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Preparing for IELTS

Be better prepared for your IELTS test by following the steps below. Find out about the benefits of taking an English language course at East Coast Language College (ECLC). Understand the test format and rules. Take advantage of the free practice test materials available. 

Take an IELTS Preparation course

ECLC offers full-time or part-time IELTS Preparation classes to help you achieve your desired IELTS score. A preparation course will help you:

  • Practice the types of tasks included in an IELTS test (e.g. a short essay/letter for the Writing test).

  • Get feedback on your answers to practice questions and writing samples.

  • Become more confident in your test-taking skills.

  • Decide if you are ready to take your IELTS test.

Understand the format and rules

Familiarise yourself with the test format – Remember that there are two versions of IELTS – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The Listening and the Speaking components are the same for both tests, but the Reading and the Writing components are different.

  • Read the Information for candidates booklet which provides essential information about how to respond correctly to each part of the test.

  • Get to know what each level on the IELTS band score table means.

  • Understand what the examiners are looking for in the Speaking and Writing tests by reading the assessment criteria.

  • Get the facts. Don't believe myths and rumours about the test; they will only distract you.

Practice sample questions

Download and practice sample IELTS exam questions. As IELTS is timed, it is critical that you practice as many sample exam questions as possible and work to build up your speed.

  • Practice the test using these free IELTS test sample questions.

  • There is a wide range of IELTS materials available you can purchase from a variety of publishers, or find free at the library.

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