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IELTS boosts access to English language tests for UK visas

13 August 2015

IELTS is making it easier for people to access English language tests for UK visas and immigration.

Since April this year, most people who need to prove their English language skills to support an application for a British visa need to take a government-authorised 'SELT' (Secure English Language Test), and this must be taken under special testing conditions at a test centre which has been specifically approved for this purpose.

IELTS is one of only two providers of SELT tests, and the only one authorised to run tests worldwide, with a network of more than 113 permanent centres in over 50 countries specifically equipped to offer SELT tests, including 10 centres in the UK. These centres offer tests all year round, with test dates available every month.

In addition, IELTS runs more than 60 'pop up' centres in other locations to meet local demand.

Victoria Sellar, IELTS SELT Consortium Concession Manager explains "The IELTS partners have always managed the IELTS centre network dynamically to enable us to meet test takers' needs, and this is no different for the SELT tests. August is a busy month, so we have doubled the number of places at centres in key locations like Shanghai and Qatar and we'll be running tests in 24 countries across Africa".

Sellar adds "The locations for SELT tests are specified by the UK government, so it is not possible to offer tests everywhere where we have potential test takers, but we do everything possible to ensure that people can take IELTS or IELTS Life Skills within 28 days at the centre of their choice ."

For more information, please visit IELTS for UK visas and immigration.

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German speakers revealed as top English language learners

7 August 2015

German speakers are the world’s top English language learners according to English language proficiency test scores compiled from the past year by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Of the 2.5 million IELTS tests taken in 2014, German speakers who sat the IELTS Academic test achieved the highest average scores for listening, reading, writing and speaking English amongst non-native English speakers. Polish, Romanian, Filipino and Tagalog speakers also performed well across the four components of the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.

German speakers scored an average of 7.3 across all four IELTS parts (listening, reading, writing and speaking). This level indicates test-takers were sufficiently advanced to go on to study linguistically challenging subjects. German speakers also demonstrated excellence in scoring highest on each of the four individual test sections.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS with candidates being graded on their performance in the test, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – listening, reading, writing and speaking. This “band scoring” system covers the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. Results from the four parts are then combined to produce an overall band score.

In 2014, more than 2.5 million IELTS tests were completed, with almost three quarters of candidates seeking to prove their English language ability for academic purposes. IELTS also caters for those seeking an English language test to prove their English communication skills for the workplace or for migration by offering the IELTS General Training test. Around a quarter of IELTS candidates prefer this option.

IELTS continues to be the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, and is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

An IELTS spokesperson commented: “The growth we’ve seen in demand for IELTS around the world reflects the continuing popularity of the test for language proficiency assessment internationally. As a practical test, IELTS effectively meet the needs of our test takers as well as the many organisations that trust IELTS scores as an accurate indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.

“We expect the strong demand for IELTS to continue in the coming years as more people consider the opportunities presented by studying or working abroad. We also expect to see candidates from other linguistic backgrounds beginning to enter the list of top performers as the test reaches new audiences across the globe.”

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

 

View the full test data on our website.

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Only Two weeks left to apply for the IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship Award for 2016

6 July 2015

The IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship Award is funded by the IELTS partners, British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment in memory of Morgan Terry, a dear colleague who made significant contributions to the work of IELTS until her untimely death in 2011.

The aim of the award is to celebrate innovative practice in the teaching of IELTS. With this in mind applications are invited from teachers all over the world to submit creative, resourceful and innovative teaching ideas.

The award consists of registration and attendance at IATEFL 2016 including travel and accommodation, a year’s IATEFL membership and registration for the TEASIG’s pre-IATEFL conference event.

The deadline for application is 24 July 2015. Full details on how to submit your application can be found here: www.ielts.org/researchers/grants_and_awards/iatefl_scholarship_2015.aspx

Cristina Peralejo, the Scholarship winner in 2015, conference reflections are below:

Although I had attended my local TESL organization’s conferences before, nothing could quite prepare me for the experience of attending the 2015 IATEFL in Manchester. Without a doubt, the conference marked a pivotal stage in my journey as an educator—a stage where I understand that I have the power to question and redefine who I am as an educator.

Particularly striking to me about the conference was the staggering array of talks, workshops and forums that were being offered. Anything I could imagine related to English language teaching, from methods on how to diversify team planning to sharing tips on how to better teach IELTS’ Academic Writing Task 2, was available to me to explore. Being confronted by such breadth of topic had the effect of forcing me out of my own narrow teaching sphere in order to view the larger picture of my profession as a whole.

