The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language skills of people who want to study or work where English is used as the communication language. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify skill levels, from non-user (band score 1) to expert (band score 9).
IELTS examines the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
An IELTS certificate is recognized by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide as proof of proficiency in English.
Universities often set admission requirements for students from non-English-speaking countries, such as an IELTS score of 6.
IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training
There are two types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
The IELTS Academic test is for students who want to meet the entry requirements for higher education (bachelor’s or postgraduate level / academic level) or professional English-language work situation.
The IELTS General Training test is for people who go to English-speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. The test focuses on basic knowledge of English to function well in both social and work environments.
IELTS and the CEFR
The IELTS band scores and the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) levels have been set against each other to provide insight into comparability.
During the IELTS exam preparation Course you will be trained at the four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The trainer will teach you the right way to answer the questions, will work on your test assignment approach and give you tips so that you can attain a high score for the IELTS exam.
There will be homework for at a minimum of two hours in between the college days.
Take a test here: The level of your General English should be a minimum B2 of higher.
Please take the Cambridge B1>B2 course in advance if your level is not appropriate for this exam training.
There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- Listening, 30 minutes: You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions. Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.
- Academic Reading, 60 minutes: The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
- Academic Writing, 60 minutes: Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
- Speaking, 11–14 minutes, The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
Group Fast forward 2 months: 8 weeks, once a week, 2 hour sessions
Group Intensive 1 month: 4 weeks, twice a week, 2 hour sessions
Private Fast Forward or Intensive: 4 or 8 weeks, once or twice a week, 2 hour sessions (the suggested number of sessions can be adjusted based on the intake).
- Group Intensive or Fast forward: € 680,-
- Private Intensive or Fast forward: € 960,-
Literature: Cambridge IELTS 12 Academic Student’s Book with Answers €35.00 (ISBN: 9781316637821) order at www.booksforstudents.nl (Price indication: € 40,-)
IELTS Exam fee: € 250,-
Students can nominate up to five organisations to which their IELTS test results will be sent automatically and free of charge. There is a fee for sending results to additional organisations. You can request your centre to send your results as long as your IELTS scores are valid.
IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proﬁciency for study, work and migration.
Organisations around the world rely on IELTS to help them select the right people.