5 Facts You Need to Know About Canada’s Education System

As the most educated country in the world, Canada is also rated as the place that offers the best quality of life to its residents. It has a balanced approach to work and living, and with top-quality education, excellent prospects too.  

Education is what molds the future. It sculpts people into the leaders of tomorrow. If you are a parent, one of your top priorities is probably to send your children to one of the best schools in the world, including primary, secondary, and then, finally, tertiary.  

The Canada Express Entry System consists of countless immigration programs that can promise a brighter future for both you and your family, but first, let’s learn more about the Canadian Education system. 

5 Facts About the Canadian Education System

  1. Canada offers free education, for the most part.

Education is free for all students in the public education system. This is very beneficial to many people traveling from countries where education is generally expensive, such as the US and Australia. Even though public schools are free in Canada, the quality of education is uncompromised because, with high-quality education, each province also has quality teachers.

  1. Canada has public and private schools.

The biggest difference between private and public schools in Canada is that public schools are governmentally funded, while private schools cost between 4,000 CAD to 26,000 CAD in tuition fees per year. While public schools lend textbooks to students, private schools sell them. Private schools are also selective with their students, where public schools accept everybody.

  1. The Canadian government prioritizes education.

The Canadian government spends 6% of its GDP on education, which is much more than most governments in the world. This means that the government is set on investing in the future of the country and understands the significant role that education plays in the construction of a better and brighter future for all people that live in Canada and those who plan to immigrate to it.

  1. Canada is home to some of the top-ranked educational institutions globally.

Not less than 30 Canadian universities rank among the top in the entire world, which also sheds light on how good the primary and secondary education systems in Canada are. Canada has also been ranked as one of the top 5 countries that offers the best higher education in the world.

  1. Canada is a world leader in language education.

The Great White North is known for being a world leader in language training. Canada has two official languages, which are English and French. In Canada, all students are required to learn both English and French and become proficient enough to communicate in either. Students are also welcome and encouraged to learn more languages, with Spanish being the most popular additional choice. Up to 21% of people that live in Canada speak a foreign language as their mother tongue. 40% of this group speaks European languages as their mother tongue, and 56% speak Asian languages. For more information about Canada’s education system and how to apply for a Canadian study permit through the Student Direct Stream (SDS), visit this page.

If you wish to immigrate to this incredible country and benefit from its amazing education system, you can with the Canada Express Entry System. The program is highly beneficial for anyone who wants to move to Canada to apply to study in the country, as it can gain you CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points. As getting an education in Canada could increase your score, your chances of gaining permanent residency also increase. Whether it’s you who study at a Canadian university or your children receiving an education, it can benefit your entire household family to gain permanent residency in Canada.

What is the Express Entry System?

Introduced by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canadian Express Entry System is a fast-tracked process designed to select the best candidates for Canadian immigration, all to aid in the country’s economic growth. It is a simple immigration initiative that consists of many Federal economic immigration programs, all of which suit specific criteria.

To apply, you can submit your visa application through one of the following programs: 

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry applications include seven easy-to-follow steps: 

  1. Check if you meet the minimum requirements
  2. Create an Express Entry profile
  3. Receive your CRS score
  4. Get and accept an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  5. Submit your supporting documents
  6. Pay your immigration fees
  7. Submit your application for Permanent Residence (PR)

It doesn’t matter where you live in the world. If you wonder how to get to a country that offers the best education system, look no further than applying through the Canada Express Entry system. As the best immigration program in Canada, it can help you move abroad in as little as 6 to 8 months. All you have to do is meet a list of requirements set out by the Canadian government.   

To learn more about Canada’s Express Entry system and other immigration programs you can apply to, visit CanadianVisa.org.     

UK visa: ASUU members, others react to exclusion of Nigerian universities

Following the exclusion of Nigerian graduates from a new United Kingdom visa- High Potential Individual Visa, reactions have trailed the development, with many linking the cause to the persistent school closures, especially the strike actions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The PUNCH had reported on Friday that a  new UK visa excluded Nigerian university graduates from applying for the jobs based on the requirement that graduates applying must be from any of the universities in the top 50 global rankings.

