Feral Vincent Quitlong
My journey to band score of 8 was an honour to be considered as one of those who will be giving testimonies for the academy that has empowered me with the skills, and made my learning of the English language a fun experience. I do believe that we are meant to meet certain people in our life, some will hurt you, others will teach you, and I am most fortunate that I was destined to cross paths with great persona on the learning grounds of English Language Academy (ELA), they have fully honed and helped me craft my own gears for the future. Read more […]
Feral Vincent Quitlong
They are the best English academy, a cliché, for all aspiring institutions that teaches the English language will claim such, but what made ELA excel among others rely not only with their teaching skills and capability, yes they provide exams, drills and challenges that are up to date to prepare you on your IELTS journey, however, what made them really special is that they have people that are so committed in helping their students hit their marks. The staff that are willing to assist and support you the best way possible, a mentor that is open minded and will help you open-up the locked doors in your mind. Definitely, these give an immense advantage for every student. For instance, their practice exams are relentless, drills in listening, reading and not to mention the non-favourite writing will really test your limits every day, and if you’re not yet full, wait until you experience their dreaded mock exam, I for one almost walk out of the exam room due to the difficulty of the hurdle. Good thing I stayed behind and pushed forward, passing every mock that was given to me made my actual exam like a walk on the park. Indeed with proper training, focus and discipline anything is possible, and my review center made it possible for me big time.
On the other hand, the IELTS exam is not the usual English exam compared to what we all had during the primary or secondary education, it’s an exam that will test every inch of your body, all your cells will be worn-out, your mitochondria will be drained empty as you scramble your brain finding the answers needed for this bloody exam. l was not like the others who have slaughtered their giants in one go, I have faltered and fumbled, but instead of losing hope and sulk in the corner, the people behind ELA became my spine when I was about to let go. You know, we all have heard inspiring stories of successful people, and as I have noticed, failure is the common ingredient that seemed to add flavour to the final dish of what they have cooked. Mix it up with the positive vibes, great attitudes and an all out staff to support you, what could go wrong? Seeing such culture have convinced me that I’m home, that my learning, curve is so high because of such people behind me. Which is why I have became an advocate of their cause, for I know the people that are important to me will be in good hands with them, in time that they will be facing the same goliath that I once did, and I just know they can soar high in any IELTS exam because they have ELA, the wind beneath their wings. In conclusion, I urge everyone to take this exam seriously, it may be English but your future depends on it.
Fight for what matters to you, no matter what, because even if we fall short what better way is there to live. It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day but there will be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days where you feel all alone, and that’s when hope is needed most, and the people at ELA will always restore back that hope in you after any devastating blow from your trials. Sir Keith and Ma’am Jen will always tell me that no matter how bad it gets or how lost I feel, I must promise to myself that I will hold on to hope. Keep it alive within. For we have to be greater than what we suffered and their only wish for all of their students is to become hope and ace all their challenges. A lot of aspiring OFWs who have their eyes on the west part of the world will depend greatly on the services that only ELA can offer. I had a great time reviewing with the team; I will miss you all very much.
Sandy Rose B. Suyom
My name is Sandy Rose B. Suyom. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I took the IELTS exam on the 15th of January 2011 in Tacloban City. It was my first time to take the exam. Honestly, I was a bit unsure about taking the exam because I was used to taking multiple-choice tests in nursing school and unfortunately, IELTS is not one of them. To add to my apprehension was my lack of confidence in expressing myself in English. I tend to stutter and get nervous during interviews that would definitely not help me with my Speaking Test. However, despite my fears and worries, I decided to push through with the exam. With a lot of hard work and preparation, I am happy to say that I got a band score of 8.5 (Listening=9, Reading=9, Writing=7.5, Speaking=8). How did I do that? Allow me to share with you some thoughts about my IELTS experience. Read more […]
Sandy Rose B. Suyom
My name is Sandy Rose B. Suyom. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I took the IELTS exam on the 15th of January 2011 in Tacloban City. It was my first time to take the exam. Honestly, I was a bit unsure about taking the exam because I was used to taking multiple-choice tests in nursing school and unfortunately, IELTS is not one of them. To add to my apprehension was my lack of confidence in expressing myself in English. I tend to stutter and get nervous during interviews that would definitely not help me with my Speaking Test. However, despite my fears and worries, I decided to push through with the exam. With a lot of hard work and preparation, I am happy to say that I got a band score of 8.5 (Listening=9, Reading=9, Writing=7.5, Speaking=8). How did I do that? Allow me to share with you some thoughts about my IELTS experience.
One vital key in opening doors for great opportunities around the globe is the IELTS exam. Taking the IELTS indicates one’s willingness to invest in his/her future career or studies. I believe that anyone who strives hard can achieve a satisfying score. This is the reason why I have devoted enough time to review for the test in spite of my busy schedule. I enrolled in a reliable review centre with top-notch instructors. At first, I only wanted to do a self-review rather than take review classes to relieve my parents of the costs involved. However, I have to say that deciding to enrol in a good review centre, such as the English Language Academy, gave me an edge over those doing a self-review because I got the chance to have a “feel” of how the actual exam was like. It is not enough for one to be an experienced English writer or that one lives in an English-speaking country. One has to thoroughly understand the format of the test.
