The IELTS test is internationally recognised as an entry pathway to universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and several other countries. It is also used for Australian visa applications.
Studying in the IELTS Preparation course at Kingsway Institute will help you reach the score that you need. The IELTS Preparation course will develop your test skills and techniques in reading, writing, listening and speaking and also improve your overall English language communication skills.
Every three weeks there are practise IELTS tests in the four skills.
The IELTS Preparation course has levels for Intermediate to Advanced students.
Entry requirements: Lower IELTS - 5.0 IELTS or General English Intermediate
Entry requirements: Higher IELTS - 5.5 IELTS or General English Upper Intermediate
Minimum 2 weeks; Maximum 20 weeks of IELTS Preparation (Morning session only)
|Level 1||Lower IELTS|
|Level 2||Upper IELTS|
IELTS Preparation Morning session 9.00am - 3.00pm, Monday to Thursday
IELTS Preparation Morning session - sample of timetable
9:00 - 11:00
|Vocabulary in context
Reading practice, Speaking practice
Writing Task 1
|Vocabulary in context
|11:00 - 11:15||BREAK TIME|
11:15 - 12:45
Writing Task 2
1:30 - 3:00
What is the IELTS test?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. The IELTS test assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — and is designed to reflect real life use of English — at study, at work, and at play.
Why choose IELTS?
A high IELTS score can open many doors whether you want to study, live or work in Australia. A score of 7 or above would be accepted in just about every area that Australian universities have to offer, from business to science and many others in-between, depending on your goals. In turn, this can help you accelerate your career, while also opening up doors for Australian skills migration.
Other reasons are:
IELTS test structure:
All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - to obtain a band score. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.
All candidates take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between them. They are always taken in this order. The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. This will depend on your test centre. For especific information about the format of each section click here.
IELTS band scale: There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
Band 9 - Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8 - 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.
Band 7 - 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.
Band 6 - 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.
Band 5 - 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.
Band 4 - Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3 - Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 2 - 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.
Band 1 - Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0 - Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
|IELTS 1 Intermediate*||
•Speaking: Usually able to speak on familiar topics in short question and answer form, one topic in the form of a two-minute speech, before developing the same topic in the form of a discussion. Has enough vocabulary to make meaning clear. Can usually be understood throughout, though occasional mispronuciations or inappropriacy occur.
•Listening: Satisfactory performance in identifying and listening for keywords, specific information, main points (gist) in the context of semi-formal and clearly structured academic listening tasks; can identify the key participants and their relationships, the location and purpose of the interaction in a conversation; can predict and interpret some information from a given context.
•Reading: Satisfactory performance in skimming and scanning texts for specific information; can identify main and supporting ideas in clearly signalled texts; can separate essential from non-essential information based on what questions are asking; can distinguish between some opinions and facts; can complete different question task types.
•Writing: Can write a satisfactory description (150 words in 20 minutes) of information presented in diagrammatic form, highlighting trends and comparing and contrasting to a limited extent, a satisfactory formal and informal letter (150 words in 20 minutes), a satisfactory formal essay (250 words in 40 minutes), expressing an opinion. Can write using structured paragraphs and with a satisfactory range of vocabulary for the task and a limited range og complex grammatical structures.
•Speaking: Willing to speak at length on familiar topics in short question and answer form, one topic in the form of a two-minute speech, before developing the same topic in the form of a discussion. Can speak with a good level of fluency on a range of topics using a wide range of vocabulary and a high level of grammatical accuracy to make meaning clear and can generally paraphrase effectively. Can generally be understood throughout.
•Listening: Very good performance in: successfully identifying and listening for keywords, specific information, main points (gist) in the context of semi-formal and academic listening tasks; can identify signpost words and other staging devices in a monologue or lecture; can predict and interpret information from a given context; can complete a variety of question task types.
•Reading: Very good performance in skimming and scanning texts for specific information; can summarize texts identifying main and supporting ideas; can interpret a range of text types containing a wider range of vocabulary; can distinguish between argument and fact. Can read three texts of 700 to 900 words in 60 minutes.
•Writing: Can write a good description (at least 150 words in 20 minutes) of information presented in diagrammatic form, highlighting trends and comparing and contrasting where necessary; can write a generally clear formal and informal letter (at least 150 words in 20 minutes); can write a formal essay (at least 250 words in 40 minutes) - expressing a generally relevant opinion supported by personal experience, knowledge and evidence. Can write with a good level of grammatical accuracy, a good range of vocabulary and a good level of coherency using a range of cohesive devices.