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

In existence since 1989, IELTS has become one of the most recognised testing systems around the world.

Furen International School offers the Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for both general IELTS and academic IELTS. Upon completion, students will have developed the knowledge and skill of English reading, writing, listening and speaking, enabling them to score well in the IELTS examinations.

Core Modules

English Reading

This module 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

This module 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

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

English Speaking

This module is intended to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skill to communicate effectively with native speakers of English.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted 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 (mths) 6
Tuition Fee (per month) S$700
Material Fee (per month) S$100
Exam Determined by respective exam board
Lab Fee
Student Development And Academic Activities Fee (per month)* S$125
Student Service** S$500
FPS Insurance Protection Fee 1.35% of the above total
GST 7% of the above total
Total Course Fee S$6,560.90

Above table shows you the new course fees with effect from 01 July 2018.

* Fee includes academic related learning experience outside school (Note: Does not include oversea trip)
Note: FIS is providing both Medical Insurance as per regulatory requirement and Outpatient Coverage at no extra charge (terms & conditions apply; refer to for more details)

**S$500 for international student and S$260 for Singapore Citizen/ PR/DP/ Local Transfer Student (Fee includes the following: airport pick-up service, medical check-up, attending to ICA matters, administration charge for external exam registration and 1-day university tour)

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 Pvt 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: