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IELTS Course Outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the 2-week and 4-week Cactus IELTS Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over your IELTS Exam Preparation Course, and include exam structure, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that your teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the sections that will be covered in each week of your course. Different exam tasks and topics will be practised each week.

IELTS Course

Exam Structure
  • Exam format and order of tasks
  • Exam rules and scoring
  • Overview of each skill tested
  • Exam techniques and task types
Listening Skill Practice
  • Listening test criteria and task types
  • Listening task types: multiple choice, matching, map, diagram labelling, flow-chart, summary completion, sentence completion, short answer questions
  • Techniques to identify the correct answers, advice on what to look for
Speaking Skill Practice
  • Speaking test criteria and task types
  • Speaking topics: Part 1 – hometown, family, friends, lifestyle, weather, TV, music, news, internet, outdoor activities, art etc
  • Speaking topics: Part 2 – social problems, school, sport, teachers, transport, travel
  • Speaking topics: Part 3 – company, adverts, electronic devices, life experiences, health, holidays, family, work, language, memory, music, rules, science, shopping
Reading Skill Practice
  • Reading skill criteria and task types
  • Skimming and scanning techniques
  • Reading task types: True/False/Not Given, Matching Headings, Summary, Multiple Choice Questions, and others.
  • Reading topics include: animal science, environmental science, global politics, health and fitness, psychology, tourism, trade and commerce, biology, engineering, inventions and discoveries, information communication technology, agriculture
Writing Skill Practice
  • Writing skill criteria and task types
  • For IELTS Academic: task 1 understanding charts and graphs, patterns and trends in visual data (bar chart, table chart, multiple graphs, maps, pie chart, process diagram, line graph)
  • For IELTS General: task 1 understanding features of formal and informal letters, structure, organisation, tone and style.
  • Writing task 2: essay topics including health, environment, education, international development, globalisation, public transport, criminal justice, youth crime, technology, government spending, traditional culture
  • Essay structure and planning, paragraphing, layout

How to book with Cactus

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of English language.


Choose a course

Simply select which course you would like to take. Choose a 4-week or a 2-week IELTS course.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your IELTS preparation course with Cactus.

Frequently asked questions

What will I study on an IELTS class?

Our IELTS course outline give an overview of the content and learning framework of the course.

On a week you can typically expect to cover:

  • 18:00-20:30, Friday: IELTS in One Go class
  • 18:00-20:30, Monday: Listening and Speaking Masterclass
  • 18:00-20:00, Tuesday: Writing Task 2 Masterclass
  • 18:00-20:00, Wednesday: Reading Masterclass
  • 18:00-20:00, Thursday: Writing Task 1 Masterclass

What is the minimum level for IELTS course?

We recommend students to be at least B1+ (intermediate). So you can achieve a good result, you should have a good knowledge of General English. You can take our English level test before booking an IELTS Course. If you score lower than 25 on our test – we recommend you to book an Online English Course.

Do I need a course book for the classes?

You will not need a course book for your IELTS course. Course materials are included in the IELTS course fees. Teachers will provide the materials needed to support you throughout the course.
Please note that materials are provided by the teachers throughout the lessons.
The materials for IELTS online course are carefully assessed by academic and designed to help you pass the exam.

What do I need to attend an IELTS Online lesson?

So you can start your online lesson you will need:

  • a strong internet connection;
  • a device (such as laptop) with integrated camera and mic;
  • headphones;
  • install the free online learning platform – Zoom.

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