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2014 Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award Annoucement

October 2014

The IELTS Research Committee, comprising representatives of the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP: IELTS Australia, is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2014 Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award to Lorraine Briegel-Jones, for her dissertation submitted to Newcastle University, UK, entitled “An investigation into nonverbal behaviour in the oral proficiency interview: Perceptions of interviewer variability and the impact on candidates.” The dissertation was supervised by Dawn Knight.

 

The award, which carries a prize of £1000, will be formally presented to the winner at the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) in March 2015.

 

The Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award is presented annually to the Master’s-level dissertation or thesis in English which makes the most significant contribution to the field of language testing. Qualified individuals who would like to join the 2015 competition are invited to visit http://ielts.org/researchers/grants_and_awards/ielts_masters_award.aspx for details of the competition and submission guidelines.

 

Congratulations to Ms Briegel-Jones!

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Canada welcomes IELTS candidates
20 May 2014

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration in Canada (CIC) will continue to accept IELTS General Training as proof of English language ability.

The agreement between IELTS and the CIC will apply to a range of work related visa categories. Under the agreement, IELTS General Training can be used as evidence of English language ability for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. In addition, the test can also be used for other programs such as the Provincial Nominee Program and the Federal Business Programs – as well as for Citizenship purposes.

IELTS had to meet strict criteria regarding test security, reliability, validity and how the test relates to the Canadian Language Benchmarks – a recognised system for measuring language proficiency in Canada. CIC will also use the IELTS online verification system that allows organisations to verify the identity and scores of candidates.

CIC is one of more than 9,000 organisations around the world who rely on IELTS as proof of English language ability.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is available through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

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IELTS USA Announces New Executive Director

5 May 2014

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has appointed a new Executive Director, Ariel Foster, to lead its operations in the United States. She joins IELTS USA based in Los Angeles, CA starting May 5.

As Executive Director of IELTS USA, Ariel will be responsible for growing the number of U.S. institutions that recognize IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency, and expanding the IELTS test center network to increase access to the test across the United States. She will also work with IELTS stakeholders and international education professionals to further promote the importance of English language proficiency for the purpose of education, employment, professional accreditation and global mobility.

The mission of IELTS USA is to support individuals and organizations within the U.S. in evaluating English language proficiency, and to help ensure these candidates are able to communicate effectively once they enroll in a U.S. college or university.

Ariel describes the unique appeal of IELTS: "It is a truly international test, incorporating a range of global English, a wide variety of accents and ways of speaking, not just American English. This is vital as U.S. higher education becomes increasingly internationalized both in terms of enrollments and faculty. IELTS assesses four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking - in different contexts, meaning proficient learners are prepared to communicate effectively in English in the classroom and beyond."

Ariel has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and higher education, and previously served as Executive Director, Advanced Placement College and University Services and Executive Director of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) at The College Board. She most recently worked for Cambridge International Examinations, a division of the University of Cambridge, focused on strategic planning and development for the U.S. market. Ariel brings a host of knowledge related to product development, international program development and strategic partnerships to her new role at IELTS USA.

Ariel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tufts University, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University. She also has a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) certificate and worked as an English teacher in the Czech Republic.

Founded in 1989, IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. It is currently accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including more than 3,000 U.S. institutions, and test takers can choose from over 50 testing locations throughout the U.S.

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

For more information about IELTS USA, visit www.ielts.org/usa.

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Biometric systems further tighten IELTS test security

The IELTS test partners announce that biometric systems to verify the identity of test takers have been implemented globally.

Long recognised as a secure, high-stakes test, the IELTS security protocols now incorporate finger scans in jurisdictions where this is permitted, along with high resolution photography. The high resolution photograph captured for each test taker appears on their Test Report Form (TRF).

Developed by the IELTS partners in consultation with security experts, these biometric measures are specifically designed to fit the purpose of high-stakes language testing. Governments accepting IELTS test results have welcomed the measures and positive feedback has also been received from test takers themselves, who appreciate the time that is saved by the use of finger scanning technology to enter test rooms on test day.

