Every year, millions of people from around the world apply to universities and colleges in pre-dominantly English speaking countries like Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US, and there has also been a recent surge in applications to immigration authorities for permanent residence. In order to thrive in an environment where English is used as the primary mode of communication, it is essential that applicants have strong command of the language. But how do organisations like educational institutions and immigration authorities assess an applicant’s English Language proficiency?
Currently, the most widely used mode of assessment of a person’s English language skills is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English Language test for higher education and global migration with over two million tests taken globally last year. The test is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9000 organisations which include, but are not limited to international schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
All in all, IELTS is a mandatory prerequisite and a stepping stone towards academic and professional aspirations. With over 80 years of experience in English language teaching and assessment, the British Council delivers the IELTS test in over 140 countries, ensuring the same high standards everywhere. In Bangladesh, the test is delivered in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna. The British Council has a total of 10 test centres across these cities. You can register for IELTS on the British Council’s website (http://www.britishcouncil.org.bd/en/exam/ielts) or through over a 100 IELTS Registration Centres (IRC) across the country.
Learner support for IELTS is one of the British Council’s most notable services with a wide range of free and paid preparation resources. For example, Road to IELTS (www.roadtoielts.com) is a comprehensive online preparation package which is packed with all the materials you need for the IELTS test, whether you are taking the Academic or General Training module. Also, as a special reward for its IELTS test takers, the British Council provides access to its exclusive 'Road to IELTS: Last Minute' e-learning package. The package provides 30 hours of free online tuition when you book your test online with the British Council.
Another useful online preparation resource is the British Council’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests (www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts).
The British Council also has mobile phone applications to help you with your IELTS preparation. "1001 Ways” is a fun and educative mobile app that allows you to learn English accents from all over the world. The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
To help IELTS candidates better prepare for the exam, the organisation has three teaching centres in Dhaka: the Dhaka University campus office, Gulshan and Uttara.
‘The British Council is a world authority in English; our courses have been set up by a team of ELT specialists from the global British Council network and cater to the needs of diverse learners in the classroom, taking into account the difference in cognitive and affective development, ability, motivation, aspiration, learning styles, needs, interests and potential,’ said Jamie Mann, Teaching Centre Manager, British Council Bangladesh.
With an aim to make foreign education more accessible for Bangladeshi students, the British Council introduced the IELTS Scholarships scheme in 2015. Overwhelmed by the response, the scheme was re-launched in August last year to continue to support IELTS candidates in achieving their dreams of a foreign education. In 2016, five winners from across the country were awarded a scholarship worth BDT 300000 each. Study destinations include UK, Australia, Malaysia and China. Applications for the British Council IELTS Scholarships 2017 will open in September 2017.
The British Council has helped people in more than a 100 countries to assess their English language proficiency enabling them to make the most of their opportunities in life. The organisation’s expert support, host of online and offline resources, convenient test dates, locations and venues, easy booking and fast results make for a comprehensively satisfying IELTS experience.