IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by
trained and certificated examiners, all of whom are qualified and
experienced English language specialists. The examiners work to
clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed
quality control procedures.
It is the responsibility of each IELTS test centre to recruit
and train a pool of examiners. Centres recruit on a needs basis and
consider applicants who meet the following requirements:
- • an undergraduate degree or qualification(s) that can be
demonstrated to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree;
- • a TEFL/TESOL qualification from a recognised
- • substantial relevant teaching experience, the
majority which must relate to adult students (16 years and
Applicants must then be approved by a qualified examiner
trainer. After approval, the applicant undergoes face-to-face
training conducted by an accredited IELTS trainer and then
undertakes certification assessment.
Interested in becoming an IELTS examiner?
If you are interested in becoming an IELTS examiner and you meet
the requirements outlined above, please
contact your local test centre.
The Examiner System
The assessment of professional
attributes and interpersonal skills of examiner applicants occurs
at three stages in the recruitment process: application form,
interview and training. All examiners must have the qualifications
and experience outlined above.
Shortlisted applicants are
interviewed and, if successful, complete an induction
Applicants who successfully complete
induction proceed to training, which is carried out by an examiner
trainer and lasts four days.
Applicants then complete a
certification set to demonstrate that they can apply the assessment
criteria accurately and reliably. If successful, they
become certificated as examiners.
Year 1: Monitoring
Examiners are monitored by examiner trainers up to four times a
year and at least once every two years. New examiners
(and those who have not recently worked as IELTS examiners) are
monitored at least three times in their first year. All
examiners receive written feedback on their rating and also on the
delivery of the Speaking test. They may be required to take
corrective action if any issues are raised about their
Year 2: Standardisation and
Standardisation sessions are held every two years and are led by
an examiner trainer. Standardisation is completed at the centre and
takes place as close as possible to the two-yearly recertification
of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the examiners
then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply
the assessment criteria accurately.