[IELTS] Score Up to 6.5 for Entry in a Foreign Graduate School

Are you worried about how to get the IELTS score, saying 『I need an IELTS score to go on to a graduate school abroad, but WHERE and HOW should I study?』

People in their 30s and 40s are now rapidly increasing in popularity as a means of acquiring test scores for studying abroad, such as going on to graduate school or obtaining an MBA.

This time, we interviewed Naoto(32), Japanese.

He decided to go to a foreign graduate school in order to provide education of “Fermentation Technology” to developing countries such as Southeast Asia and Africa.

For his admission requirement, he came to study IELTS in Baguio, the Philippines.

IELTS Band score 6.5 is a required score

IELTS class

– Tell me your story what brought you here.

Originally, I worked as a sommelier in Singapore and wineries in Australia and Chile.

I came up wanting to learn agriculture because “The quality of the soil that grows grapes” and “Fermentation process” have a great influence on the taste of wine

When I was looking for an agricultural department, I found particular graduate schools in South Africa and New Zealand, but IELTS band score 6.5 was required for admission which is the reason that I came to study IELTS in the Philippines. .

– What is your current score?

The last official test I took in Japan was a band score of 6.0. I’ve been studying by myself for the last six months, but the barrier of 0.5 up is high …

– I think IELTS learners generally get stress by difficulty to improve from 6.0 to upper.
How long is your study abroad period?

Only 4 weeks.

Writing and speaking cannot be done on their own …

IELTS One-on-One Writing Class

– You’ve been studying by yourself, but wasn’t it hard to stay motivated?

I agree…

Also, there are limits to what you can improve on your own.

As for Listening and Reading, you can study by yourself because it is evaluated only by the numbers and spelling on the score sheet.

However, the problem is WRITING and SPEAKING.

It’s quite difficult to study by yourself because it’s a subjective by answering with your opinion… No one will correct it.

– How did you study Writing and Speaking?

I used an online correction service for Writing.

It’s a bit robotic…lol

I submitted my answer sheet to the web service, then, the one being modified with a red pen would be returned…

Speaking was completely self-study. I searched question examples, answers and tips on the internet.

– Besides keeping your motivation, it is hassle to search and difficult to judge the score by answers you gave…
So that’s why, you came with the purpose of improving especially Writing and Speaking scores.

Yes, exactly.

Score-up with customized One-on-One

IELTS One-on-One Speaking Class


–I think there were other countries and various regions in the Philippines. What made you choose Baguio this time?

The reason I chose the Philippines is that One-on-One lessons are the main focus with low price, so I thought that I could aim to improve my score in a shorter period.

After making a decision of coming to the Philippines, I narrowed down the search to schools that offer a relatively large number of One-on-One classes.

– How is Writing and Speaking that you were expecting?

It’s satisfying as I expected. Especially, Writing outcome is great.

In Japan, My essays could only be edited with a red pen, remotely.

But the lessons in the Philippine, I could acquire techniques such as grammar, sentence structure, necessary words and phrases…etc. based on my own opinion and skeleton.

Therefore, I’ve been able to learn the technique to increase the score WITHOUT BREAKING MY ORIGINAL SENTENCES.

The result of Task 1 is visible, but Task 2 is still fluctuating by topic because of short stay. Before I came here, I was writing more than 250 characters in Task 2, so I learned how to :

  • Focus on points which I want to emphasize
  • Summarize shortly

Speaking is similar to Writing-Task 2, so it’s hard to see improvement because my score still depends on how difficult questions are.

IELTS Group Discussion class

However, surprisingly, the discussion subject we had as a group class was incredible!!

Besides me, I had a nationality composition of 1 Japanese + 3 Vietnamese, but the level of everyone was similar to each other, so the class progress was smooth. Since each of them exchanged opinions on the issues given by an instructor, I was able to steal ideas that I have never had and techniques such as phrases and sentences that everyone uses.

