IELTS Preparation Course

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standard English proficiency test accepted by the University of Washington and thousands of other schools around the world. This advanced-level course will help you prepare for the test by teaching you various strategies and developing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

There are two versions of the IELTS. The Academic version is for people who need to demonstrate their English proficiency for entry into a college or university or for professional licensing. The General Training version is used by some employers and for immigration purposes.

The IELTS is similar to other English proficiency tests, but there are several unique characteristics. First, the IELTS is a true test of international English, so you may hear many different accents in the listening section. Second, the reading, writing and listening parts of the test are all paper-based, so you don't need to deal with any technical problems. Third, the speaking part of the test is an interview with a real person rather than a computer recording.

Who Should Register

This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced level of English proficiency who are planning to take the IELTS. There are no visa requirements for this course.

Note: Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) must be enrolled in all Level 4 courses or higher to be eligible for this course.

Program Features

  • Experienced English language instructor
  • Access to the Language Learning Center

Quick Facts

Location: UW Seattle campus
Length: 10 weeks (9 weeks in summer)
Hours/Week: 5
Upcoming Sessions: Autumn 2019:
Sep 26–Dec 5
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Costs: See Details


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