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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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.

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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.

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Our 100% online IELTS courses allow you the flexibility to take them at any time you like. You will look at the essential elements of the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing for your IELTS Test and you will develop your test preparation skills at your own pace. You can take your 100% online IELTS course together with a live online or face to face group or one to one IELTS course.

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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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