Professional passport or personal interest, the study of a language is often as much an advantage as a major need for any student or international traveller. You have decided to come to study a language in its mother country, or you wish to improve your English, you will have several possibilities that we will see below:
Each year, more than 800,000 candidates register for the exam worldwide and test their capacity to master the English language in writing, speaking, listening on paper or with a computer.
The test covers several sections:
Your result is a number of points for each section. A lot of institutes ask 500 points minimum for the paper test, or 250 points for the computer test.
Cambridge (ESOL) Tests of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) of Cambridge University are assessed each year by about 1.5 million of people in more than 135 countries. This exam is suitable for English teaching and is recognised internationally.
You will find more information on the official website: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/
A list of recognised EFL schools and organisations in Ireland : http://www.acels.ie/search.htm
For more information, have a look in Irish Council for International Students : http://www.icosirl.ie/