I think this can be quite useful for Speaking and Writing.

– Are there any other differences compared to studying in Japan?

I was surprised but grateful by NO mercy in scoring even in a school mock test…lol

Of course, in Listening exam, mistakes in capitalization is a point deduction.

However, scoring Speaking and Writing are also strict in this school, so I was able to know my level more accurately.

I felt textbooks used in the classes are a little more challenging than the ones I was using in Japan. School uses Cambridge and it is more like the ones I took in the official exam.

Ideal for 30s who are aiming for graduate school

In class

-Finally, if you have any comment to those who aim to get IELTS score in the same situation as yours, please leave it.

“I want to quit my job in my 30s or 40s and go to a graduate school abroad to study my specialty… It’s necessary to have a score of IELTS… Shall I study in Japan or study abroad? ”

I guess there are a lot of conditions you need to consider like aiming score, the period you can study, the budget, and other factors.

One-on-one style in the Philippines is more cost-effective than other countries. This offers classes that suit your needs, level and speed.

If you want to spend more time onto denser content, you might consider this as a big option.


[IELTS-Study Abroad Experience] 1 year vacation, BHMS – private university in Switzerland

The number of students who include “overseas” in their study options, such as studying abroad, transferring to a foreign university, or graduating from high school is increasing year by year.

As of 2020, it is said that 100,000 people, or about 3% of all university students, are using the leave system for various reasons such as long-term internships and study abroad. Students who are on leave can come to WALES for the purpose of developing their basic English skills before long-term study abroad or work holidays.

This time, we will interview Tomoka (22 years old).

After taking a year off from a private university in Japan, I decided to study abroad at the BHMS, a private university in Switzerland, to study cooking.

I studied abroad in Baguio, Philippines to obtain the IELTS score required for admission.

Study abroad by taking a leave from university

–Please briefly introduce yourself。

Now I’m in my third year at a managed nutrition university in Chiba Prefecture, and I’m planning to take a year off to study at a university in Switzerland.

-What was the reason for your decision to study abroad when you’re already in your third year?

Umm, the university I’m currently attending is a woman’s university, but honestly, people relationship is troublesome (laughs). Also, the school itself was too boring …
Originally, my parents encouraged me to study abroad from a high school, but I’ve been refusing because

「I want to study in high school and college in Japan…」
「I don’t want to leave my friends…

But lately, I was thinking about getting a job and my friends in the department just went to study abroad in Korea.
“Oh, after all, this is the option.”

When I thought about the possibility of studying abroad again, I thought、it would be better to take a leave of before graduating, rather than after graduating..

– I originally wanted to study abroad, but I think the timing is the same. Is studying for controlled nutrition the purpose of studying for one year?

No, the major of the university where I study abroad is Culinary Arts, which is more like going to level up my cooking skills.
To be honest, seeking for job seems to be quite difficult if I only have knowledge about nutrition, so
I would like to increase my value by adding “knowledge + skills”.

After that, I wonder if there will be more choices if I can communicate in English after studying abroad.

– Ah so the purpose is to increase your market value. When I was a college student, I didn’t think about that at all (laughs).

I thought about studying abroad as a language study, but it seems that the image of getting a job gets worse. So I wanted to study abroad related to my major in right now

The decision to study in Switzerland was also unexpected

Photo by Martin Sattler on Unsplash

– So that’s it. However, I think most people think of America, Canada, and Australia as a long-term study abroad. What made you decide to go to Switzerland?

Actually, I didn’t think about Switzerland at first.
There were only two choices: America, which I yearned for during my school life, or Canada, where English accent is beautiful. Having only such a hope, I searched on the Internet and consulted with a study abroad agency, but there was no school that suit me.
Also, right after the terrorist attack in the United States, I was not feeling up.
Then, in the talk with the counselor, I was introduced at the end, saying, “Switzerland is also available ~”, but it was surprisingly good, and I made a quick decision here (laughs). I think my parents liked it.

