IELTS in the USand Beyond: ATruly GlobalExperienceNAFSA Region XII 2012Roger FongELS Honoluluwww.ielts.org
What is IELTS?The International English Language TestingSystem, a global standardized English languagetest designed to ......
Top 5 Things You Should Know About IELTS1. Paper-and-pencil test with a live, face-to-face Speaking   interview with a cer...
IELTS Around the World                         www.ielts.org
IELTS Increasing in Popularity                                  Global IELTS candidature                           New rec...
Global Candidature Breakdown (2011)                                www.ielts.org
What are the Top Nationalities ofUS-Bound IELTS Test Takers?                              www.ielts.org
Top Nationalities of US-bound IELTSTest Takers (Global)       Hong Kong1.    China2.    Saudi Arabia Vietnam              ...
Academic                    General Training                  Module                        ModuleTest Format        Liste...
Face-to-face Speaking TestPart 1             Examiner introduces him/herself and         4 - 5 minutesIntroduction and   c...
Your turn…Do you think this test taker has the languageproficiency skills necessary to be academicallysuccessful on a camp...
Speaking Part 3: CelebritiesBand 7This candidate can maintain the flow of speech without noticeable effort and there is no...
IELTS9-PointScaleMost frequentlyused scoresfor universityadmissions                  www.ielts.org
US IELTS Score Requirements      Levels/Sample Schools           ScoresUndergraduate                     Range = 6.0 - 7.0...
Example of University of Southern California, CinematicArts IELTS Score Requirements                                      ...
Free Services Available to Recognizing Organizations• Test Report Form Verification Service (TRFVS)   – To ensure the vali...
Demonstration of TRFVS and E-downloads                               www.ielts.org
TRFVS• Log into the TRF verification website using the email address with which your account has been associated – www.iel...
TRFVS (continued)                    www.ielts.org
E-downloads• Log into the TRF verification website using the email address with which your account has been associated – w...
E-downloads (continued)• Specify a date range for the results you want to retrieve, which MUST include the date the test w...
Test version                           Test dateContact detailsand photo                           Average score          ...
Example 1www.ielts.org
Example 2www.ielts.org
Example 3www.ielts.org
Example 4www.ielts.org
How Can IELTS Help you Recruit MoreInternational Applicants?• Global Recognition System (GRS) – online database of all IEL...
New Security Enhancements:Identity Authentication Management (IAM)A procedure that enhances IELTS test security that invol...
FAQs• Who accepts IELTS?   Over 7,000 organizations worldwide, including 3,000 US   institutions and programs.• When and w...
Feel free to contact us if youhave questions!IELTS USA825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 201Los Angeles, CA 90041323 255 2771ielts@...
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  1. 1. IELTS in the USand Beyond: ATruly GlobalExperienceNAFSA Region XII 2012Roger FongELS Honoluluwww.ielts.org
  2. 2. What is IELTS?The International English Language TestingSystem, a global standardized English languagetest designed to ....•Test the English language abilities of non-native speakerswho plan to study or work where English is the language ofcommunication• Provide a fair, accurate and reliable assessment of the 4language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking www.ielts.org
  3. 3. Top 5 Things You Should Know About IELTS1. Paper-and-pencil test with a live, face-to-face Speaking interview with a certified Examiner2. 2 versions – Academic and General Training3. 9-band scale from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user)4. Accepted by over 7,000 organizations worldwide, including over 3,000 US institutions and programs5. Jointly owned by 3 global partners – British Council IDP: IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and includes all standard varieties of English – American, Australia and British www.ielts.org
  4. 4. IELTS Around the World www.ielts.org
  5. 5. IELTS Increasing in Popularity Global IELTS candidature New record: 1.7 million tests taken in 2011 1,800,000 1,600,000 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 www.ielts.org
  6. 6. Global Candidature Breakdown (2011) www.ielts.org
  7. 7. What are the Top Nationalities ofUS-Bound IELTS Test Takers? www.ielts.org
  8. 8. Top Nationalities of US-bound IELTSTest Takers (Global) Hong Kong1. China2. Saudi Arabia Vietnam Philippines3. India India4. France Kuwait5. Philippines Nepal6. South Korea Saudi Arabia7. Hong Kong China8. Vietnam9. NepalKuwaitFrance10. South Korea www.ielts.org
  9. 9. Academic General Training Module ModuleTest Format Listening Listening 30 minutes, 30 minutes, 4 sections, 40 items 4 sections, 40 items Reading Reading 60 minutes, 60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items 3 sections, 40 items Writing Writing 60 minutes, 2 tasks 60 minutes, 2 tasks Speaking Speaking 11 - 14 minutes, 11 - 14 minutes, 3 parts 3 parts Total test time 2 hours 44 minutes (+ 10 minutes transfer time) www.ielts.org
  10. 10. Face-to-face Speaking TestPart 1 Examiner introduces him/herself and 4 - 5 minutesIntroduction and confirms candidates identity.Interview Examiner interviews candidate using verbal questions based on familiar topic frames.Part 2 Examiner asks candidate to speak for 3 - 4 minutesIndividual 1-2 minutes on a particular topic based (includeslong turn on written input in the form of a general 1 minute instruction and content-focused preparation prompts. Examiner asks one or two time) questions at the end of the long turn.Part 3 Examiner invites candidate to 4 - 5 minutesTwo-way participate in discussion of morediscussion abstract nature, based on verbal questions, thematically linked to Part 2 prompt. www.ielts.org
