• British Council launches IELTS scholarship for Indian students
  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer
  • IELTS is getting to be a very popular English language test
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British Council launches IELTS scholarship for Indian students

Jalandhar: In the backdrop of a decline in number of Indians opting for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the British Council on Saturday launched a scholarship for students in the country who wish to study abroad.

The British Council will select "eight students" from India and each of them would get an award of Rs 3 lakh towards the cost of tuition fee, Kevin Mclaven, First secretary, education services, British High Commission, told reporters. The programme is being launched in three countries simultaneously including India.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer

From March 2016, IELTS test takers for UK Visas and Immigration will be able to take their IELTS test on paper or on computer. A limited number of places will be available for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer at a number of locations in the UK, China and Hong Kong. This option will then be gradually introduced in other locations during 2016-17.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer will be held on selected dates throughout the year and registration will close one week before the test date, subject to availability of places. The introduction of this new option will not affect the availability of paper IELTS tests.

Test takers who choose the new option will take their Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face, as this has always been a key feature of the IELTS approach. We believe it is the most effective means of assessing speaking skills and prompts a more realistic performance from test takers.

All other aspects of the test (including content, marking, scoring, security arrangements, etc.) are identical whether it is taken on paper or on computer. All test takers will receive the same Test Report Form.

Please note that this development only affects test takers who need to take IELTS for UKVI (Academic) for UK visas and immigration purposes. It does not affect people taking IELTS for UKVI (General Training), IELTS Life Skills or IELTS for any other purpose.

IELTS, which is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, has played a key role in language testing for study, work and immigration purposes for over 25 years. IELTS is accepted by more than 9,000 organisations around the world including universities and employers in many countries, as well as by professional bodies, and other government agencies. It is also used for language testing for UK immigration and for migration to other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in 2015 in over 140 countries.

IELTS is getting to be a very popular English language test

IELTS is getting to be a very popular English language test. It has been around for almost 20 years and in the last year more than one million people gained IELTS certificates for further education, employment or immigration purposes. The official IELTS website even says that because of the very large numbers of candidates in China, India, Australia, UK and Pakistan, IELTS became the most popular international English language test in the world!

Slowly but surely IELTS finds its way into the USA – just recently another 57 universities joined the list of many others already recognizing IELTS in the United States. This year more IELTS Test Centers will open in the USA to meet the growing demand for IELTS exams.

The UK has accepted IELTS as the official English test for immigration purposes and IELTS band score can be translated into an equivalent Cambridge ESOL Certificate of a corresponding level.

China has opened its borders to IELTS, and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) was the first school in People’s Republic of China to recognize IELTS – surely others will follow and it’s just a matter of time.