Preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

This examination provides proof of your competence in using English in an academic context. It is widely recognised by universities and institutions around the world, notably in the UK, Australia, New-Zealand and the USA.

The examination is held in Bern once a month. It takes one day. Your results are sent to you within 2 weeks.

Learning outcomes

  • Answer questions about everyday topics; give a short talk on a specific subject; participate in a discussion on subjects of general interest
  • Understand the gist, details, attitudes and opinions in dialogues and talks in social, academic and professional domains, when standard language is used
  • Understand opinions, attitudes and the connections between ideas in written texts of a certain length in a general academic context
  • Write a formal description of a graph, table or other diagram
  • Write a well-structured essay of a certain length in a general academic context

attention.jpgThis test shows your current level of English. The certificate you obtain has a limited validity (2 years).

Practical information

Pre-registration dates and deadlines   All information
Required level B2 to C1 Level descriptor
Structure of the module
(per week)
> Group 2 periods
  > Multimedia Centre (EMA)* 1 period
Timetable Fixed according to the availability of the participants All information
Fees Language Center courses are only for members of the UNIL community (with a few exceptions) All information

*When indicated, the multimedia space for independent learning (EMA) is an integrated part of the course. It can be “online registration” or “free access” (details)

attention.jpgYou need to pay to take this examination and to sign up yourself (external examination with no connection to the Cdl)

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