• IELTS numbers rise to three million a year 1

    IELTS numbers rise to three million a year


    More than three million International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests were taken in the past year, reflecting the growing importance of the world’s leading test of English for international higher education and migration.

    IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many of the leading institutions in the USA.


    Established in 1989, and jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, IELTS is now a household name in many countries around the world. 


    Warwick Freeland, Managing Director at IDP IELTS Australia said: “IELTS opens doors for millions of people every year, helping them to study abroad, migrate to English-speaking countries or take advantage of the growing need for English in professional life.” 


    The success of IELTS rests on the high quality of the test, which measures the four key languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research teams in the UK and Australia, and administered by centres in more than 140 countries around the world.


    James Shipton, Head IELTS at the British Council, said: “The continued growth of IELTS that we’ve seen around the world is testament to the popularity of the test with test takers, and to the trust that organisations place in IELTS to provide scores that are a reliable indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.”

  • نتایج تحقیقات اخیر درباره آزمون آیلتس و استخدام در سراسر دنیا 1
    جدیدترین اخبار آیلتس در وبسایت آموزش آیلتس دکتر آرین کریمی محقق و مدرس آیلتس ایران
    IELTS Research Report snapshot: IELTS and employment
    Investigating the use of IELTS in determining employment, migration and professional registration outcomes in healthcare and early childcare education in Australia

    Authored by: Cate Gribble, Jill Blackmore, Anne-Marie Morrissey and Tanja Capic, Deakin University, Australia.


    Focusing on two critical professional fields – health and early childhood education – this study provides key insights into language and cultural challenges facing overseas-trained professionals and international graduates making the transition into the Australian labour market. 


    Interviews in this study with employers, government organisations, industry associations, overseas-trained professionals and international graduates confirm that communication is at the heart of these professions. They highlight the complex, sophisticated language and communication skills required in workplaces that are often culturally very different from those previously experienced.


    Key Findings:



    -   English language competency is critical in determining successful labour market outcomes. Conversely, weak English language proficiency can have serious safety implications. Cultural factors and the nuances of social relationships also provide serious challenges.


    -   Universities are increasingly expected to ensure international students graduate with appropriate English language and communication skills.


    -   Most health sector employers in this study view the IELTS requirements for registration as appropriate, although some suggest that these could be even higher.


    -   Highly differentiated labour markets have developed in metropolitan and rural hospitals. For example, unlike metropolitan hospitals, shortages in rural areas have led to hospitals being staffed predominantly by international doctors and nurses.


    -   The introduction (in September 2015) of English language requirements for teachers in early childhood education was received positively by employers, further professionalising the sector.


    -   Although many early childhood sector employers value cultural diversity and see the need for strong English language skills, they have limited knowledge of IELTS requirements. The researchers recommend revisiting them once the impact of the changes has taken effect. 


    -   Other challenges faced by overseas-trained professionals and international graduates in this study include workplace discrimination, isolation and extreme frustration when unable to work in their area of qualification.




    This IELTS Research Report, along with more than 100 others, is available in full for free on IELTS Official website.


    Every year IDP Education and the British Council fund and support IELTS-related research that reflects current issues relating to the IELTS test in the international context. Such research makes an important contribution to the monitoring and test development process for IELTS; it also helps IELTS stakeholders to develop a greater understanding of the test.


    source : www.ielts.org