I found the listening test very easy compared to the other parts because all the answers are given in the recording. However, it is necessary to concentrate well because in the actual exam, the recording is only played once. During my review, I practiced a lot with listening drills similar to that of the actual exam. When my ears got used to hearing English after a few practice tests, I challenged myself by playing the recording twice as fast as the original speed of the Audio file. What really helped me most in achieving a high score was simultaneously activating all my senses. I know that this is a difficult task to do because normally, we do not have to deal with such ‘dual skill’ complexity. To reduce the pressure of having to listen and read at the same time, what I did was to optimize my time before, during, and after the listening test. Before the listening test, I examined each question and its required answers to lessen uncertainty. I have also found out that there is a certain pattern in the listening tests in the IELTS. Key words or expressions needed are not usually heard all at the same time. There are timed gaps between answers for one question and the next. When transferring answers to the answer sheet, I made sure that I wrote legibly and I checked my answers as I wrote. It is also important that you make sure that the answer is written on the correct question number.
There are numerous IELTS tips and test-taking strategies that one could find on the Internet. I experimented on almost all the methods I found and chose the ones, which were most effective for me. It is good to develop your own strategy for systematically answering the test. For instance, during the Reading test, I prefer to answer fill-in-the-gaps questions first as I find them easier than True/False/Not Given type of questions. It is not helpful to just ‘go with the flow’ in the Reading Test. After all, an examinee has full control over the sequence on how he or she decides to answer the Reading test. Right after each Reading Passage, I immediately transferred my answers to the Answer Sheet so that when I only have 10 minutes left, all I have to do is recheck my answers.
For the Writing, I would say that even though I have had some background with it as a publication member during my student days, I still needed some expert advice on how I could improve. I took note of all the mistakes I had. Having a good knowledge on synonyms is helpful not only in the Writing Test, but in the Listening and Reading Test, as well. Before the actual test, I looked for sample answers of previous high scorers and tried to imitate their style of writing. I also looked for sample answers from low scorers so that I could learn from their mistakes. Moreover, I always practiced under test conditions. I used a timer so that I do not go beyond the time limit. However, it is important not to rush the writing. An hour allotted for writing Task 1 and Task 2 is such a short time. Nevertheless, as I said, it helps when you know how to manage your time. Before writing an essay, I spend a minute or two mapping out a plan for organizing my ideas.
Of all the test parts, my most dreaded part was the Speaking Test. I am, as they would say, a person of few words. I am not used to talking non-stop for one to two minutes, which is required during the second part of the Speaking test. In my first few weeks of review class, I used to skip the Speaking test because I was afraid to talk in front of the class. I knew that I had to deal with my lack of confidence so I practiced at home by talking to myself in front of the mirror. When I felt more confident, I finally summed up the courage to do a Mock Speaking Test with our review instructors. One useful technique I learned for the Speaking Test was to utilize all my senses. When describing a thing or a person, I immediately think about how it felt, what it looked like, how it smelt, or how it sounded. In this way, I can fill up the whole two minutes by not running out of words to say.
On the actual test day, I felt more confident compared to when I first started reviewing because I knew that I had dedicated enough time in practicing the IELTS. I arrived at the test centre thirty minutes before the time so that I could be familiar with the whole set-up. I brought with me five well-sharpened pencils to use during the test because I did not want to distract myself with sharpening a single pencil. This is just a small thing to take note of, but it can have a big effect during the exam. For the Listening part, loud speakers were used instead of headphones. It was a good thing that during our review classes, we practiced with loud speakers and mind you, our house is located in the city centre, so imagine a lot of noisy cars outside distracting me as I was practicing at home. I was the first one to do the Speaking Test on the day of the exam but I did not panic. Building up a positive image of myself for the exam helped me ease my nerves. I think that making a good first impression with the examiner is a bonus for the Speaking Test. I spoke confidently and answered each question with full enthusiasm. There is a certain rhythm to the English language and knowing this was very useful for me in intensifying a message that I wanted to get across. I knew that there were inevitable distracters during the exam (a fidgeting seatmate or unclear audio), so I told myself that I had to prepare for the worst. Besides, in reality, people do not converse in extremely quiet conditions with crystal clear voices such as that in the Listening Test of the IELTS exam. One has to be prepared for that. Most of all, I prayed for the guidance of the One Supreme Being up there. As the saying goes, “If all else fails, God is able.”
Eugenio Prado Ciacho
Go for ELA! One of the best Teachers I’ve had (Sir Keith) and I must say the most accommodating staff here in Tacloban. I can never be more satisfied that I have enrolled in ELA. They took care of everything and are very responsive to any queries. I was only able to take the course for a month and a half but managed to get good scores and it is because they are the best at what they do. Thank you so much and I will always appreciate the memories. God Bless all.Thank you Sir Keith and All from ELA. truly not only have I learned so much but the experience was really fun.. Sir Keith and ELA has been a huge part of my success. It was a hard nut to crack and could not have done without ELA – English Language Academy. 🙂 Thank you so much and God bless all:).
Norilie Joy Carigaba
If you will take IELTS, I highly recommend ELA. ELA will equip you with all the test taking strategies needed for you to have a smooth IELTS experience. Plus, the staff and Sir Keith are very accommodating. More power to ELA…To Sir Keith, Ma’am Keine and all the staff of ELA specially Ma’am Jen,
I am proud to be an ELA baby.
More power and blessings to ELA…
Daniel Gerard Diaz
thanks ELA..i couldn’t have done it without your assistance. I know one month isn’t enough, but with your help..i was able to make it! again thank you guys!