Participant Information letter/Survey Preamble

My name is Ryan Glover, and you are invited to participate in my research project, Systemic Barriers to Achieving One’s IELTS Band Score. I am a student in the School of Global Leadership at Royal Roads University, Canada. 

The purpose of my research is to identify systemic barriers an IELTS candidate may experience during the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) process. The project is funded by me and sponsored by the International English Language Program (IELP) a company that I own and operate. You may verify the authenticity of this project by contacting my academic supervisor Instructor Lee Sentes at Lee.Sentes@royalroads.ca or Wanda Krause, PhD., Program Head of Master of Arts Global Leadership, School of Leadership Studies at T: 250.391.2660 E: wanda.1krause@royalroads.ca

The survey is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  The questions will refer to the systemic challenges an IELTS candidate may experience during the IELTS process.  In addition to submitting my final report to Royal Roads University in partial fulfillment for a master’s degree in Global Leadership research project, I will also be sharing my research findings with my academic supervisor, Instructor Lee Sentes and Wanda Krause, PhD., Program Head of Master of Arts Global Leadership, School of Leadership Studies

The research results will be published in public outlets, including Barriers to Achieving One’s IELTS Band Score research paper that will be published in RRU’s Digital Archive, Pro-Quest and Library and Archives Canada. The results might also be disseminated at public and academic conferences and presentations. As a participant, you may request a copy. No personal data is collected. The survey is anonymous, and the raw data will not be shared.

In addition to contributing to this body of knowledge, by participating in this project you will have the opportunity to share your experiences in taking or preparing for the IELTS exam. Your participation in this project is also intended to help support future IELTS test takers who are experiencing some of the same barriers and help them to overcome challenges during the IELTS process.

The survey is conducted on a US based online platform called *SurveyMonkey, and results will be summarized, in anonymous format, in the final report. Your comments will remain anonymous unless you agree to be identified.  All documentation will be kept strictly confidential.

*SurveyMonkey is a US survey provider, and your survey responses are processed and stored in the United States, you are advised that its governments, courts, or law enforcement and regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of the data through the laws of the United States.

The data gathered through SurveyMonkey will be downloaded and stored on a memory stick and kept in a locked drawer in a filing cabinet in my office. It will be archived until January 1, 2023, and then destroyed. Data will not be retained pertaining to an individual who has withdrawn at any time.

This research project is intended to improve IELP’s, a company that I own and operate, ability to better support future IELTS candidates working through the IELTS process. The means of support is being explored solely by the project lead, and not in conjunction with any partnering organizations.

Your participation is completely voluntary. You can stop participating at any time. The answers you have completed will be added to the research data. You answers will be anonymous and will not be shared. 

This research project has been approved by the RRU Research Ethics Board

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* 1. What age group are you in

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. To the best of your knowledge what is the difference, if any, between taking English as a Second Language (ESL) and IELTS lessons.

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* 4. Where did you find information/help with IELTS? (Click on all that apply)

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* 5. Which methods for learning about IELTS did you find the most helpful? (Click all that apply)

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* 6. What methods for learning about IELTS did you find least helpful? (Check all that apply)

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* 7. Did you learn English at either primary or secondary school?

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* 8. When was the last time you took English lessons after completing secondary school?

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* 9. In preparing for the IELTS exam, how often did you study?

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* 10. Do you feel about your English speaking and writing skills?

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* 11. On a scale from 1 to 10,how confident do you feel speaking with a native English speaker? 1 being not at all and 10 being extremely comfortable.

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* 12. How many times have you taken the IELTS General Training exam?

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* 13. How much time did you give yourself to study for the IELTS exam before you booked your test date?

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* 14. Why do you want to immigrate? (Click all that apply)

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* 15. When did you first decide to immigrate to another country?

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* 16. How did you learn that IELTS is a requirement to immigrate to an English speaking country?

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* 17. Have you spoken with an immigration lawyer?

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* 18. Did an immigration lawyer/consultant tell you about IELTS?

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* 19. Do you know someone who has taken the IELTS exam and immigrated?

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* 20. If you know someone who is taking the IELTS test and immigrated, how much of an influence were they for you to consider taking the IELTS exam yourself?

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* 21. In what order did you take the following steps (number them from 1 to 4 in the order you did them).  Ff you have not started the IELTS process, please proceed to the next question.

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* 22. Did you study by yourself or with a teacher to prepare for the IELTS exam?

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* 23. What qualities do you look for in an IELTS teacher? (Qualifications, experience, patient, native English speaker, etc.)

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* 24. Do you feel your IELTS teacher prepared you for the IELTS exam?

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* 25. According to Cambridge's website, 200 hours of IELTS lessons are required in order to raise your band score by 0.5 of a mark.

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* 26. Who paid for your IELTS lessons

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* 27. Who paid for your IELTS exam?

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* 28. What barriers are you experiencing in IELTS achieving the band score you need?

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