Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT HELP IN 1, 2 OR 3 PARTS OF THE PTE OR IELTS EXAMS RATHER THAN ALL SECTIONS?
That's fine - when we send students the schedule you will be able to see what part of the exam each class is looking at and you will be able to select classes that focus on the sections where you need help.
IS THERE AN EXTRA COST FOR THE MATERIALS AND HOMEWORK?
All materials and homework are included free of charge.
I HAVE NEVER DONE THE (PTE OR IELTS) EXAM BEFORE, WILL I BE TAUGHT ABOUT HOW ALL 4 SECTIONS OF THE EXAM WORK?
Yes, if you have never done the exam, before the first class you will have a brief overview session that explains the four sections of the exam and their key features, you will also be able to use of our mock exams to become familiar with the exam:
Number of questions.
Types of questions.
Criteria used to determine your score.
Key problem areas.
WILL I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO PRACTICE EXAMS?
Yes - for both PTE and IELTS, each week students have the option of doing to a practice exam online.
IF I STILL NEED HELP AFTER MY COURSE FINISHES, CAN I PURCHASE ANOTHER COURSE?
Yes, we have a number of different flexible options for students who need ongoing support. We want to see you pass the exam as quickly as possible, but if you need longer, we are here to help you.
IF I HAVE A PARTICULAR CONCERN ABOUT A PARTICULAR AREA OF THE EXAM, WILL YOU GIVE ME MORE SUPPORT IN THIS AREA?
Yes, something that makes us a little different to other schools is that we take the time to deliver personalised courses catered to the needs of each student. We have a large resource-base of material to draw upon so we are always ready to support each student with any specific problems that he or she may have.
WILL I RECEIVE HOMEWORK?
Yes you will receive personalised homework throughout each week that is related to the exam as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises related to areas of your English that are affecting your score in the exam.
DO THE TEACHERS PROVIDE FEEDBACK IN CLASS
. Yes, teachers give valuable feedback and support students in the classes.
WHAT IS ENGLISH KEY'S EDUCATIONAL METHODOLOGY?
We place a heavy emphasis on personalisation by adapting the course to each student's needs in the exam.
Our method is focussed on developing each student's own critical awareness of their abilities so that their "internal teacher" can help them during the exam.
We have developed a unique methodology called POMAT (PATTERNS OF MISTAKES ANALYSIS & TARGETING) to identify where each student is repeating the same mistakes. After identifying these Patterns of Mistakes we then ANALYSE them with the students and then support those students to TARGET those areas.
SHOULD I TAKE PTE OR IELTS?
We are often asked this question and our advice depends on the circumstances of each individual.
Take for example an individual who requires a score of 7 in IELTS and who has achieved 7 or above in all sections except for Writing (6.5). In this case we would probably recommend that he or she stay with IELTS as they probably just require help identifying their PATTERNS OF MISTAKES in their writing.
On the other hand, if a student requires 7+ in IELTS but is getting below 7 in all sections, then we would recommend that he or she change to PTE as it is generally considered an easier option by many students.
So in answer to this question, this is best discussed by calling us or coming in for a consultation so that we can evaluate your situation.
ARE PTE & IELTS CLASSES TAUGHT SEPARATELY?
Yes, we use different materials and have a different focus for PTE classes compared to IELTS classes.
For example PTE Speaking places a greater emphasis on intonation and word stress (elements of fluency) which are easily measured by a computer. Whilst IELTS Speaking places greater emphasis on replicating how we speak in a conversational setting.
Because of this classes are not mixed. We do however allow PTE students to attend some IELTS Writing Task 2 Classes as the essay component is similar between the two exams.
DO YOU GUARANTEE THAT I WILL GET THE SCORE I NEED IN THE EXAM?
Any school that tells you they guarantee you will get the scores is being dishonest. We guarantee the best and most personalised ongoing support for students of the PTE and IELTS exams. Our expert IELTS/ PTE tutors help ensure this.
Each student must "meet us halfway" and show the same level of dedication as their tutors, both in class at at home, to ensure results in the exam. Teamwork and hard work are keywords at ENGLISH KEY.
I’D LIKE TO BOOK A FIRST CLASS, SO NOW WHAT DO I DO?!
You can purchase a course via our website or email us at and we’ll be happy to support you with the enrolment process.