The English exam that could change your life


International English Language Testing System

The world’s most popular English language test for immigration, study and work purposes, IELTS is a test of International English and focuses on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

Prices from €220 per week

4-week course

15hrs per week


Dates 2022:

April 4 to April 29

June 6 to July 1

We 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. Find all the information you need (and more) below!

Entry level: B2+

Course hours: 15

Duration: 4 weeks

Course materials: €50

Booking fee: €50

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Four-week face to face course

This four-week 60-hour 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. We will help you to develop the exam techniques you need to complete the IELTS Test effectively and we will help you to 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. In partnership with our partners MTS, we are an authorised IELTS 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 exam you need to work and study abroad

IELTS is an English language exam 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.


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 already 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 exam results in a certification recognized worldwide and by all employers (unlike the TIE). Numerous government agencies, universities, employers, and other institutions accept IELTS exam 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, the test is sometimes required for visa applications, immigration forms and job applications in Foreign Countries.

Fulfill future goals in life:

The IELTS exam helps you to set clear goals and motivates you to study harder. When you lack clear objectives and goals, it's easy to not study as hard, or wait until the very last minute. With the IELTS exam, the goals are clearly defined so it helps to motivate you to study daily, which also improves your English skills.

IELTS vs Cambridge: what’s the difference?

In short, should you be successful, both exams will give you the proof of language proficiency required to apply for English speaking university programmes. They will also increase your job opportunities and boost the credibility of your CV. One of the main differences between IELTS and Cambridge is the grading system of each exam. As mentioned previously, IELTS is graded on a band score system from 0-9, whereas the Cambridge exams are graded on the Cambridge scale from 80 – 230. In addition, the IELTS is considered to be a more academic exam, whereas the Cambridge First and Advanced exams are considered more accessible for general English learners.

What you need to know

You can choose to take a paper-based or computer-based exam (this must be arranged prior to your official exam date). The exam is made of four tests: Listening, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Speaking. Each test is taken individually. The length of each test varies. The only difference between Academic and General IELTS is the content of the Reading and Writing sections. The content of these sections in the Academic IELTS deals with topics more suited to people wishing to enter universities or professional institutions. The Speaking and Listening sections are identical for both exams.

What score do you need?

IELTS is graded according to something called a band score. The band scores go from 0-9 (0 = lowest; 9 = highest). 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.

Have you chosen your destination yet?

IELTS is accepted as proof of language proficiency by institutions in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Make sure you check the score required for your acceptance before taking your course. If you have any doubts, please let us know!

Save money and time!

Our IELTS preparation courses generally last 60 hours over a period of 4 weeks. This time is filled with essential lessons on exam techniques and time management. You will also be given many opportunities to practise all the necessary skills before your official exam date. During these 4 weeks your teachers will be your biggest supporters and constantly available to give feedback and advice. The preparation course also includes a series of mock tests which will allow you to build confidence and test your existing knowledge before the official exam. Don’t forget – we’re also an IELTS test centre – so you won’t have to worry about finding your exam centre or navigating a strange environment. We’re here every step of the way! With the proper dedication, 4 weeks should allow you more than enough time to gain the knowledge and practice you need to succeed.


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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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