IELTS Leicester 2018-08-16T09:14:34+00:00

IELTS is a popular International English Language Testing System in the world that can open doors to you in many areas of your life. ESBM offers IELTS education for your purpose in Leicester. IELTS writing consists of reading, listening and speaking, and you will be able to practice all these steps at Leicester. In our language school in Leicester, candidates for immigration, employment promotion, or higher education receive training following the IELTS test they will take.

Studying at ESBM in Leicester where English is spoken as a native language we will give you an excellent advantage for IELTS. Leicester is a  budget-friendly city to prepare for IELTS. During your stay in Leicester, you will have the opportunity to do many activities from sporting events to exploring historic sites as well as your IELTS training. Moreover, living in Leicester will develop you by using your English effectively. All sections of IELTS will be a part of your life.  For any problems that you encounter, The ESBM team will be with you to help resolve your concerns.

We train candidates in Leicester through expectations of IELTS. In the IELTS reading section, you may encounter daily news, business talks and a situation that happens in daily life. You will score high on the IELTS reading section with language training that you will  receive at ESBM located in Leicester. In the Writing section it is expected that the  candidates should write a statement with their own words. At the ESBM language school in Leicester, you will practice with a large number of formal essays for the IELTS writing section.  Speaking section of IELTS requires practice, and you will have a great chance to do it at ESBM in Leicester. For the listening part, Students practice about keeping notes during listening, effective listening methods at ESBM. We will be delighted to meet and help you with IELTS.

What is an IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.

Which countries accept IELTS?

IELTS is one of the Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.

What about IELTS scores?

No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score from “band 1” (“non-user”) to “band 9” (“expert user”) and each institution sets a different threshold. There is also a “band 0” score for those who did not attempt the test. Institutions are advised not to consider a report older than two years to be valid, unless the user proves that they have worked to maintain their level.

Two types of IELTS

Choose from IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.  

If you need help with IELTS preparation

ESBM can help you with this! Please contact us for more info.

IELTS introduction

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

Academic or General Training

IELTS is available in two test formats – Academic or General Training. Therefore, providing a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Our IELTS preparation courses can help you get the results you need for the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.

IELTS preparation courses are made up of intensive lessons focusing on the academic skills. Reading, listening, speaking and writing English – needed to gain the results you need from the IELTS test.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the world’s most popular English language proficiency tests. For higher education and global migration, with more than 2 million tests taken last year.

IELTS evaluates all of your English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Furthermore, it is designed to reflect real-life use of English – at study, at work.

Internationally recognised

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. Therefore, it has a strong international reputation, and is accepted by over 8,000 organisations worldwide. Including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

Real-life conversation

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-to-one, face-to-face speaking test to assess your English communication skills. Furthermore, this means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. Therefore, this is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

The test is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication.

Two types of IELTS tests: Academic and General

Why you’re doing the IELTS test will affect which kind of test you choose:

  • The Academic module is normally for people who want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. Or who wish to register with a professional body.
  • The General Training module focuses on basic survival skills in a broader social and educational setting. General Training is suitable if you are joining a training programme or doing work experience in English speaking countries. It is not designed for degree level.

Please note, if you are applying to an organisation you must check with them to make sure you choose the correct IELTS test.

The IELTS 9-band scale

Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

 Band 9 Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
 Band 8 Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacy. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
 Band 7 Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacy and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6 Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacy and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
 Band 5 Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
 Band 4 Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
 Band 3 Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
 Band 2 Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formula in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1 Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
 Band 0 Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.


Information for candidates

The IELTS publication Information for Candidates has a lot of information about the way the test is run and what to expect on the day.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).

IELTS for migration

IELTS is a requirement for skilled migration and permanent residency in many English-speaking countries.

Accepted for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK

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.

Each country sets its own IELTS requirements. For up-to-date information, please visit the relevant government websites.



IELTS is accepted for many visa categories as well as permanent residency in Australia. IELTS is also a requirement for professional recognition from some Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies.



Are you applying for a work visa, professional recognition or for permanent residency in Canada? It is likely that you will be required to present evidence of English language proficiency as part of your application. Furthermore, IELTS General Training is the only internationally available test of English proficiency accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for immigration to Canada.

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New Zealand

The New Zealand government requests IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency for many visas. Including those within the Skilled Migrant, Investor and Entrepreneur, Residence from Work and Parent categories.

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Evidence of English language ability is a requirement when applying to settle permanently in the UK (also known as applying for ‘leave to remain’ or ‘long residence’).

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IELTS for study

Accepted as evidence of English proficiency by over 9,000 institutions

Organisations in over 140 countries rely on IELTS to select the right people. These include all universities and the vast majority of education providers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, over 3,000 institutions in the US as well as most universities in Canada. Some universities in non-English speaking countries where English is the language of instruction also require an IELTS score.

Two Types of IELTS test

There are two versions to choose from – Academic and General Training.

Most people will take the Academic version of IELTS for study but organisations set their own entry requirements. In some cases both Academic or General Training may be accepted. If students are in doubt as to which version of the test to take, they are advised to contact the organisation they are applying to in order to check their requirements.

Students have the opportunity to nominate up to five organisations to which copies of their IELTS test results will be sent. Results will be sent to these nominated organisations automatically free of charge.


IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes.

General Training – IELTS

IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.