Contract

English: IELTS Preparation Course, online or group course

Do you need to have proof of your proficiency in English for a college admission or a new job? Would you like to make sure that you are taking an English proficiency test feeling completely prepared? Then the IELTS preparation course may just be what you are looking for. The Cambridge University IELTS test measures your ability to read, write, speak and listen in English. It is an internationally recognised English proficiency test for academic and other purposes.

Or are you taking the IELTS exam and have no time to come to the language Centre? Why not take the Online 4-week IELTS "Prep Plus" Course? This course will start on May 6. For more information see 4-week IELTS "Prep Plus" Course.

4-week Online IELTS "Prep Plus" Course

Are you taking the IELTS exam? Would you like some tips on how to achieve your desired score on writing section of the exam? Would you like individual feedback on your writing and speaking practice tasks? This online course – “Prep Plus” – is designed to give you the tools and techniques you need to confidently fulfil the most difficult exam tasks.

The course is composed of four 90-minute session held once a week, and will be taught by an experienced IELTS instructor. Each class will be conducted on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Sessions are designed to provide advice and insight on necessary skills and techniques for the writing section. In addition, you will have the opportunity for a one-hour individual consultation with the tutor, for additional advice and the opportunity to practice the speaking tasks.

You will be given guidance on:

  • Writing task 1: task analysis, types of visual diagrams, describing trends in graphs
  • Writing task 2: identifying question types, essay-writing techniques, essay structure
  • Speaking: describing preferences, expressing an opinion, extending your answer
  • IELTS band scores: the difference between 5, 6 and 7; what examiners look for

You will be expected to complete writing tasks outside of class time each week and will receive feedback from the instructor on your individual work. Materials will be provided for each webinar and a recording of class sessions will be available afterwards.

Dates and times

For available times for the IELTS online course please see the registration form and timetable under the green button. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

Please contact languages-intake-eng[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl for more information. Possible examination dates are available at: book-a-test

Costs

  • UM students: €295
  • UM staff: €295
  • Non-UM participants: €295

You can learn more about the test fees on the IELTS website.

 

IELTS exam preparation group course

During the course, you will build on your current English skills. Our qualified English teachers with IELTS expertise will help you get a good test score by giving you examination practice and familiarising you with test strategies. Your test-taking strengths and weaknesses will be diagnosed at different moments throughout the program. Based on your results, we’ll help you focus on what you need to improve to obtain a higher score.

Costs

  • UM students: €295
  • UM staff: €295
  • Non-UM participants: €295

You can learn more about the test fees on the IELTS website.

Dates and times

For available times for the IELTS group courses please see the course dates and registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

Please contact languages-intake-eng[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl for more information. Possible examination dates are available at: book-a-test

Target audience

Anyone that meets the admission requirements can sign up for this course, but the IELTS course is specifically designed for:

  • Students who wish to enrol in courses taught in English at international universities
  • Students applying for Master's & postgraduate courses at Maastricht University which have an English Language Requirement
  • Final year students applying for jobs
  • Postgraduate and undergraduate students who intend to apply for internships, work experience programmes, overseas scholarships etc.
  • High school graduates and high school students in their final year
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) programme students in the Maastricht area

End result and certificate

The course prepares you for the Cambridge University IELTS test. Please note that the Language Centre only provides the training for the test. You will have to sign up for the actual test separately. You will be able take the IELTS in Maastricht, provided that enough students are interested in taking the test here. It is possible to take the test in several nearby cities such as Eindhoven, Aachen, Cologne and Brussels. You can sign up for the test at a test centre of your choice through the IELTS website. In this case, they will also provide your certificate.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least an intermediate level of English (CEF B2) which should be sent to the Language Centre on application for the course or at the optional placement interview.