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Tuesday, March 19 2019 - 17:24
IELTS grows to 3.5 million a year
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The internationalisation of higher education and an increasingly mobile 
international workforce migration continues to drive demand for IELTS -- the 
world's leading test of English for international migration and higher 
education. The number of IELTS tests grew to a record 3.5 million in 2018.

IELTS plays a leading role in international higher education. It is recognised 
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.

Introduced in 1989, IELTS has built its worldwide reputation on a combination 
of secure reliable testing backed by extensive research to ensure that it meets 
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 need for success in higher education, 
professional contexts and everyday life in English-speaking countries.

Equally important is the global availability of IELTS at over 1,200 test 
centres in more than 140 countries and territories. Test availability increased 
last year with the global roll-out of computer-delivered IELTS.

James Shipton, Head IELTS, British Council, said: "3.5 million tests taken last 
year is a testament to the ongoing value and trust placed in IELTS by our 
partners and test takers around the world. IELTS continues to provide a gateway 
for people to fulfil their aspirations and behind these test numbers are the 
personal stories of test takers who have gained entrance to their target 
university, of individuals who have been able to kickstart their career, and of 
others who have been able to make their dream move to a life in a new country."

IELTS is owned and run jointly by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and 
Cambridge Assessment English.

For further media information, please contact: 

Kate Murray, Communications Manager, Australia on +61 2 9362 6708 or

Notes to editors:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's most 
popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global 
migration with over 3.5 million tests taken in the last year. Over 10,000 
organisations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator 
of true to life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration 
and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, 
IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for 
education and cultural relations. Dedicated to building trust through the 
exchange of knowledge between people worldwide, the British Council is 
represented in over 100 countries.

About the test

Test takers are measured in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests 
are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest 

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.

A sample of government and professional associations who recognise or require 
applicants to hold an IELTS test result include:

- Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- UK Visas and Immigration
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and National Council of 
State Boards of Nursing, USA
- International Monetary Fund

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural 
relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the 
fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last 
year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall 
including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution 
to the countries we work with -- changing lives by creating opportunities, 
building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity 
governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core 
funding grant from the UK government.

SOURCE  British Council (IELTS)