Get ready for IELTS

At IH Galway we have a qualified team of professionals who can help you get the score you need to succeed. Our experienced IELTS instructors have the answers to all your worries and doubts about this challenging exam. IH Galway is also an IELTS test centre, so not only can you prepare for the exam with us, you can also take the exam in a familiar and welcoming environment. Should you choose to prepare for the exam with us, we’ll be here to guide you through every step of the process.




  • 38-hour course over 2 weeks
  • Materials
  • Mock test
  • Social Programme

Dates 2023:

Course: 23rd of January, 2023  – 3rd of February, 2023. Exam: 11th of February, 2023

Other dates to be confirmed: April 2023 – July 2023 – August 2023 – October 2023

  • Entry level: B2+
  • Course length: 2 weeks
  • Number of lessons: 10 intensive lessons per week
  • Timetable: Monday-Friday 09:00-11:00 11:30-13:20

Prepare for success in your IELTS test

This 2-week course will help you to prepare for your IELTS Test. Our expert tutors will prepare you for success in your IELTS Test and we will help you achieve the IELTS Band you need for your future work or study plan. We will help you:

  • Develop the academic language you need for your IELTS Test. You will focus on the four areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing at IELTS exam level.
  • Develop the exam techniques you need to complete the IELTS Test effectively
  • Achieve your desired IELTS band. You will complete practice tests during your course, with feedback from your tutor, and a complete mock test before you take your IELTS Test.

Get the score your need

We know you have a score you want to achieve and you can trust our qualified teachers to help you get there. Need to immigrate? Want to work and study abroad? We’re here to make everything easier for you. Follow our preparation programme and take our personalised advice to get the score you need to succeed.

Take your test at IH Galway

In partnership with our partners MTS, we are an authorised IELTS Test centre, so you can take your IELTS Test with us too. You can choose to take a paper-based or computer-based IELTS Test at IH Galway.

IELTS is the test you need to work and study abroad

IELTS is an English language test that is accepted as proof of language proficiency by universities and businesses worldwide. There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic IELTS (for entry to undergraduate or postgraduate courses and professional institutions) and General IELTS (to test your general, day-to-day English). The General IELTS is also accepted for entry to secondary schools, colleges and other education centres.

Have fun and explore our beautiful city while you study

Don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself! If you take your IELTS preparation course with us, you will also have the opportunity to explore Galway and all its charms. Study in the mornings then reward yourself with a stroll along the Salthill promenade or with a cold pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub. Studying English in Galway is not just about learning, it’s a full and enjoyable experience you can have then remember forever.

Benefits of taking the IELTS:

Develop English language skills:

The IELTS test measures your language abilities in the four core communications which includes the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. 

Accurate knowledge of your English skills:

By taking the IELTS test, you´ll be ready for applying your English knowledge as if you were in an everyday situation with English native speakers. Your English language skills are assessed objectively.

Vast career opportunities:

Passing the IELTS test results in a certification recognized worldwide and by all employers. Numerous government agencies, universities, employers, and other institutions accept IELTS test results and recognize the importance of the certification you receive for passing. It is accepted by over 9,000 organisations in more than 135 countries, for education, immigration and professional purposes.

Needed for all steps and stages of your life:

Apart from using it to get admission into university, the test is sometimes required for visa applications, immigration forms and job applications in foreign countries.

Fulfill future goals in life:

The IELTS test helps you to set clear goals and motivates you to study harder. With the IELTS exam, the goals are clearly defined so it helps to motivate you to study daily, which also improves your English skills.



Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Reach out to our team for support.

IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test, with over 3 million tests taken last year in over 1,200 test centres in 140 countries worldwide, including International House Galway. IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, provides a fair, accurate and relevant assessment of language skills, based on well-established standards, and it covers the full range of proficiency levels, from non-user to expert user. It is a test of international English, incorporating British and American English spelling, grammar and vocabulary, as well as accents from all English-speaking countries.


The IELTS test is constantly developed and updated in consultation with academics, such as Dr Tim Mc Namara, who originally designed IELTS, professional bodies and immigration authorities around the world. Test questions, which are developed by testing specialists in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US, are based on authentic materials sourced around the globe.

IELTS belongs to a global partnership of education and language experts: The British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge).

Leading universities such as King’s College London, accept applicants with IELTS as, they say, “IELTS gives us a reliable indication of entry level. Other tests are less satisfactory at providing this”. The approach taken with IELTS tests is recognised by universities, immigration services and employers as being fair, reliable and valid to all test takers, whatever their nationality, cultural background, gender or specific needs. The international success of IELTS is due to the attention to the four key test qualities: validity, reliability, impact and practicality.

The topics studied on IELTS courses are interesting and contemporary, and are based on the real world. This means that teachers can bring the outside world into their IELTS lessons by using a range of authentic source materials adapted to the test format. Students on an IELTS preparation course study IELTS Test techniques to help them prepare for their IELTS Test.

IELTS has a 9-band scale from 0, non-user, to 9, expert user. Each band corresponds to a level of competence in English and all band scores are reported in whole of half-bands, eg 7.0, 6.5. To study a Master’s in Business at King’s College London, for example, you’d need to score 6.5 in an IELTS Test. To start a foundation course at a university, you’d probably need to score a 5.0-5.5 band. As you can see, there is no pass or fail in IELTS – each band corresponds to a level of competence in English.

IELTS is accepted by universities, immigration offices and employers worldwide, and as each of these bodies are looking for people with different types of skills, IELTS has two different formats: Academic and General Training. The difference between the two tests is that IELTS Academic tests have content and task types more suitable for undergraduate and post graduate study.

Both types of IELTS Tests, Academic and General Training, consist of four separate sections, assessing the four language skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS test takers receive individual scores for each of the four test sections and the average of the four provides the overall band score. Organisations which rely on IELTS as proof of English language proficiency benefit from knowing that the score given for each section of the test is a clear and fair reflection of the test taker’s ability in that skill.

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