2015 Session Fees

From 1st March 2015, our session fees will be as below:


Individual, 1:1 Tuition  £50

Edinburgh, 3 hour Weekend Workshop £135

Glasgow, 3 hour Weekend Workshop  £155

London, Weekend  3 hour Workshop  £225

Face to face,or Skype,10 hour course  £400

Follow-up Feedback  from £35 per week to £100 per month


Know your strength

Achieving good IELTS scores, like all challenges, requires a carefully planned training schedule. Therefore, identifying your strength, and weakness, in the four IELTS English language skills, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, ensures that your training will take you where you want to be…..holding a completed visa application !

For most native born English language users, IELTS Speaking is by far the easiest paper to score well in. Listening is also often a strength  but candidates can be let down in this paper by poor spelling or a limited range. of vocabulary when answers are transferred to the answer sheet.

On the other hand, it is widely recognised that IELTS Reading and Writing are often the more difficult papers to achieve the necessary band scores in.  This is why identifying the component, or components, of the exam which you need to spend more pre-exam preparation time on is key to success.

For this reason, we are happy to offer a free diagnostic consultation as a first step on the road to IELTS success.

For details contact info@englishforemigration.com.


Step 1 : Introduction to General IELTS

Due to demand, delighted to publish an outline of our new Step 1: Introduction to General IELTS Workshop available in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Workshop Outline

  • On your IELTS exam day
  •  How to maximise IELTS listening & reading scores
  •  Understand how to score well in IELTS writing & speaking
  • Easy to use IELTS writing checklist
  •  IELTS speaking explained
  •  Feedback

For more details, contact info@englishforemigration.com

IELTS Training Tips

Like all challenges in life, success in the IELTS exam requires a carefully planned training schedule, customised for each individual user. Whether it’s for  Academic or General IELTS, similar pre-planning is critical.

Firstly, understand completely what the exam entails and what to expect on the day.  Outwith the exam room, be aware that there are rigorous, and time consuming, security checks at the start of the day so be prepared to queue!

Secondly, check where you stand on the band scoring system by trying some of the free test practice papers available at these links:



Finally, aware of your strengths and weaknesses, contact us for a free diagnostic assessment and get started on your own personal Road to IELTS!


Choosing your online resources

Google, ‘free ielts practice material’ and page after page offers you exactly that.  Wow, looks promising but readers beware!  These IELTS resources are presented in many different ways but are all basically same; listening, reading, writing and speaking skills to help you achieve the IELTS score you need.

So, if this is your first look at the resources start with the UK based pages, the official IELTS and British Council sites:




When you have a better understanding of the type of materials you need you can begin to explore the ‘commercial’ pages for a wider range of material………………go do!

Spring 2015 Weekend IELTS Workshop Schedule

  • Innovative workshops, led by experienced trainers, to help activate your existing language ability and raise IELTS awareness.
  • Exam strategies and techniques explored through practical IELTS-focused tasks designed to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking scores.
  • Suitable for both General and Academic candidates.


Spring 2015 Weekend IELTS Workshops


Date Location Fee
Saturday, 7th February Aberdeen £120
Saturday, 14th February Edinburgh £100
Saturday, 21st February Glasgow £120
Saturday, 28th February Edinburgh £100
Saturday, 7th March Edinburgh £100
Saturday, 14th March London £200
Saturday, 21st March Edinburgh £100
Saturday, 28th March Glasgow £120
Saturday, 4th April Edinburgh £100


For more information contact Marian

07583 263299, marian@englishforemigration.com


Question: What is the margin of success in the IELTS Writing paper?

Question: What is the margin of success in the IELTS Writing paper?

Answer: We don’t know as no feedback is ever given and the whole marking process is cloaked in secrecy!  So, it may be that the you were unlucky on the day of the exam and didn’t produce as good writing as you’d hoped for when nerves got the the better of time managment or the question was ‘unkind’. However, the difference between success and failure may be marginal and as much dependent on how ‘the arithmetic sum’ of the eight components averages out to the band scores than the actual writing you produced in the exam.