  11. 11. Your turn…Do you think this test taker has the languageproficiency skills necessary to be academicallysuccessful on a campus? www.ielts.org
  12. 12. Speaking Part 3: CelebritiesBand 7This candidate can maintain the flow of speech without noticeable effort and there is no loss ofcoherence. He uses a variety of linking words and markers (I would say; that’s a good question;as I said; as long as), but he overuses the filler (yeah) and sometimes referencing is inaccurate(for the one or the other reasons).He uses a wide range of vocabulary, including some less common and idiomatic items andeffective collocation (easy to blame; global warming; financial crisis; he stands for something;can’t stand the pressure). However, sometimes he lacks precision in his choice of words andexpressions (Greek instead of ‘Greece’; on the other side of the lake; environmentallypeople/things; a big branch).His grammar displays a good range of both simple and complex structures. Many of hissentences are error-free but he makes some mistakes in subject/verb agreement (people whowants; the people who admires him), articles (the normal person) and relative pronouns(everything what happens).His pronunciation is clear and easy to follow. He uses both sentence stress and intonationeffectively to convey meaning (you can’t blame a soccer player but it’s easy to blame thepoliticians). He does have a noticeable accent, however, and his mispronunciation of a few wordsresults in occasional loss of clarity (wole model for ‘role model’; wong for ‘wrong’; serf the planetfor ‘serve the planet’).This candidate is a clear example of a Band 7. www.ielts.org
  13. 13. IELTS9-PointScaleMost frequentlyused scoresfor universityadmissions www.ielts.org
  14. 14. US IELTS Score Requirements Levels/Sample Schools ScoresUndergraduate Range = 6.0 - 7.0New York University 7.0University of Illinois, Urbana- 6.5ChampaignArizona State University 6.0Graduate Range = 6.0 - 8.5Columbia University 7.0Columbia School of Journalism 8.5Professional schools Range = 6.0 - 8.5Harvard MBA 7.0LLM Range = 6.5 - 8.0Duke University 7.5Indiana University 7.0 www.ielts.org
  15. 15. Example of University of Southern California, CinematicArts IELTS Score Requirements www.ielts.org
  16. 16. Free Services Available to Recognizing Organizations• Test Report Form Verification Service (TRFVS) – To ensure the validity of IELTS results you receive are authentic – www.ielts.org/verify• Electronic Score Download (e-downloads) – Allows institutions to download IELTS results electronically instead of receiving paper Test Report Forms (TRFs) – ieltstrf@cambridgeesol.org www.ielts.org
  17. 17. Demonstration of TRFVS and E-downloads www.ielts.org
  18. 18. TRFVS• Log into the TRF verification website using the email address with which your account has been associated – www.ielts.org/verify• On left navigation menu, click on “TRF Query” and then enter the applicant’s TRF number www.ielts.org
  19. 19. TRFVS (continued) www.ielts.org
  20. 20. E-downloads• Log into the TRF verification website using the email address with which your account has been associated – www.ielts.org/verify• On left navigation menu, click on “Download Results” www.ielts.org
  21. 21. E-downloads (continued)• Specify a date range for the results you want to retrieve, which MUST include the date the test was TAKEN• Choose the format you want your results displayed, either CSV or XML* *Candidate photos are only available in XML format• Click “Submit” to see the results you have received within the specified date range www.ielts.org
  22. 22. Test version Test dateContact detailsand photo Average score Stamps TRF number www.ielts.org
  23. 23. Example 1www.ielts.org
  24. 24. Example 2www.ielts.org
  25. 25. Example 3www.ielts.org
  26. 26. Example 4www.ielts.org
  27. 27. How Can IELTS Help you Recruit MoreInternational Applicants?• Global Recognition System (GRS) – online database of all IELTS receiving organizations worldwide (https://bandscore.ielts.org)• IELTS USA Recognition List – includes all US institutions and programs that accept IELTS and their score requirements (www.ielts.org/usa)• IELTS USA Facebook page – used topromote “Featured” US institutions everyweek to over 4,500 fans(www.facebook.com/IELTSUSA) www.ielts.org
  28. 28. New Security Enhancements:Identity Authentication Management (IAM)A procedure that enhances IELTS test security that involves taking andauthenticating photographs of test takers on the test day as well as a fingerscan for entry and re-entry to the different parts of the test.The IAM promise: The person whose photo appears on the Test Report Formis the person who sat the test.As part of the applicationprocess candidates sign theapplication form consenting tothe following:• have a photograph taken• provide a sample signature• have finger-scan taken www.ielts.org
  29. 29. FAQs• Who accepts IELTS? Over 7,000 organizations worldwide, including 3,000 US institutions and programs.• When and where is IELTS available? Offered up to 4 times per month (Saturdays and Thursdays) in over 800 testing locations around the world.• When are IELTS results issued? 13 calendar days after the test is taken.• How are test scores delivered to the colleges and universities? Scores are sent directly to receiving organizations from the test center where the test was taken by paper Test Report Form or via electronic score download. www.ielts.org
  30. 30. Feel free to contact us if youhave questions!IELTS USA825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 201Los Angeles, CA 90041323 255 2771ielts@ieltsusa.org www.ielts.org

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