By British Council

12 October 2020 - 12:23

Anna Lebedeva is from a small town in the Akmola region. Until the age of 18, she had never been abroad. Since childhood, she dreamed of distant countries. She read a lot and imagined that someday she will travel the whole world.

"I’ve always wanted to communicate with people from different countries, learn about their culture, traditions and way of life. A foreign language makes all this possible. Now I am very glad that I once started to learn the language, because English allows me to travel, helps me in my work and opens up new opportunities for knowing this world! Moreover, it motivates me to learn new foreign languages".

To achieve her goal, Anna decided to take the IELTS test, gaining 8.5 points.

"IELTS is probably the most popular and universally recognized language test. I took the Erasmus Mundus Masters admission exam. The two-year program was in English and the certificate was required. I chose the British Council. I signed up about two months before the test, so I would be motivated to prepare. In the end, I liked everything. Everything was very well organised, the interview took place with a native speaker".

The certificate helped Anna to study for a master's degree at the University of Strasbourg, France within the Erasmus Mundus English-language programme. The 2 year programme includes studies at 2 universities. And this allowed Anna to continue her studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

“Moreover, I provided a certificate for the Internship competition at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2016. I was lucky to have a certificate. I also attached a copy of it when applying for a job at the Foreign Ministry. So, today I am the 3rd secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I am sure that in the future, if I need to confirm English proficiency, I will pass IELTS again. It's a shame that the certificate is valid for only 2 years".

According to Anna, it is the consistency in preparation that is important. She believes that it is better to make a little time for preparation every day.

“It is also important to find interesting content to make the classes enjoyable. I prepared for IELTS on my own with textbooks. The time was limited, just about two months. In fact, no matter how cliché it sounds, motivation is the most important thing. I was motivated to study abroad, so I took it seriously: I planned all classes and made my time for them. If you have sufficient knowledge of the language, you can study on your own. At the same time, it is useful to have an opportunity to check your essays with a teacher or a native speaker, or practice speaking skills".

As a reminder, the British Council in Kazakhstan offers IELTS Academic and General Training. Now we are holding exam sessions in the cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan. Click the link to find out which test is best for you and choose between paper and computer options. All tests are carried out at our official test centers.

We wish all candidates the best in the exam and gaining their goals!