Two Week Course
Monday to Friday, Week 1 & 2
Morning Classes – 10 days (9:00am-1:00pm)
Evening Classes – 10 days (4:30pm-8pm)
IELTS 2 Week Intensive In-class Course (Mon-Fri at our Edward Street End office)
Take only 1 Week of the 2 Week Course
IELTS is short for International English Language Testing System and tests your level of English. It has 4 sub-skills which are Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Every sub-skills is marked and gets an IELTS Score between 0 and 9. Then the scores of the 4 sub-skills are average to calculate an overall score.
There are 3 main situations where a IELTS Score required:
Originally, the IELTS test was designed by the University of Cambridge in English to access if student’s level of English was good enough to study at a British university.
Since then it’s been adopted by many different countries and many different institutions.
You need it:
The test is conducted by the University of Cambridge, The British Council and IDP. Examiners are certified by IELTS.
There are over 800 test centres located in over 130 countries. Most test centres hold a test every 2 weeks.
1.9 Million tests are taken every year!
This depends on what you need your IELTS Score for. For migration purposes you usually need either a 5.0, 6.0, 7.0 or 8.0. This very much depends on your personal circumstances ( eg. your age) and the visa class (eg. Spouse visa, independent visa etc) . For more information check with the Australian migration department BEFORE doing the test.
To get into a course you usually need a 6.0 for TAFE courses and a 7.0 for university courses. Again, this depends on the university or college and on the course you are applying for. You may need a lower or a higher score than the usual 6.0 or 7.0.
To gain membership to a professional body, the usual IELTS Score is 7.0. However, please check before attempting the test.
Test Centres are located in all capital cities in Australia and in some regional cities.
There are 6 in Brisbane: IDP / UQ (two) / QUT (two) / Griffith uni
We are not affiliated with any test centres.
It takes about 3 hours to complete the Full Test. Reading is 60min, Writing is 60min, Listening 40min, Speaking 15 min.
Yes, deciding which exam to study for can be very confusing. All English tests have the 4 main sub-skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. However, what these sub-skills test for is somewhat different. Before you decide, we recommend the following:
First, check out which exam you need.
Call the university you are applying to, the immigration visa department, your professional body and enquire which exam will be accepted. It would be extremely annoying if you spent time and money on preparing for and passing a test (e.g. PTE) and then find out that it’s useless to you. Things change all the time. Check every few weeks.
Second, look at a sample test.
Everybody is different. Some students do better (or feel more comfortable) with IELTS, others with PTE or OET. Look at and then do a (mock) test and mark it: how did you score? How did you feel? Do you feel in control and do you think that studying for your chosen test would help you improve? You need to look at all sub-skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and compare them.
Third, read the information about the 3 different tests on our website and read the FAQ.
Fourth, talk to your friends and call us for more information and advice.
This is an extremely popular question.
If you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions #1) and have found out that all three tests would be accepted for your purpose, we can give you the following advice.
First, a student who gets a 6.0 in IELTS usually gets the equivalent score in PTE and OET. The exam boards have worked these tests out really well, so that they are fair. However, as these tests are similar but not exactly the same, some students will prefer one over another.
Second (topics), in IELTS and PTE you can have any topic, whilst in OET the topic will be medical and even specific to your profession. Grammar and vocabulary is therefore perceived as easier for many health care professionals. However, OET is very specific (medical letter writing) and you need to train for it to get good results. You will need a ‘B’ grade to pass. Anything less than a ‘B’ in all sub-skills is not accepted.
Third (marking and taking tests), PTE is marked by a computer program within just 5 days and is therefore seen as efficient and fair. It tests 2 skills at the same time, e.g. you listen to a dictation and then you write exactly the same words/text down, OR you listen and then you repeat (speaking). PTE is more guided; there are more but shorter exercises. Grammar is very important. IELTS and OET are paper-based tests, marked by a human being/examiner.
Fourth (test questions), IELTS has exercises that give less guidance. The student has more freedom to decide how to answer (writing and speaking). OET is focused on the work place in a healthcare context. The test imitates situations at work. PTE is very guided, the exercises are many but short. They may remind you of English tests done in high school.
Yes, you should pre-book and make payment one week before the course starts.
No, you have to book your test at an official test centre.
We allow a max of 8 students per class. That way you can get special attention from the teacher. This is why we recommend you pre-book your class to secure your place.
Full day class – $125
1 week class – $300
Our prices are very competitive and it’s certainly better to spend your money on IELTS lessons than on several unsuccessful attempts at the actual IELTS Test.
MasterCourse focuses on you passing the test. To achieve that, we have analysed the test in great detail. We teach you what the IELTS examiner expects from you and how you can succeed. There is no point in studying things you don’t need. Let us tell you what you need to know, the best and most effective way to do each skill, then learn exactly THAT and practice.
A good IELTS score has to do with 2 things : 1/ how good your English is and 2/ how WELL you know the test. MasterCourse knows the test VERY WELL. We will pass that knowledge (tips and tricks/strategies/common mistakes/marking criteria) on to you, our students.
Once you know how – it’s easy!
The on-line practice materials (coming soon) are suitable for all students and all levels as it is self-paced learning.
Our in-class lessons are aimed at students requiring a 7.0 or higher. They are also suitable for students aiming for a 6.0.
In order to follow our intense in-class lessons a previous score of 5.0 or higher ( Intermediate English or better) is needed.
Students of all level take the same IELTS test 9. A score of 0.0 means your English is non-existent, a score of 3.0 means your English is very low (approx.pre-intermediate level), a score of 5.0 means that you have ‘functional English but make many mistakes,6.0 is of standard, a 7.0 score means your English is of a good standard (advanced) and good enough to be able to complete a course at university, a score of 8.0 means your English is very good and a 9.0 is native speaker standard.
If you want to study ALL the skills, READING/WRITING/LISTENING and SPEAKING and you want to cover ALL of the IELTS syllabus, you can do this in just 1 day.
Classes are every Thursday, throughout the year. In-class lessons are 7.5 hours per day. These are very intense lessons and it’s recommended that you study 2 hours each day in addition to the in-class lessons- just to go through the same material again – to review. And then we would recommend you come the following Thursday to get more practice. This is a very efficient way to study.
Yes, once a month we offer a 1-week preparation IELTS class. Classes are for one week, from Monday to Friday, every day from 9am to 12:30pm. Check our website for the dates.
Yes, it is completely different. So doing both would give you more practice.
No, you have to take either the full day classes or the complete one week class.
No, but if you just want to do one Thursday, that is possible. You don’t have to do all three Thursdays or commit long-term.
Yes, we believe that this is a lot of information for one day, however, you can review what you learnt during the week and come back the next Thursday. Doing all the macro skills in one day gives you a really good idea what the real test will be like.
Everybody is different, however students who use the following approaches do very well.
Method one – pre-study by yourself THEN do the three Thursdays.
Look at the practice test material published by the test centre, buy additional test material, brush up on your basic grammar and vocabulary) THEN come to us and complete the three Thursdays and do the IELTS in the following week.
Method two – Do one Thursday first, THEN study by yourself for 1 week, THEN take another Thursday OR do the 1 week course.
The first day course gives you an idea what the test is like, where your strengths and weaknesses are, what you need to practice and how to practice. During the 1 week of self-study you study at your own pace. Final step, Take a 1 week course with us for intense, serious test preparation just before your real test.
You can also join our PTE classes as they will give you a good understanding of both tests and you are always improving your English.
You could take the 1 week course (different material) with us or you can study our online material.