Swiss private university BHMS

-It was an unexpected choice. What were you interested in?

First of all, Switzerland is very safe.
After that, rather than being decided by the country, the school itself called BHMS was attractive to me.

Since the curriculum for the year is made up of 6 months of classroom attendance and 6 months of internship, not only knowledge but also skills from actual battle experience can be accumulated

The internship is paid and the salary is high (it seems that you can get a good amount because there is a tip)

I will wear a suit every day, so it’s a formal image
etc. There are a lot of small details, but it was because I was in line with what I wanted to do.

IELTS abroad because Japanese schools are not strict

Teachers in charge of IELTS

– What is the IELTS score required for admission?

Since I would like to enter this time in Diploma degree, 5.0 is the entrance requirement.

– What is your current score?

It was 3.0 at the time of enrollment, so I have to increase it by 2.0 in 3 months …

– Are there any reasons why you chose the Philippines to get the IELTS score? I thought there are other countries and also BHMS has an English preparation course.

I was thinking that I would start from the English course originally prepared by BHMS, but I was disappointed because the price was high and the criteria for entering there seemed to be strict.
After that, I enrolled in a place like a prep school in Japan and studied general conversation in English, but it’s too bad. My teacher will tell me the answers to the test (laughs). After all, when I’m in Japan, I’m lazy because the environment around me is Japanese.
The study abroad agency recommended the Philippines or Malaysia, so I decided to go to the Philippines because I thought it would be best to have a one-on-one class.

– That’s how it was. Is there any reason why you chose Baguio while there are various regions in the Philippines?

In my personality, it was said that it’s better to get rid of Cebu because I will only play (laughs). I think I can do it properly when I go there (laughs).
I didn’t know either, but I was worried about Baguio or Clark being recommended. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Advantage: Near the airport. There are native teachers.
Disadvantage: Many Japanese. There are many young children.

Advantage: A good nationality ratio. There are many serious students.
Disadvantages: It takes 4 to 6 hours from the airport.

So, finally, when I asked the agency person, “Which do you think you would go?”, And Baguio’s answer came back, so I chose it.

Japanese employees come in handy in Switzerland …?!

BHMS Culinary Course

– Please tell us your future plan.

If I get the target score of 5.0 here, I plan to enroll in BHMS 3 months later. It’s been a year’s study abroad, so when I’m done, I’m going back to a Japanese university, and then I’m just looking for a job.

– Do you have any plans to work abroad?

I would like to gain experience at a Japanese company for three years, but if I have to go to Switzerland, something may change my plans. I also heard that there are many hotels and restaurants that are affiliated with Japanese travel agencies, so the Japanese people come in handy.
There are BHMS group companies that offer job placement in hotels all over the world, and about 90% of the graduates of this school seem to find employment overseas, so I think this is also possible.


With friends when studying in the Philippines

-Thank you. Lastly, if you have a comment, such as Tomoka, who will be studying abroad for a short term at a university, please leave a comment.

When I’m studying in college in Japan, I think it’s very difficult to think about my friends around me, think about job hunting, and take time to devote my skills to school leave.
However, for those who want to work abroad or want to work in English, I think it is really worth spending a college life with highly conscious people in another country. .
During this study abroad in the Philippines, I was able to meet people with various experiences, both older and younger, so I am looking forward to seeing more stimulation in Switzerland.
If you are in a state of trouble now, you can just go to the study abroad agency to talk to you when you have time, so please take some action!



School’s measurement toward Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

In relation to Covid -19 (formerly known as n-Cov 2019), we at WALES had discussed steps for the safety and protection of our students and staff from the virus. The deliberated measures are as follows:

• Students, teachers and school staffs are to have their temperatures checked daily (every morning)

Check temperature for teachers


Checking student’s temperature

• Incoming students shall have their temperatures checked upon arrival

• The school shall provide hot beverages such as tea and calamansi drink

Hot beverages such as tea and calamansi drink

• The school shall provide soaps and hand sanitizers

Use sanitizer to eliminate germ on your hands
Hand soap in restroom

• Students shall be informed to avoid outdoor activities and crowded places

Avoid crowded places!!

