IELTS | Media centre 2008
Announcing the recognition of IELTS by the UK Border
Agency - 27th November 2008
The Home Office has announced the recognition of IELTS for Tier 2
of the points based system (PBS), which comes in to effect on 27th
IELTS gains in popularity among international schools –
ECIS conference, Nice. - 19th November 2008
IELTS was a main sponsor at this year’s ECIS (European Council of
International Schools) conference in Nice, France from 19th to 23rd
The IELTS staff received very positive feedback from international
schools that were using the test for their graduating high school
students. The wide global recognition of the test for entrance to
universities was especially appreciated as the students normally
apply to a range of institutions across the world. Schools also
very much valued having IELTS sessions conducted on their premises,
results delivered as promised in 13 days and the teacher support
The 'IELTS Scores Explained' DVD which provides tools for those
wanting to set IELTS entry scores and therefore standardise
language levels in the schools was also extremely popular.
Hundreds of participants left their business cards at the stand to
enter a lucky prize draw to win an IELTS engraved iPod touch. This
was drawn by Heather Kent from the ECIS team on Sunday 23rd at
midday. The lucky winner was an extremely pleased Kristen
Pelletier, the Head of Learning Support at the International School
IELTS at the forefront of major UK international
education conferences; Education UK Partnership and Going Global 3.
- 19th November 2008
It’s been an extremely busy period for international education
in the UK, with two high profile conferences taking place in London
from 2nd – 5th December; Education UK Partnership event and Going
Global 3. IELTS was again at the forefront of the activity as a
main sponsor at both events.
As IELTS is now taken by over one million candidates each year, and
is recognised by more than 6000 institutions worldwide, the IELTS
stand proved to be a focal for delegates. Visitors could ask
questions receive a demonstration on how the online IELTS
verification service works and to collect a free copy of the IELTS
scores explained DVD.
The conferences attracted hundreds of senior strategy and policy
makers from 60 countries, including a large delegation of Vice
Chancellors from China, India and Pakistan. With over 100 speakers,
across 20 presentation sessions, nine panel discussions, two world
cafe sessions, one open forum and over 40 poster presentations,
debates were lively and informative!
Not only that, but delegates visiting the stand also had the chance
to enter a prize raffle to win an iPod touch – just in time for
Christmas! The draws were made by Arlene Griffith , Director
Education UK Partnerships, British Council and Carl Rhymer, Head of
IELTS, British Council. The lucky winners were Lynn McQuire of
Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and Steen Weisner of the
University of Aarhus in Denmark.
IELTS in Honolulu - 6th December 2008
A new test center offering IELTS – the world’s leading
international English language test – has opened in Hawaii.
The centre, which will begin testing on December 6, will increase
the opportunities for those studying English for migration or
Higher Education purposes.
Located in Honolulu at the Hawaii Pacific University downtown
campus, the ELS Language Centre adds to the existing network of
test centres in the USA. IELTS is available in 37 locations across
the USA with plans to expand the network to 50 centres by the end
The ever increasing access to IELTS means that taking the exam has
never been easier, with over 2,000 universities, colleges and
professional registration organizations in the USA now accepting
Free Half Day Seminar: 'IELTS for UK Medical
Authorities' London - 26th November 2008
IELTS – the International English Language Testing System - is the
most popular and widely accepted English language test in the world
for higher education and migration. It provides a trusted, secure
and accurate test of an individual’s ability to communicate in
On Wednesday 26th November
IELTS will be hosting a
free half day seminar at the City Inn Westminster Hotel, London, to
explain how the IELTS test works and how it can benefit staff
working for UK medical authorities who use IELTS to process
international registrations and recruit overseas personnel.
Representatives from UK medical authorities are invited to attend
the seminar, which will include lunch and a networking
The seminar will provide the following:
- - An overview of IELTS in 2008
- - News of forthcoming developments in IELTS
- - Information about how the IELTS test is valid, reliable and
- - A practical exercise to demonstrate how IELTS can be used to
set appropriate standards of English language proficiency and the
advantages of the unique IELTS Band Scores.
- - Using the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service and
other security features
Ning Guan, UK NARIC will discuss recognising fraudulent education
qualifications in her talk 'Degrees of
More than 2,000 U.S. Academic Institutions Now Accept
IELTS - 22nd October 2008
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) today
announced that more than 2,000 U.S. academic faculties, colleges
and universities accept its English language proficiency test. Most
recently Dartmouth College undergraduate admissions and the
23-campus California State University graduate school system
recognized the test further proving its efficacy.
"Prospective students and determined international professionals
now have an even greater opportunity to gain successful admission
to any of these prestigious schools," said Beryl E. Meiron, U.S.
Executive Director for IELTS International. "By choosing IELTS
students are one step closer to studying in the U.S. because it
proves they've got the necessary language skills to help them
succeed in their studies and make the most of the exciting
opportunities available on campus and in their new
Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, now accepts
IELTS for undergraduate admissions and is accepting IELTS test
scores for the 2009-2010 school year. It has joined other Ivy
League schools that already accept the test at either the
undergraduate, graduate or professional school levels including
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton University, the
University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
Additionally, international students wishing to apply for admission
to one of the California State University graduate schools can now
use IELTS as an indicator of their English language skills. A
minimum band score of 6 in the Academic Module of IELTS is needed
for meeting the English language requirement for post-baccalaureate
admission to the university. Prospective students should check with
the department and the campus where they want to apply for specific
band score requirements.
