English Language Tests   

We can make classes for all major English tests such as IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, OET, and so on. We are also able to make a class for you for any other English test as long as there is information available on the test structure and expectations. In the past we have run classes for SAT, eiken, Japanese Juken English and more.

KIWI@HOME Test Classes

Our test classes focus on your weak points and give you clear guidance on what you need to do to reach your goals. We do not follow any exercise book, instead we bring together all the different factors which are making your progress difficult. For example is your reading and listening is weak because your vocabulary is weak, then we will work on strengthening your vocabulary rather than just doing lots of listening exercises.

Students are encouraged to do practice exams, work though test workbooks and so in their non-contact time. These books have been created so that students are able to work though them on their own so we do not use them in class. Instead we may check the work done, identify mistakes and reasons for the mistakes then work on strategies that can be applied for all similar questions. As tests seldom have the same questions every time, it makes more sense to understand the pattern rather than just one answer.

We are experts in IELTS, but can also create classes for TOEIC, TOEFL, EIKEN, SAT, OET, etc

A class in any English test is available at any time. As the majority of our classes are private lessons it is easy for us to accommodate your study requests. Our study method is also very effective with these types of tests although the study focus is usually different.

TOEIC type tests are focused on technical grammar and vocabulary ability so it is very important that you spend enough time on these kinds of exercises in a guided study environment. Our results for these tests are very high and very fast for motivated learners. The reason for this is that students can do a lot of work without the teacher's help, so the student work to teacher guidance ratio is much higher than for tests such as IELTS or for conversation classes. basically this means that in your lesson time it is possible to get more of your effort assessed and corrected, so your progress is faster,

If you need to sit any kind of test, talk to us and we will create a study course for you.

Test classes are as flexible as other classes and cost the same regardless of the test you are studying for.

 

IELTS test TOEIC test OET test TOEFL test

So what is IELTS?

IELTS assesses exactly how much you are able to use English in your everyday life, and so we teach the test with this performance indicator as the most important factor. Memorizing difficult words and set phrases does not help so much in IELTS and so we do not encourage students to do this. The IELTS test suits our enquiry based learning model perfectly.

How is IELTS different to other tests?

IELTS is quite different to other tests, so having a good score in TOEIC or TOEFL does not always mean that you will have a good score in IELTS. IELTS is virtually impossible to geta  good score by technique alone. While TOEIC, TOEFL, EIKEN and similar are quite easy to pass well if you memorise a lot of words and learn a few tricks, IELTS is structured so that students who try this technique will fail.

IELTS is designed to assess how much non-native speakers are able to function in English naturally. This means using language in a culturally appropriate manner, using appropriate words, not just the big words in your vocabulary. A common mistake many students make is that they think by using difficult words, people will think their English is good. This is not always true, and is actually more likely to be unnatural than natural. When you talk to different people you need to use different language structures, and IELTS tests how well you are able to do this.

The other difference in IELTS is that it tests how much you are actually using English in your actual everyday life. If you only rely on your study time to prepare for IELTS you will have a difficult time, you need to make sure you are using English as part of your daily routine in very specific ways.

 What the different IELTS levels mean.

IELTs General Module IELTS Academic Module

9.0

expert

Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

9.0

expert

Academic expression and knowledge is also naturally prominent. Writing style is academic and excellent.

7.0

good user

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

7.0

good user

inaccuracies do not effect the overall nuance and meaning. Writing style is clearly academic

6.0

competent user

Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

6.0

competent user

Meaning is mostly clear, but inaccuracies and language use can affect nuance。Writing structure is weak

5.0

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.

5.0

modest user

Significant inaccuracies affect nuance and meaning. Lack of academic structure makes writing seem non-professional

4.0

Beginner
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.

4.0

Beginner
Not academic

 

What to expect for commonly required IELTS levels

IELTS general 5

Passing IELTS 5 means that for general English use you should be able to function in English. This means that you should have little trouble going shopping, talking to friends or co-workers, reading notices or letters that you encounter in everyday life, but you will still make mistakes, your pronunciation may not be so good and you will most likely still miss subtle nuances. This level of English is often described as good survival English because at this level you should have few difficulties with everyday life even if you still have many things that you don;t understand.

IELTS 5 is required for basic level vocational courses at polytech and is a requireemnt for some Immigration New Zealand visas such as residence from work and secondary applicants (children, spouse) for SMC residence visas)

IELTS general 6.5 

When you get to this level you will should be comfortable spending your life all in English. naturally there will be things you don't understand from time to time and will still have misunderstandings every so often, but you will also have the linguistic skills to deal with that creatively. This level is possible for most students to reach within 1 year of serious study in our school. Even from a relatively low level. many of our students have achieved a general 6 in less than a year.

IELTS 6.5 is the usual standard for Immigration Skilled Migrant Category residence applications and many academic courses at university or polytech in New Zealand

IELTS Academic7

If you needed IELTS 7 Academic, you should plan on at least spending 4 years of serious study, possibly less if you are already reasonably proficient in English. The difference in level from 6.0 to 7.0 is much higher than from 5.0 to 6.0. With a score of 7.0 Academic, you are expected to be able to write an academically acceptable essay, to be able to read academic texts well enough to conduct research and to be able to explain your ideas and understand other people's ideas in an academic context. This is in many ways similar to the expectations laid on a native high school or 1st year University student.

English academic structure is sometimes different from other languages, so it is not just learning about grammar and vocabulary, it is learning about way of thinking and very fine nuances. It is also being able to show that you use English in an academic context in your everyday life. There are a lot of things to learn, and not just the technical aspects of English, this is why you should expect to make a lot of effort over a longer time if you want to reach this level.

IELTS 7 and above are often needed for professional registration for jobs such as nursing

How IELTS levels progress in difficulty

IELTS levels rise exponentially (like in the graph) The difference between 3.0 and 4.0 is quite small, but the difference between 7.0 and 8.0 is very big. Even an average student in a language school group study situation will be able to progress to IELTS 5 without doing anything very special, but to achieve 6.5 needs a lot more focus, guidance and effort. Then to progress from 6.5 to 7.0 takes a lot more hard work and dedication.

There are also 2 major barriers, one at around 3.5, the other at around 6. The barrier at 3.5 is the difference of reasonable grammar and vocabulary or just a rough understanding and memorized phrases. The barrier at 6 is the difference of memorizing vs actual understanding as well as having cultural understanding.

 


 

To really reach the test level that you need, within the time that you need it by, you need to follow a strict pathway. Test study is necessarily different than English conversation, so the pathway is also different. If you follow our pathway to success, you really can succeed, whatever your goal.

If you would like to know how, contact us for a free level assessment and study advice.