Prepare for your IELTS Test

Prepare your ielts test in Cork

1) Register Online and get free access to ‘Road to IELTS’: E-learning and Online practice assessment.


2) CEC offers full-time and part-time IELTS Preparation Courses:

Full-time IELTS Preparation Course

Course Includes:

  • 20 Lessons per week. Each Lesson = 60 minutes
  • Practice Test Sessions every 2 weeks
  • Preparation for Reading, Writing, Listening papers with regular timed examination practice FREE
  • Maximum 8 – 10 pupils per class
  • Certificate at end of Course
  • Afternoon Social and Cultural Programme
  • Evening Social Programme
  • Transfers to and from Cork Airport (If host family accommodation arranged)

Dates: Every Monday throughout the year
Age Group: 17+
Minimum Level: B1+
Price: €225.00/week

For more information or to book the course, please go to our main website.

Part-time IELTS Preparation Course

Prepare and take IELTS Test in Cork with our evening courses.
This course will give an overview of the IELTS test and provides students with a thorough preparation in the requirements of the test.
Students must be a minimum of B2 / upper-intermediate to follow the IELTS preparation course.
An assessment test will be taken on Monday 17th September at 6.00pm.
The classes take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.

Starting Date: 24th of September 2018
Duration: 10 weeks – finishing week of 3rd December
Minimum Level: B2
Prices: 1 evening a week: €210.00 – 2 evenings a week: €410.00

For more information or to book the course, please go to our main website.


Test Day Tips

Here are some quick tips for ensuring you do your best on test day

Arrive on time and be prepared   

  • Double-check the time and date of your test and allow plenty of time to travel to the test centre. If you are late, you may not be allowed to take the test
  • Make sure you have the right identification documents with you. If you arrive with the wrong ID, you will not be allowed to take the test.


Try to be calm and relaxed

  • Try to remain calm at the test centre
  • If you have any questions – our friendly centre staff are here to help
  • Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test so you understand them. You’ll find these in the IELTS Application Form (PDF, 321KB).


Follow the instructions

  • Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices. You will be asked to place these with other personal belongings outside the test room
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between each component of the test
  • Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room. You will only be allowed to take a drink in a transparent bottle
  • Listen to the supervisor carefully and follow the test day instructions
  • When you  get your test papers, read the instructions on the cover page first before writing anything
  • Don’t lose points for careless mistakes because you haven’t read the question properly.


Stay aware of the time

  • Watches are not allowed in the test room. Every test room will have a clock on the wall. Stay aware of the time so you can attempt all questions
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests have a number of sections. Allow enough time for each section
  • Be aware that some questions have suggested time limits for you to follow.


Do your best

  • If you start to feel worried, take some deep breaths to help you calm down
  • Work calmly, focus on the questions, don’t rush your answers and you will do your best.


Test Day Flow Chart