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The IELTS* exam provides an internationally-recognised certification of a person’s English language level for study, employment, or visa purposes. It is taken by over 2 million people each year and is recognised by more than 9000 professional organisations, educational institutions, and government agencies worldwide (to check a particular institution’s requirements, see the Cambridge English website). This certification is valid for two years.

Kickstart’s IELTS Exam Preparation Course provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to take the IELTS Academic exam with confidence. The course covers all four modules (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and increases students’ proficiency by familiarising them with question- and text-types, teaching exam techniques, and working through practice exams together.

Kickstart offers two types of IELTS courses:

  • The IELTS B2 Group Course (24 hours) covers exam training and practice for students with a B2 level or higher.
  • An IELTS Private Course (minimum 10 hours recommended) covers exam training and practice on a one-on-one basis at B1 level or higher.

* IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Materials  Cambridge English IELTS Trainer – Six Practice Tests with Answers; ISBN 9780521128209; ± €30-40
KickstartNet, our online learning platform 

Length 24 hours for IELTS B2 Course
Minimum 10 hours for IELTS Private Course (or to be discussed)

Format  Once a week (regular); a semi-intensive option can be created by combining this course with our Upper-Intermediate General, Conversation, or Practical English Courses, or Advanced General, Conversation,and/or Practical English Courses.

Group size  4 to 10 students

Homework 6 hours per lesson

Price  IELTS B2 Course: €400 (excluding the book; including all other course materials); €360 for students/au pairs (student card number/details of host family must be provided).
IELTS Private Course: private course fees apply (excluding the book; including all other course materials).
For all of our courses, we offer a money-back guarantee: if you are not satisfied after the first lesson, we will refund you the full course fee (less €15 administration costs).
N.B. This does not include the price of the exam, which must be paid by the student directly to the British Council when registering for the exam.

Catch-up lessons  If a student misses a lesson during the course, catch-up lessons can be arranged at a discounted rate of €50/hour.   

Highlighted below is the language level of this course. Other courses at this language level can also be seen, as well as follow-on courses.

Please contact us to arrange a short, free intake to assess your language level. You can also check the CEFR framework to read the skills description for each level.

English courses

CEFR Level  General Courses   Conversation & Practical Courses Business Courses   Exam Preparation Courses  Online Courses  
A0  Elementary 
A1  Upper-Elementary 
A2  Pre-Intermediate   Pre-Intermediate      
B1  Intermediate   Intermediate  
B2  Upper-Intermediate         Upper-
- Cambridge: First (FCE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Vantage      
- Academic English
- Business English       
C1  Advanced   Advanced    Upper-
- Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Higher 
- Academic English
- Business English
C2  Proficient 
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Reviews for this course

 What our students say about us

  • My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien's support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her.

    Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell

  • Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.

    Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement 

  • I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.

    Beatriz Pedroche, Spain 

  • Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. The teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient, fun and friendly style.

    Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand 

  • My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.

    Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania

  • During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!

    Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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