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    I was thrilled to get an offer from UEA for Computer Science, as this is my definite first choice. Now, one of the conditions is achieving a C in GCSE English. I know it's absolutely ridiculous, that I still don't have it, but when I came to the UK (less than 3 years ago) in year 11 I've only had a year to prepare for it and I need to admit - English was one of my worst subjects back home. I did well in stuff like Maths, but in English I've ended with a D. I can resit it in June and I am going to, however, I've contacted UEA asking if they accept IELTS in place of English Lang and it turns out they do. The score they require is actually surpsisingly low (6.0 overall, 5.5 in all of the components, other universities usually require 6.5).
    Is there anyone on here, who's sat the IELTS Academic test?
    How does it compare to GCSE English Lang and did you attend any preparatory courses? Are they really necessary?
    I wanted to book it for April, but are 3 months enough to prepare for it?
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    Looking at your standard of written English, and as you've presumably improved since you got your GCSE grade D, I don't think you'll have any problems.

    However, it might be worth just retaking the GCSE English anyway - you'll find that a surprisingly high number of graduate jobs require at least a C grade, and it will be easiest (and cheapest!) to retake it whilst you're still at school / college.
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    (Original post by björk)
    I was thrilled to get an offer from UEA for Computer Science, as this is my definite first choice. Now, one of the conditions is achieving a C in GCSE English. I know it's absolutely ridiculous, that I still don't have it, but when I came to the UK (less than 3 years ago) in year 11 I've only had a year to prepare for it and I need to admit - English was one of my worst subjects back home. I did well in stuff like Maths, but in English I've ended with a D. I can resit it in June and I am going to, however, I've contacted UEA asking if they accept IELTS in place of English Lang and it turns out they do. The score they require is actually surpsisingly low (6.0 overall, 5.5 in all of the components, other universities usually require 6.5).
    Is there anyone on here, who sat the IELTS Academic test?
    How does it compare to GCSE English Lang and did you attend any preparatory courses? Are they really necessary?
    I wanted to book it for April, but are 3 months enough to prepare for it?
    I don't know what GCSE is like so I can't compare the two, but you will find lots of useful information and sample preparation materials for IELTS here: http://www.roadtoielts.com/testdrive/index.php

    In my opinion, the listening part of the test is the most difficult as you only hear the text once and have to write down your answers as you listen.

    You will definitely need to do some preparation for it but you may be able to do it online rather than attending classes.

    Hope this helps.
    Good luck.
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    IELTS is extremely easy. Especially the listening and reading part.
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    A 6.0 overall is very, very easy. If you can't get that, you probably shouldn't study in the UK.
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    by all means do ielts but gcse English is necessary for many jobs so resit it. for teaching you need maths and English at grade c in England and grade b in wales for both
 
 
 
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