Preparatory Courses for Language Exams

Preparatory Courses for Language Exams

IELTS Academic Test (IELTS) + Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT)

Preparation for the IELTS Academic Test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world leader in demonstrating English language proficiency in all skills (Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading). IELTS exams are recognized by over 9,000 organizations in more than 140 countries. These include universities, schools, educational institutions and companies. IELTS is thus the world’s most popular English test. It is attuned to the use of the English language in the environments of study, work and leisure.

The preparatory course for the IELTS exam concerns exclusively the “IELTS Academic Test” and consists of four modules. Each module is divided into individual, intensively practiced tasks. In addition, our instructors will teach you various strategies to facilitate your approach to the test modules and increase your chances of success.

There are no formal requirements for participation in the preparatory course. However, it is important to be aware that language skills of at least B2 level are required and that the lessons and the course materials used are also geared to this level. The number of participants per class is limited to a maximum of 12, in order to ensure optimal supervision of all learners.

Information about the IELTS exam

The test is not organized by us but by the British Council directly.

IELTS examinations can be taken at the University of Klagenfurt in cooperation with the British Council Austria. There are two exam dates per year: in early April and in October / November. Please note that the registration deadline falls 2 weeks before the respective examination date. Examination places are awarded in order of registration. The test results can be viewed online about 13 days after the exam date and will be sent by post 14 days after completion of the exam.

Fixed exam dates and online registration at www.britishcouncil.at/en.

Test Format and Rules

  • Listening: 30 minutes (40 questions)
  • Reading: 60 minutes (40 questions)
  • Writing: 60 minutes (1st part: 150 words; 2nd part: 250 words)
  • Speaking: 11 – 14 minutes

Please bring a valid ID with photo to the exam. No other object, except a transparent water bottle, is allowed in the exam room. Please note that the security of an IELTS test is taken very seriously. As an additional security measure, your picture will be taken on the day of the test, which will later be displayed on your Test Report Form (TRF). Please read carefully the instructions you receive after registration. For further information visit www.britishcouncil.at/en

What score do you have to reach?

For each part of your IELTS test, your language proficiency is rated on a scale of 0 to 9 points.

Your Test Report Form (TRF) shows the respective score for the individual parts of the test (Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading) as well as a total score. The point scale shows whole points (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) as well as half points (for example 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) for each part of the test.

Universities generally require a score between 6.5 and 7.5. Please clarify the required number of points in advance: every university, every company, etc. has different requirements. The University of Klagenfurt requires a score of between 7 and 9 for admission to an English-language master’s program. Please clarify exactly what is required with the study and examination department.

Level (CEFR)
Score (IELTS)
Description
B1 4.0 – 5.0 Limited to Modest User
B2 5.0 – 6.5 Modest to Competent User
C1 7.0 – 8.0 Good to Very Good User
C2 8.0 – 9.0 Very Good to Expert User

Course Content + Intensity

The course content is divided into passive (Listening, Reading) and active (Speaking, Writing) language skills, which are exercised alternately on a daily basis. In addition, you will learn about the structure and procedure of the IELTS exam as well as develop strategies to increase your chances of success.

The course is designed as an intensive course:

  • 2 weeks length; 15 lessons or teaching units (TU) of 45 minutes each
  • Monday to Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (3 TU per day)
  • Maximum number of participants: 12
  • Required entrance level for successful participation: B2/a

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Preparation for the Oxford Online Placement Test

For the Bachelor’s degree program in English and American Studies students must demonstrate in the course of the STEOP (Entrance Level and Orientation Phase of Studies) their competence at a B2/b level through a supplementary test (Oxford Placement Test). The test serves also as a prerequisite for admission to certain courses in the program. You will find further information at Bachelor Anglistik und Amerikanistik.

Course Structure

Our preparatory course is articulated as follows:

  • 2 weeks consisting of 15 teaching units (TU) each; one TU equals 45 minutes
  • Monday to Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (3 TU per day)
  • Maximum number of participants: 8
  • Required entrance level for successful participation: B2/a

As a student at the University of Klagenfurt, you can apply for a grant of € 50.00 with the ÖH.

Dates, Prices + Registration

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