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Although not compulsory, sixth form students are strongly encouraged to sit their IELTS exam in the first term of Year 12. It is an internationally recognized English qualification that most students will need in order to progress to university. The exam tests the student’s English ability in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and assesses their potential to study as an undergraduate in the English language. The skills and strategies that the student gains allows them to extend their learning potential when studying at university.

Reading:   1 hour exam, three reading passages, 40 questions, score out of 9
Writing:    1 hour exam, two essays, score out of 9
Listening: 40 minutes exam, four listening sections, 40 questions, score out of 9
Speaking: 15 minute interview, three sections, score out of 9

The average score of the four language areas gives the overall grade. Typically, universities ask for a minimum of 6.5 in order to gain entrance into university.

The students follow a ten week exam preparation course during the first term and then sit the exam in Dukhan on the first or second Saturday in December. The results are published two weeks later, in time for students to use the qualification for their university application.