A record 3.5 million International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests were taken in 2018 thanks to the ongoing internationalization of higher education and an increasingly mobile international workforce migration, the British Council said.
The number of IELTS tests grew to 3 million in 2017.
IELTS is recognized for entrance to universities and colleges across the English-speaking world, including 100% of universities in Australia and the United Kingdom, more than 3,400 institutions in the United States as well as hundreds of institutions in many other countries. It is also the most widely used test for visa and citizenship purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
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English in real-world contexts
Introduced in 1989, IELTS is designed to meet the needs of users across a wide range of sectors including higher education institutions, government departments, healthcare regulators, and employers.
An IELTS test result demonstrates not just a passive knowledge of English, but also the ability to use the language effectively in a variety of real-world contexts, and the language skills needed for success in higher education, professional contexts and everyday life in English-speaking countries. The test measures the four key languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research teams in the UK and Australia.
IELTS is available at over 1,200 test centers in more than 140 countries and territories. Test availability increased last year with the global roll-out of computer-delivered IELTS.
IELTS on computer available in more countries
Warwick Freeland, Managing Director – IELTS, IDP Education, said 2018 was a milestone year for IELTS.
Last year we introduced IELTS on computer in over 20 countries and territories around the world, which has seen us increase our testing dates from two days a week to up to seven days a week. We are committed to giving test takers more opportunities to choose the test time and format that positions them to achieve their goals.
IELTS is owned and run jointly by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
Source: British Council