“The IELTS approach to test security is proactive. Our tailor-made biometric systems are in use from the test taker’s arrival on test day right through to completion of their test. Admissions staff can access the IELTS verification service website to see for themselves the high resolution photograph we capture of each person who presented for the test,” says John Belleville, IELTS Director at IDP IELTS.

John Gildea, Head of IELTS at the British Council, says, “All necessary steps have been taken to comply with privacy laws and the framework of each local jurisdiction. IELTS is available in more than 900 locations across 130 countries, so the British Council and IDP IELTS have taken a deliberate and respectful approach to implementing these new biometric measures in a manner that is in keeping with the integrity of the IELTS test.”

IELTS test results are trusted by more than 8,000 education institutions, governments, professional registration bodies and employers around the globe to provide accurate and reliable measurement of English language proficiency.

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

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test for study, work and migration. 8,000 organisations recognise 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.

British Council is the UK'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 more than 100 countries.

IDP: IELTS Australia is a subsidiary of IDP Education – owned by the 38 Australian public universities and SEEK Ltd. IDP Education is a world leader in helping overseas students study at institutions in Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. IDP Education has more than 40 years’ experience in international higher education, placing more than 400,000 students.

Cambridge English Language Assessment is the world's leading provider of exams for learners of English. Each year the exams are taken by more than four million people, in over 130 countries.

About the test
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible band score).

IELTS offers a choice of two 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. The General Training version is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

A sample of government and professional registration bodies who recognise or require applicants to hold an IELTS test report form include:


• Citizenship and Immigration Canada
• Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
• UK Border Agency (UKBA)
• New Zealand Immigration Service
• National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) – USA
• Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
• General Medical Council (GMC) – UK
• International Monetary Fund

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2 million IELTS tests last year

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reinforces its position as the world’s most popular high-stakes English proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with a record of two million tests taken around the world in the last 12 months.

The two million test figure represents 11% growth in the number of tests taken in the last 12 months and marks the eighteenth year of consecutive growth in IELTS test numbers.

The growth in test numbers also reflects the strong growth in the number of organizations turning to IELTS to meet their needs for language proficiency assessment. IELTS is now accepted by more than 8,000 educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments in 135 countries around the world – including over 3,000 institutions and programs in the USA.

Making the announcement from the IELTS booth at the NAFSA conference in St. Louis, Missouri – Zach Johnson, CEO of IELTS USA said “of the two million tests, the numbers of people taking IELTS to go to the US continues to grow and all of the Top 25 US universities accepting foreign students accept IELTS as proof of English proficiency.”

Globally, the demand for IELTS in countries such as China, India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey has remained high, with students taking the test for entry to educational institutions in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and USA, among many other destinations.

John Gildea, Head of IELTS at the British Council said “the phenomenal growth we’ve seen around the world is testament to the popularity of the test with test takers – and the organizations that trust IELTS scores as an accurate indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.”

John Belleville, Head of IELTS at IDP IELTS added “IELTS is maintaining its position as the most popular high-stakes English proficiency test available, and is available to people in more than 900 locations around the world.” IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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English proficiency rises in India

English proficiency in India is increasing according to new data from the world’s most popular high stakes English language test, IELTS (the International English Language Testing System).

The results achieved by Indian IELTS test takers in 2011 show that proficiency in three of four areas of English language – writing, speaking and listening – has increased since 2010.

The IELTS partners said the data reinforced IELTS as the world’s premier English language test.

“Results from 2011 show Indian test takers are committed to English studies and improving their proficiency in the language,” British Council’s Sarah Deverall said.

“More and more people each year across India are choosing to sit IELTS and increase their global education and employment opportunities. IELTS results can open doors for people to study in the USA, UK or Australia, or obtain a visa to live and work in places such as Canada or Australia,” John Belleville, IDP: IELTS Australia, added.

“We undergo an extensive range of test research and test development so candidates and recognising organisations alike can be confident all results are accurate and reliable. IELTS is designed to encourage test takers to enhance their real world English effectively,” Cambridge ESOL’s Mike Milanovic concluded.

