order to achieve the band score you need. For example, if your Listening test score is a 6 and your reading test score is a 5 and you need a 7 in each, you should spend more time preparing for the reading test. Take classes for all of the skills where you are not reaching the band score you need, but take more classes in the skills that are the lowest.
Keep taking practice tests each week or every two weeks in order to see how much your IELTS preparation course has helped you get a higher score. When you are getting the band score you need on your practice tests, then you know you are ready to take the real exam.