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IELTS

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is more commonly known, is a testing system designed to accurately assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work in an English speaking country. IELTS is often required for entry into university, in countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, and it is also recognised by professional bodies, for employment, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

What is the format of the IELTS test?

There are two types of IELTS tests – Academic, or General. Here at Direct English we focus mainly on the Academic test as this is the one required for educational purposes. The test is broken down into four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Speaking (15 minutes),writing (60 minutes) and reading (60 minutes), and it’s taken over a two-day period.

The scoring works on a band system from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest possible score. Half scores are also awarded and you are tested on all four parts of the test, and the grade for each added together to get the final score. Usually, for educational purposes you will be asked for a minimum grade of 6. At times you can be asked for a minimum score in each of the four sections.

Please click here to see an explanation of IELTS Band Scores.

You can use the IELTS Band Score Calculator on this site to convert your reading and listening raw scores.

Click here to see a comparison of IELTS scores with other exams.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

During the IELTS programme you will be taught all you need to know to be able to do well in the test.  We have designed the course to encompass all elements of the IELTS test – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking – and we will practice the format of the test over and over by using real test papers. We will also cover all aspects of grammar that you may need to do your very best on test day.

The IELTS exam is a very content-specific exam, so a good level of English does not ensure that a student would do well in this test. In order to succeed in this test, it is imperative that students familiarise themselves with the format of the test, and practise a lot until they are confident with it.

At Direct English, our teachers work with the students to ensure they understand what is required of them for the test, and teach the classes with the students’ success in mind at all times.

Entry:

Anyone, provided they are over the age of 18, can join this programme. However, it is important to note that although this exam does not have an academic entry requirement; a good knowledge of English is required to take this course.

Exam:

It is imperative (for visa purposes) that students take the official IELTS exam before the end of the course at Direct English.

Course Fees Include:

  • Free Course Registration
  • Free Course book & additional material
  • Free Placement Test
  • Free Medical Insurance
  • Free Learner Protection Insurance
  • Free Student Card
  • Free Mobile phone Sim Card
  • Free Social Activities
  • Free WiFi Access (on campus)
  • Free Exam certificate at the end of course ( no additional Cost)

 

Cambridge English

Cambridge English is a department of Cambridge University. Their most popular English exams, Advanced (CAE)First (FCE) and are recognised around the world by thousands of employers, universities and government ministries as proof of ability to use English.

(Click on the name of the exam to find out more about it, and access the free practice tests).

Cambridge English exams 
First (FCE) – First Certificate in English (B2)

Advanced (CAE) – Certificate of Advanced English (C1)

1. Cambridge English: First (FCE) programme

During the Cambridge English: First (FCE) programme you will learn how to communicate effectively face-to-face. You will gain the confidence to express opinions and present arguments with improved pronunciation. . You will be taught how to write letters, reports and stories in clear, detailed English. You will gain a better understanding of English grammar. In short, we will teach you all you need to know to successfully pass the FCE exam, with lots of real exam practice along the way. Students are engaged in communicative activities to develop their ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. There is an emphasis on the use of authentic texts and materials to build students’ confidence before the exam, and there will be continuous practise for the exam using authentic past exam papers.

Our dedicated teachers offer excellent student support and supervision and are always available to assist students and provide them with extra help. On request we can offer individual lessons tailored to students’ specific requirements.

Entry:

Anyone, provided they are over the age of 18, can join this programme. However, it is important to note that this exam is level B1 – B2 on the Common European framework, and although we will endeavour to increase your level of proficiency as much as possible over the months, knowledge of English is required to take this course.

Exam:

It is imperative (for visa purposes) that students take the official Cambridge English First exam before the end of the course at Direct English.

Qualification Benefits – aids the student to:

  • communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.
  • follow the news and current events

Course Fees Include:

  • Free Course Registration
  • Free Course book & additional material
  • Free Placement Test
  • Free Medical Insurance
  • Free Learner Protection Insurance
  • Free Student Card
  • Free Mobile phone Sim Card
  • Free Social Activities
  • Free WiFi Access
  • Free Exam certificate at the end of course ( no additional Cost)


2. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) programme

The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) programme if for advanced students of the language. You will build on your already high level of the language, by eliminating pronunciation errors, perfecting more difficult grammar issues, and be able to speak and understand real-life conversations. . You will write letters, reports and stories in clear, detailed English. Students are engaged in communicative activities to develop their ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. There is an emphasis on the use of authentic texts and materials to build students’ confidence before the exam. And there will be continuous practise for the exam using past exam papers.

Our dedicated teachers offer excellent student support and supervision and are always available to work with students and provide them with extra help. On request, we can offer individual lessons tailored to students’ specific requirements.

Entry:

Anyone, provided they are over the age of 18, can join this programme. However, it is important to note that this exam is level C1-C2 on the Common European framework, and although we will endeavour to increase your level of proficiency as much as possible over the months, a high level  of English is required to take this course.

Exam:

It is imperative (for visa purposes) that students take the official Cambridge Advanced (CAE) exam before the end of the course at Direct English.

Qualification Benefits – aids the student to:

  • follow an academic course at university level
  • communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency.

Course Fees Include:

  • Free Course Registration
  • Free Course book & additional material
  • Free Placement Test
  • Free Medical Insurance
  • Free Learner Protection Insurance
  • Free Student Card
  • Free Mobile phone Sim Card
  • Free Social Activities
  • Free WiFi Access
  • Free Exam certificate at the end of course ( no additional Cost)