Seven Common IELTS Myths BUSTED

IELTS Myth 1: You can only take the test once. 

Nope! You can take the IELTS as many times as you like; there are no limits.  Each time you take the IELTS, though, you must pay the full exam fee ($634.000 COP in Colombia – 2019).

You can find test dates at the British Council on this page of their website.

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IELTS Myth 2: 
The IELTS is a British exam. 

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IELTS: Should I take the Paper-Based or Computer-Delivered Test?

In 2016, the IELTS Computer-Delivered test rolled out in 20 countries, and now is becoming more and more common in test centers across the globe.  But as the computer-delivered version of the test becomes more common, the question Should I take the Computer-Delivered test or the Paper-Based test becomes more and more frequent among English students.

Both the Paper-Based and Computer-Delivered versions of the test have their pros and cons: The computer-delivered test is offered much more frequently in exam centers, and offers convenience of receiving faster results.  However, the paper-based test offers students a more traditional exam experience.


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Where can I take the IELTS Exam in Bogota?

The IELTS exam is offered in several testing centers in Bogota, offering both the paper-based and computer-based versions of the exam.  The paper-based version of the exam is generally offered once or twice per month, while the computer-based version of the exam is offered several times per week.  Exam spaces are always limited, so be sure to register for your exam with plenty of time to spare.  Don’t miss your graduate school or immigration application deadline because you weren’t able to take the IELTS on time!

There are six official exam centers where you can take the IELTS in Bogota.  Exam centers offer both the Academic and the General Training versions of the IELTS, as well as the UKVI.

British Council

Carrera 9 # 76 – 49, 5th floor / Phone: 325.9090 /

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What is the IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international exam which evaluates your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.  Two IELTS exams are offered: the Academic IELTS and the General Training IELTS.  In function, the IELTS is very similar to the TOEFL exam. 

Personalized IELTS Classes BogotáThis Cambridge English Exam is accepted by academic institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.  More than 3,000 academic institutions in the United States accept this exam as well as employers worldwide.  The IELTS exam is a requirement to immigrate to Australia or New Zealand.

If you’re thinking about studying or are looking for work in an English-speaking country, the IELTS exam is just as important as your passport.  

The IELTS exam has an academic version and a general version.  Each version tests your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, but have slightly different writing and reading tasks.  The test is completed during two separate days.  On the first day you complete the listening, reading and writing sections, and then a few days later you complete a 11-14 minute speaking exam.  The speaking exam is a three-part interview in which an examiner will ask you questions about topics familiar to you, ask you to speak at length about a given topic, and evaluate your ability to analyze and speculate about issues.

From start to finish, the test lasts under three hours.  The IELTS is not taken on a computer.


Preparation is key for success on the IELTS exam – What are the sections of the test? How much time is allowed for each section?  How many questions are there?  How long must I speak?  How is my writing evaluated?  

Knowing the answers to these questions can be the difference between being accepted into an academic program, or being rejected.  

My IELTS Preparation Course will ensure that you are prepared to present the IELTS exam on test day.  From registering for the test to preparing for the speaking exam, my course will certainly contribute to your IELTS success.  

Find out where the IELTS exam is accepted here:

Song of the Week: “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega is a singer-songwriter who was born in California in 1959.  Her eclectic style has marked her career as a folk-inspired musician.

vega-suzanne-4fded150b2829One of Vega’s most famous songs is Tom’s Diner.  In this song, she sings about things she sees while sitting in a diner in New York.

Since Vega sings about actions in progress she uses the present continuous (also called present progressive) lots to explain what she sees!

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Understanding the Present Perfect/Present Continuous

The present continuous is formed with the verb to bea present participle.

am/is/are + –ing

There are several reasons why we use the present continuous.  We use the present continuous to talk about temporary actions that are happening in the present moment or around the present moment (that is, immediately before, during or after the present moment).

Why are you smiling?  Did someone make you happy?

Tom is on his way to the party.  He just told me that he is on the bus!

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Song of the Week: “Hey Love” by Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten is a Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee (and a good friend of mine!)

Andrew Leahey writes that Charlie, having grown up in a time where grungy rock bands and teen idols ruled the airwaves, started looking back to musicians of the past, specifically the ’60s and ’70s.  Charlie calls this era “the golden age for songwriting… When songs seemed to be the real focus, and people reached outside of the box.”

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