IELTS with The English Council


Learn English OnlineAfter many requests, we are now making our IELTS Review courses available on-line, Therefore, this now means wherever you are in the world, you can now prepare for your IELTS exam. We offer two courses: The IELTS Exam prep course and The IELTS full review course. Choose the course that you want and be assured you are getting probably one of the best English Language Course available on-line today.

The IELTS Exam Prep Course is for those who consider themselves ready for the exam but require an insight to the exam procedure for both British Council and IDP. This short course includes a full practice exam with exact timing restrictions and an online interview with a Native English speaking teacher. This will help you feel confident in taking the IELTS test and improve your test taking skills, giving you tips to improve your test score.

The IELTS Full Review Course is for those who would like some help to be ready for their IELTS exam. The Full Review Course includes a number of full practice exams with exact timing restrictions and online interviews with a Native English speaking teacher, providing instant feedback. This course will help you develop all aspects of your language skills. Help you feel a lot more confident in taking the IELTS exam, making you familiar with the exam test format and helping you to improve your test taking skills, giving you tips to improve your test score in each part of the course; listening, reading, writing and especially speaking.

Both of the courses we offer have been carefully developed by our team of qualified and experienced IELTS teachers. All English Council Accredited teachers are monitored to assure the quality of any courses offered

The IELTS exam

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates 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, Canada, Australia, and many other English speaking countries of the world.

Who is the IELTS for?

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

More than 700,000 people a year take the IELTS test.

The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or

Academic Institutions of Higher and Further Education and also for those seeking employment in Professional jobs such as: Nursing, Engineering, etc. You must check with your future or positional employer for their requirements.

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

General Training - for school, work or migration

The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

What is the IELTS test like?

You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates, both Academic and General do the same Listening and speaking sections of the exam.

The Listening section has 4 sections with 40 questions in total and lasts 30 minutes

The Reading section is different for the Academic and the General sections both have 3 sections

Both have 40 questions and both last 60 minutes. The General

Writing - different for Academic or General Training - 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes

Speaking - interview, 15 minutes, including you talking about a topic for 2 minutes.

Scoring System of IELTS- The score is out of 9 for each section; listening, speaking, reading and writing, and the overall score is out of 9.

Level - Multi-level. You can get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections. Employers in English-speaking countries and beyond accept IELTS scores. IELTS scores compare with TOEFL and the Cambridge exams approximately as follows:

  • Level 2 is: IELTS 4 is the same as the TOEFL 57-86 and the same as TOEIC 550
  • Level 3 is: IELTS 5.5 is the same as the TOEFL 87-109
  • Level 4 is: IELTS 6.5 is the same as the TOEFL 110-120 and the same as TOEIC 880

Where do I take the test?

IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centres throughout the world - there are currently more than 300 Centres, in over 120 countries.