What you need to know about IELTS in Malta
Have you ever thought that your level of English, classified according to the European framework of knowledge of languages, and marked by a code (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) isn't officially recognized around the world?
For several years, in fact, only in Europe, this classification is in force, however, It has no force in all countries outside Europe.
The classification is in fact used exclusively to communicate, unofficially, to the interlocutor (Private or public) the level of knowledge of English for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
When you attend an English course in Malta at the end of the course you will receive a certificate issued by the school that certifies the fact that you have attended a course in English, when you have started, the duration, the output level, and any other data related to the course. It it’s true that the certificate can be inserted into your curriculum and that this is an official document, in fact all Maltese schools are authorized and equipped with the license of the Ministry of Education, it’s also true that a government office, an university, a company based outside Europe could not accept such a certificate.
If you study English to improve your level of knowledge for personal use or if you have no need to search for job positions that require a global certification, the certificate issued from schools with a license released by the Maltese Ministry of Education is more than enough. If you think though that a certification of well-highest level might help in job search abroad, or if you are thinking to enroll in a foreign university (Even in Europe), where classes are held in English, or if you want to get a certificate recognized as a language proficiency for universities, definitely the IELTS certification is the most suitable.
WHAT IS THE IELTS CERTIFICATION?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most popular certification in the world that attests, from more than 25 years, the knowledge level of English. Only in 2015, for example, have been carried out over 2,200,000 tests. What are you waiting for ? Since you're thinking to study in Malta you can also take the IELTS exam. Why not take advantage?
WHO ACCEPTS THE IELTS CERTIFICATION?
For example, more than 9,000 organizations in all countries of the world, require mandatory the IELTS certification as a requirement essential for the application. They’re training institutions, universities, immigration offices, governments, employment agencies, organizations non-governmental. Many tens of thousands of companies around the world that, for policies, prefer to accept only applications if accompanied by the IELTS certification. The IELTS certificate has an excellent reputation around the world that grows every year more and more.
WHAT LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE ENGLISH DO YOU NEED?
The IELTS test certifies your level. This means that you will take the test with any level of knowledge, both A1 or C2, passing for all intermediate levels. The certifying agency will assess, in fact, your English level at the time of the test. The evaluation will cover your ability to English reading, the ability of writing and written production, the ability to listen and understand conversations in English, your speaking, that is, the conversational skills and oral production. Remember that with any level of knowledge of the English language, you can always and in any case, take the exam for the IELTS certificate.
WHO MANAGES IELTS?
The certifying agency is the British Council, together with the University of Cambridge, IDP and IELTS Australia. The union of these four institutions, universally recognized throughout the world, have made of IELTS the global certification for the level recognition of the English knowledge.
WHO MANAGES IELTS IN MALTA?
The certifying agency runs the tests in every state, jointly with another institutional agency.
In Malta you can take the IELTS exam at The Malta Chamber of Commerce in Valletta, a very important institution in Malta that gives to the IELTS certification an important value.
IS THE IELTS EXAM IN MALTA DONE IN SCHOOL?
Absolutely no. No school in Malta is authorized to run tests for the IELTS certificate. The tests, in Malta, are held only and exclusively at The Malta Chamber of Commerce in Valletta. The certifying agency and the institutional entity operating tests are in fact non-partisan and not linked in any way with the schools.
HOW IS THE IELTS TEST PREPARED?
Although many English schools in Malta, almost all of them, offer preparation courses for the IELTS test, just a few ones are actually specialized in training courses IELTS. The course in fact has a double objective: on one hand to make improvements in the use of English, on the other hand to prepare for the exam with training, intermediate tests, tests to proof. Teachers for the preparation to the Exam IELTS in Malta are highly qualified and specialized in this specific type of training. InMalta helps to choose the right school for the preparation to IELTS, we know all schools, the programs and specializations of each school. Only trusting on internet or what you read on schools' corporate websites, you can easily be wrong choosing a school that delivers the IELTS preparation but is not specialized in this or, worse, It has no stable preparation classes for exams and creates them only when necessary, even with students of different levels: in fact remember you can take the IELTS exam whatever your level is.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF A IELTS PREPARATION COURSE IN MALTA?
