Preparatory Course For International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Course Structure

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency exam that measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing and speech.

IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS is taken by those who intend to study, live, or work in a country where English is the primary language of communication. The following three main categories of people are required to take the test:

    • Students who intend to study in an English-medium school, college, or university in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
    • Students who intend to apply for immigration to countries such as Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    • Those who are required to demonstrate their English proficiency to meet the requirements of professional associations or regulatory bodies in various countries.

Since 1989, IELTS has become one of the most recognised testing systems around the world.

Furen International School (FIS) offers the Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for academic purposes. Upon completion, students are expected to develop the knowledge and skills of English reading, writing, listening and speaking, enabling them to score well in the IELTS examinations. The IELTS result, as evidence of English language proficiency, is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is awarded to all test takers with a score from “band 1” to “band 9”. Each University may set a different threshold requirement. In general, a decent IELTS score (above 6.0) combined with satisfactory Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-Level Examination result will help students secure admission into top ranking universities around the world.

Core Modules


English Reading has two parts: Academic Reading and General Reading. Students get to choose either one of them for study. The Academic Reading module consists of texts of general interest dealing with issues which are appropriate for and accessible to candidates applying for postgraduate or undergraduate courses. The texts of the General Training Reading module draw on social and training contexts or deal with general interest topics.

English Writing has two parts: Academic Writing and General Writing. Students get to choose either one of them for study. Appropriate responses for the Academic Writing module are short essays or general reports addressed to tutors or to an educated non-specialist audience. The General Writing module trains students to write personal, semi-formal or formal correspondence, or to write on a given topic as part of a simulated class assignment.

English Listening will enable students to understand the context of general language proficiency. The content includes social needs and educational training contexts.

English Speaking is intended to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with native speakers of English.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted by following International English Language Testing System (IELTS) syllabus.


This is a 6-month, full-time course with all lessons held on campus. There are 4 contact hours per school day, 5 days per week for a total of 20 contact hours per week.

Entry Requirements


At least 14 years of age as at 1st January on the year of course commencement.

Academic Requirement

Completed at least Secondary 2 education and obtained a pass in an English subject at Singapore Secondary 2 level or equivalent in country of origin.

Course Commencement Date

There are two intakes for this course. This course commences on 2nd January and 1st July of each year. If either of those dates fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the course shall commence on the first Monday after that date.
Furen International School reserves the right to cancel a class/or programme if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 15. Students may then choose to enrol for a later intake, if any, or withdraw from the course. For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy.

Late Enrolment

Furen International School is able to consider late enrolment after commencement of course on a case-by-case basis.

Course Delivery Mode

Face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussions

Course Fees

Full-Time 6 months
Course Fee S$2100/ month
FPS Insurance Protection Fee 1.35% of the course fee
GST 9% of the above total
Damage Recovery Pledge (Refundable) S$500
Total Course Fee  S$14,419.41

N.B External exam fees are subject to external exam official website.

Above table shows the school fee for course intakes from 2024.

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Assessment Methods

Internal Assessment

For the student intake in January, there is an internal assessment in June.

For the student intake in July, there is an internal assessment in December.

Internal Assessment Mode

Written Exams

External Examination

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pte Ltd. There are approximately 4 test dates available for booking each month.

Results will be released within 2 weeks.

For more details on IELTS testing, please refer to the British Council website: