The IELTS Exam
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
There are two different types of the IELTS exam; General and Academic. Academic is for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Once you arrive at the testing centre you can expect to hand in all telephonic devices, watches, excessive jewellery and anything else the facilitators deem necessary to remove to ensure that the fair level of testing is maintained at its highest order.
IELTS is available at more than 1,100 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA, and there are 48 test dates a year.
Too often do people under-estimate the complexity of the IELTS exam, wasting time and money on many failed attempts at scoring their perfect band score. Rest assured, for all those who will be writing for the first time, you’re on the right road.
Here you will learn everything you’ll ever need to know about the IELTS exam. In the workshop you will practice under the helping hands of professionals who will assess you and ultimately help you get the results you need first time.
By the end of our workshop you will feel confident in knowing the exam format and be equipped to tackle each of the four sections of either the General Training or Academic IELTS exam.
CHOOSE A PREPARATION WORKSHOP WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA
CHOOSE AN EXAM VENUE WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA
The workshop will take approximately 5 hours. Please arrive from 7:30am.
08:00 - Meet & Greet
Start the morning by meeting your fellow attendees and finding your seat, we will then run through the overview of the IELTS exam.
08:15 - Speaking Section
In this portion of the workshop we will cover the Speaking section of the IELTS exam and then pair up to each have a turn in practicing our speaking.
09:10 - Listening Section
During this next section, we shall work through the Listening section together and finally sit the Listening section under exam conditions.
10:25 - Break
Grab some coffee, and hit the bathroom before we resume the workshop.
10:40 - Reading Section
Now we will dive into the Reading section, this is the first portion of the IELTS exam where there are differences for the General Training and the Academic exams.
11:30 - Writing Section
The final section we shall cover will be the Writing section of the exam, which again differs for the General Training and the Academic exams.
12:20 - Closing
We’ll wrap things up with a quick review of what we covered and what to remember for test day.
Please allow extra time for classes to go overtime, especially for bigger classes where there are more queries to be answered. We aim to finish each class between 13:00 and 13:30
ABOUT THE TEACHERS: Louise Wheeler
Louise has been involved with IELTS South Africa for almost 5 years; as a previous IELTS administrator, the head invigilator on exam day and as an IELTS workshop teacher. Louise Wheeler is the co-owner and co-founder of Highway IELTS and and has worked with multitudes of people to assist them in preparing for the band score they require.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS: Rayne Wheeler
Rayne Wheeler has been involved with IELTS South Africa for almost 4 years; being present on test day ensuring that all the audio aspects of the IELTS exams are functioning correctly. Rayne Wheeler is the co-owner and co-founder of Highway IELTS and has been teaching in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town on a monthly basis for the past 3 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the workshops?
We host our workshops across South Africa in Durban and Johannesburg on Saturday mornings, please refer to the “Booking Process” section above to see our exact available course dates.
Where are the workshops?
The workshops are hosted in Durban and Johannesburg: (Please note our workshops are not held at our offices)
How long will the workshop be?
The intensive workshop is around 5-hours long, which includes a 15-minute tea break where you can grab a cup of coffee, some biscuits and have a chat with the teacher.
What materials do I get?
You will receive a course booklet containing specially selected notes, instructions and past paper examples to take home with you. You may take your own notes in this booklet.
May I bring people?
Yes, you may, please complete an order form 24 hours prior to the course date, for administrative processing.
We can share our morning with any and all IELTS test takers you know.
Will this course improve my English skills?
You may pick up some valuable English pointers in the course material, but we will not focus on improving your English.
We will be selling the excellent X-Kit Essential Reference English book on the morning of the workshop for R200.00
You can also pre-purchase online and collect from our workshops:
X Kit Essential Reference English