The IELTS certificate is a serious matter and certainly you can’t take the exam with one or two weeks of preparation, not so much for the level, you already know that you can have the certification whatever it is, as for the preparation to the exams. You need to know how the IELTS test takes place, what are the tests, perform some fictive tests before the official exam, evaluate the results and the time required. The most serious and honest schools suggest a preparation course to IELTS of at least 8 or 12 weeks. You can think of an intensive preparation course of 8 weeks but, in special cases and when your level of English is already more that intermediate or advanced, to consider a shorter time of 4 to 6 weeks. Let us recommend you.
HOW MUCH IS THE IELTS PREPARATION COURSE IN MALTA?
As you can imagine a little bit more expensive than the course of General English. This is mainly due to 2 factors: the IELTS courses are intensive and never provide less than 30 sessions per week. The teachers are specialized specifically in the preparation to the IELTS test. Consider also that, in general, the preparation classes for the IELTS exam are a bit smaller, they have fewer students and learning is more intense.
HOW MUCH IS THE IELTS CERTIFICATE IN MALTA?
The cost for the exam is not decided locally but by the certification agency that establishes the exam costs worldwide. The exam, in order to get the IELTS certification in Malta costs 192,00 Euro for 2016. You can pay cash, by credit card, with bank transfer or by check payable to "The Malta Chamber".
CAN YOU MOVE THE IELTS EXAM DATE IN MALTA?
If you want to move the exam date and you do it before 5 weeks from the date of the test to run in a later date, you will pay only 45,00 Euro. If you give up to take the exam and communicate it 5 weeks before the date of test, you will receive a refund of 143,00 Euro. If you decide not to take the exam or if you want to move the date and communicate your decision within 5 weeks from the date of the test, you will not receive any refund. If you are absent for health reasons, you must present a medical certificate no later than 5 days from the date of the test. In this case you can take the exam with no extra cost, within 3 months from the date of tests initially booked.
HOW CAN YOU BOOK THE IETLS EXAM IN MALTA?
You can book the exam for the IELTS certification in Malta also online, connecting to the web site https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/ and selecting Malta from the dropdown menu. Then choose the exam host city, La Valletta, at The Chamber of Commerce, and enter the requested details. You can also book by taking the appropriate Official IELTS booking form in editable pdf, available at www.inmalta.it IELTS in the Malta section and once completed, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com. Finally you can book delivering by hand the booking form at Malta IELTS Test Center at The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry based in The Exchange Buildings Republic Street Valletta VLT 1117 Malta Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00.
WHAT VERSION OF IELTS TEST DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT?
Academic IELTS, if you want to study in Universities, in higher education institutions, for example if you want to enroll in graduate courses, masters, PhD, MBA, which are held in English language. IELTS General Training, If you're planning to go to English-speaking countries for work tasks that don’t require a higher university education. Versions are equivalent in terms of difficulty and results but reading and writing tests are simpler than in Academic version, while the remaining two, Listening and Speaking, are the same.
HOW IS THE IELTS EXAM IN MALTA?
The IELTS exam in Malta, as well as in all other examination centers in every state in the world, is composed of 4 tests: the listening test (Listening) composed of 4 sections, 40 questions in total, a duration of 30 minutes and it’s the same for everyone; the reading test (Reading) composed of 3 sections, 40 questions in total, a duration of 60 minutes and It varies depending whether you chose the Academic form or the General Training; the writing test (Writing) composed of 2 tasks of 150 and 250 words, a duration of 60 minutes and it varies depending on whether you chose the Academic form or the General Training; the speaking test (Speaking) which is a dialogue between you and an examiner in a closed classroom, it takes between 11 and 14 minutes.
The first three tests are preformed in sequence starting from 9.00, though you will need to present yourself at the headquarters of The Chamber of Commerce of Valletta an hour before in order to carry out the recognition procedure. Before the day of the test you will receive the official invitation with all the details. The speaking test (oral production) can occur on the same day, after the first three tests, or on a different day, notified in advance, in a maximum time span ranging from 7 days before to 7 days after the date of the test.
