Why passing IELTS requires more than just speaking and writing English

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What is IELTS? 

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardized and widely recognized English language proficiency assessment test for non-native English speakers. It is commonly used for education and global migration requirement.  

It is considered a structured certification for the English language. Academic institutions accept the certification from the IELTS and companies, private, professional institutions, and government organizations. 

It was established in 1989 and was created by and jointly owned by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and IDP: IELTS Australia. The IELTS is designed to evaluate the individual’s English writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills.

Moreover, it also assesses one’s effectiveness in using the English language. The IELTS can be taken by anyone regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, and such. However, the test is not recommended for those under 16 years old. 

IELTS is accepted by more than 11 000 organisations including universities, schools, professional bodies, employers and immigration authorities around the world.

With the growing number of IELTS Tests taken every year, it has become a leader in English language exams in international higher education.

Moreover, this popular English language test is accepted in 100% of universities in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is also trusted in over 3,400 institutions in the United States and by thousands of institutions, especially in English-speaking countries worldwide.

And if you are looking to study abroad, work or migrate to other countries, then IELTS can help you with that. 

Free Road to IELTS vouchers

The British Council South Africa is investing in aspiring candidates wanting to complete the IELTS test, by giving away 1 000 free Road to IELTS vouchers, each valued at US$80.

These vouchers provide candidates with free preparation materials, making it easier for them to achieve their desired scores.

IELTS is the leading English proficiency test for immigrating to the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand.

Even good English speakers fail IELTS

Whether for work, study or immigration, IELTS ensures that candidates have the language ability to be productive in their destination country. But passing the test is about more than just being able to speak, read and write English.

Even those with the necessary ability to pass the test could, in theory, be tripped up if they arrive unprepared.

Misunderstanding the IELTS time constraints, not knowing the types of questions they’ll be asked or lacking suitable guidance on how to answer a particular type of question, are all potential challenges.

“This initiative from British Council South Africa will help candidates prepare better so that they can achieve the scores they need,” says Balvinder Singh Kandra, Director Examinations ̶ Southern Africa Cluster at British Council.

“‘Road to IELTS’ is the British Council’s comprehensive, 100% online and most popular IELTS preparation programme.

“Candidates can access over 300 interactive activities, 13 advisory videos and tutorials, and 40 practice tests. Road to IELTS Premium provides everything you need to maximise the use of the preparation resources to get to the next step of your career,” Kandra adds.

Road to IELTS brochure and video

One challenge is that candidates sometimes book IELTS with little notice.

“We hope that the Road to IELTS preparation will encourage people to book IELTS further in advance.

“Candidates who book for IELTS via the British Council get exclusive access to the Road to IELTS Last Minute Version for free – only with the British Council,” says Kandra.

Road to IELTS includes computer-delivered IELTS simulator. Find out more by reading this brochure, and by watching this video.


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