The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a comprehensive system that measures the language proficiency of people who will be studying or working in environments where English is used as a communication language. A simple 9-band scale identifies one’s proficiency level in the English Language, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
The IELTS test is available in two formats – Academic or General Training – and provides an accurate and valid assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, as well as for study and work in the USA.


The primary aim of the Preparatory Course for IELTS for Academic Purposes (Basic), as offered by City Metropolitan College, is to provide students with effective instruction, knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to pass the IELTS exam.

Course Structure

The primary aim of the General English course, as offered by City Metropolitan is to provide students with effective instruction, knowledge and understanding of the various skills in the English language.
General English is available to all students at six levels – levels 1 to 6. This course is structured and developed in such a way so that students are provided with ample opportunities to master a variety of English language skills so as to become proficient in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Course Synopsis

Listening The Listening test format is made up of 4 sections:
A conversation between two speakers in a social or semi-official context.
A talk by a single speaker based on a non-academic situation.
A conversation based on academic topics or course-related situations.
A university-style lecture or talk.
The student will be taught to answer the following types of question which will be posed in the listening section of the test:
Multiple choice; Note completion; Table completion; Labelling a diagram; short answers; Sentence completion; Flow-Chart completion

Speaking The IELTS speaking session comprises of a one-on-one interview in three parts.
The first part, which takes 4 – 5 minutes, is an introduction and interview where the examiner will ask the student questions on his/her life, his/her background and on a general topic.
In the second part, which takes 3 – 4 minutes, the student will be given a topic by the examiner and after a minute’s preparation he/she will be required to speak for 2 – 3 minutes on that topic without stopping.
The final part of the test is a 4 – 5 minutes discussion on the topics used in the second part.
During the course, the student will be taught how to talk about himself/herself, how to compare and contrast, how to sequence their talk, how to express reasons, give opinions and learn the most common topics that come up in the examination.

Reading The examination has three reading passages and each of these passages is accompanied by 13 or 14 questions with a total of 40 questions.
The first passage is a descriptive text, while the second and third may be more discursive and contain arguments. Three passages in total contain approximately 2750 words and the questions in these passages must be completed in 60 minutes.
Each passage may have more than one type of questions and these questions are in the same format as those for the listening section of the examination:
Multiple choice; Note completion; Table completion; Labelling a diagram; short answers; Sentence completion; Flow-Chart completion.
The student will be taught the main concepts of reading, including skimming and scanning, selecting headings for paragraphs and recognizing keywords and phrases in both the questions and the passages.

Writing The writing section of the examination is made up of two parts. In this course we will be concentrating on the Academic version of the examination.
In the first part of this section, the student will be given graphical or pictorial information and be required to write a summary of the information given in at least 150 words.
In the second part of this section, the student will be given a topic and will be expected to organize and produce a written argument giving examples to support his/her arguments. The student will be required to write at least 250 words.
The student will be taught sentence and paragraph structure, how to interpret and compare date, how to describe a process, how to summarize sentences, how to organize an essay and discover valid points using mind-mapping skills.
The necessary grammar including linking words and phrases will also be presented.

Teacher Qualifications

All teachers are registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.
Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:20
Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity.

Entry Requirements

Age: At least 15 years old.
Academic Level: Pass the End of Course Exam offered by City Metropolitan College for Upper Intermediate Level with at least 75% in all four components of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.