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What is the Eligible Age to Take the IELTS Exam?

In taking the International English Language Testing System examination, not only it is important to know the test itself but also the rules or policies in taking the examination.
Candidates for the IELTS test are often reminded to know the basic information about the test. They should know the four sections of the test as well as the skills and techniques being evaluated in each task. Additionally, candidates are also given advice to enrol in IELTS review centers to further understand the test and its possible questions in each task. However, let us not forget the policies involved in the test. Here are some pointers to remember for every IELTS candidate:
• The IELTS exam is available to any person in the world. It does not discriminate race, gender, nationality or religion. However, candidates for the said examination should not be under 16 years old.
• All candidates have to bring a valid passport during the exam or an identification that they have used upon registration in the examination. A candidate who does not have this will be refused to take the examination.
• If a candidate has some special needs, he or she must notify the center three months before the exam. Special arrangements must be prepared ahead of time for the convenience of the examinee and the test center as well.
• Mobile phones or any electronic device should not be used during the test. These should be placed outside the testing room.
• Impersonating someone in the exam is not allowed.
• Attempts of cheating or disrupting the test will be given sanctions.
• Talking or disturbing other candidates during the exam is prohibited.
• Drinking, smoking, or eating inside the testing room is not allowed.
• Reproducing any part of the test will cause a disqualification and liable to prosecution.
• Results of the exam are issued in the test centers about two weeks after the examination.
• If in any case that your results are delayed, there could have been a breach with the rules and regulations or the candidate will be asked to take the examination again.
These policies and rules are strictly implemented by both the British Council and IDP. Candidates who are planning to cheat on the exam should think otherwise for they will just be wasting their time, money and effort in doing do. The best thing to do is to abide to these rules for a smooth and successful IELTS examination.
For more information regarding these rules and regulations, visit this website

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TOEFL Review in the Philippines: What are the Best Training Centers?

Training has always been emphasized as the key element to a successful examination. Lack of training or reviewing for an examination is sure to result to a poor performance and a bad score. Though a lot of people think reviewing is a waste of time and cramming can be better, in taking an English proficiency examination such as the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language, training is needed and a must.
A large population of Filipino physical therapists are in need of TOEFL training. The reason is due to the fact that the TOEFL score is a major requirement before they can take the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE), which is needed to acquire license to practice their profession in their desired state in the United States of America (USA). Not only physical therapists but also nurses need the TOEFL as a requirement in working overseas. With this, a lot of TOEFL training centers have started operating in the country. Enrolling in a good one is a must, so here are some of the best TOEFL training centers in the country.


1. JRooz Review Center Inc.
This review center has an intensive and unlimited program for its clients. The intensive program runs for two weeks. Covering the first week will be lectures and techniques students must have in the examination. The other week is purely mock exams and coaching for the real TOEFL examination. The unlimited program is best for clients who are working and has a packed schedule. This program is good for one year. Lessons are scheduled so students are updated on what topics are to be discussed in a specific day. This review center has branches in main cities in the Philippines: Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao City.
2. EPro Training Center
This review center has crash courses and unlimited program offered to its clients. Crash courses ranges from three to five days and unlimited program is good for 5 months. They also give free sit-ins to those enrolled in the unlimited program. EPro is located in Baguio City – conveniently located away from busy streets and pollution where students can only focus into studying.
3. IRIS – International Review and Review Studies
Providing learning skills and excellence in the TOEFL exam is their aim for their clients. They have unlimited classroom lectures, computer test simulation, one-on-one coaching, free materials, and test registration assistance offered to their students. Their unlimited program is also valid for one year. This center is located at Quezon City.
Check their websites and compare which would be best for you. Enrolling in the best TOEFL center is important as the success on your test relies on the quality of training you will be getting.

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What Can I Get from Reading English Books and Novels?

Have you ever wondered why some people are so engrossed with reading? Have you ever seen people who spend most of their time in the libraries burying themselves in books?

It is really amazing looking at people in coffee shops where they just sit there with a cup of coffee and a book on their hands. The focus they have on their book seems to block all the unnecessary noises in the shop. Reading is a very good activity, for some. In literature, many authors became famous because of their literary works like Kipling, Poe, and Shakespeare. However, if you are someone not fond of reading, browsing their books will surely make you sleepy and bored. But for some, it awakens their inner being.

Though some look at reading as tedious and uninteresting, there are actually a lot of benefits one can get from reading. Here are some benefits that will make you reconsider your view on reading.

