Test Preparation Courses
This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the kinds of listening, speaking, reading, and writing tasks they will have to perform on the IELTS test. In addition, students learn the various strategies they should use when approaching each type of task, such as focusing on key words, using paraphrasing, etc. By the end of the course, students are able to read and understand informative and discursive passages and correctly answer questions about main ideas, supporting arguments, paraphrases, and the opinions expressed in the passage. In writing, students will be able to write a short summary and a four or five paragraph opinion essay expressing and supporting their opinions in a detailed way, using intermediate to advanced level vocabulary and grammatical structures. In speaking, students to answer questions about themselves and give a two-minute description while providing detailed and elaborated responses using precise vocabulary and accurate grammar. In listening, students are able to answer most of the main idea questions and many of the specific detailed questions about a monologue, a conversation, and a lecture.
Students take practice tests under real test conditions so they know exactly what to expect on the day of the examination itself. There is additional online practice material presented in humorous ways to help students review and practice at home. In class, students learn and practice general and specific test-taking strategies to help them improve their score on the exam.
Method of Instruction: On Campus or Online
Prerequisites: must have one of the following:
- Completion of Level 3 of the IEP or EAP program
- Score of 3.2 on the iTEP Placement Test
Category: Test Preparation
Est. Completion Date: 4-9 weeks from the start of the program
Duration per course IELTS-Regular: 9 weeks per section/4 hours per week
Duration per course IELTS-Accelerated: 4 weeks per section/9 hours per week
Total number of units: 1 levels (units)
Enrollment: Open enrollment throughout the session
Course Schedule: Morning or Evening hours available
Review of the organizational structures of academic text; review and practice of previewing, skimming, scanning, identifying key words, purpose, topic, main ideas, supporting arguments, making text-based inferences, interpreting charts, graphs, diagrams, and other graphic material, distinguishing fact from opinion, identifying paraphrases, using pronoun reference, signal words, and synonyms to follow the logical development of ideas.
Review of the four passage types (transactional conversation for the purpose of obtaining information, transactional monologue for the purpose of providing information, discussion between 2-4 people in an academic context, and lecture or a talk of general academic interest) and their typical structure; practice and strategy development for answering: questions that focus on choosing main idea, supporting detail, factual information and opinions.
Explanation of the two categories of speaking tasks (conversation with a live interviewer, two-minute prepared talk); practice and strategy development for expressing information and opinions while participating in a conversation about familiar topics and for expressing detailed information and opinions about general, abstract topics in a conversation; preparing, organizing, and delivering a two-minute talk on a familiar topic or more general, abstract topic; using a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Review of the two writing tasks (description of a single or multiple diagrams or graphs and a four or five paragraph discursive essay); practice and strategy development for describing the data a diagram or chart contains; comparing and contrasting trends in multiple diagrams, charts, and graphs; analyzing a task and writing a detailed discursive essay based on it; maintaining a clear position using well-explained reasons and detailed examples for support; using organizational features to show the logical development of ideas.