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Exam Preparation Courses

Our English exam preparation courses at IH Kharkiv are designed to help you to get the best possible result in your chosen English exam.

You can prepare with our highly qualified English teachers for a range of English exams: Cambridge exams (IELTS, First Certificate in English, CAE), business English exams (BEC). Our experienced teachers can help you with the expertise for various areas of English tests: speaking, writing, listening, grammar and English vocabulary.



IELTS Exam Preparation


 This exam preparation course will prepare you for the IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) test. This is the ideal test if you need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS scores are recognized by universities and colleges, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. British universities and other centres of education generally require IELTS level 6.0 or higher as evidence of language ability.


The course is available at all levels from Intermediate to Proficiency and you will be placed in a class which is suitable for your level.


Group work will be balanced with individual support and encouragement from your teacher.


Course details


  • Minimum English level: B1+ (Intermediate +)
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Average age: 25
  • Minimum course length: 3 months
  • Hours a day: 1,5
  • Cost: 2050 - 2550 UAH (1 month)
  • Average class size: 10 (maximum 12)
  • Lessons a month: 12
  • Lesson time a month: 18 hours
  • Lesson times: 08:00 to 21:30
  • Lesson days: Monday Wednesday Friday


 Who is the course for?


This course is ideal if you are planning to take the IELTS test and want to improve your score. You’ll be able to concentrate on strengthening specific areas of English that you feel need improvement for different parts of the test.

Your English level should be B1+ mid intermediate (IELTS band 4.5 - 5.0) or above to take this course and you’ll need to pass an entrance test in order to be placed in a class with students of a similar level.


Course objectives


This programme will help you prepare for the IELTS test - a qualification that is recognised throughout the world. It will also develop your English language skills in an area you wish to improve.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • gained techniques to improve your exam skills
  • learnt strategies for approaching each part of the test
  • practised in a mock test environment
  • a good understanding of your strengths and weaknesses
  • a plan of areas to focus your revision
  • an understanding of each test area: listening, reading, speaking and writing


 Course content


The focus of this course is on gaining techniques and strategies to help you pass the IELTS test. Your teacher will ask you what IELTS score you are hoping for and work with you to create a study plan to achieve it.

Over the course of the week you will:

  • look methodically at each part of the IELTS test: listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • have access to past papers and other learning materials
  • gain advice on what examiners look for in each section of the exam 
  • complete a full “mock” (practice) exam under exam conditions
  • receive individual feedback from the trainers on your weaknesses and how to improve them

You can choose to focus on the Special Focus language lessons in the areas you most need to improve:

  • IELTS Speaking & Vocabulary
  • IELTS Speaking & Listening
  • IELTS Speaking & Reading
  • IELTS Speaking & Writing 








Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) Exam Preparation


FCE is an intermediate level Cambridge ESOL exam, at level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Choose FCE if your knowledge of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study.


First Certificate in English shows that your ability to use English is at the upper intermediate level, or level B2 according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Cambridge First Certificate in English is well-known and recognized in over 100 countries worldwide and may be valuable for your international professional career and studies abroad.


Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles. FCE is also useful preparation if you are working towards higher level exams, such as CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).


 Course details


  • Minimum English level: B1+ (Intermediate +)
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Average age: 25
  • Minimum course length: 3 months
  • Hours a day: 1,5
  • Cost: 2050 UAH (1 month)
  • Average class size: 10 (maximum 12)
  • Lessons a month: 8
  • Lesson time a month: 12 hours
  • Lesson times: 08:00 to 21:30

Lesson days: Tuesday Thursday


Who is the course for?


FCE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). FCE indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required.




At the end of the course you will receive an International House Kharkiv Certificate documenting your language level.






We can offer Exam courses for most of the popular examinations including:


  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • BEC Preliminary (Business English Certificate)
  • BEC Vantage (Business English Certificate)
  • BEC Higher (Business English Certificate)
  • KET (Key English Test)
  • PET (Preliminary English Test)
  • FCE (First Certificate in English)
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems)





International House Kharkiv offers a comprehensive selection of courses in general English, French, German  and Russian for learners of all abilities and ages.  We also offer summer intensive courses, custom-designed courses for closed groups, courses for young learners, exam preparation classes and teacher training courses.  The system of levels corresponds to the IHWO system  and CEF.