In turn, being exposed to such a wide range of ideas, methodologies and theories enabled me to discover diverse areas that interest me in this particular stage in my career. After attending a session on action research, I intend to employ some of these methods of inquiry into my classroom in order to add a deeper level of self-reflection to my teaching. Most inspiring to me, however, were the sessions I attended on fostering inclusivity towards students with special learning differences in the classroom. This has prompted me to sign up for a course in the fall which documents the phenomenon and how teachers in general might offer support to these students. In line with this, in the future, I plan to create a professional development session for other instructors at my institution on this subject.

I am very honoured to have been granted this award in Morgan Terry’s name after meeting her husband and learning about her significant contributions to the field of assessment; and I want to thank IELTS for the chance to attend this year’s IATEFL Conference. I believe that if all educators were offered the same opportunity that I was, students, schools and communities around the world would benefit greatly.

Recalling IATEFL in Liverpool 2013, Alison Featherstone the inaugural winner of the scholarship commented ‘… nothing had prepared me for the fabulous multiculturalism, breathtaking volume of choice, sheer speed, bazaar atmosphere of the book fair and technical wizardry of my first IATEFL conference... I met passionate teachers from all over the world all only too glad to share ideas and experience.‘

Here’s Cristina Peralejo during the award presentation on the IELTS booth at IATEFL Manchester 2015:

Cristina Peralejo, 2015 scholarship winner

From left are: Steve Terry, Morgan’s husband; Mark Walker from British Council; Cristina Paralejo; Saul Nassé and Nick Saville from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The previous winners of the award are:

2014 - Aysegul Liman Kaban

2013 - Alison Featherstone

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Update from UKVI – IELTS results from 6-22 April now accepted for visa applications

9 June 2015

Are you planning to live, work or study in the UK? Have you already completed your IELTS test? The UK government has announced they will accept results from all IELTS test dates between 6 – 22 April. This means that you can submit your IELTS results with your visa application to UKVI if:

· your visa application requires you to supply results from a Secure English Language Test, and

· your IELTS test date was before 22 April 2015, and

· your IELTS test was taken at any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations around the world, and

· you submit your application to UKVI before 5 November 2015.

If you require an “IELTS for UKVI” test to meet UKVI’s requirements, then you can register here for upcoming “IELTS for UKVI” tests. Close  Use Refresh Icon to Reload

UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Degree students for UK unaffected by UKVI changes

19 Mar 2015

  • The UK government has announced important changes to language testing for visa applications, reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered.

IELTS – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration – has been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English. This continues the important role which IELTS has long played in language testing for immigration in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Under the new arrangements, IELTS tests for UK visa applications will be offered throughout the year in more than 100 key locations throughout the world, and a new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

IELTS tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government. When a test is booked, the customer must specify what the test is for and ensure that the centre is authorised to run tests for this purpose.

IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortium, which comprises British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Those who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means students can apply with an IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide unless their institution has additional requirements. See here for a list of test locations.

IELTS, which is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, has played a key role in language testing for immigration purposes throughout its 25 year history and is recognised by more than 9,000 organisations around the world including universities and employers in many countries, as well as by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in 2014 in more than 140 countries.

The Tier 4 student visa rules, current at the time of writing, detail the specific arrangements for those applying to study with Highly Trusted Sponsors, which are listed at this link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students

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New language testing arrangements for UK visas: IELTS to continue to play leading role

20 Feb 2015

- The UK government has announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes;

- IELTS and IELTS Life Skills have been approved for UK visas that require proof of English language level;

- The new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

The UK government has announced important changes to language testing for visa applications, reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered.

IELTS – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration – has been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English. This continues the important role which IELTS has long played in language testing for immigration in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Under the new arrangements, IELTS tests for UK visa applications will be offered throughout the year in more than 100 key locations throughout the world, and a new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

IELTS tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government. When a test is booked, the customer must specify what the test is for and ensure that the centre is authorised to run tests for this purpose. A list of the authorised IELTS test centres will be made available soon on www.ielts.org/uk.

IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortia, which comprises British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IELTS, which is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, has played a key role in language testing for immigration purposes throughout its 25 year history and is recognised by more than 9,000 organisations around the world including universities and employers in many countries, as well as by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in 2014 in more than 140 countries.

For further information on the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announcement, please visit: http://www.gov.uk/.

 

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