3 Million IELTS Tests Taken in 2016

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3 Million IELTS Tests Taken in 2016

More than 3 million IELTS tests were taken in the past year, the organisations that own the exam announced.

International English Language Testing System is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers, and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many of the leading institutions in the USA.

Established in 1989, IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Warwick Freeland, Managing Director at IDP IELTS Australia said:

IELTS opens doors for millions of people every year, helping them to study abroad, migrate to English-speaking countries or take advantage of the growing need for English in professional life.

Check out: How to Prepare for IELTS

James Shipton, Head IELTS at the British Council, said:

The continued growth of IELTS that we’ve seen around the world is testament to the popularity of the test with test takers, and to the trust that organisations place in IELTS to provide scores that are a reliable indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.

About the test

IELTS measures the four key languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research teams in the UK and Australia, and administered by centres in more than 140 countries around the world. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest band).

Check out: The IELTS Is Easy. You Just Have to Be Calm.

IELTS offers a choice of two test versions, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Source: IELTS

Valentin Vassilev

About Valentin Vassilev

Valentin Vassilev has a Master’s degree in International Media Studies from Deutsche Welle Akademie and the University of Bonn as well as a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Veliko Tarnovo. He has a background in business journalism, having written about European political, economic and business issues. Valentin is currently a content writer and editor at business education services provider Advent Group.

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