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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:

Understanding IELTS Test Format

IELTS Preparation Course – Bogotá, Colombia

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognized and highly accurate English language test.  Accepted by more than 9,000 institutions in 145 countries, this test is used for and accepted by: 

  • Students applying to graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Immigration purposes
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies for hiring purposes

The IELTS tests candidates in four different skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  There are two versions of the test: Academic and General Training. 

The IELTS is the world’s most popular English language exam.  In 2014, 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken across the world.  Within those 2.5 million exams are hundreds of thousands of “repeat tests,” students who take the IELTS a second, third or fourth time because they were not satisfied due to their original score.  The IELTS is an expensive exam.  Excellent preparation for the IELTS exam will save you time and money, and help you achieve IELTS success.

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Who should apply?  Individuals who are interested in taking the IELTS exam, or who have already registered for the IELTS exam.  Students interested in applying for masters, doctoral or undergraduate programs in the United States, UK, Australia or New Zealand in 2017 or 2018. This course focuses on helping students prepare for the Academic IELTS.

Course Content: During the 40 hour course you will take three authentic practice exams, become familiar with the exam structure, and learn strategies for achieving success on the four different parts of the exams:

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Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Language of Instruction: English

Course Duration: 40 hours, 10 weeks

Course Fee: $650.000 COP (including materials)

Instructor: Warren Ray, licensed by Cambridge English to teach IELTS preparation and English as a Foreign Language

Course Schedule:

Schedule 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Schedule 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8: 00 pm

Schedule 3: Saturdays

Class size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12.

Location: Diagonal 54 # 16 – 19 (Transmilenio: Calle 57 OR Marly)

To register for the course, please fill out this form.  After receiving your form a representative will be in contact with you within 48 hours to confirm your registration.

To receive more information, please send me an email.

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IELTS Student Testimonials: 

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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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