If you want to enhance your portfolio as a professional teacher in Thailand, you might want to consider taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) aside from Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) .
IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of a candidate who needs to study or work in an English speaking environment. It is one of the most common and widely accepted standardized English tests required by companies and schools. It is a paper-based test which measures your language proficiency in four sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking.
The test has two categories: Academic and General test. The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. On the other hand, General test is widely used to test your communication skills in the workplace and migration to other countries like Canada, Australia, UK, and New Zealand.
IDP Thailand and British Council are the two main testing centers who administer the IELTS test in Thailand. You will need your passport upon registration. The fee is about 6,000-7,000 baht depending on whether you will opt to register online or in person. While the cost of registration is comparatively higher than TOEIC test, IELTS will assess your four English skills. The test is usually held in the hotel in Bangkok and in some other testing centers in the provinces across Thailand.
Should you register through British Council, follow this link: https://www.britishcouncil.or.th and for IDP Thailand http://www.ielts.idp.co.th It is essential for you to prepare ahead and understand the test format and make sure you will arrive on time during the test. As for the materials, there are many resources available online.
So, wish you all the best in your IELTS test!
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