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Intensive Test Preparation

Intensive Test Preparation (ITP) is an intensive English test preparation course for students who wish to undertake the IELTS test. It is also suitable for students who wish to qualify for entry into Direct Entry Courses (DEC).
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Key benefits

Learn English exam-taking strategies, gain extensive exam practice using past papers, and develop your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This will prepare you to take the IELTS test.

You will receive:

  • Expert tuition by our English teachers.
  • Familiarisation with English test content.
  • Support in areas of difficulty.
  • Specific English test-taking tips and skills.
  • Feedback on practice English tests and mock exams. This will cover your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum level of IELTS 4.0 or equivalent. We will place you in an English test preparation class according to your IELTS score or equivalent or your score on the CET Placement Test.

Timetables, dates and fees in 2017

The course is usually studied in 11-week blocks and you can join an ongoing course on any Monday. There are nine intakes per year. The course length is dependent on your current English level, your progress within the course and the English level you wish to achieve. The minimum course length is two weeks.

Start date No. of weeks Hours per week Fees Admin fee Material
Any Monday 2-50 weeks 20 hours $450 per week¹ $300 $100²

¹ additional test fees, as applicable
² $100 initial payment
³ $10 for each week of study.
* A minimum of eight students is required for Intensive Test Preparation (ITP) to run a test-specific class. CET reserves the right to cancel a course four weeks prior to commencement. All fees are in Australian dollars.

Other CET courses

You can transfer from this course to other CET courses, such as Direct Entry Courses (DEC).


The University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching (CET) is an authorised IELTS test venue. Please visit our IELTS Test Venue for English test dates and details.


    2-50 weeks


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