TOEFL and IELTS Test Preparation Courses in Chicago

The Tutorium at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers part-time TOEFL iBT and IELTS preparation courses that will help you get the scores you need.

Not sure which course you should take? Request more information

Questions? Contact Beata Keller at bkeller@uic.edu (312-996-2378) or Terrie Byrne at tbyrn2@uic.edu (312-996-8999).

All classes meet at the UIC Tutorium office: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260, Chicago.


 

TOEFL iBT Preparation Course

This 10-week course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the TOEFL iBT.  The TOEFL iBT evaluates the four core language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Every problem tests as many as three language skills at once.  This course helps students gain experience and confidence with the TOEFL iBT, leading to better test results.

During this course, you will:

  • Practice and learn key test-taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT
  • Learn techniques to build vocabulary
  • Review key grammar points
  • Improve listening comprehension skills
  • Write and receive feedback on practice essays
  • Improve test performance under time limits
  • Take a complete practice test of the TOEFL iBT

Dates and Times

Fridays (10 weeks)
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 3 – April 7
  • Summer 2017: May 26 – July 28
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 15 – Nov. 17

Saturdays (10 weeks)
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 4 – April 8
  • Summer 2017: May 27 – July 29
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 16 – Nov. 18

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $900 ($875 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

Register for TOEFL iBT Preparation

 


 

IELTS Preparation Course

This 8-week course gives an overview of what students can expect on the IELTS, then focuses on effective techniques for completing the reading, writing, listening, and speaking sections of the IELTS Academic test format.  Students analyze sample tests to learn the different types of IELTS questions and practice the best ways to answer them.

During this course, you will:

  • Learn practical approaches to taking the IELTS Academic format
  • Practice specific techniques for each section of the test
  • Improve vocabulary needed for success on the IELTS

Dates and Times

Fridays (8 weeks)
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 10 – March 31
  • Summer 2017: May 26 – July 14
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 15 – Nov. 3

Saturdays (8 weeks)
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 10 – March 31
  • Summer 2017: May 27 – July 15
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 16 – Nov. 4

Tuesday/Thursday (8 weeks)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Summer 2017: June 6 – July 27 (no class July 4)

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $750 ($725 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

Register for IELTS Preparation

 


 

Online TOEFL Prep: Reading and Listening

This 5-week course focuses on learning the test-taking strategies necessary for succeeding on the Reading and Listening sections of the TOEFL iBT.  Self-paced presentations teach you test strategies, and instructors assign detailed practice exercises, as well as provide individualized weekly feedback and advice.  In this course, you are able to work at your own pace reviewing presentations, studying vocabulary, and completing practice exercises and tests.

During this course, you will:

  • Build test-taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT test
  • Learn specific techniques for answering each of the question types on the Reading and Listening sections of the test
  • Study vocabulary and take vocabulary quizzes online
  • Complete practice exercises and take numerous practice tests
  • Receive individualized instructor advice and guidance

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify types of questions that you are struggling with and apply strategies to answer these questions correctly
  • Improve your academic vocabulary
  • Be a more effective and efficient test-taker

Dates and Times

  • Spring 2017
    • Feb. 10 – March 17
    • March 31 – May 5
  • Summer 2017
    • May 19 – June 23
    • July 14 – Aug. 18
  • Fall 2017
    • Aug. 25 – Sept. 29
    • Oct. 13 – Nov. 17

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $325 ($300 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. You can register for the course and pay your tuition on our website:

Register for Online TOEFL Preparation: Reading and Listening 

 


Introduction to the TOEFL and IELTS

This 3-week course provides an overall introduction to the speaking and listening sections of the TOEFL and IELTS tests, the essay format required on the TOEFL and IELTS tests, and ways to increase reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary for the reading sections of the TOEFL and IELTS tests.  Students improve their skills through beginner-level exercises that are based on the reading, writing, speaking, and listening sections of the two tests.

During this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the TOEFL and IELTS test
  • Begin practicing with TOEFL and IELTS test questions
  • Improve your English language skills

Dates and Times

All classes meet at the Tutorium office: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260.

Monday through Thursday (3 weeks)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: April 24 –  May 11
  • Fall 2017: Nov. 27 – Dec. 14

Fee: $600 ($575 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

Register for Introduction to the TOEFL and IELTS 

 


 

TOEFL iBT Practice

This 3-week course provides practice with all sections of the TOEFL iBT.  The instructor helps students understand different question types and how to answer them correctly.  Students also receive individualized feedback and instruction on how to improve their spoken and written responses to test questions.

During this course, you will:

  • review strategies for TOEFL iBT
  • practice with all sections of the TOEFL test
  • improve scores through instructor feedback on your writing and speaking skills

Dates and Times

All classes meet at the Tutorium office: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260.

Monday through Thursday (3 weeks)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: April 24 –  May 11
  • Fall 2017: Nov. 27 – Dec. 14

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $600 ($575 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

Register for TOEFL iBT Practice 

 


 

IELTS Practice

This 3-week course helps prepare learners for the Academic IELTS test.  Students practice with techniques for improving test-taking strategies for all sections of the test and receive individualized feedback.

During this course, you will:

  • review strategies for the IELTS test
  • practice with all sections of the IELTS
  • improve scores through instructor feedback on your writing and speaking skills

Dates and Times

All classes meet at the Tutorium office: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260.

Monday through Thursday (3 weeks)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: April 24 –  May 11
  • Fall 2017: Nov. 27 – Dec. 14

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $600 ($575 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

Register  for IELTS Practice
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