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Expert preparation for IELTS success.

The IELTS preparation courses at Kings combine the best of both worlds.

You’ll develop core English fluency and get expert preparation for the exam through specialist IELTS-focused lessons.

Depending on your requirements and preferences, you can choose from a range of different in-school and online programmes.


Our courses are perfect if you want to:
  • Get ready for your IELTS exam 
  • Develop your core English language skills

In-person courses

IELTS Preparation

  • Locations : Bournemouth, Brighton, London and Oxford
  • Length: Oxford: minimum 6 weeks; minimum 2 weeks in all other locations
  • Start dates: available year-round
  • Lessons per week: 28 lessons (21 hours) — including 8 lessons IELTS focus
  • Minimum entry level: Kings Level 4 (Lower intermediate)
  • Class size: maximum 14
  • Minimum age: 16
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Intensive IELTS

  • Location: Oxford
  • Length: Minimum 6 weeks
  • Start dates: available year-round
  • Lessons per week: 32 lessons (24 hours) — including 12 lessons IELTS focus
  • Minimum entry level: Kings Level 4 (Lower intermediate)
  • Class size: Maximum 14
  • Minimum age: 16
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Super Intensive IELTS

  • Location: Oxford
  • Length: 2 or 3 weeks
  • Start dates: summer only
  • Lessons per week: 32 lessons (24 hours) — including 32 lessons IELTS focus
  • Minimum entry level: Kings Level 5 (Intermediate)
  • Class size: maximum 14
  • Minimum age: 16
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Online Sm@rtClass options

Essential IELTS Sm@rtClass

Start dates: Every Monday
Class size: minimum 4, maximum 8
Minimum length: 1 week
Minimum entry level: Kings Level 4 (Pre-intermediate)
Minimum age: 16
Hours per week: 6 hours of live English instruction and 5 hours of structured self-study
Lesson times: GMT 13:30 - 15:00 Mon-Thurs

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Essential IELTS Extra Sm@rtClass

Start dates: Every Monday
Class size: minimum 4, maximum 8
Minimum length: 1 week
Minimum entry level: Kings Level 4 (Pre-intermediate)
Minimum age: 16
Hours per week: 13.5 hours of live English instruction and 5 hours of structured self-study
Lesson times: GMT 11:00 - 12:30 Mon-Fri, 13:30-15:00 Mon-Thurs

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IELTS Maximum Sm@rtClass

Start dates: Every Monday
Class size: minimum 4, maximum 8
Minimum length: 1 week
Minimum entry level: Kings Level 4 (Pre-intermediate)
Minimum age: 16
Hours per week: 21 hours of live English instruction and 5 hours of structured self-study
Lesson times: GMT 09:00-10:30 & 11:00-12:30 Mon-Fri, 13:30-15:00 Mon-Thurs

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What is the IELTS test?

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  • The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is a test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.
  • It is jointly owned by the British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment and has become one of the most trusted forms of English language assessment globally.
  • IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across a wide range of levels. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

What are the two types of IELTS test?

  • Academic IELTS is for international students who would like to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels at an English-speaking higher education institute, and for those seeking professional registration
  • General IELTS focuses on English survival skills and social and workplace language, and is aimed at those who are hoping to move to an English-speaking country, such as the United Kingdom, or wish to train or study at below degree level

What are the different parts of the IELTS Test?

  • Whether you are taking Academic IELTS or General IELTS you will be tested on all four language skills — listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be completed on the same day, although the order in which these tests are taken may vary. There are no breaks between these three tests. The Speaking test may be taken up to seven days before or after the other three tests.
  • Everyone takes the same Listening and Speaking test, however there are different Reading and Writing tests for IELTS Academic and General Training.

Kings Oxford: Official IELTS Test Centre

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  • For nearly 25 years
  • Over 50,000 tests taken
  • One of the busiest IELTS Test Centres in the UK.


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How to prepare for the IELTS test

The best way to prepare for the IELTS test is by taking a dedicated IELTS test preparation course with specialist IELTS teachers. Success in the test depends not only on English language ability, but also on familiarity with the test format, components and assessment criteria.

Your IELTS test preparation at Kings will be thorough, relevant, and expert, helping you to:

  • Work under exam conditions
  • Understand what IELTS examiners expect
  • Plan and review your answers to test questions
  • Prepare mentally for exam day
  • Manage your time through IELTS practice tests
  • Familiarise yourself with all 4 sections of the IELTS test


IELTS FAQs
"Our teams of highly qualified and experienced teachers utilise interactive technology and regular one-to-one tutorials where we give guidance on effective learning strategies and study skills. Whatever your age and starting level, you will be professionally supported to achieve your maximum potential in using English to further your life and career goals."
Jeanette Lindsey-Clark
Director of Studies, English Language, Kings Oxford

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