Exam preparation

IELTS, which stands for International English Language Testing System, is used by universities around the world to assess the language level of non-native English speakers.

This is an essential requirement for English-speaking universities and it is an international qualification recognised by over 9000 organisations around the world.

The IELTS test is made up of four sections – reading, listening, speaking and writing and there are two different variations of the same exam: the general and the academic IELTS test. It has been found that the IELTS General exam is easier than the Academic one which is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or work in an English-speaking university or institution.

The IELTS General training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace context and it is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries for their secondary education, work experience or training programmes.

Universities prefer the Academic IELTS test because it measures your ability to understand and use academic English, which is the core framework of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in English speaking countries.

Potential scores for the IELTS test range from 0 to 9, and each score shows your level of English. Different organisations and  universities will require a different score, so it is important that you find out the score you need for your university of choice.

The IELTS tests

Both the General IELTS test and the Academic IELTS test aim to assess your listening, reading, writing and speaking. You will be required to complete the listening, reading and writing components of your IELTS tests on the same day with no breaks in between.

There are IELTS tests every two weeks and you can take it as many times as you want until you reach the desired score but, yes, booking the exam involves time, money and might give you some stress, so it is better be prepared for it and take your IELTS test only once.

Reading Test

The reading part of the IELTS test consist of 40 questions which will test different aspect of your reading skills. In this part of the test, there is a difference between the Academic and the General IELTS: in the General, you will find text taken from magazines, newspapers and advertisements; in the academic test, on the other hand, you will find descriptive and analytical pieces of content mainly taken from books.

Listening Test

In your listening test, you will listen to four different recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers (30 questions).

Speaking Test

Lastly, the speaking part, which is the same for both kinds of IELTS test, is divided in three parts and this is where you will talk about yourself, a particular topic (such as your favourite job or sport, etc.) and to conclude you will be asked further questions about the topic you have talked about.

Writing Test

In addition, the writing test differs depending on whether you take the General or the Academic test. In the first one you might be required to write a letter to a friend, but in the Academic test you might comment on a graph or express a specific point of view in a formal style.

IELTS exam preparation courses

To attend IELTS exam preparation course a minimum English level of B1 of the Common European Framework Reference is required. The course has a minimum length of four weeks and, if you wish, you can study longer. We will help you in assessing your level and consequently suggest the minimum number of weeks needed to achieve your goals.

The standard course is 15 hours per week and if you need to get faster results we have an intensive course of 30 lessons per week (22.5 hours) or you can combine your IELTS exam preparation course with a General English course to refine your English skills and get ready for the exam at the same time.

The course focuses on improving your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, including the ability to be organised and better manage your time during the IELTS test. The lessons are engaging, entertaining, well-structured and based around a variety of activities, catering to a wide range of learning styles.

Your teacher will spend focused time with you, continually assessing your skills so that you will receive useful and relevant guidance, followed by regular progress reports. We understand that every student has unique requirements and different learning goals.

Our teachers are experts in providing tailored activities to help you get the score you need. A combination of exam practice  and guided and individual activities will provide you with a flavour of the IELTS exam.


Where to take an IELTS preparation course?

If this is the right course for you, then you just need to choose where. LAL Language Centres run this course in London, Torbay (in the heart of the English Riviera), Sliema (Malta), Cape Town and Boston.

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Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to practice more outside the classroom on the LAL Advantage online learning platform, available for you at no extra cost. Even when you leave the school, you can continue to use the online platform for three months.

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