Are you thinking about taking the IELTS exam?
At Castle School of English we offer IELTS exam preparation classes Monday to Friday 9.15am until 12.30pm. If you studied with us full time, you would be studying 15 hours IELTS exam preparation per week. We recommend 12 weeks of full time study for a good B2 student to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System and is jointly owned and managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education Australia. The test is designed to assess the language ability of those who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries, which is why we prepare our students for the academic IELTS test rather than the general training.
In the IELTS exam you will be tested in 4 areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing. After the test you will be given a score of between 1 and 9 for each section. Universities often require an IELTS score of between 6 and 7 or sometimes a minimum score in a particular section.
Your IELTS certification will last for 2 years. Whilst this may seem like a short lived qualification it is based on the assumption that your English skills would have developed significantly over this 2 year period therefore it is not a reliable long-term indication of your English proficiency. However, if used for its intended purposes the IELTS qualification can help you reach your education, career or life goals.