The PUNCH gathered reactions from some stakeholders in Nigerian universities.

The Chairman of ASUU, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife branch, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, noted that Nigerian degrees were not inferior to those of counterparts abroad, adding that lecturers in Nigeria were equally qualified to teach outside the country.

However, he said, “Nevertheless, the difference is in the process and facilities with which teaching and learning are done and this is the matter ASUU has been pursuing for decades. Because facilities are not readily available in our universities, infrastructures are not maintained among many other challenges, whereas the ranking of universities is dependent on such criteria and many others.

“The incessant strikes, foisted on ASUU by the government, have always resulted in unstable calendars, calling to question the duration of degree programmes in Nigeria.”

“If the government had not been paying lip service to the demands of ASUU over the years, we would not have experienced the rots we have in the universities and such UK authorities wouldn’t have exempted our graduates,” Egbedokun told The PUNCH.

He urged that the Nigerian government should urgently listen to the demands of ASUU, adding that the “deafness of Nigerian government is really hampering the chances of our graduates abroad. ”

  • It is an interplay between mischief and reality- UNILAG don

A Research Associate Professor of Governance and Politics at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Kayode Eesuola, in his reaction, said, “the UK has the statistics of Nigerian universities’ graduates that drive the country’s economy in professions ranging from Medicine to Engineering and IT. The statistics will hardly support or warrant such discrimination. That’s the mischief part.

“The reality part is that one cannot deny that Nigerian universities are underfunded and underequipped in material and human resources, consequences of which are the incessant ASUU strikes the country currently faces. Apparently, the students become the victims as they lack concentration and state-of-the-art training in comparison to their peers elsewhere. Their finishing qualities will be affected,” Eesuola said.

Speaking further, he noted that it wasn’t given that the training grounds determined the quality of graduates, adding that the United States had “some of the best football and athletics training institutions and equipment in the world, but the best marathoners and footballers come from other countries.” He added that this was evident in the Nigerians that were doing well in their careers abroad.

He concluded that the Nigerian government should “understand and appreciate the wider implications of ASUU’s struggle for the revitalisation of education in Nigeria, for only that will improve the rating (not necessarily quality) of our graduates globally.”

  • Lecturers sponsor researches with their salaries – OAU don

A lecturer who deals with Hydrology and Geographic Information System at the Department of Geography in OAU, Dr. Bayo Eludoyin, on his part, noted that lecturers now sponsored researches with their salaries while students lacked grants for their researches too.

“I do not find the decision to be a surprising one. We definitely are not in the first 50. I am not sure that any university in Nigeria is in the top 800 or 1000, depending on whose ranking we use.”

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Speaking further, he said, “Nigerian public university system has a long way to go before they can rank even in 500th position. Forget the so-called ABUAD or Covenant University’s ranking but ask about the basis for the ranking. Is it on students’ satisfaction, research output, or specific programmes? The basis differs and the ranking is specific. Nonetheless, I think there are lots of things that are wrong with the administration of teaching and learning in Nigerian public universities, and many private universities may do better in some of these areas, including some selective facilities and lecturer-student relationships.

Dr. Eludoyin urged for autonomy in public universities to allow competitiveness, adding that most successful universities abroad were autonomous.

A Masters graduate of OAU, Ogumah Andrew Segun, said that the quality of teaching in public universities should not make anyone argue over the criteria of the UK.

“I do think that we can’t blame the UK for her criteria for admission into their country particularly on certificate or qualifications. I think we should blame ourselves for the poor level of attention we give to education in our country.

“Today, practically no federal university in the country has a functional laboratory. Part of what the ASUU is fighting for is the revitalisation fund to improve the facilities on our campuses. Why are we not going to be in the lowest ranking level when today the endowment for the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, alone, is more than the entire Nigeria budget in the last five years!” Ogumah said.

“What is the quality of the teaching in our public universities that we want to argue that we should be included?” He asked.

Another student activist at the University of Lagos, Adeyeye Olorunfemi, said, “The blame for this debacle must be dumped at the doorstep of the government.  The question is why don’t we rank well globally?