  1. Like any other physical exercise, reading makes your brain active. Just like lifting weights or running on a treadmill, reading exercises the neurons on your brains helping them from losing their energy. According to studies, reading slows down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease since your memory keeps getting the boost it needs every single day.
  2. Vocabulary power comes with reading. Listing new words you come across in novels and magazines will build a stronger vocabulary bank. As a result, readers are usually good writers and speakers of the English language.
  3. Some people read to relieve stress. There are different kinds of books to read and each genre takes you away to worlds that you would never imagine. Some people even describe books as an avenue where they can lose themselves as they feel relaxed after reading.
  4. Can you remember the characters and their personalities of all the books you have read? Generally speaking, reading improves your memory. Almost every single detail in the books that you have read is stored in your memory. With this, studying for exams or reviewing presentations will also be much easier for reader.
  5. Focus is more developed on reading. Just like the situation mentioned above, readers can actually concentrate on their work without being disturbed by other noise. This is useful for workers who can be more productive at work without being disrupted by tweets or photo comments on social networking sites.
  6. Knowledge is power. Reading makes you more knowledgeable. People who are fond of reading newspapers are always updated to the current news. Teens that like reading magazines are always on the lookout for the newest fashion styles. Reading increases one’s knowledge in his or her own interests.
  7. Ever read self help books? Reading improves one’s personality. There are books that show who you really are and can even change your perception on things (on a brighter side).
  8. Books teach young writers different styles in writing. Authors of novels have different appeals used in their books making them popular. Writing styles are developed in reading novels as one realizes the author’s way on describing scenes and details.
  9. Reading is a cheap entertainment for some. You can find reading materials online for free and even books are not that expensive. It is a free entertainment that could you to different worlds.
  10. Improved English skills. Indeed, one of the best ways to learn English is to read. Grammar, vocabulary, sentence construction are only some important things about the language one can discover and learn through reading.

Reading is a fun activity of learning. You can start reading today by choosing a material that you are interested with. It does not have to be a serious novel or something academic. It should be something where you can learn and have fun at the same time.

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How to Take IELTS in the Philippines?

I am Joshua, a Korean living in the Davao City. I am studying English here to hone my skills before I study in Australia. My school in Australia requires an IELTS score. Can I take the IELTS here though it is not my home country?”

It is not only Filipinos who are in need of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System test but also other foreign nationals who are not native English speakers. There are a lot of foreigners here who are studying English in our country like Koreans, Japanese, Chinese and even people from the Middle East. They are currently here in our country to study English since English training in our country is much cheaper compared to their home countries. Aside from that reason is that we use English as our second language so they have a lot of opportunities to practice English while outside the classroom.

Taking IELTS here in the Philippines is a breeze. First, all candidates for the IELTS exam should start by knowing what their target scores are for the exam. Candidates have different purposes in taking the exam: work, study or immigration. Each country, company or university has their own score requirements which candidates have to obtain. In addition, candidates should be informed whether they need to take the Academic or the General Training module for the test. These are different modules depending on the purpose and requirement of the said institutions.

Next, candidates have to take IELTS training here in the Philippines. Hundreds of review centers are currently operating in the country. The tricky part is looking for a review center that will suit your needs. Check on the course programs available and the schedules for these programs.

When you are about to register for the examination, you can do it online or through pen-and-paper. For those who wish to register online, visit the websites of IDP Philippines and British Council Philippines and make an account. Check available dates of exam and submit necessary requirements like passports, scanned photographs, and payment through credit card. Completing an application trough pen-and-paper can be done with the help of IELTS centers’ personnel. The same requirements are needed as well. Be sure to choose a test center located near you.

On the day of the examination, bring your ID, the one you used in the application, and other documents listed in the confirmation email. Foreign nationals are required to bring their passports as their identification.

Taking the IELTS here in the Philippines is easy as IELTS review centers can help candidates in registering for the examination. In addition, aside from this assistance, they also offer reliable and effective IELTS training essential for the IELTS test.

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Is TOEFL Accepted for Australian Immigration 2014?

Many have taken the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) test as their English proficiency exam requirement for Australian immigration. IELTS have been used for a very long time and is recognized in the said country. However, if you are someone who have taken the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language before, will this be accepted in Australia?

It has been since 2011 that TOEFL has been accepted in admission to different Australian institutions. Students all over the world can use the TOEFL to apply for a student visa. However, starting November 2014, the TOEFL score is now accepted on all visas in the graduate, skilled, business, work and holiday categories in Australia. This is good news for Filipinos who have already taken the TOEFL and want to use it as an English proficiency examination requirement in Australia. This recognition of the TOEFL score will provide more opportunity for non-native English speakers who want to be successful in Australia.

It has also been reported that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has released the test score equivalencies of both TOEFL score to IELTS overall band scores.


