Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I be able to get a higher IELTS score if I take a preparation course?
Improvements are dependent on individual factors such as English level and effort, and clearly, the more effort you put into the course, the more benefit you will receive.
Q: Does the full-time course produce a better result than the part-time courses?
The full-time course consists of 100-200 hours of tuition compared with 20 hours in each of the part-time courses. This provides considerably more classroom time, teacher contact and opportunity for skill development. The full-time course can also focus on areas of language development (e.g. improving grammar) while the shorter courses focus purely on test preparation.
Q: Will the full-time course improve my English skills?
Yes. Unlike the 20 hour courses, which focuses on test taking strategies, the full-time course includes work on key language areas for IELTS. These include but are not limited to: sentence structure, language of comparison and trends, conditionals, pronouns and referencing, passive voice, and relative clauses. Vocabulary based around common lexical themes within IELTS will also be taught and practiced, as well as pronunciation.
Q: Is grammar included in the full-time course?
Yes. Key areas of language are introduced and practiced in the classroom through explanation, worksheets and communicative activities, all of which are placed in an IELTS context.
Q: What is the difference between the full-time course and the part-time courses?
The part-time courses do not include a language component. In the 20 hour courses, key language areas are identified and students are expected to study and practice these areas on their own. In the full-time course these language areas are taught and practiced in class. Additionally, the full-time course includes more practice tests. For example, students in the 20 hour writing course will complete one practice test (Task 1 in week 1, Task 2 in week 2) which will be marked and returned. Students in the full-time course will complete at least 3 practice tests.
Q: What does the full-time course include and how is it delivered?
Unlike the 20 hour courses, in which each macro skill is presented discretely, the skills in the full-time course are integrated. In each week students will practice all four skills as well as key language. The class meets Monday – Friday.
Q: Are the teachers IELTS examiners?
The regulations set by IELTS Australia do not allow preparation course teachers to divulge their examiner status. However, the course is taught by qualified English teachers who are very familiar with the test and experienced at teaching IELTS strategies.
Q: Are the practice test results a good indication of my IELTS level?
Under the regulations set by Cambridge University, the British Council and IELTS Australia, candidates can only receive a band score for an actual IELTS test. Students in the preparation course will receive detailed feedback on their performance in practice tests and will get an indication of their approximate level, however this will not be a band score.
Q: Is there a price discount if I book two 20 hour modules?
Yes. Please refer to Fees & Dates.
Q: Is there a cut off date to apply for the IELTS courses?
Candidates are encouraged to book their course in advance because there is a high demand for places. It is possible to apply for the courses up until the day they begin. For the full-time course, you should apply by the Friday before a course begins because classes commence on Monday morning.
Q: Can I pay the fees by instalment?
No. Courses must be paid for in full up front.