The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has reinforced its position as the one of world's most popular English language proficiency tests for higher education, with a record 2 million tests taken around the world in the last 12 months.
The 2-million test figure represents 11 per cent growth in the number of tests taken over last 12 months and marks the 18th year of consecutive growth in IELTS test numbers.
The growth in test numbers also reflects the increase in the number of organisations using IELTS to meet their needs for language proficiency assessment. IELTS is now accepted by more than 8,000 educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments in 135 countries around the world – including over 3,000 institutions and programmes in the United States.
Making the announcement from the IELTS booth at the NAFSA conference in St Louis, Missouri, Zach Johnson, CEO at IELTS USA, said, “Of the two million tests, the number of people taking IELTS to go to the US continues to grow and all of the top 25 US universities accepting foreign students accept IELTS as proof of English proficiency.”
Globally, the demand for IELTS in countries such as China, India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey has remained high, with students taking the test for entry to educational institutions in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US, among many other destinations.
John Gildea, Head of IELTS at the British Council said, “The phenomenal growth we’ve seen around the world is testament to the popularity of the test with test takers – and the organisations that trust IELTS scores as an accurate indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.”