• Students, teachers and school staffs are recommended to wear face masks

Always wear your mask!!

*If students are observed to have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, and other respiratory problems, we take immediate action by bringing them to the hospital. The school is conveniently located near medical facilities.

Question and Answer

Question 1: If the Philippine government bans entry from other counties, would tuition and other miscellaneous fees be refundable?
Answer: In cases of emergencies, the school shall implement a full refund.

Question 2: What would be the school’s procedure should the Philippine government ban foreigners from leaving the country? (Assuming that students have successfully entered the Philippine)
Answer: There are no government policies banning foreigners from leaving the country. However, there are special circumstances banning entry to the Philippines.

Question 3: If a student contracts Covid-19, how would the school respond?
Answer: The student shall be quarantined for 14 days outside of school (Student needs to pay for their hotel and reservation) and the school is obliged to shut down its operations until safety is confirmed.
For health purposes and students’ safety, the school shall not provide shared rooms to student s until further notice.

Question 4: Were students successfully sent back to their country? Is there difficulty in going through immigration or the airport when leaving? Will the school provide dormitories for students who have problems in departure?
Answer: As of now, there are flights available and students are free to leave without foreseeable problems. Nevertheless, dormitories shall be provided for an extended stay.

Question 5: Should students put off their arrival or cancel altogether, how long before departure shall a full refund be given?
Answer: Unless the government announces a travel ban (Question 1), WALES shall follow the school refund policy if students decide to cancel registration on their own.


Guide to changing and cancelling students’ enrollment in WALES

Referenced from : CNN Philippines

We would like to inform you about our process on students’ registration, changes and cancellation due to coronavirus.

Because of the spread of COVID-19, from February 2, 2020, the Philippine government has banned inbound flights from China, Macau and Hong Kong to the country per President Duterte’s declaration.

In addition, the Philippine government has included Taiwan in its list of countries with travel ban in February 10, 2020.

Due to the abovementioned measures of the Philippine government, WALES will take the following steps for students’ changes and cancellation and new registration from the affected countries.

These measures will only affect students who have already enrolled.

Within 30 days of departure

For changes:
Arrival date of students can be changed. They will also be given priority for room vacancy.
WALES will cover the cost of changing airfare, SSP and airport pick up fee. Student will be reimbursed upon their arrival in school.

*Only applicable for students coming from countries with travel ban
*For those who had already booked a flight ticket
*Students must prove their flights were cancelled by the airline companies

For cancellations:
Please refer to the school’s refund policy

*Registration fee is non-refundable

More than 30 days of departure

For changes:
Arrival date of students can be changed but will depend on school’s vacancy.
The cost of changing airfare shall be covered by students

For cancellations:
Please refer to the school’s refund policy

*Registration fee is non-refundable

【Room Guide】This Is ONLY for WOMEN | WALES – Ladies Premium

『Ladies Premium』

This room type can accommodate a maximum of 7 people like a share house🏠

There is a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, dining room, living room and 5 bedrooms.
Students can cook inside a unit so you can choose whether to avail school meals🍳

👩Ladies Premium – Single bedroom
There are 3 single bedrooms in Ladies Premium. Each of these has a bed, desk, closet and safety box inside. You can have a private space.

👩👩Ladies Premium – Twin bedroom
There are 2 twin bedrooms here. Each of these has a bed, desk, closet and safety box inside. You can spend time with another roommate.

■ Facilities
– Living room: TV, Sofa, Veranda, Dehumidifier
– Dining area: Table
– Kitchen: Gas stove, Utensil, Fridge
– Bedroom: 3 single bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms (Closet, Desk, Chair, Safety box)
– 2 Bathrooms: Hair dryer