“I disagree with some who say that our lecturers can’t deliver quality, that’s why the UK wouldn’t be issuing visas to Nigerian graduates. Many of our lecturers also lecture abroad and their expertise is not in doubt.”

“In practical terms, how do you come out as a proper learned person when you spend one month in class and the next three months at home or on the streets due to incessant ASUU strikes?

“How will such an arrangement rank well globally? It’s not possible,” Adeyeye added.

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NIMC, NIS data integration delaying passport issuance – Immigration boss

The Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Idris, has blamed the delay in the issuance of passports on the integration of data between NIS, and the National Identity Management Commission.

He gave the reason in a media briefing on Saturday, warning Nigerians against bribing immigration officials.

Idris said the single data integration policy of the government is aimed at enhancing the nation’s security architecture to protect the identity of Nigerians.

The immigration boss lamented the increasing number of Nigerians seeking override of the newly introduced appointment system for passport issuance, describing it as an abuse of the system.

He said the appointment system was introduced to reduce physical interface with personnel, overcrowding and arbitrariness, which he noted had all consistently combined to promote corruption and abuse.

Idris said, “The delay in the processing of passport applications could be as a result of the integration of data between NIS and the NIMC, which also in turn integrate with the BVN data of applicants.

“Apart from this, because passports confer on holders the integrity of a nation, the integrity of producing such documents should also not be compromised. So, we must verify the addresses of the applicants and there is a company that already does that for us. We must confirm the authenticity of the claims before we proceed with production.

“Nigerians should not induce our officers by giving them money. It won’t make anything fast for them. We have ensured a corruption-free process.”

The acting CGI appealed to Nigerians in diaspora facing difficulties with passports, saying that access to forex has been difficult for the company handling the passport production project.

He said the NIS has a mandate to renew passports within three weeks and complete new applications in six weeks.

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The acting comptroller general of NIS also said the commission had launched an online appointment system.

“Like parcels sent through logistic companies or visa applications, we have introduced a tracking system so that people can stay in the comfort of their rooms and know the status of their passport applications.

“You don’t need to offer anyone any kobo. All that you need to do is to log into our website on www.trackimmigration.gov.ng, upload the required details and see an immediate response on the status of your passports,” he said.

He noted within the next four weeks NIS would deploy a new system for applicants to validate their national identity numbers before they can proceed to make payment for passports online and book appointments for capturing.

“Most delays are usually caused by the NIN validation problems and what we want to do now will allow individual applicants to, first of all, verify and validate their NIN and only upload validated NIN before they can pay for passports. By doing that, we would have successfully tackled the issue of delay from other partners which we don’t have control over,” he said.

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Working while studying in Canada

Working while studying in Canada is one of the major advantages of choosing Canada as your study destination, but there are a few things you should know before you can begin earning.

Most international students in Canada can work for up to 20 hours per week, and full-time during scheduled breaks, without a work permit. Working while studying can help you support yourself and meet new people, all while building the connections and experience that could make you stand out in your job hunt later on.

Before you start looking for your dream student job, read on to find out more about working in Canada as an international student.

Working while studying in Canada: Eligibility

International students in Canada with a study permit who are enrolled full-time in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), can work off campus without a work permit. This means you can work for any employer in any occupation anywhere in Canada. International students can also work on campus if they wish.

Working off campus means working for any employer outside of the university or college. Working on campus means working for any employer on the university or college’s campus, such as working for the university or college itself, for a faculty member (as a research assistant, for example), for yourself (self-employed, working on campus), for a student organization, or for a private contractor providing services on campus, for example a gym or restaurant.

It is important to note that even if you plan to work while studying in Canada, you will still need to demonstrate sufficient financial resources when you apply for a study permit. This means you have to show you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without working. Anticipated future earnings will not suffice when demonstrating sufficient financial resources, so the fact that you may plan to be working while studying in Canada will not satisfy the condition to prove financial capacity before arrival.

Your study permit will state whether you are permitted to work in Canada, and the conditions of employment. This statement enables you to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada; obtaining a SIN is a key requirement before you can begin working while studying in Canada.

