The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
IELTS provides a choice of general or academic testing, according to the standards set in work, study or migration. The tests look at the four skills of language proficiency – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
For work – IELTS is a requirement for many professional organisations and accrediting bodies in Australia. Evidence of English language proficiency can help you get a job, and many organisations rely on IELTS to help them select the best candidates.
For study – IELTS is accepted as English proficiency in all universities and the majority of education providers in Australia.
For migration – IELTS is accepted as English language proficiency required for many visas and for permanent residency in Australia.
Whether you are looking to migrate to Australia or you want to work or study here in your field of choice, an IELTS certificate is a valuable asset and at times, an essential requirement. While there are many centres offering IELTS test preparation, an awareness of what you’ll need to know will help you choose the right institution to help you prepare.
IELTS is sat by over 2 million people a year and it is very expensive to sit the exam, so it is worth paying for the preparation rather than having to pay the exam fees repeatedly. It is worth noting that many English schools for international students take very large numbers per classroom.
While this may be a cheap option, the quality of teaching is lost, as one teacher can only give each student a small amount of individual attention, if at all. In this scenario, you may find you have unanswered questions or find the teaching style cannot be moderated for your needs.
It’s important to seek one-to-one or small group tuition so you can be sure of adequate time with the teacher and best results on your test. This will ensure you receive the best value for your time and money.
Look for these qualities when choosing the right tuition centre:
- Your tuition in preparation for your IELTS test should ideally be taken over a period of time where you can build on your English language knowledge and skill, as well as practice exam-style questions and receive feedback for improvement.
- It’s important to be aware that most tuition centres only offer teaching in large classrooms. Seek quality tuition offering value-for-money with smaller classrooms.
- You should choose an accredited tuition centre with teachers qualified to assist with IELTS and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Of course, My Academy addresses all these requirements. We offer both one-to-one tuition and small group classes with a maximum of 10 students. Find out more about our course options here.