For this reason, we are happy to offer a new Follow Up Feedback Service for 2015 for those of you who were unsuccessful in this particular IELTS component in 2104.  We know you’ve brushed up on your grammar and vocabulary, checked your punctuation, inserted paragraphs and done hours and hours of  practice exercises yet failed to achieve the necessary number in the box.  Therefore, we’d like to support you by taking a look at your work and identifying the areas which could be tweaked and bring you success at your next attempt.

Contact Marian for more information, marian@englishforemigration.com

Strictly IELTS

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing know that participants success is based on the time spent on learning the steps and practicing the moves so that the dance of the week comes together on the the night. Success in IELTS is no different so what steps need to be learnt?

IELTS is designed to test your English language skills and related subskills.  So for optimal success in the Listening and Reading papers, practicing the sub-skills, prediction, skimming, scanning and finally detailed,  is essential to improve your overall result in these papers which both test your ‘receptive skills’. Similarly, Writing and Speaking are designed to test your ‘productive skills’ and are both marked in the same way so success in one should be mirrored by success in the other.

Time management is critical for maximum IELTS scores.  When you have practiced the above ‘steps’ until they’re perfect then timing is the next area to look at.  In the Reading paper where there is no extra time allowed to transfer your answers to the question sheet, unlike the Listening paper, you would not want to find yourself running out of time with a half-completed answer sheet, would you?  Also in writing, be aware that Task 1 should not take the same time to write as Task 2 as it’s only worth half the marks.

Good Luck with the moves!

Alternatives to IELTS for visa points

Australia is now offering you the choice of English language tests, IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson or Cambridge Advanced, CAE, exams. On the face of it this might appear as an ‘easier’ option for those of you struggling to achieve the necessary IELTS scores. However, the list of IELTS alternatives need to be fully understood before switching your exam preparation away from IELTS exam papers.

First of all, TOEFL is similar in form to the IELTS exam but differs as TOEFL is based on the requirements of US academic institutions and so leans towards ‘American English’.  The Pearson exam is also similar to IELTS but is delivered as a computer based exam which may be beneficial to dyslexic candidates.

In contrast, the CAE exam differs to IELTS in that it includes a Use of English paper which is solely grammar and vocabulary and therefore presents a different type of challenge to candidates looking for points to obtain an immigration visa.

So, my advice is stick to what you know and keep practicing IELTS material.




How many ways can you think of saying ‘say’?

To achieve success in all four paper of the IELTS the ability to paraphrase, ‘to repeat something written or spoken using different words, often in a humorous form or in a simpler and shorter form that makes the original meaning clearer‘.

So, in the writing and speaking sections of the exam it is easier to see the benefits that the ability to paraphrase brings. Repetition, that is not paraphrasing, will yield a lower score while paraphrasing, using different words with similar meanings, shows a broader range of vocabulary and therefore yields a higher mark.

However, in the listening and reading papers the benefit is less obvious and is more about identifying the answer than actually providing it. This is because when reading the questions the ability to ‘re-think’ the question in a different way can often unlock the answer from the text. Similarly, paraphrasing the text can highlight the correct answer and save time during the exam.

 So, how many ways can you think of saying ‘say’? Over 6 is good, over 10 even  better!

Less than 6 follow this link:


 Founder, Marian Anderson is an expert in English exam preparation

Who We Are

English for Emigration, founded by Marian Anderson, an expert in her field, helps you identify, and correct, any problems that may be preventing you from gaining your target scores in IELTS, or Pearson PTE exams, needed to progress your visa application.

01501 773622 (tel)


Need help with your visa application?

For specific questions about visa applications, the following organisations can help:

www.downundercentre.com www.brazolotmigration.com/ www.overseas-emigration.co.uk

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