If your study permit is missing the statement you need in order to apply for a SIN, you can get your study permit amended for free. While this can be done after you arrive, it’s much easier to do this when you land and your study permit is first issued. When you arrive at Immigration, you can ask the officer about your permission to work if you are unsure about anything on your study permit.

You cannot work in Canada unless otherwise authorized to do so if your study program is less than six months in duration, or if you are enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) program. Additionally, visiting or exchange students at a DLI are not permitted to work while studying in Canada.

It’s important to remember that you cannot start working while studying in Canada until you start your study program.

Working while studying in Canada: Finding a job

Being eligible to work in Canada may seem like the easy part – the next step is to find a job. Employers in Canada are often keen to hire students for part-time positions, and there is a rich variety of positions out there.

Before you start looking for jobs or applying, you’ll need to prepare your resume (CV) and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter are your best chance of catching a potential employer’s attention and standing out as the best candidate for the job. Make sure your resume is up to date and formatted for the expectations of Canadian employers. Your cover letter is your chance to reveal your personality and achievements. Write a tailored cover letter for each position, highlighting how you fit the precise criteria they’re looking for. If you’re applying online the cover letter can form your introductory email, to which you attach your resume as a PDF.

There are several places you can start looking for jobs. Websites such as Indeed, Monster and Craigslist have hundreds of postings for part-time employment. Your city or town may have its own portal for jobs, such as at recreation centres, libraries, or in administration.

You could also walk around your neighbourhood and see if shops or restaurants are advertising  in the window for employees. If you try this method, take paper copies of your resume with you, and wear smart clothes appropriate to the business (for example a collared shirt, and avoid blue jeans) and know your availabilities. If somewhere looks promising, feel free to ask to speak to someone about the position. This is a great opportunity to make a good first impression face-to-face, and could turn into an on-the-spot job interview. Networking your way to success in this way is a tried and tested formula, and we have a comprehensive guide on networking techniques to help you on the way.

There is a strong culture of working while studying in Canada, and you shouldn’t hide the fact that you’re a student. Remember that your studies come first, and don’t be shy to ask for the time off that you need during exam periods or in preparation for a big deadline. Students who work while studying have the same labour rights as all workers in Canada, and you should know what your labour rights are, as well as the minimum wage in your province. Make sure you receive payslips and the proper record of employment, so you can file your tax return.

  • Confused about taxes? Check out these 5 simple tax tips for starting a job in Canada.

Counting the cash

Many employers in Canada pay employees by direct debit, straight into your bank account. Consequently, it is important to have a bank account set up and have the details of your account available so that your employer can pay you. You can learn more about options in our guide to banking in Canada.

Co-op work permit

While international students generally don’t need a separate work permit in order to work while studying in Canada, there is an important exception. Some study programs require the student to complete a Co-op or internship work placement in order to be able to graduate. In this situation, international students require a Co-op work permit in addition to their study permit.

To get a Co-op work permit, you’ll need a valid study permit and a letter from your university or college confirming all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree.

The Co-op work permit can be issued with your study permit. If your acceptance letter states that a Co-op or internship placement is required as part of your study program, your work permit may be processed as part of your study permit application.

It is also possible to apply for a Co-op work permit after you have already obtained your study permit, and you can apply online or by paper. Your university or college should be able to help you with this, as the placement is part of your study program and they probably help many international students to apply for this permit each year.

After studying

Once you’ve finished your studies, you may need to stop working in Canada immediately. However, there are several ways you may continue working under different conditions.

  • If you plan to stay and work in Canada, you may be able to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), allowing you to work anywhere in Canada for any employer for up to three years after you graduate. If you’re eligible and if you want to stay in Canada and work, you need to apply within 180 days of receiving written confirmation that you’ve finished your study program.
  • If you are starting a new study program (for example, continuing to a Master’s after completing a Bachelor degree), you can continue working between the study programs if you:
    • were eligible to work off campus during your previous study program;
    • still have a valid study permit, or applied for an extension before your permit expired;
    • have received written confirmation that you completed your program;
    • have received a letter of acceptance to a new full-time study program at a DLI; and
    • will start your new study program within 150 days of receiving confirmation that you completed your previous program.
  • If you don’t apply for the PGWP and then decide you want to come back to work temporarily, you may be eligible for one or more of the International Experience Canada (IEC) categories, which offer young people from various countries the opportunity to work in Canada for a year or two, depending on the category and country of citizenship.

