What Should You Look For In Good IELTS Coaching /Preparation Class?

The IELTS exam is the world’s leading English language proficiency test. The test is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP education Australia and Cambridge ESOL and many immigration and university authorities view the exam to be the gold standard in terms of accurately describing the language capability of prospective applicants. Obtaining the required band scores specified by such organisations can have a massive impact on your life’s trajectory, With so much riding on your IELTS success, most candidates don’t want to leave anything to chance. They end up enrolling in an IELTS coaching class as a means to ensure that they prepare for the exams in the most effective way possible.  If you are considering a similar decision, then you have probably already been overwhelmed by the great number of coaching classes that are available in person and online. In this article, we will take a close look at how to choose the best IELTS coaching course for you.

Do Your Research.

You might be feeling a sense of urgency to start with your preparation right away but choosing a coaching class without taking the proper time to do your research about the course can have disastrous consequences. Apart from losing money on a course has not prepared you well enough that, you will also waste valuable preparation time and that is something you can never get back!

Spend time looking at student reviews. If possible, try to contact students who have left both favourable and unfavourable reviews online. Pick their brains about what the course was actually like, did they get enough support or practice time etc.

Take A Demo Class

Before you invest your hard-earned money, find out whether you can sit in one of the lectures. You can use this time to decide whether the teaching styles and methodologies used, could be beneficial to you or not.

Do Not Be Swayed By An Attractive Website Or False Claims

No IELTS teacher, not even the most experienced IELTS professionals can ever guarantee that you will get a certain score on the IELTS exam. However, this is the most common claim that is made on IELTS preparation course website. Be wary of institutes who make such false claims or assurances as these are often fraudulent in some way.

Choose An IELTS Professional

Make sure that you will be taught by someone with a vast experience in the IELTS industry and is considered an expert. Choose native English teachers that are Celta or Delta qualified as this is the highest level of qualification for English as a second language lecturers that is offered by Cambridge University.

Fee Structure

Make sure that you are aware of the payment policies of the institute you are registering with. Some institutes only require a once of payment, while others operate on a monthly basis. Its also wise to make sure that the package you choose also includes all of the relevant study resources and materials you will need, and that you do not need to pay for these separately.

Flexible Timings

Since most IELTS candidates are also busy working professionals or full-time students, they do not have the time for long extended IELTS lecture times. Choose an instate that has a flexible schedule, which allows you to choose slots that suit your daily routine. Most good coaching classes offer weekend classes as well.

Recognised IELTS Partners

One of the easiest ways to tell if an organisation is above board is to check whether they have official recognition by any of the IELTS hosts (the British council or IDP Education Australia).

Jonathan has been teaching students to prepare for the IELTS and PTE Exams for more than 10+ years. He's taught English to students in various countries in the world including Singapore, China, Australia, Canada and Colombia.