About Jonathan of IELTS Singapore
Taught ESL* since: 2003 (10 years experience)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia
ESL teaching qualifications: University of Cambridge CELTA Certificate, the most prestigious TESOL** certificate, halfway through a Master of Education (TESOL)
Countries taught in: Singapore, Australia, Canada, China and Colombia
Nationalities taught: Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, French, Colombian, etc.
IELTS teaching experience in Singapore: More than 3 schools and private ESL/IELTS tuition since 2008
*ESL = English as a Second Languae
**TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the general term used for ESL teaching
For student testimonials of his teaching, go to Student Testimonials.
IELTS Singapore certification is good for as many as are keen at becoming adept at speaking English language, and even if you are already speaking the language you can get a real proof of it by taking the test. Jonathan is Singapore’s most recognized IELTS private tutor.
Some specific situations can necessitates your taking the English test, which can be whether you are residing outside the UK, (or any other countries that accepts the test), and you wish to migrate there to work or you want to go for a course in any of their schools.
For any of these two cases above, you would be required to produce a proof of your proficiency in English, which will cover areas like; speaking, writing, listening, an writing. It is an all encompassing, internationally recognized exam that is acceptable in many countries of the world.
If you have not taken the examination before, you may consider taking it now because you never can tell when you would need it. If for nothing else, you can take the IELTS Singapore tests just confirm your level of the usage of the English language, since it covers all the areas of the language, you can be sure that at the end of the whole exercise you will know exactly where you stand.
There are good opportunities for people in Singapore to be part of this program and enjoy the benefits it offers, as the country citizens are among those eligible to partake in the test.
Before you can register, write the test and become IELTS Singapore certified, there are things you need to know to help your preparation and to give you the information that will enhance your success at the exam.
General Information about IELTS Singapore
The word IELTS is an acronym meaning International English Language Testing System, which is open to students and workers in New Zealand, UK, Canada, Australia, and more. Today, the exam board is being run by the British council, University of Cambridge, and IDP Education Ltd.
Since the IELTS Singapore test is organized and tailored towards helping takers achieve their desired aim. It is generally divided into two categories; the general Training test, meant for those that are seeking for employment, and the academic category that is meant for those seeking admission.
The contents of these two categories match the requirements of those to take them; hence they are not the same. The candidates scores will determine whether they have passed to the required level that will make their application for admission or job granted or not. The scores range from 1 to 9. With 9 being the highest.
Also for those seeking admission, the requirement of Universities differs; while some schools may accept the score of 6 out of 9 in the IELTS Singapore exam, some will take minimum of 8. This also goes for countries too, that is, different countries accept different scores. You have to acquaint yourself with this information, and target those schools that you know will accept a score that you know you can achieve easily.
Though some test centers can issue to you their own certificate after the test, what you actually need is the one issued by IELTS Singapore, which will be given to you after compiling and ratifying your scores, with that you have a tool to achieve your dream, once you have passed the exam.
If you want to register or sign up for IELTS Singapore , you can visit the British Council Singapore site and do that. Note that registration cost $310 US as at present. You can also find out the already scheduled upcoming test dates published on the site. Or if you want one to one private tuition, you can call Jonathan.
Proven Steps to IELTS Singapore Test Success
Please note that whatever is your aim for choosing to do the IELTS Singapore exam, your scores will determine whether that aim will be realized or not, hence there is a need for you to work hard at scoring high in the test.
Although there is room for you to take a retake of the exam, you are not guaranteed of passing that too, as research has shown that many that retake the test do not pass it at the second sitting.
Do take preparatory courses that are available for students preparing for IELTS Singapore examination, you find them easily on the internet, and even those centers that are close to your residential area. You can also check the yellow pages for addresses of existing training center.
At this center, you will learn about those questions you would meet in the examination hall, and how to answer them. Once you can do well in the preparatory tests, you can be sure that you will also do well in the real international English examination. One to one coaching is available.
The IELTS Singapore test is only to prepare you for the course you want to study in a university, or the job you want to do in the country where you are emigrating to. It does not guarantee that you will do well in the course when you are given admission.
In all your preparation and preparatory test concentrate and devote more time to the areas where you are weak. (By the way, we do IELTS Preparation in Singapore) Identify that area by taking some sample English language tests online, you will quickly see which areas you need to work upon the more. Definitely you cannot be good in all the areas of the test, but try to boost your chances in getting more marks in the area where you are weak.
The reading and listening tasks in particular need more attention, unlike the remaining two tasks, their grades are more or less dependent on what the examiner feel about your answers, they are not objective like the other two, hence for you to do well in the two, work really hard at them by practicing as many questions as possible.
Do time yourself when you are practicing, and improve on it. As you know, you will be timed in the exam hall, practice having the same exam time, and use that to work in your preparations. Work hard to beat the time so that whatever happens in the exam hall, you will still be able to meet up with the time given.
Look for the instructions in the test papers you practiced with, read them carefully and practice following them, do exactly what you are told to do, do not attempt to answer any question without first reading and understanding what the instructions are saying. As you continue with all other preparatory work, let this be part of your habits that you have picked up, and do it too in the exam hall.
Since you have sample IELTS Singapore exams to work with, look for the tasks that carries more scores than the others for a particular task, and do them first, do that for all the tasks, knowing well that the same format will be used in the exam hall.
Practice speaking with people, especially based upon the areas that speaking tasks will based on, as you see it in your sample tests, doing this will allow you to gather confidence and get you ready for the speaking task. Try to record your speech, listen to yourself and correct whatever you feel did not sound well.
Sleep well, and relax your brain before you approach the exam hall, you need your brain to work at full capacity, hence do not stress it, know that IELTS Singapore (IELTS course) is an international exam, but since you have already prepared for it, you cannot but come out of it successful.
All the points listed above are what past candidates have followed to pass the IELTS Singapore exam, if you too can follow in their footsteps, you can be sure of success in the exam.