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    Answers to Your Questions About IELTS

    Last updated 2 days 17 hours ago

    The iBT TOEFL exam is the gold standard for international students who wish to demonstrate their English skills and gain access to universities in English-speaking countries. However, ESL students may also wish to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Thousands of organizations worldwide accept IELTS scores, including businesses, government agencies, professional organizations, and universities.

    Which Test Version Should I Take?

    There are two versions of the IELTS. The version you should take depends upon your goals for taking the test. If you wish to use your IELTS scores to gain admittance to a university or college, you should take the Academic test. If you wish to apply to an occupational training program or a job that requires English skills, you should take the General Training test.

    What is the Format of the Test?

    The format of the IELTS is very similar to the format of the iBT TOEFL exam. The IELTS consists of four parts. Thirty minutes are allotted for the listening section and 60 minutes are allowed for the reading section. You’ll have 60 minutes for the writing section. All three of these sections are taken in one session. You may also take the speaking section on the same day or you may take it within seven days of the other portions. The speaking section lasts 11 to 14 minutes.

    How Should I Prepare for the Test?

    Just like the iBT TOEFL exam, you can prepare for the test by taking ESL classes at an English school. It’s recommended that you begin studying for the test well in advance to get the best possible score. Additionally, strengthen your English skills by taking practice IELTS tests.

    ASC English offers an intensive ESL class schedule to help students improve their English skills for general, academic, and business use. After taking our English programs, students are sure to find that they can reach their target scores on the iBT TOEFL exam or IELTS. If you would like more information about enrolling in our English program in Boston, call (617) 860-3212.

    Get to Know Boston, the Heart of New England

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Many international students interested in taking ESL classes choose Boston as their destination because it offers a dynamic, exciting learning environment. Boston has a large, diverse population of students. In fact, some of America’s top universities and colleges are located in the Boston area, including MIT and Harvard. This city offers ESL students countless opportunities to experience American culture first-hand. Choose from historical destinations, art galleries, museums, theaters and other entertainment venues, and of course, plenty of shopping opportunities.

    If you select an ESL program in Boston, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for recreation outside the classroom. Stroll along the Charles River and take in the beautiful views of the harbor. Enjoy specialty cuisine and international fare in Boston’s many restaurants. Or, cheer on the Boston Red Sox baseball team or the New England Patriots American football team. Whatever your entertainment preferences are, Boston is sure to fulfill them.

    ASC English is proud to call Boston our home. Learn more about becoming a student at our English school and receiving intensive iBT TOEFL prep by calling (617) 860-3212.

    A Look at ASC's University Partnerships

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Here at ASC English in Boston, our dedicated English teachers and administration are firmly committed to helping our students reach their academic and personal goals. Our English school has forged partnerships with many universities and colleges in the area, enabling our students to gain easier access to a top-notch education. Northeastern University, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), and Lesley University are just a few of the Boston-area schools with whom we’ve established a partnership.

    Northeastern University

    As the largest private research university in the Boston area, Northeastern University has unparalleled resources that can contribute to the success of its diverse student body. ESL students from ASC English can apply to the D’Amore-McKim School of Business upon completion of our Level 5 ESL course. This business school provides extensive work/study opportunities to help students launch their careers.

    Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

    At SNHU, international students are sure to receive a warm welcome. This school boasts students from over 65 countries and many faculty members have experience working or studying abroad. ESL students at ASC English can complete our Level 5 ESL course to fulfill SNHU requirements for admittance. Thanks to our unique partnership, you may not need a TOEFL score to become a student at SNHU! SNHU makes the application process as easy as possible – with no deadlines or application fees.

    Lesley University

    If you’re interested in a career in which you can make a positive social difference, then Lesley University might be right for you. At Lesley University, you’ll work closely with faculty members to enjoy an experiential learning process in programs such as Integrated Teaching through the Arts. ESL students who complete our Level 5 ESL class do not need a TOEFL score to apply.

    Get started on the track toward academic and business success by improving your English skills at ASC English! You can view the full list of our university partnerships on our website or by calling our Boston location at (617) 860-3212. While you’re browsing through our website, check out our intensive ESL programs, iBT TOEFL prep classes, skills classes, and private tutoring opportunities.

    Tips for Effective Studying

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Students who complement their ESL classwork with regular study sessions are more likely to reach their target scores on the iBT TOEFL exam. Get the most out of your study session by selecting a study space that is free of distractions. Turn off your electronic devices to help you concentrate on the material. When studying, first review all of the material briefly. Then, read the material again while taking notes to help you remember important information.

    Watch this video for more helpful study tips. This video discusses why you should prioritize your class material and how quizzing yourself on the material regularly can help with memory retention.

    Since 1993, ASC English has helped international students excel on the TOEFL exam. Call our English school in Boston at (617) 860-3212 and ask us about our specialized ESL class offerings to help you succeed, including skills classes and private tutoring.

    Getting Ready for the IELTS [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 29 days ago

    English is often considered to be the language of education and business across the world. If you are living in the U.S., but English is not your first language, taking ESL classes in Boston can help you get ahead academically, professionally, and socially. English is a notoriously difficult language to master, which is why expert instruction is a good idea. The IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, set the standard for four skills English language testing over 25 years ago. Over 2.2 million IELTS tests were taken worldwide last year, and it is recognized as an excellent indicator of overall English language proficiency in many different settings. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about the IELTS and how you can prepare by taking English classes in Boston. Please share with your friends and family.  

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