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IELTS Preparation Course

What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). Over 2.7 million candidates take the test each year to start their journeys in international education and employment. The IELTS is accepted by more than 9,000 institutions / organizations in over 135 countries.

Who should take the IELTS?
IELTS is available in two test versions: 

  • Academic - for people applying for professional registration or higher education, particularly universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada*
  • General Training - for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment

Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

*Over 3,300 institutions and programs in the U.S. and Canada accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills

What makes Kaplan's IELTS program unique?

  • Average performance improved by a band score of 2 - 2.5 among Kaplan students
  • Founded in 1938, nearly 80 years of test prep experience, we have helped more than 3 million individuals globally achieve their educational and career goals
  • Free Course Retake *Effective from June 17, 2017 (terms and conditions apply)
  • The Best Kaplan Instructors
    • Instructors have been given the highest ratings for teaching effectiveness by students
    • Top-tier IELTS instructors have undergone extensive Kaplan training
    • Interactive and small classes provide a personalized teaching environment with a focus on key concepts and exam strategies
  • Our Comprehensive Training Program provides extensive review of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  You will learn about the different exam sections, the ways to maximize your exam time. Proven score-raising strategies will be taught and drilled.
  • British Council Hong Kong IELTS Partner Agent

Program Details – Academic

Full Course (2 Modules – covering 4 skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing & Listening)

Course Structure

  • 28 Hours of classroom instruction with a total of 14 sessions
  • 3 practice tests

Half Course (1 Module – covering 2 skills: Speaking & Listening or Reading & Writing )

Course Structure

  • 14 Hours of classroom instruction with a total of 7 sessions
  • 2 practice tests


IELTS 2018 Spring Schedule: please click here

Free Course Retake

Kaplan Free Retake Policy

Provided that you attend all IELTS classes, complete all IELTS assignments within the duration of the course; if for any reasons, you are not satisfied with your IELTS scores, you may retake the course for free within 6 months!

Kaplan’s Speaking Mock Test

30-min Speaking Mock Test with 1-To-1 Feedback

  • Speaking Mock Test (15 mins)
  • Personalized Feedback (15 mins)


Speaking Mock Test Dates (Fall 2017)

Course Code Date
HIELTSST-171001 October 07
HIELTSST-171002 October 21
HIELTSST-171101 November 04
HIELTSST-171102 November 18
HIELTSST-171201 December 02
HIELTSST-171202 December 16


Speaking Mock Test Dates (Spring 2018)

Course Code Date
HIELTSST-180101 January 06
HIELTSST-180102 January 20
HIELTSST-180201 February 10
HIELTSST-180202 February 24
HIELTSST-180301 March 10
HIELTSST-180302 March 24
HIELTSST-180401 April 14
HIELTSST-180402 April 28
HIELTSST-180501 May 12
HIELTSST-180502 May 26
HIELTSST-180601 June 09
HIELTSST-180602 June 23

The IELTS Exam at a Glance

You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to work or for migration purposes. Both modules are made up of four parts - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The IELTS are graded on the unique 9-band scale.

Section Format Format
Listening 30 mins 40 questions in 4 sections
Reading 60 mins 40 questions in 3 sections
Writing 60 mins 1 topic in 150 words (20 mins)
1 topic in 250 words (40 mins)
Speaking 11-14 mins 3-part face-to-face oral interview with an examiner

To register, please contact the Official Examination Body:

Exam Fee for IELTS (Academic)

HKD$2,010 (From 1 September 2017 onwards)

Exam Fee for IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

IELTS Band Score (0-9)

The Ielts' Nine Band Scores Are Described As Below:

  1. Expert User
    Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
  2. Very Good User
    Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
  3. Good User
    Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
  4. Competent User
    Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
  5. Modest User
    Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
  6. Limited User
    Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.
  7. Extremely Limited User
    Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.
  8. Intermittent User
    No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs.
  9. Non User
    Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.