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IELTS : TRF single supply policy

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IELTS only supply one copy of an original Test Report Form (TRF) to exam takers. IELTS will send up to five copies of the TRF to nominated recipients such as Immigration and universities.

This research project investigates whether IELTS’s policy of supplying only one original TRF has the effect (whether intended or not intended) of requiring that certain test-takers must advise IELTS of the intended use of their IELTS test to achieve their objective.

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IELTS : TRF single supply policy

  1. 1. 1 The Free School http://www.thefreeschool.education/language-tests-review.html Global English Language Tests Review Series An urgent investigation into IELTS’s policy of supplying only one Test Report Form (TRF) to their fee-paying clients. Exposure Draft Number 9: Work in Progress May, 2017 Jay Jericho D.Soc.Sc Syd jay@thefreeschool.education IELTS Review Series This document is the ninth exposure draft in a series that conducts a critical review of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and other global language tests. The scope of this project discusses the pedagogical design and the administrative regime of global English language examinations such as the IELTS.
  2. 2. 2 IELTS only supply one copy of an original Test Report Form (TRF) to exam takers. IELTS will send up to five copies of the TRF to nominated recipients such as Immigration and universities. In theory, supplying details of nominated recipients on IELTS’s application form is voluntary. In practice, many persons who take the IELTS test: (a) Plan to send their TRF to multiple institutions; (b) Must send their original TRF to each institution; (c) Do not want IELTS examiners to know what scores they require to ‘pass’ their exam. It is not clear if IELTS strictly enforce a ‘blind-marking’ policy. This research project investigates whether IELTS’s policy of supplying only one original TRF has the effect (whether intended or not intended) of requiring that certain test-takers must advise IELTS of the intended use of their IELTS test to achieve their objective. I strongly urge test takers to never inform IELTS of the intended use of their TRF. Prior to taking the exam, you may inquire with the parties that require your IELTS TRF results if they will accept a photocopy of your original TRF that has been certified as a copy of the original by an authorized notary such as an Attorney or a Justice of the Peace. I plead with institutions such as Immigration and colleges to act with compassion and always accept a notarized copy of an official IELTS Test Report Form. Dr. Jay Jericho May, 2017

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