IELTS Course Structure
IELTS Course Details
We have a high success rate with our students. We are one of the only few schools in London that have helped students to achieve a band 8. Our teachers use a vast number of resources to complement the course. They will also discuss with you when is the best time to take the test so you achieve the best result.
The IELTS training runs in cycles lasting approximately 80 hours. The duration will depend upon the number of hours studied weekly.
Monday and Thursday
11:00 to 13:30
Half Term Holiday: There will be no class. Ask the reception for details.
*In order to divide the course in instalments the student must hold an English Debit card.
Please note: Classes do not run during half term or on Bank Holidays.
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Listening: the preparation for IELTS will give you practice to listen to recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers. These include questions which test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas.
Reading: the IELTS training reading component consists of a variety of question types used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include: reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Writing: you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event. You will also learn how to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
Speaking: you will learn how to answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. You will also learn how to present your monologue and how to engage in a discussion.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test for study, work and migration, with more than 2.2 million tests taken each year and an excellent international reputation.
It is accepted worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
IELTS has been developed in close consultation with academics, professional bodies and immigration authorities from around the world to fairly assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.
This option is used to prove your level of English for school, work or migration.
The General Training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to undertake secondary education, work experience or training programs.
This option prepares students who wish to study in institutions of Higher and Further Education.
It may also be a requirement to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
Who accepts IELTS?
(approximately 30 minutes)
The Listening Paper is the same for both exams. Candidates will listen to a number of recordings set in everyday, educational and training situations. The recordings include a range of monologues and conversations, and feature a variety of English accents and dialects. The recording is heard only once, but candidates are given time to read the questions before the task and then to transfer their answers onto the answer sheet.
General Training Reading
The test consist of 3 parts and may include up to 6 texts (from newspapers, leaflets, notices, advertisements or company guidebooks) on everyday topics, work topics and general interests topics. Students answer 40 questions
ranging from matching headings or information, multiple choice to completing gaps in sentences.
There are three authentic reading passages taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers. The texts are descriptive, factual or analytical and have been written for a non-specialist audience. However, they are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration. Students answer 40 questions ranging from matching headings or information, multiple choice to completing gaps in sentences.
General Training Writing
There are two tasks:
Task 1 - The student will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal style.
Task 2 - The student will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, an argument or a problem. The topic will be less complex than the one in the Academic Module and the style of the essay doesn't require academic writing skills.
There are two tasks:
Task1 - The student is presented with a graph, table or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, present and describe the stages of a process or describe and compare maps.
Task 2 - The student will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, an argument or a problem. Responses to both tasks must be in formal style.
(approximately 11 to 14 minutes)
Speaking Paper is the same for both exams. It assesses your use of spoken English in conversation on familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. In addition, it assesses your ability to present a monologue (up to 2 minutes long) and to express your understanding of abstract ideas as well as social and cultural issues.
The information on this page has been taken from the IELTS website in order to help students understand better the components of the exam.
Very good user
Extremely limited user
Did not attempt
Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
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