IELTS warns fraudsters - 31 May
Claims that a small number of IELTS
candidates from China are seeking to use imposters to sit their
IELTS test in order to obtain their desired result has met with a
harsh warning from the IELTS partners. IELTS warned test
candidates that if they attempt to present fraudulent identities to
any IELTS test centre, they will be identified and action will be
taken, James Shipton, Director of IELTS for China, said today.
Reports surface from time to time of
fraudsters from mainland China seeking to make money from students
who will pay an imposter. “Students who pay large sums of
money are attracted by exaggerated promises of IELTS results, yet
they end up without results and are no more advanced in the process
of developing the English language skills to ultimately succeed in
a university or workplace where English is used,” James Shipton
Most IELTS candidates study hard to
improve their English language skills, achieve the best possible
result in their IELTS test and then pursue education, immigration
or professional accreditation outcomes.
There will always be a small minority
of people who seek to attain results that they haven’t
earned. IELTS test centres are on constant alert to identify
people presenting a false identity before, during and after the
“Cheating attempts are not widespread.
However IELTS vigorously pursues instances of alleged cheating or
other fraudulent activity, to protect the integrity of the IELTS
test and the interests of legitimate test candidates.
James Shipton warned those students
tempted to pay money to someone offering to be an imposter to be
very mindful of the consequences of such actions.
“Around the world, IELTS works closely
with relevant authorities, including immigration and law
enforcement agencies, to prevent, identify and report any fraud
attempts. In China, for example, IELTS issues life bans on any
candidate identified as attempting to present a fraudulent
identity” confirmed James Shipton.
With more than 20 years experience, the
IELTS partners continually evolve security systems and procedures
in order to ensure that multi-layered protocols address security
risk across all test stages. Given the sensitive nature of
these measures, they are not disclosed publicly in detail.
IELTS is the most popular high stakes
English language test in the world, recognised by 6,000
organisations in over 135 countries. In 2010, more than 1.5
million IELTS tests were sat worldwide.
IELTS breaks the 1.5 million tests mark - 9
IELTS has cemented its position as the world’s most popular high
stakes English language test with latest figures revealing a record
1.5 million tests were taken around the world in 2010.
Representing over 15 consecutive years of
global growth, the number of tests taken has increased year-on-year
annually since 1995.
North America followed by the Philippines and
Hong Kong experienced the largest growth over the year, whilst
China, Australia and India continue to retain their positions as
the largest markets for IELTS.
Tony Pollock, Chief Executive of IDP: IELTS
Australia, speaking on behalf of the three IELTS partners said, “We
believe the increase in the number of IELTS tests taken can be
attributed to two key factors. Firstly, we have seen greater
test accessibility with 800 locations in 130 countries now
“There are also over 6,000 institutions
globally that rely on the rigour and reliability of the IELTS test
to make informed decisions where English language skills are a key
requirement, including universities, employers, professional bodies
and immigration authorities,” he continued.
IELTS provides a reliable measure of a
candidate’s ability across the four skills of listening, reading,
writing and speaking.
Candidates cited the number one reason for
taking the test in 2010 was in pursuit of entry into an academic
institution, followed by migration purposes.
“IELTS continues to help change people’s lives
as they look for opportunities around the world – whether that be
in education, for migration or employment. That’s why IELTS
is a high stakes test and also why it’s so critical that the test
continue to be a robust and rigorous measure of English language
“With 1.5 million tests delivered last year,
it is clear that the effectiveness of IELTS in this regard is
acknowledged by both candidates and those who use and rely on the
test alike,” Mr Pollock concluded.