Working while studying in Canada can be rewarding beyond the wage you earn. Graduating from a university or college in Canada with additional work experience could make you stand out from the crowd during your job hunt. Whether you’re aiming to stay in Canada or work elsewhere after graduation, Canadian work experience can be a valuable asset to your future goals.

New milestone for world-leading English test: IELTS trusted by more than 11,000 organisations across the globe

IELTS, the world’s leading English test for study, work and migration, celebrates a new milestone this month as 11,000 organisations have now signed up to accept its results. This milestone comes as people around the world are reviving their plans for international travel, migration and study.
Christine Nuttall, Managing Director IELTS at Cambridge Assessment English, said the high number of organisations that trust IELTS is testament to its world-class quality and integrity.
“Globally, people are looking for a test they can trust that will open doors for education, study and career opportunities,” Ms Nuttall said. 
This is what IELTS is all about. We have been leaders in language testing for more than 30 years and our track record as the gold standard is unrivalled.
“While low-stakes online tests have emerged in recent years, none of them match the security, integrity and quality of IELTS,” 
she said.
Ms Nuttall said “IELTS’ customer-centric values have been evident throughout the pandemic when the IELTS partners introduced innovations to help people stay connected with their global goals.”
IELTS is the only test that is trusted for migration purposes by the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and UK governments.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge Assessment English. 

IELTS announces at-home testing option

Test takers around the world will have the option to take their secure test online when IELTS Online starts global rollout early in 2022.
IELTS Online is a new way to take IELTS Academic, the world’s leading test of English for international higher education. IELTS Online will allow students to take the test from their own home or another suitable location as they embark on their journey to achieving their study and career goals.  
The test will have the same content and format as the existing pen-and-paper and computer-delivered IELTS tests. This includes a real-time face-to-face speaking test, delivered online by trained IELTS examiners.  
Christine Nuttall, Managing Director IELTS at Cambridge Assessment English, said “IELTS Online is the next step in enhancing the test taker experience around the world. It will give test takers greater flexibility in taking the IELTS test. It will also mean faster results for test takers, as validated results will be available as soon as three days after the test. By making the world’s leading test available online, we aim to empower even more people to take IELTS and follow their ambitions.” 
IELTS Online will cover all four skills of IELTS Academic – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It will also have the same rigorous assessment by trained examiners, and a speaking test with a human examiner giving a true indication of the test taker’s ability to communicate effectively in English.  
“In developing IELTS Online, we are bringing all the existing benefits of IELTS for test takers and recognising organisations,” Nuttall said. “IELTS Online will provide flexibility and confidence, using cutting edge AI and state-of-the-art security features to complement the expertise of IELTS examiners.” 
IELTS has purpose-built a secure remote proctoring test platform with integrated video call speaking software to deliver secure English language tests to streamline the experience for test takers, examiners and proctors. The new online proctoring platform, combined with IELTS’ own proctors who are recruited, trained and managed directly, will ensure high standards of test integrity in the new format.  

IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test for work, study and migration. 
More than 11,000 organisations trust IELTS as a reliable indicator of true to life ability to communicate in English. 
IELTS assesses a test taker’s English language proficiency across four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. 
IELTS on paper and computer are the only high-stakes language tests recognised for migration across Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. With a focus on human conversations, IELTS was a pioneer of four-skills English language testing more than 30 years ago. IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today.

IELTS: Prepare for life in Canada beyond the test

IELTS General Training is the test you can take to support your application for immigration to Canada, whether you wish to apply under Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, or Canada’s many other economic class immigration pathways.

When your English test ends, the real test of your English begins.

Life in Canada will constantly challenge and develop your English skills, from the chats you have at work, to the headlines you read on the way home, to the information you need to read or provide in everyday life.

IELTS General Training prepares you for those challenges—because it’s one test that’s designed with them in mind.

The test

Just as the IELTS Academic test focuses on the academic language students need to thrive in higher education, IELTS General Training specialises in the language and formats that occur most frequently in everyday life. c

IELTS General Training focuses on everyday scenarios, situations and topics to ‘keep it real’.

