Most universities in English-speaking countries require students to have a minimum of 6 or 6.5 in the IELTS examination to gain entry. This may vary according to the university and the specific course.
Here at IBAT College Dublin, we aim to ensure that all students who undertake our IELTS programmes achieve the exact grade they require. An advanced level of English is required to join this programme (CEFR B2/C1 or equivalent).
Our programmes focus on all four skills:
The courses begin with a general introduction to the overall structure of the examination, followed by a gradual development of the sub-skills:
- Reading for detailed and specific information
- Deducing unknown vocabulary from context
- Justifying an answer
- Interpreting an author's overall opinion of a given topic
- Exam task 1: Description of visual information - interpreting and comparing data in the form of graphs, bar charts, pie charts, tables, process diagrams, maps, cycles e.g. water cycle, carbon cycle etc.
- Exam task 2: Essay writing - structuring an argument while providing evidence, presenting and supporting points, comparing and contrasting, showing cause and effect, outlining advantages and disadvantages, justifying an opinion.
- Text organisation (introduction and conclusion)
- General coherence – linking ideas and sentences appropriately
- Listening for gist and specific information - dates, times, prices etc.
- Repeated exposure to exam-style recordings e.g. monologues, two-way conversations, group discussions, lecture-style tutorials etc.
- Emphasis is placed on the different native English-speaking accents
- Recording scripts are subsequently analysed for vocabulary content
- Examination of academic vocabulary and expressions for recurring discussion topics
- Particular focus is placed on language accuracy and fluency
- Regular simulations of the complete speaking exam in student pairs
- Students will be carefully trained to complete each exam task in the specific allotted time and will practice transferring answers from exam booklets to the official exam answer sheet.
All our exam programmes are structured in a way that builds students' confidence through continual practice of exam-specific tasks, combined with regular designated exam practice days followed by detailed feedback provided to each student.
Individual logs are kept of each student's scores to highlight stronger skills and pinpoint weaker areas for further development. The aim of this is to show progression and to form the basis for assigning supplementary work to improve on these areas.
What will students achieve at the end of the programme?
Upon successful completion of the IBAT College IELTS preparation programme:
- General IBAT College Dublin certificate of achievement (includes student name, course level, number of hours attended and the teacher's reference on the student's progression)
Upon successful completion of the official IELTS examination:
- An internationally-recognised IELTS Certificate which confirms the student's level (Please note that this certificate is valid for two years only)
IELTS is recognised by employers worldwide and is accepted by many educational institutions as a proof of level of English.