Learn about IELTS and get ready for it with LAB

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.  In Canada, IELTS is accepted by the immigration authority.


Only in 2017, over 3 million tests were taken in more than 140 countries. 

The IELTS test is divided into four parts: 

  1. Listening: 30 minutes 
  2. Reading: 60 minutes
  3. Writing: 60 minutes
  4. Speaking: 11-14 minutes

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes and all four skills are completed in one sitting. However, sometimes the speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other skill tests.

How to prepare for IELTS? 

Evening Classes are a great option

When looking for ways to prepare for the IELTS make sure that are convenient, Flexible and with a variety of schedules to fit your busy day. 

LAB Vancouver offers evening classes that are aimed for international students who are already living in Vancouver that need to write the IELTS exam for either immigration purposes or academic requirements.

The IELTS preparation course is offered to students who want to gain the required score to either immigrate or get accepted by a Canadian college or University.

 The course helps students increase the confidence they need for social, academic, and professional situations. They will also receive comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality language training while gaining a greater understanding of Canadian customs and culture.

Classes start every first Tuesday of the month. Each session runs for 4 weeks, and students will study a total of 20 hours per month. Classes are held at LAB’s Yaletown campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 06:00 to 08:30 pm.

Make sure to get the most out of your investment

Every student in Vancouver is welcome to try a class at one of LAB’s OPEN HOUSE events, with no costs or commitments involved. Assist and see for yourself how LAB teachers and courses will help you achieve your goals.

How are the evening classes structured? 

Students are only studying 20 hours per month, which will cover two skills at the end of the course. One month the students will cover Writing and Listening, while the other month Reading and Speaking.

Classes are taught by professional teachers. They are all required to have a university degree as well as a TESOL certificate, indicating their professionalism. LAB teachers are also required to have at least 3 years of experience in teaching English with adults. 

It is also important to mention that LAB teachers are native English speakers and 90% of them are Canadians. There is no doubt that they are well prepared to give you the tools you need to reach your desired IELTS score.

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Author Bio Juan Pablo Staffolani is the Admission Advisor for Latin America at LAB Vancouver. He has been in the Education Industry for two years and involved in recruitment for over five. His primary goal is to help every student have an effective admission process so they can connect with the right teachers, to achieve their goals and dreams.

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