People go abroad for a variety of reasons: to migrate, to study, or to find greener pastures. Whatever your reason, one of the things you have to take when going to an English-speaking country is to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, a language assessment test to prove you can speak the language.
Over 10,000 organizations around the world trust and accept IELTS as a reliable indicator of English proficiency, so it’s important for those who are planning to pursue migration or higher education in 140 countries abroad. Just last year, three million people took the test!
The IELTS covers four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. There are two types of tests, the IELTS Academic, which measures English proficiency needed for an academic environment, regardless of the subject focus; and the IELTS General Training, which measures proficiency in a practical and everyday context. The total test time is two hours and 44 minutes, with a 10 minute transfer time.
The results aren’t divided into “passed” or “failed,” but comes in an easy-to-use 9-band score that clearly identifies proficiency level from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert).
To help you achieve your desired score, the British Council, one of the co-owners of the IELTS, launched the Learning Hub to provide test-takers with the support and guidance they need. The hub has reliable resources and high-quality services to help them learn English and prepare for the tests.
Test-takers can avail of the IELTS One-Day Preparation Workshop to help them familiarize themselves with the test; IELTS Information Sessions to provide information on the different destinations where the test is recognized; the IELTS Exceed Writing Workshop to help them in the writing part; the IELTS Pre-Tests to experience what test-taking would be like; and the IELTS Orientation to learn more about the test format, modules, and questions. They may also explore the IELTS Library to access books, materials, CD’s, and other resources.
Those who can’t visit the Learning Hub can take advantage of the online resources they can access anytime, anywhere, including the Road to IELTS, an online course registered test-takers can access for free up to 30 hours; the IELTS Preparation App to help improve listening and speaking skills; and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a limited time online course that focuses on all key aspects of the test.
Once you feel you’re confident enough to take the test, it’s time to register for the IELTS! To do so, you have to first choose your date and location (there are four test dates each month across cities in the Philippines). Make sure to check with your receiving institution for your requirements. Then, register online or through any of the authorized British Council IELTS Registration Centers. Secure your payment (test fee is P19,270 and can be coursed through debit or credit card, online bank transfer, or bank deposit) and you’ll get an acknowledgment receipt and confirmation letter in your email!
After you take your test, the results are out in 13 calendar days.
This story is in partnership with the British Council. The Learning Hub is located at the British Council’s office on the 7th floor of The Curve at Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.