Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The course prepares students who want to sit for IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The course will build a learner’s ability to produce cohesive, coherent and grammatically accurate speech and written essays. Vast exposure to a variety of lexis will enable learners to understand, deal with and use vocabulary for academic purposes. Lessons will be centred around prescribed IELTS tasks with focus on skills-based acquisition.

IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).

An IELTS score is required by students as evidence of English proficiency mainly by institutions of higher learning, colleges and universities. Individual institutions and faculties set their own IELTS requirements according to the specific language needs of the course, study or work program.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

Programme Duration

Full-time:  12 weeks (3 months)

Part-time: N.A.

Programme Structure

Lessons are conducted from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm from Monday – Friday and will cover all the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Mode of Delivery

Teachers conduct interactive lessons supported by Powerpoint slides and use the whiteboard as needed. Students are encouraged to speak, listen, read and write in each lesson and to work individually, with partners, or in groups to complete assignments. Students are expected to take good notes during each lesson and review those notes for homework each night.


Monthly assessments are conducted to measure the student’s competency in all the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing

Entry Requirements

  • Applicant must be 15 years and above.
  • A student who has successfully completed Module 2 of the Certificate in General English at SSTC or a candidate who had obtained a previous IELTS band score of 5.0 or equivalent.

Attendance Criteria

Student Pass holders are required to maintain an attendance of 90% and above to meet the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) requirements. All students need to attend at least 75% of classes to be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance.

Graduation Criteria

Successful completion of the course, with at least a minimum attendance of 75%.

Programme Intake

Please write in to info@sstc.edu.sg for more information on programme intake dates.

Programme Fees (in Singapore Dollars)

Fees effective from 1 January 2023


Course FeeS$2,682.18
H&S InsuranceS$200.00
Administrative FeeS$200.00
Assessment FeeS$150.00
Course MaterialsS$100.00
Fee Protection SchemeS$41.65
Application FeeS$600.00

Programme Brochure

Last updated 22 December 2022