"Access to international education is dependent upon being able to
offer institutions an impeccable application. As more and more
institutions recognize IELTS, students will have greater options
and variety in U.S. undergraduate and graduate level education,"
Candidates can take the IELTS exam at more than 500 test centers
worldwide and use their test scores at 6,000 institutions around
the world. Admission requirements vary between schools. Students
should check with each of their prospective schools to determine at
which level – undergraduate or graduate – the IELTS test is
accepted. Prospective candidates can find out more at www.ielts.org
IELTS Makes the Grade - All U.S. Ivy League Schools now
recognize IELTS - 1st October 2008
Overseas students wishing to apply for a place at the
prestigious Ivy League Schools in the U.S. can now use IELTS (the
International English Language Test) as an indicator of their
English language skills.
Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, now accepts
IELTS for undergraduate admissions. Overseas students applying for
admissions to the Ivy League Schools – Dartmouth, Harvard,
Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Yale, Princeton Universities and the
University of Pennsylvania – for the 2009–10 year, can use IELTS as
evidence of their English language skills (Admission requirements
vary between schools. Students should check with each school, at
which level – undergraduate or graduate – they accept IELTS).
Beryl E. Meiron, US Executive Director for IELTS International,
said: “This is great news for high achievers with excellent skills
who want to attend any of these prestigious schools. Taking IELTS
gets them one step closer to studying in the US. But just as
importantly it proves they have the necessary language skills to
help them succeed in their studies and make the most of the
exciting opportunities available on campus and in their new
IELTS is now accepted by more than 2,000 U.S. academic faculties,
colleges and universities. In addition candidates can take the test
at more than 500 test centres worldwide and use their test scores
at 6,000 institutions around the world. Prospective candidates can
find out more at www.ielts.org
IELTS at NACAC - 25th September 2008
IELTS International was a silver sponsor and exhibitor at the
National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in
Seattle, Washington from September 25-27. The 64th National
Conference, considered the leading professional development event
for high school college counselors and undergraduate college
admission professionals, was attended by over 5,000 attendees.
NACAC is an organization of more than 10,000 global professionals
dedicated to “serving students as they make choices about pursuing
Beryl E. Meiron from IELTS International talked to attendees about
the new online test registration system for test takers applying to
take IELTS in the US, the growth of IELTS recognition in the US and
worldwide, and explain how to sign up for the free Test Report Form
Verification Service and free electronic score downloads.
IELTS supports New Zealand premier event - CLESOL - 2nd
IELTS is a sponsor at the premier New Zealand education
which is taking place in Auckland from October 2 to 5. Presenting
at CLESOL on IELTS is Amanda Jane Bayliss who is presenting a paper
titled IELTS Scores and the prediction of tertiary academic
language performance from a research project lead by Professor
David Ingram and Amanda Bayliss.
The paper is being presented on Saturday October 4th at 11.40 am
IELTS going Green in Australia - 07th October
IELTS is a major “Green” sponsor at the Australian
International Education Conference (AIEC) being held
in Brisbane Australia on October 7 to 10.
The event is the key regional education conference with over 1,200
attendees from Asia and the rest of the world attending to
participate in workshops and listen to key global speakers on the
education industry. Various papers will be presented at the
conference that touch on IELTS and its benefits for industry.
East China University of Science and Technology Adopts
IELTS for MBA programme - 1st July 2008
The prestigious East China University of Science and Technology
in Shanghai has formally recognised IELTS as a qualification for
entry to its School of Business. Applicants for undergraduate
courses need IELTS band scores of 6.0-6.5 and applicants for
foundation courses 5.0-5.5.
East China University of Science and Technology is the second
Chinese university to recognise IELTS this year.
For more information on more than 6,000 institutions around the
world that recognise IELTS, visit the Global Recognition System -
IELTS sponsors NAFSA plenary with Ishmeal Beah - 25th
IELTS was proud to sponsor a key plenary at the 60th NAFSA: Association of
International Educators Annual Conference in Washington DC, USA in
May this year.
Over 4,000 delegates attended the plenary session with Ishmael
Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone whose best selling
book 'A Long Way Gone' about his own experiences has become a
worldwide best-seller. In his inspiring talk Beah spoke of the
plight of children affected by war around the world and the
importance of international education and exchange for fostering
global understanding and peace.
The plenary was just one of the contributions IELTS made to this
event - the largest NAFSA Annual Conference to date, with over
9,300 delegates from 113 countries. Beryl Meiron, Executive
Director, IELTS International reported that in all, over 1000
people visited the IELTS stand over the three and a half days of
the Conference. This included representatives of many of the 1,800
universities and colleges in the USA that recognise IELTS, and of
11 more institutions that confirmed during the event that they now
formally recognise IELTS.
NAFSA is the world’s leading association in the field of
international education and exchange. It is a member organization
promoting international education and providing professional
development opportunities to the field with close to 10,000