Malaysians planning to study or work abroad now have the option of taking the international standardised test of English language proficiency IELTS on computer from October 9, 2018.
Those who choose the computer-delivered IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, will get their results faster – between five to seven days after completing the test – compared to those who opt for the paper-based version.
British Council Director for Malaysia Sarah Deverall said: “As we seek to make IELTS as accessible as possible to candidates across Malaysia, the test can currently be taken with us at over 15 test centres in 12 locations nationwide.”
The IETLS is one of the most popular English language proficiency tests used to gain admission to universities or to employment worldwide. Over three million tests were taken last year in more than 800 locations within 100 countries.
The test is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
The IETLS test is divided into four parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, and candidates are scored on a banded system from 1 (non-user) through to 9 (expert user).
IELTS offers a choice of two tests to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus.
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The computer-delivered IELTS was launched December last year in Australia and is being introduced to test centres across the world in 2018.
Content, scoring, level of difficulty, question format and security arrangements will remain the same in the computer-delivered IELTS. Candidates will take the listening, reading and writing segments on computer but the speaking test will still be conducted face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner.