Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About The Teacher Jonathan

What is Jonathan's experience teaching IELTS?

I first taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in 2003 in Colombia. In 2007 I got my University of Cambridge CELTA, which is the most prestigious ESL teaching qualification in the world.

I have specialized in IELTS preparation since around 2012 (10+ years ago). I have also taught PTE (Pearson Test of English) since 2019. 

I have helped 450+ of my ex-students pass their IELTS exam: you can read my student testimonials here.

My school is a partner of IDP Singapore, which is one of the co-owners of the IELTS organization. And I've taught some IELTS classes for them and also for various immigration agencies.

Because of my 10+ specialization in IELTS preparation, I've also been asked to train teachers on how to teach IELTS.

Is Jonathan an officially certified teacher of IELTS?

There's no official certification for teaching IELTS in the world. Anybody can teach IELTS. When I first started teaching IELTS in 2008 or so, I didn't know much but learned along the way. Now, I've about 15+ years of IELTS teaching experience.

I've also taught IELTS for IDP Singapore (IDP is one of the co-owners of the IELTS organization) and they regularly refer students to my IELTS classes.

It is important to ensure that your teacher has experience with teaching IELTS as anybody can claim to be an IELTS teacher these days. 

Requirements To Take Jonathan's IELTS Class

Do I need to have any school qualifications to take your IELTS class or take the IELTS exam?

No, you do not need any educational or school qualifications to take my IELTS class and take the IELTS exam.

I am completely new to IELTS. Is this class suitable for me?

Yes, most of my students are completely new to IELTS and don't know much about the exam. You will learn all about the exam in my IELTS classes.

Is my English level too low for your class? What level are your students?

I interact with every potential student directly through WhatsApp before they sign up for my class. Through the WhatsApp chat or call, I can tell if their English is good enough.

None of my students are absolute beginners in the English language. Most of my students are foreign professionals working in Singapore.

If you’re not sure if your level is good enough, just WhatsApp me at +65 9768 1054 and we can have a call.

I am a foreigner not a Singaporean. Is this class suitable for me?

Yes, IELTS is an exam for people who speak ESL (English as a Second Language).

The majority of my students are non-Singaporeans so most likely this class would be suitable for you.

If, however, you’re still not sure, just WhatsApp me at +65 9768 1054 and we can chat there.

All About Jonathan's IELTS Classes

How does your IELTS class compare with other IELTS classes in Singapore and online?

Are 4 classes enough to pass IELTS?

Can I repeat your face-to-face class for free if I fail the exam?

Can you guarantee that I will pass IELTS after attending your class?

When's the best time to start your classes?

Should I take the IELTS exam immediately after your class ends?

Should I book my IELTS exam before or after attending your IELTS class?

Do I need to attend IELTS exam preparation classes? Can I just take the exam directly?

Can't I just do self-preparation for IELTS with a cheap IELTS book?

Can't I just do mock tests at home to prepare for the IELTS exam?

You talk about "Smart Work" vs "Hard Work". What do you mean?

My English is so bad that I want to study by myself first then take your class when I'm better. Is this a good plan?

How long does it take for me to get IELTS 7.0?

Can you explain your free makeup classes?

Does your class address all 4 components or just the Writing component?

Does your class address Grammar and Vocabulary?

Is your IELTS class for "General Training" or "Academic"? "Computer Delivered" or "Paper-Based"? UKVI?

Can I still contact you after my IELTS classes with you end?

Are your Unlimited Zoom Support Classes (after the 4 face-to-face classes end) truly unlimited?

Class Registration, Payment & Early Bird Discount

I want your Early Bird Discount but it's over. Can you still give me the discounted price?

Will you offer the Early Bird Discount again?

Can I pay by Credit Card?

Can I pay by installments?

Your recent class intake has already started. Can I start in the middle of an intake or do I need to wait for the next intake? Can I start this Sunday?

Can I use SkillsFuture credits to pay for your class?

Other schools charge additional for materials and GST. Does your class price (S$550 or S$800) already include that or do I need to pay extra?

Does your class price include the IELTS exam fee?

All About The IELTS Exam

What is the IELTS Exam for?

What's the passing mark for IELTS?

Do you offer the IELTS exam or you just teach IELTS exam preparation classes?

When should I take the IELTS exam?

How much does the IELTS exam cost?

How long is the IELTS exam valid for?

Will you help me register for the IELTS exam?

How often is the actual IELTS exam conducted? Do I have to book it way in advance?

When does the result come out?

Should I take the Computer or Paper versions of IELTS? Which is better and which one do you recommend?

If I fail IELTS, can I immediately retake the exam again or do I have to wait?

What's the difference between IELTS and PTE? Which one is better and easier?

What's the difference between IELTS and TOEFL? Which one is better and easier?

About Passing & Failing The IELTS Exam

How long does it take for me to pass IELTS? How much time should I set aside for my IELTS preparation?

Why do so many people fail their IELTS exam?

I have failed IELTS many times. How can I ensure I pass the next time I take it and not waste another S$400 (exam fee)?

Other Questions

Can you do one to one tuition on IELTS Writing or on all the 4 components?

Do you provide IELTS writing correction services?

Do you teach other English exams?