Some might be wondering how TOEFL is different from the IELTS examination. The TOEFL examination is a computer-based examination which evaluates its applicant on their knowledge in the English language in an academic context. Topics that are covered in the examination are common subjects in the academe like science and technology, history, arts and literature and even music.

The test is also composed of four different sections – reading, listening, speaking and writing. The IELTS have two kinds of module for the exam – Academic and General Training. For the TOEFL, there is only one type of examination that the student can take. Unlike the IELTS test where test takers need to talk to a native English speaker, the candidate’s responses to the TOEFL speaking examination are recorded and stored in the cache servers. Candidates are less nervous; however, the topics in the speaking section are much more difficult compared to IELTS.

Scoring systems on both are also different. The highest score one can get in the TOEFL is a score of 120 with 30 as the perfect score in each section. In the IELTS, the highest overall band score is given in a 9.0 scale. Both exams’ results are available a couple of weeks after the examination.

It is indeed good news for Filipinos that Australia now accepts TOEFL in their applications. Now, they can choose whether to challenge the TOEFL or IELTS as long as they hit the target scores required by the institutions they are applying for.

You can visit this site if you want to enroll for TOEFL

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Top 10 Universities for International Students

It is every student’s dream to get the best degrees in education. Here in the Philippines, there are a lot of students aiming to pass entrance examinations in prestigious universities like the University of the Philippines. Whilst some want to get their education here in the Philippines, others are more enticed with the education from the best universities in the US.
Studying overseas brings a feeling of excitement for any student. There is the chance to be trained from the best professors who have experienced quality education from these prestigious universities. Now, here are top 10 universities that offer the best program for international students.
1. New School – New York, NY
2. Florida Institute of Technology – Melbourne, Fl
3. University of Tulsa – Tulsa, Ok
4. Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, IL
5. Lynn University – Boca Raton, FL
6. Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA
7. University of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
8. Andrews University – Berrien Springs, MI
9. Northeastern University – Boston, MA
10. University of California (San Diego) – La Jolla, CA
Students who want to take the opportunity to be in these universities need to understand that there are a number of requirements to be met before they get a spot in a course program they want to enroll. These requirements are common to all schools, so here are the usual requirements these universities need from the international students.
• Completed application forms – these are forms that can be downloaded online from the universities’ websites
• Letters of recommendation – these could be from a university professor or employer if currently employed in the company
• Official transcripts from all universities
• Official test scores sent from testing agency (GMAT or GRE for graduate studies)
• Confirmation of Financial Resources form – universities need to know how a student will be able to finance himself or herself for the entire program
• Personal date page from the passport
• Application fee – this cost depends on which university you are applying for
• Diploma
• English proficiency examination – Most universities require an overall band score of 6.0 in the Academic module of the International English Language Testing System examination.
As there is an English language requirement, students should focus on reviewing for the IELTS examination. Some universities only give a certificate of enrollment upon meeting the required IELTS score. Hence, reviewing for the exam is a must. For more information on other specific requirements of each school, visit their websites and look for international students’ portal.

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What Can I Do If I Lost My Reference Number in IELTS?

I am Amanda and I am scheduled for the IELTS. I have a problem though. I cannot find my IELTS reference number given to me on my speaking test. Will I still be able to view my exam results? What should I do?”

There are a lot of instances wherein candidates for the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) have lost their reference number. The reference number or the candidate number is very important for any IELTS test candidate. Candidates registered in the IDP get their candidate numbers on the day of the examination while British Council applicants get their candidate numbers on the confirmation email sent to them.

Before registering for the examination, candidates have to choose to register under the British Council or the IDP. These two agencies are the only authorized organizations that deliver the IELTS examination. The content of the exam has no difference between the two modules. In addition, the candidate should determine what kind of module they have to take – the Academic or the General Training. These modules are different in their reading and writing sections while both are the same in listening and speaking.

Prior to the day of the exam, candidates have to prepare all necessary requirements like identification, pencils, photographs and reference number. However, what If your reference number is missing?

If you have lost your reference number, do not worry! Here are a few and simple ways where you can retrieve your reference number.

For British Council candidates:

  1. Log in to your email. This email should be the one you used in applying for the IELTS examination. Once you have finished your registration for the examination, an email will be sent confirming the date of your exam.
  2. Find the email and look for the reference number.

For IDP candidates

You can simply ask the test center for your reference number as this is normally given on the day of the examination.

As a matter of fact, the Cambridge ESOL sends a uniquely generated number, the IELTS reference number, that is needed for requesting additional Test Report Forms. Also, candidates can find this number on the NEEA IELTS website right on your status page.

Candidates should be very responsible with this reference number as more information on the exam may need your reference number. Like mentioned above, the Test Report Form is important as your score, the module you have taken, center number and test date are all indicated on this form.

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