The number of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests taken globally has grown 11% over the last year, for 2 million. Popularity of the IELTS test has grown year-on-year for the past eighteen years.
The rise in the number of tests taken also shows a rise in the number of organisations turning to the IELTS test to measure candidates’ English language abilities. More than 8,000 education providers, employers, professional associations and governments across 135 countries accept the IELTS certificate.
Zach Johnson, CEO of IELTS USA said, “Of the two million tests, the numbers 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.”
Demand for IELTS has grown significantly in China, India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Many students now choose to take the IELTS test in preparation of studying abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA.
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 organizations that trust IELTS scores as an accurate indicator of a person’s ability to communicate in English.”
John Belleville, Head of IELTS at IDP IELTS added, “IELTS is maintaining its position as the most secure high-stakes English proficiency test available, and is available to people in more than 900 locations around the world.”