IELTS is a high stakes English test for study, work and migration.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
For you, the IELTS score is a proof of your English proficiency in general. IELTS is recognised worldwide and that’s why if you have a good IELTS score, you can use this test result as proof of your proficiency in handling English as a second language. If you want to migrate to a country where English is spoken or want to get enrolled in a college or university, IELTS test result speaks for your English Language skill.
An IELTS certificate is recognised as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. Some universities in non-English speaking countries require an IELTS score, where courses are taught in English.
IELTS is available at more than 1,200 locations worldwide, and there are 48 test dates a year. More than 3 Million tests were taken around the world last year.
The cost of the IELTS exam is not fixed. It is set by test centres. Fees may vary depending on the country and test centre. At Hawthorn IELTS Test Centre –
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The IELTS Academic test is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English language is used, and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study.
IELTS General Training
The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
Understand the test format
Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section. It’s also important to read through the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates and Declaration which are included in the application form.
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The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
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We recommend that students spend at least 6-8 weeks preparing for the IELTS exam, focusing on basic grammar, reading speed, test strategies and writing skills.
There is no doubt that it’s better to have a good idea of what to expect before you go into your test, and taking an IELTS prep class can help you gain some important and useful knowledge before your test day.
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IELTS Prep Courses
How does taking a class increase your confidence? IELTS prep classes can help you get ready for your test by giving you tips, practice tests with sample questions and answers, and practical information about the format of the test, timing, and more. Having this knowledge often helps test-takers feel more confident going into the test.
Join our team at Hawthorn IELTS Centre and enrol today in IELTS Academic / General Test Preparation to better understand the exam format, learn test-taking strategies, and advance your reading, writing and conversational English-language skills. Start your journey today to reach your goals, and get the test score you need for success. Click here
The bottom line is preparation is very important when taking the IELTS test, and by taking an IELTS class, you will better prepare yourself for your test.
The IELTS Test Booking Fee is RO 85.000. Click here if you would like to view our dates book your exam online.
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Good luck and happy test preparation!