Ielts reaches two million landmark

June 17, 2013

The International English Language Testing System (Ielts) reached a record of two million tests taken globally in the last twelve months.

The two million test figure in the year to April 2013 represents growth of 11 per cent over the previous 12 months and marks the eighteenth year of consecutive growth in test numbers for Ielts, which is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: Ielts Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Announcing the news, Zach Johnson, CEO of Ielts USA, said growth of the test for students heading to the USA was strong, and it was now accepted by over 3,000 institutions and programmes in the country. “Of the two million tests, the numbers of people taking Ielts to go to the USA continues to grow and all of the top 25 universities accepting foreign students accept Ielts as proof of English proficiency.”

Other strong markets in the last twelve months were China, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey. 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.”

John Belleville, Head of Ielts at IDP 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.”

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