Understand the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training


Understanding what’s being said to us is crucial to fitting in to any new environment. These aren’t usually controlled test environments—no, they belong to a less predictable world of rushed bus drivers and impatient shopkeepers, or new bosses and fast-talking newsreaders.

So, the Listening section of IELTS General Training asks test takers to understand, and respond to, conversations and monologues. These extracts are in a range of accents, and across a range of social contexts, to better replicate real life.


We all read every day, whether it’s for fun, for information or for work. Reading is a very ‘safe’ way to absorb information without being rushed or forced to respond, and without that information being coloured by accents. The better we are at it, the easier it gets.

But reading isn’t just one skill: it’s several. When we read, we’re usually either skim-reading, mentally summarising the information, digging for details, or trying to grasp an author’s viewpoint. The IELTS General Training Reading test probes all these skills across the kind of formats you encounter in daily life: books, magazines, newspapers, notice, adverts, company handbooks and guidelines. By engaging with these sorts of texts, you can get ready for reading in the real world.


Often, life in Canada demands that you express yourself in writing. You might need to apologise for missing a party, complain about a bad experience, or give someone advice. Perhaps you’ll need to write a cover letter for a new job. Whenever you do write, it’s important to get the tone and structure right—you’re more likely to get the reaction you’re looking for.

These are precisely the kind of situations that IELTS General Training presents you with in Task 1 of the Writing test. Task 2, meanwhile, gets you to understand how to argue in writing—including all the forms and conventions of getting your point across on issues like school, mobile phone usage, and how to create a fairer society. In a progressive country like Canada, you’re never too far away from a debate on these matters, so it’s a great skill to master.


Perhaps the skill you’ll use most often in Canada is your speaking. Communities in Canada tend to be welcoming and friendly, so speaking is probably the skill you’ll require the most. What’s more, talking fluently and accurately is vital to the speed at which people integrate into any new society, forming the foundations of mutual understanding and respect.

The IELTS Speaking test is almost legendary for its face-to-face element, which has long been respected around the world as a true test of conversational ability. Just preparing for this human interaction develops a clearer, more natural speaking style that is proven to help people adapt better into English-speaking environments.

Accepted around the world

Immigration authorities are particular about which tests they accept as proof of English proficiency, because they recognise the importance of language to integration. They also recognise that not all tests are created equal: some are more thorough than others, some more accurately marked, and some more geared to the kind of real-world situations they expect you to face.

All of which means that there’s only one test accepted by every immigration authority that asks for one, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. That test is IELTS General Training.

All You Need To Know About IELTS

If you clicked on this, you probably want to know everything about IELTS. In this text, you’ll get answers to this question and more. If you’re planning to travel out of the country, you definitely know that IELTS is a very important requirement. And with that knowledge comes the need to know all about IELTS so that you can be well informed and thus be able to adequately prepare.

We’ve put together some of the things you need to know about IELTS, here’s all you need to know about IELTS.;

What is IELTS?

IELTS is a test of your proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening in English . More than 10,000 organisations in the world trust IELTS,  so when you take the test, it’s not only useful for traveling purpose, it is also recognized by educational institutions, employers, governments and organisations around the world.

Where can I take IELTS?

There are IELTS test centers all over Nigeria where you can register your IELTS but we at Baccalaureate place high value on guiding our students aright. That means; when you register with us, we won’t just register you for the IELTS exam, we also guide you on everything you need to know to score an 8.5 band in your IELTS exam.

How do I book/register for the test?

When you register for IELTS with us, we as your IDP Education counselor will coach you and get you ready for the exam, when we’ve ascertained that you are ready. Then, you can pick a date and location that is convenient for you and write your exam.

 Do I take all parts of the test on the same day?

The Listening, speaking, Reading and Writing components of the test are always written immediately after each other and with no break. So the four components of the tests are written the same day. But you might choose to complete the speaking component of the IELTS exam on a different day.You will do the Listening component first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test.

How do I choose the right test for me?