The average IELTS score in India increased from 6 to 6.1 (on the IELTS scale from 1 to 9) in 2011 while the biggest improvement was in speaking skills, which increased to 6.2. Listening was the strongest competency amongst Indian people taking the test in 2011. Data is taken from test takers who sat the IELTS Academic test.

There are 64 IELTS test centres located across India including Jaipur, Trivandrum and Amritsar.

IELTS test results are requested by more than 7,000 education institutions, governments and employers around the globe to provide accurate and reliable measurement of English language proficiency.

More than 1.7 million IELTS tests were sat in 2011, a 12% increase compared to 2010.

View the full analysis of 2011 test data.

 

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Demand for IELTS increases around the world

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reinforces its position as the world’s most popular high stakes English proficiency test for study, work and migration, hitting a new record of more than 1.7 million tests sat around the world in 2011.

In the face of changing economic and migration conditions, IELTS has enjoyed 12% growth in number of tests sat in 2011 as compared to 2010. The latest figures marked the seventeenth year of continual growth in test numbers, with the number of tests taken tripling since 2005.

USA was the fastest growing market worldwide in 2011 with more than 50 test centres now open to candidates, while Canada also observed a significant rise in the number of tests taken in the past twelve months. The East Asia region of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was the second most significant growth market for IELTS in 2011. Demand in China, India and Australia remained strong with these countries again administering the highest number of tests. IELTS also noted a significant increase across United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Turkey. IELTS is now recognised by more than 7,000 organisations including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 135 countries around the world.

Director of IELTS for IDP: IELTS Australia John Belleville said that reasons cited by test takers for taking the IELTS test were entry into an academic institution, followed by migration purposes. “For many, IELTS is a requirement for migration to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom and the test can be taken in any one of 800 locations worldwide,” Mr Belleville said.

“Demand for IELTS in China remains very impressive, with students taking the test for entry to educational institutions in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and USA amongst many other destinations,” explained John Gildea, Head of IELTS at British Council. IELTS test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location.

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English proficiency increases in France

English proficiency in France is increasing according to new data from the world’s most popular high stakes English language test for study. work and migration, IELTS (the International English Language Testing System).

The results achieved by French IELTS test takers in 2011 show that proficiency in two areas of English language – writing and speaking – has increased since 2010.

The IELTS partners said the results reinforced IELTS as the world’s premier English language test.

“Results from 2011 show French test takers are committed to English studies and improving their proficiency in the language,” British Council’s Helga Stellmacher said.

“More and more people each year in France are choosing to sit IELTS and increase their global education and employment opportunities. IELTS results can open doors for people to study in the USA, UK or Australia, or obtain a visa to live and work in places such as Canada or Australia,” John Belleville, IDP: IELTS Australia, added.

“We undergo an extensive range of test research and test development so candidates and recognising organisations alike can be confident all results are accurate and reliable. IELTS is designed to encourage test takers to enhance their real world English effectively,” Cambridge ESOL’s Mike Milanovic concluded.

The average IELTS score in France increased from 6.7 to 6.8 on the IELTS scale from 1 to 9 in 2011. The biggest improvement was in speaking skills, which increased to an average score of 6.8, and was the strongest competency amongst people in France taking the test in 2011. Data is taken from test takers who sat the IELTS Academic test.

There are eight IELTS test centres located across France including Bordeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg.

IELTS test results are requested by more than 7,000 education institutions, governments and employers around the globe to provide accurate and reliable measurement of English language proficiency.

More than 1.7 million IELTS tests were sat in 2011, a 12% increase compared to 2010.

View the full analysis of 2011 test data.

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Cayman Islands welcomes IELTS test takers
1 July 2014

 

The Department of Immigration (DOI) Cayman Islands has introduced a requirement for overseas English language testing (ELT) for prospective employees whose first language is not English. From 1 July, IELTS is one of the tests accepted by DOI as proof of English competency in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. To apply for temporary or full work permits, applicants will need to receive an overall Band Score 6 which must not be older than two years.

DOI Cayman Islands is one of more than 9,000 organisations around the world who rely on IELTS as proof of English language ability.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is available through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

For further information, visit the DOI website http://www.immigration.gov.ky/

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