Students score record grades for Notre Dame

Congratulations to students Ivan Semin, Hoi Toi Leung (Daisy) Sin Ka Man (Phoebe) and Aigbokhae Osarumwese (Martina) who have scored outstanding grades in the IELTS Exam held recently.

IELTS stand for International English Language Testing System and international students have to pass this in order to progress on to Higher Education.

The students had never previously taken an Academic IELTS exam before and all four scored an outstanding overall band score of 8.0, which is graded as ‘very good user’ indicating a fully operational command of the language and an ability to handle complex detailed argumentation well The college target is 6.5 overall so all of them scored well above the expected level and in fact above the level required for Oxford and Cambridge colleges who usually only specify an overall band score of 7.0.

Mr Fox who has coached the students said ‘The overall band scores by these students are outstanding and are also the highest I have known in my IELTS teaching experience. To achieve Band 8.0 overall in a new country in less than one year and score individual results like 8.5 in Speaking , 9.0 in Listening, 8.0 in Writing and 8.5 in Reading is absolutely superb and the students fully deserve to be congratulated for this wonderful achievement
Martina has since gone to apply to and be offered places at some American universities and got through to the final of a national competition in Milton Keynes on the strength of her essay writing.