IELTS Test: Things to Consider Before the Test

How to Prepare for Your IELTS Exam

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the globally acknowledged English language proficiency test for migration. It includes assessment of your comprehensive English skills – reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. This is taken for the immigration departments to determine how well you can adapt to your new English speaking environment, professionally and socially.

The IELTS exam is accepted in schools, universities, corporations, professional institutions, and immigration authorities, globally. It involves a one-on-one speaking test to evaluate an immigrant’s English communication skills. Whatever you take the test for, make sure you pass without concerns.

The academy at Discover English in Vancouver helps you with intensive training and preparation. Here are a few things to follow to increase your chances of scoring well. Don’t rush to book your exam before you prepare. Browse through all the requirements below before you book your test.

Two Types of IELTS Exams

There are two main versions of IELTS tests. Make sure you know which one you are going in for.

  • Academic Exam: This is for students who are planning to register in universities or colleges for higher education or professional purposes.
  • General Training Exam: This is for those who are planning to work, train or study in high school.

How to Prepare for IELTS Exams

Once you know which test you are preparing for, you need to understand how to prepare for it. The stakes are high. You need intensive training. Below is a list of all the documents you require to register:

  1. Application Form: You can get your application form from the nearest IELTS test centre or simply download the document to be filled at the IELTS website.
  2. Valid Identity: Make sure you send a copy of a valid ID card. The administrators accept passports, GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) card, SSS (Social Security System) card, PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) licence and the Unified Multi-purpose card. You also need two passport sized photos.
  3. Preparation: An IELTS exam needs weeks and months of preparation. The best way is to enroll in an IELTS centre or online review course. If you are confident of your English skills, you can join a study group or study by yourself through the online review course. It is best that you take the exam as soon as you are done with the review program. The longer you wait, the easier it may be for you to forget what you learned.
  4. Check the Test Dates: The upcoming test dates are usually available online.

Discover English Academy

If you are looking for help to prepare for your IELTS test, contact our academy. We can take the fear and trepidation out of your learning to make it enjoyable. Our goal is to teach students in a welcoming environment that accommodates individual interests and learning capacities. We help you build your vocabulary for both formal and informal situations and strengthen your comprehensive English skills in all areas so you are well prepared to pass with flying colours.

Program Description for IELTS

Our program is focused on intensive preparation for practical and valid English assessment in any part of the world. It prepares you for international education, professional recognition, and global mobility. We prepare high intermediate to advanced level students for the IELTS in many different ways.

Call us or contact online to see if you meet the requirements and increase your proficiency in time for the test.


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IELTS Tips: During the Test

If your IELTS test is coming up soon, you will need to be prepared by studying hard and by preparing your body and mind to ensure your test goes well! Below are a few tips and tricks you should try before and during your IELTS test.

What You Should Do Before the Test

Your IELTS test can take as long as three hours, so you will need to prepare your body and mind to get through your test without stopping. The best thing you can do is to get a good sleep the night before your test and eat a healthy meal before you leave for your test. This will give you the energy to concentrate on your test the whole time.

You should also stay hydrated by drinking water before your test and bringing a transparent water bottle to drink from during the test. You should note that your time won’t stop if you need to use the washroom, so make sure you go, before the test. If you do need to go to the washroom during the test, raise your hand and inform the instructor or supervisor and they will escort you out.

When making your way to the test center, tell yourself you are going to do great because you are prepared! This will give you even more confidence in yourself and it will help you remain calm when you are performing the test.

What You Should Do During the Test

As you are aware, there are four parts to your IELTS test; the listening part, reading part, writing part, and speaking part. Below are a few tips you should follow for each section of your exam.

Listening Test

The most important thing about the listening test is being able to actually listen. If you are having problems with your headphones or if you need it to be louder, get the attention of the instructor or supervisor and let them know your problem.

You should also read the read questions before the recording starts to get a better understanding of what you will be doing.

Reading Test

The best thing to do during the reading part of your test is to fully understand and analyze the questions on the sheet. Keep an eye on the clock to ensure you are utilizing your time properly to get the test done on time. Write your answers on the answer sheet!

Writing Test

For the writing test, make sure you don’t spend more than 20 minutes on task 1 because you will need at least 40 minutes to complete task 2. Keep an eye on the clock to make sure you are writing at a good pace. When you are counting your words, try to focus on how many lines you have written then estimate your total word count. Before the test, you can do a practice where you write words on lines and see how many you can fit into them.

Speaking Test

The best way to prepare for your speaking test is to speak English before your test. The test won’t be a formal interview, so talk like you are talking to one of your friends. It also means you won’t have to wear a suit and you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!

With these tips in mind, we know you are going to do really well during your IELTS test! Good luck!


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Language Tests for Canadian Immigration: IELTS or CELPIP

For new immigrants to Canada, there are a couple of tests that can be taken to prove your proficiency in the English language. Whether you are taking a test for immigration, academic, or another reason,  you will no doubt be taking either an IELTS or a CELPIP test. Both of these tests are designed to provide a standardized method of proving your proficiency.


The IELTS test stands for International English Language Testing System and is one of the most popular methods of proving your English proficiency. The IELTS is designed to prove your proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test is broken into four separate elements that are designed to specifically test each element of your English language proficiency.

There are two different types of IELTS that can be taken depending on your purposes for taking the IELTS. The is the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General. The difference in the two is that the academic version of the IELTS is for those that want to study at university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite. On the other hand, the general IELTS is if you are interested in applying for Express Entry or other immigration programs in order to establish anywhere in Canada.


CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. This test is an English language proficiency test that is designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada otherwise known as the IRCC. This test is designed to demonstrate that test takers have the ability to function in English. Unlike the IELTS, this test examines the takers ability to use English in everyday situations such as communicating in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and responding to written materials.

Much like the IELTS, there are two versions of the CELPIP that test takers can take. There is the CELPIP-General and the CELPIP-General LS. The CELPIP-General is a test that examines the takers’ ability to listen, read, write, and speak English. On the other hand, the CELPIP-General LS is a test that only deals with the test takers ability to listen and speak in English.

While both tests are used to determine English proficiency there is a clear difference in how each test is conducted and the purpose that each test serves. The IELTS is more focused on those that are aiming for studying in Canada or in pursuing a professional career in Canada. While the IELTS are aimed at professionals or those that are pursuing the education in Canada, the CELPIP tests are aimed at the general or regular immigrant to Canada. Depending on what your purpose is for immigrating to Canada will affect what test you should aim to take.

If you are planning to take either of the English proficiency tests then you should consult with a professional who can ensure that you are ready and can prepare you to take the tests. If you are looking for professionals who can be there to assist with your test-taking process then look to the professionals at Discover English. The knowledgeable staff is there to assist you and ensure that you will achieve a passing grade.


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