The Complete Test Preparation Programme

This Programme is designed for students who aim to enter a university or college in Malaysia and abroad. It combines the popular Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) and an IELTS Test Preparation Programme. This Programme will quickly develop your English language proficiency and introduce you to the IELTS test through practice as well as lessons on test-taking tips and strategies.

Who should take this programme?

International students.

From 1st January 2018, all international students seeking to join a university or college in Malaysia must meet the English language requirement:

For Bachelor’s Degree Programmes and Above For Diploma Programmes
CAE 160 CAE 160
CPE 180 CPE 180
PTE 36 PTE 30
MUET Band 3 MUET Band 2

How does this work?

First, students will join the CIEP to complete a minimum of Level 107 in the Programme. International students under ELS visa who graduate Level 109 in this programme will also enjoy a test fee waiver* on their IELTS test. Next, students will begin the 40-hour IELTS test preparation programme across 2 weeks.

*T&C applied.

The Complete Test Preparation Programme

At ELS, we are ever ready to help students achieve their higher education goals and the Complete Test Preparation Programme will ensure that international students gain admissions into the universities and colleges of their choice in the fastest way possible – and succeed in their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


Every Monday Except Public Holidays

Public Holidays

1st: Labour Day
17th: Awal Ramadhan (JB – Tentatively)
29th: Vesak Day
2nd: Nuzul Al-Quran (Except: JB)
15th: Hari Raya Puasa (Day 1)
16th: Hari Raya Puasa (Day 2)
22nd: Hari Raya Haji
31st: Merdeka Day
9th: Agong’s birthday
11th: Awal Muharram
16th: Malaysia Day (Replace: Monday)
15th: Hari Hol (JB only)
6th: Deepavali
20th: Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
11th: Selangor Sultan’s Birthday (SJ & UPM)
25th: Christmas Day

No IELTS 40 hours
1 2nd – 15th Jan
2 29th Jan – 12th Feb
3 5th – 16th Mar
4 2nd – 13th Apr
5 30th Apr – 14th May
6 28th May – 11th June
7 2nd – 13th July
8 30th July – 10th Aug
9 27th Aug – 7th sept
10 1st – 12th Oct
11 29th Oct – 12th Nov
12 26th Nov – 7th Dec

Month Date Day
January 13 Saturday
February 24 Saturday
March 24 Saturday
April 21 Saturday
May 19 Saturday
June 23 Saturday
July 21 Saturday
August 25 Saturday
September 29 Saturday
October 20 Saturday
November 1 Saturday
December 16 Saturday
What’s the CIEP?

The Certified Intensive English Programme is the flagship academic English programme by ELS. It is designed to teach students all of the English language skills required to succeed in higher education and beyond. Click here to find out more about the CIEP.

Can I just take the IELTS Test Preparation Programme?

Yes, you can! However, all test preparation programmes focus on teaching you the strategies and skills in taking the test – not necessarily improving your English language proficiency. This means that you may not be able to achieve an IELTS Band 5.5, for example, despite taking the test preparation programme alone.

Most of our students take the CIEP, which improves their English language proficiency first before taking the test preparation programme to learn more about the IELTS test.