What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System is a test of English which is recognised throughout the world. The IELTS exam has now become one of the most commonly recognised English language tests in the world. Every year, more than 1 million people take the IELTS exam to provide concrete evidence of their current level of English language skill.
IELTS is not a pass or fail exam. The exam shows your English level on a 9 point scale, taking in to account the four main skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Who is ECS Scotland's IELTS exam courses for?
Our courses are useful to anyone who wishes to study in a higher education institute, such as a university or college in an English-speaking country. It is also important for immigration and emigration purposes.
More recently the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has stated that EU nursing practitioners (e.g. nurses, midwives etc.) may need to take the IELTS examination to demonstrate their English language proficiency before they can be included on the NMC register. This means that nursing professionals both from inside and outside the EEA now have to reach the level of 7.0 in each skill area: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
General IELTS or Academic IELTS?
The General IELTS test measures English language skills in a practical, everyday context. It is often a visa requirement for English-speaking countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The Academic IELTS test measures proficiency in the skills needed to study in a college or university where the language of instruction is English. This may be in an English-speaking country, but increasingly English medium courses are offered by institutions in non-English-speaking countries. These institutions often require students to have sat the IELTS examination too.
For further information about the IELTS exam, see here
Intensive IELTS exam preparation course in Edinburgh
Intensive IELTS exam courses are available throughout the year to help you get the best score possible. There will be a maximum of 5 students per group, so you will have a lot of opportunity to participate, practise and ask questions.
Whether you have already sat the IELTS exam before and you need to improve your score or if this is the first time you will sit the exam, this intensive course will give you the skills you need to do as well as you possibly can.
There is the option of a full-time course for 25 hours per week. This means you will join a General English course in the mornings to improve your overall vocabulary and focus on speaking and listening communication skills, as well as improving your pronunciation. In the afternoons you will have dedicated IELTS exam practice, focusing on all the IELTS exam skills.
Alternatively, the part-time option is available for 10 hours per week on Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays / Fridays 13.30 - 16.00. In the afternoons you will only focus on IELTS exam skills.
Both options have a maximum of 5 students per group. For more information and about this course and price options, see here.