Friday, October 10, 2014

Ten Facts You Need to Know about the IELTS Exam in the Philippines

Are you taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam here in the Philippines?

Filipinos, known to be good English speakers, are one of the nationalities who have the highest number of people taking the IELTS test. This number shows us that more and more Filipinos are interested in working and studying overseas. Some of these people are even taking the IELTS for their immigrant visas to grow old or retire in English speaking countries.
There is no doubt that Filipinos are good at speaking English. However, being known to be good is not enough. Filipinos need to provide proof of their fluency through the IELTS examination. It gauges their expertise in using and understanding the language that will make them productive once working, studying or living overseas.

Need to know more about the IELTS Exam here in the Philippines, here are some more details:

1. The IELTS is hosted by its two agencies here in the Philippines: British Council and IDP. These are two different organizations but the content of the exam is the same for both.

2. The IELTS test is available in the three major cities in the Philippines; Manila, Cebu and Davao; and other cities like Dipolog, Batangas, Iloilo, Naga, Leyte, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Cabanatuan, and Tagum.

3. The main office of IDP is located at 2/F, Pioneer House, Makati 108 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village and British Council is at 10th floor Taipan Place, F. Ortigas Jr Road, Pasig City.

4. Registering for the test on both organizations can be done online or by directly going to their offices. Registration can also be done with review centers that are accredited IELTS registration agents.

5. The cost for registering in British Council is PhP 8986 while PhP 8900 for the IDP. Be sure to have all the necessary requirements upon registration such as a valid passport, any government issues IDs and photos.

6. Registering in IELTS review centers are also possible as long as you are enrolled in any of their course programs for the IELTS test.

7. Most of the time, the IELTS test is scheduled once or twice in the cities mentioned above.

8. Reviewing for the IELTS is crucial. The British Council and IDP have free practice tests for their candidates to practice on before the test.

9. The IELTS certification is good for two years. It the certificate expires, the candidate has to take the examination again if he or she needs it for another requirement.

10. IELTS can be pretty challenging; hence, IELTS test takers are encouraged to take review courses for the test. This will help them prepare and be ready for the examination.

Taking IELTS in the Philippines is easy. Get more information about the IELTS by engaging in course programs in IELTS review centers. You can also visit this page for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the IELTS test.


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