Our IELTS Exam Preparation course is specially designed to optimise your test potential. You will receive individual attention from your Nova’s teacher and advice about how to approach each section of the test. To enter this course you will require an Intermediate English language level or above.
12 to 24 Weeks
Course Start Dates:
You can start our IELTS Preparation course on any Monday
- Daytime: 20 hours per week in-class
- Regular practice tests and tasks that allow students to become familiar with the exam structure and a variety of content
- Feedback and academic counselling that allows students to target specific areas of weakness and ways to improve on them
- Minimum IELTS of 5.0 or equivalent
- Nova’s Online Placement Test
What is the IELTS test?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. The IELTS test assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — and is designed to reflect real life use of English — at study, at work, and at play.
Why choose IELTS?
A high IELTS score can open many doors whether you want to study, live or work in Australia. A score of 7 or above would be accepted in just about every area that Australian universities have to offer, from business to science and many others in-between, depending on your goals. In turn, this can help you accelerate your career, while also opening up doors for Australian skills migration.
Other reasons are:
- IELTS is accepted by over 6,000 institutions worldwide, including universities, colleges and employers in English-speaking countries and beyond.
- Almost all universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK accept IELTS.
- IELTS is used for immigration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
- You can be sure that an IELTS score demonstrates your true ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- IELTS uses Australian, North American and British varieties of English, making it a truly international test.
IELTS test structure:
All candidates must complete four Modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – to obtain a band score. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.
All candidates take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between them. They are always taken in this order. The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. This will depend on your test centre.
For especific information about the format of each section click here.
IELTS band scale:
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
|Band 9||Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.|
|Band 8||Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7||Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6||Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5||Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.|
|Band 4||Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.|
|Band 2||Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.|
|Band 0||Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.|