We will have you know that there are two types of IELTS tests available; IELTS Academic and IELTS General training. The test you choose depends on what you need it for.

IELTS Academic : IELTS Academic is used to measure your level of language proficiency and its often used for academic pursuit. This is the IELTS exam you need to write if your intention is to study abroad.

IELTS General Training: Measures your English language proficiency for everyday use. The test that will be administered reflects not just workplace but also social contexts.

The IELTS and International Students: What You Need to Know

The IELTS and International Students: What You Need to Know

If you’re planning on attending university in an English-speaking country, like Canada, Australia, The UK, New Zealand, or South Africa you may be required to take the IELTS exam. You might also be required to take the exam in other countries where English is being used as the language of instruction for specific classes and coursework by a university.

It’s highly recommended that you contact your prospective school to find out if it’s necessary for you to take the IELTS exam.

While there are other English tests you might take, you should remember that IELTS is the world’s most popular English test.

IELTS Scoring System

The IELTS consists of four modules in multiple areas of knowledge, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each module is scored on a numeric scale starting at one and going up to nine. Universities may use an average of all four modules to satisfy admission requirements but some may require specific scores for some modules. You can find out the required band scores for all universities on the ielts.org website. A quick search should bring up your preferred institution and its requirements.

As an example, the University of Oxford requires a minimum average band score of 6.5 for international students. However, as mentioned above, Princeton University requires students to have a score of at least eight on the Speaking module.

Preparing for the IELTS Exam

One of the most common mistakes students make is not preparing for the exam. They will register and pay to take the test thinking that they speak, read, and comprehend English well enough to pass the exam.

What typically occurs with these students is that they tend to perform poorly because they are not properly prepared. Even though there are no “penalties” for not passing the exam, and you can retake the exam as many times you as you need to, you DO have to pay the test fee each time you take the exam.

Other issues students experience are not being able to follow instructions and discovering they’re unfamiliar with different areas in each of the modules. Fortunately, BACCALAUREATE offers a wide range of test prep services you can utilize to help you to prepare for the exam.

We offer tutorial and test prep services to help you become more familiar with the test format and each of the modules.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve the band score required for your institution the first time you take your IELTS, we can help ensure you have access to study materials, tools, and aids to help you do your very best.

Please feel free to explore our website further or contact us for further assistance today!

Want to work and study in Canada? Let’s go!

study and work in Canada

Do you have the dream of earning a degree outside the shores of Nigeria and geting a good job that can pay your tuition at the same time? Then you shouldn’t give up on that dream because you are just a click away from making it come true. At Baccalaureate consult we will not only help you secure your admission at a good Canadian school we will also help you with your visa processing and work permit.


Baccalaureate is the right agency to employ because unlike other agencies we do these for you:

  • Help you waive all English examination tests that can cause unnecessary hitch and delay like IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, and ESSAY.
  • Assist you in getting into a school with flexible tuition fee and payment plan.
  • Get you a work permit in Canada once your visa is approved.
  • Help you get access to Canadian loans.
  • Get you full professional support for your choice course.

Baccalaureate will do all these without charging you any service fee until your visa is finally approved.

 We will also help you get 50% refund back from the school if your admission is not successful.

You can start at any level Diploma, BSC, Masters, PHD and PGD and we will be give you all necessary assistance and guidance to get started.

Baccalaureate is the right agency to trust with your Canada work and study plans: we will help you get it right with your visa application and get you into Canada to study your dream course in no time.

It’s time to go to Canada to study your dream course, to get started visit www.baccalaureateng.com and click on enrolment form to submit your details for processing or click here and you will be directed to our enrolment page.

You can also click on the chat icon on our website to chat with any of our customer care agents who are always available to help you with any difficulties you have filling the forms, and to answer any questions you might have on your eligibility.

Kindly note that our enrolment form is and will always be free, we won’t charge you any fee until your visa is finally approved.

For more information about Baccalaureate visit us at one of our branches at Rauf Aregbesola Mall, Block A1, Suite 5FF, Abdullahi Enilolobo lane, Pako Bus Stop, Ipaja Lagos or call 08091334434, 09091334435, 09019196619. You can also send us an email at support@baccalaureateng.com