Exam Preparation Courses (Cambridge ESOL, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS, TOEFL, IBT, TOEIC)


Gateway School of English offers a wide range of exam preparation courses, the most popular of which are the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, TOEIC and the Cambridge FCE & CAE courses. GSE offers three types of exam preparation courses depending on the number of lessons you wish to take:

  • Exam Preparation Group courses 20 lessons per week (available all year round except July & August)
  • Exam Preparation Group courses 30 lessons per week (available all year round except July & August)
  • Combination Group General English 20 lessons per week + One-to-One Exam Preparation (private tuition) 10 lessons per week (available all year round including July & August)

The combination course of General English + One-to-One exam preparation course is ideal for those students wishing to improve their General English skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) as well as language systems such as pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar while preparing for their exam, especially if the students are of lower levels.

For exam preparation group courses the maximum size per group is 8 students per class. The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.

If the student wishes to sit for the exam at the end of the course in Malta our academic staff will assist with the registration process and will help the student fill out the application form. If the student has already decided on the exam date prior to arrival in Malta and is planning to sit for the exam after finishing the course, our staff would need the exam application form upon booking so that we can submit the application form to the exam centre. Our staff will guide the student and assist through the application procedure and will provide all the necessary information by e-mail.

IELTS Examination Preparation Course

Common European Framework
(Council of Europe)
A1
(Break Through)
A2
(Waystage)
B1
(Threshold)
B2
(Vantage)
C1
(Effective Operational Proficiency)
C2
(Mastery)
IELTS 3.0 IELTS 3.5 – 4.5 IELTS 5.0 – 6.0 IELTS 6.5 – 7.0 IELTS 7.5+

The IELTS exam preparation course covers the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and prepares students for the IELTS examination.

In this course the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by examination requirements.  The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners.  Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their band scores as much as possible.

In IELTS:

  • a band score of 3.0 is equivalent to CEFR Level A 2
  • a band score of between 3.5 and 4.5 is equivalent to a CEFR Level B1
  • a band score of between 5.0 and 6.0 is equivalent to a CEFR Level B2
  • a band score of between 6.5 and 7.0 is equivalent to a CEFR Level C1
  • a band score of 7.5 and above is equivalent to a CEFR Level C2

IELTS is accepted by thousands of organisations in more than 120 countries.

  1. Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
  2. Government departments and agencies
  3. Professional and industry bodies
  4. Multinational companies and employers
  5. As an entry requirement for a student to obtain a student visa in Australia & Canada

The IELTS examination can be taken in Malta during the whole year.  For exam dates please visit: http://www.maltachamber.org.mt/en/exam-dates or send us an e-mail: info@english-malta.com

You can also download the 2018 exam dates here: IELTS Malta Exam 2018 Test Dates

The exam fee for 2018 is €210.

 Special offer on IELTS Examination Preparation Group courses:

We are offering a 35% discount on low and high season prices (all year round) for 20 and 30 lessons per week IELTS Exam Preparation Group Courses.

For more information please see our Special Offers Page

TOEFL® iBT Preparation Course

Common European Framework
(Council of Europe)
A1
(Break Through)
A2
(Waystage)
B1
(Threshold)
B2
(Vantage)
C1
(Effective Operational Proficiency)
C2
(Mastery)
TOEFL IBT 38-56 TOEFL IBT 57-86 TOEFL IBT 87-109 TOEFL IBT 110-120

TOEFL ® iBT is an internet based test which can be taken in Malta after completing your course.  The test is an entry requirement for admission to most tertiary educational institutions in the Western World — including the top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand.  The scoring system gives you points out of 120 and most universities require a score of 85 100.

In this course the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by the test requirements.  The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners.  Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their performance in the TOEFL ® iBT.

In TOEFL ® iBT:

  • a score of 38 56 is equivalent to a CEFR Level A2
  • a score of 57 – 86 is equivalent to a CEFR Level B1
  • a score of 87 – 109 is equivalent to a CEFR Level B2
  • a score of 110 – 120 is equivalent to a CEFR Level C1

The TOEFL ® iBT takes approximately four hours to complete and is administered via internet secure ETS centres.  The test is held on a monthly basis and classes run throughout the year.  For more information please visit: www.toefl.org

Cambridge ESOL Examination Preparation Courses

Common European Framework
(Council of Europe)
A1
(Break Through)
A2
(Waystage)
B1
(Threshold)
B2
(Vantage)
C1
(Effective Operational Proficiency)
C2
(Mastery)
KET (Key English Test) PET (Preliminary English Test) FCE (First Certificate in English) CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Cambridge ESOL Examinations include various levels such as KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE.  Certificates cover basic exams for those beginning to learn English, through to advanced certificates for those who have attained a high level of fluency.

These exams are recognised around the world by employers, universities and government ministries as proof of ability to use English.

In these courses the teacher provides effective practice in all areas covered by examination requirements.  The learning programme is organised in such a way as to provide a solid grounding in the linguistic tasks tested by the examiners.  Small group tuition and individual attention by our teachers contributes to the motivation needed by the students to maximise their performance in the exam.

Below is a list of Cambridge Exams & the corresponding CEFR level for each exam (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

KET (Key English Test) → CEFR A2
PET (Preliminary English Test) → CEFR B1
FCE (First Certificate in English) → CEFR B2
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) → CEFR C1
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) → CEFR C2

At the end of the course you are given the opportunity to sit for the examination in Malta or in your home country.

For more information regarding Cambridge ESOL Examinations please visit: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/ and for information about exam dates please send us an e-mail: info@english-malta.com 

2017 Exam Dates: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/276855-exam-dates-2017.pdf