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IELTS Summer Prep

It’s mid-summer. And as usual, many students are booking IELTS tutoring sessions with me. This is because summer is an ideal time for IELTS prep. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can take advantage of IELTS summer prep options.

IELTS Summer Prep: Summer camps in the English-speaking world

Tonnes of summer camps are available specifically for IELTS prep. In the summer, you can attend IELTS camps in English-speaking countries. major UK universities like the Oxford Royal Academy offer summer IELTS preparation programmes, as do private organisations such as ITS Education. Similar university-run and privately-sponsored IELTS summer programmes can be found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

One of the best things about these overseas summer camps is that the courses can often be completed without a student visa. It’s often possible — and perfectly legal — to attend overseas IELTS camps on a tourist visa, or through participation in a visa waiver programme. (The United States has visa waiver agreements with a particularly large list of countries.)

IELTS “intensives” in your home country: A good summer option

If you are from a non-English speaking country, your homeland likely has many English academies, including ones that offer exam prep. And most academies will offer a type of IELTS study called “intensive.” In IELTS intensives, much like in summer camps, you’ll be given a chance to take classes all day long for weeks at a time.

Unlike regular summer camps, intensives are usually offered year round. However, intensives become even more popular in the summer. During the summer season, students don’t have school and workplaces are more likely to allow for holidays. Because of this, many English academies offer special discounts on summer intensives. (The British Council is particularly keen on offering summer discounts to younger IELTS scholars in nations around the world.)

Seek out IELTS tutoring in the summer, when you have more time

IELTS tutoring is also a great option during the summer, partly for the reasons mentioned above (no school and chances to go on holiday from work). Additionally, more English tutors are usually available in the summer; professional teachers often turn to tutoring to make a little extra cash during their summer break.

Summer tutoring is especially helpful for university students who hope to study abroad in the coming school year. I’ve worked with many uni students who study for the IELTS in the summer, sit their exam during fall semester, and then enroll for a programme of study abroad in the spring.

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2 Responses to IELTS Summer Prep

  1. Inderpal Singh May 29, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Notification of Investigation of IELTS Test Result

    We refer to your IELTS test of May 13, 2017.

    Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

    As a result of these procedures, your test scores for the May 13, 2017 Dewey College have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

    The declaration on the IELTS application form that you agreed to includes the following statement: ‘I understand that my results may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with my test’

    Should you wish to offer any information that may support your test performance on May 13, 2017, please send a scanned handwritten statement to help@ieltscanada.ca within 14 days of the date of this letter. A template has been provided with this letter for you to use. Your statement must be written in English in your own handwriting and signed by you.

    Any correspondence received after 14 days will not be considered.

    Yours sincerely

    IELTS Investigations Team

    So in this situation can you please tell me what I can mention in that hand written ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 3, 2017 at 5:09 am #

      I am so sorry this has happened to you, Inderpal.

      We have no affiliation with the British Council or the IELTS exam, so I cannot guide you beyond saying that you should immediately comply with their request and follow the template faithfully. Be honest, thorough, and prompt with this. A ton of students in different parts of the world are experiencing the same thing, and no one has further information than what you do, unfortunately. This could happen for a number of reasons, including a significant disparity between your skill bands or a dramatic change in your performance this time from a previous session. Here is one online comment from a review from 2016 about what they did:

      “I explained about my previous two attempts history and scores and how I performed this time and how did I feel about the sections (L, R, W, S) I got this time during exam. I felt great after this attempt that I performed well especially in L & R compared to last two attempts. So, mentioned the same in the document and sent it.”

      Good luck! I hope this turns out well for you. 🙂


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