WHAT CAN YOU BRING DURING THE IELTS EXAM IN MALTA?
The identity document (passport or identity card); a pencil and a pen (pencil is required for listening and reading tests); a rubber; a bottle of water that must be transparent, without any writing or labels on it. You will not be allowed to bring anything else in the courtroom, including phones and electronic devices of any kind.
WHEN WILL YOU HAVE THE RESULTS?
Your test results are reported on the Test Report Form which is, in effect, the real certification. You'll have the test results 13 days after the date of examination, only in cases very rare results are output with delay. You can consult online the test results between 13 and 29 days after the test date by connecting to the link https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CheckResults.aspx inserting the date of examination, the date of birth, number of identity document and your candidate number (which will be assigned by the certification). In any case you will receive a mail to your email address, reason why it’s important to register an address where you can receive emails. If you want, with an extra cost, you can get the results by courier. You can also withdraw Results at The Chamber of Commerce in Malta, in this case you must be provided of an identification document.
WHAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE IELTS SCORE AND THE EUROPEAN COMMON PICTURE?
The IELTS score 2 / 2,5 corresponds to A1, the IELTS score 3 / 3,5 corresponds to A2, the IELTS score 4 / 4,9 corresponds to B1, the score IELTS 5 / 6,9 corresponds to B2, the score IELTS 7 / 8,0 corresponds to C1, the score IELTS greater than 8 corresponds to C2.
WHY IS THE IELTS CERTIFICATE SAFE FOR COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS?
In addition to an impartial certification of language skills of each candidate, every Test Report Form includes a photograph of the candidate. This will be carried out directly by the certification body during the examination date, typically in the speaking test, and will be authenticated upon presentation of passport or identity card. The system guaranteeso that at each IELTS certificate is associated a specific digital photograph produced by the certifying agency. This way, through a computer process, it is possible to verify the authenticity of an IELTS certificate.
THE IELTS CERTIFICATE HAS A DEADLINE?
The Test Report Form doesn’t indicate any deadline but just the date of carrying out the test. Generally, companies or institutions that accept certifications, for example NGOs, universities, Public authorities, recognize valid certificates and awards obtained over the last two years. Not Therefore, there isn’t a real deadline for IELTS certifications, it’s indeed the receiving entity that establishes with discretion the validity period of a Test Report Form. In many cases, Public companies accept the certification even many years after the actual achievement. It’s possible to take IELTS test more than once, and in the event of differences in the results, the candidate can claim the best one.
YOU HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS?
If you have specific requirements as to the examination procedures, schedules, special situations, permits, etc., it’s essential that you contact the certifying body Maltese at least 3 months before the exam date.
CAN YOU CONTACT THE CERTIFICATION AGENCY?
Certainly. The certifying agency is The Maltese Chamber of Commerce of Malta, Enterprise and Industry at The Exchange Buildings Republic Street Valletta VLT 1117 Malta. The offices are open from 8am to 4pm. You can contact the agency by phone calling 00356.22032318 or the 00356.22032327 or even writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT CAN INMALTA DO FOR YOU?
To prepare the IELTS exam is not easy therefore it’s always advisable to be followed by one of Malta's schools. Generally the IELTS exam preparation can be properly carried out in a course of eight weeks. This is why if you book a course of 12, 16, 24 weeks or more you can choose to supplement your course, during the last weeks, with the preparation IELTS. Not all schools in Malta are specialized in preparatory exam courses, in fact, some don’t have qualified teachers for IELTS, others don’t have classes of all levels, others focus on general English courses and not on preparation courses for certification. InMalta advises you, based on your level of knowledge of English, the school that performs IELTS preparation that suits your needs. Remember that the IELTS preparation course is often a bit more expensive than the General English course, so don’t compare prices with courses.
What are the dates of IELTS exam in Malta in 2018 and the closing date for entries?
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