Speaking test: Examiner knowledge and skill
IELTS examiners must meet minimum professional requirements to become an examiner and undergo a comprehensive and systematic recruitment process which includes the following stages: interview, induction, training, standardisation and certification.
All IELTS examiner applicants must:
- be native speakers of English or a non-native speaker with an IELTS band score of 9 in the Speaking and Writing components
- hold tertiary qualifications or equivalent
- hold relevant qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or equivalent
- have substantial relevant teaching experience.
Examiners attend regular training sessions and are required to formally demonstrate their marking proficiency through a recertification process.
The marking performance of the 7,000-plus IELTS examiners is monitored and maintained through the IELTS Professional Support Network, a quality assurance system designed and managed by British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.