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English language test is among the requirements for international students to study abroad. International English Language Test called IELTS is accepted by universities and colleges for degree study especially in international countries like Canada, United Kingdom, and USA etc. This is not the only English language test available as there are TOEFL, GRE also accepted by international universities or colleges for any degree study, a bachelor degree, master degree, doctorate degree.
It is typically required of international students who are non-native English speakers to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into university or college.
A fair, accurate and reliable measure of English language skills is provided by IELTS , and they are trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.
Furtherance of educational study is a reason many choose international study rather than local study in their home country. Tremendous number of students from developing countries e.g Africa countries chooses to take an international study in any of the degree programme. You will see international study as a better option for your degree study (a bachelor degree, a master degree, a doctorate degree). International study are taken in countries with advanced education system to aid knowledge acquired, residency in the country, opportunity to work, international recognition, accepted qualification and many more.
INTERNATIONAL STUDY REQUIREMENTS
University or college requirements for international students who choose to take a degree study, should always be put at mind. When you choose to study abroad.
International studies always have requirements to be met, as you choose to stud in universities or colleges abroad.
Highlighted below are requirements for an international study;
English Language Test (IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and other proficiency test)
Referee (2 – 3 referees) best from your previous degree professors.
Ensure you always do a check on the requirements from the prospective institution you applying into, to see their requirements to be met.
(IELTS) ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has been a global standardized English test designed to measure the English language proficiency of people who plan to study or work where English is the language of communication.
If you’re already applying to study at an institution that requires your English language testing scores, get more details on if the IELTS is the right test for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN IELTS?
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation” Zig Ziglar
IELTS has more than 1,000 official test centers in over 140 countries around the world, including more than 50 testing locations in major metropolitan cities across the United States. It is recommended that IELTS test takers register at least 1 month before they wish to take the test, so it is important to plan in advance. There is an application form that must be completed and payment must be received in order to confirm your seat for the test. The IELTS test fee is set in each market’s local currency, thus varying by country and eliminating the need for foreign currency exchange. The cost to take IELTS in the US ranges between $215 – $245 USD.
WHICH IELTS TEST TO TAKE?
There are two IELTS tests to choose from
1. General Training, IELTS General Training is used for work or migration purposes.
2. Academic, IELTS Academic is used for higher education and professional certification
. The Listening and Speaking sections of IELTS are the same for both Academic and General Training, however, test takers take different Reading and Writing sections, depending on the test they choose.
The Academic Reading includes authentic texts from books, journals, newspapers, etc., whereas the General Training Reading includes authentic texts from company handbooks, official documents, books, newspapers, etc. The differences between the Academic Writing and General Training Writing are in the content, nature, and contextual parameters of the tasks.
HOW MUCH DOES IELTS COST?
The cost of IELTS test registration are based on country currency, few countries cost are listed below;
3 African Countries and Cost
- Nigeria N75,000 (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
- Ghana GHS 1250 (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
- South Africa R3700.00 (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
5 Europian Countries and their Cost
- United Kindom Varies https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/locations/united-kingdom.
- Australlia AUD$340 (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
- Switzerland 369 CHF (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
- France €232. (See test centers, application requirements and further details)
- Germany Euro 226.(See test centers, application requirements and further details)
IELTS REGISTRATION AND PROCEDURES
Some African countries and their registration
Nigeria IELTS Registration
Ghana (IELTS Registration)
South Africa (IELTS Registration)