5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Get An IELTS for September 2021!

IELTS. If you’ve thought about applying to study abroad, you’ve probably heard of it.

But for those of you around here that are new, IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is the world's most popular English language test.

There are many overseas education consultants out there advertising courses and universities “without IELTS”, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.

There are certainly options for students wanting to study abroad, without the need for sitting an IELTS exam.

It is the world's most popular English language test

However, in this blog, we talk about 5 reasons why you SHOULD take an IELTS and how it’ll help you gain admission in what is set to be one of the largest international student recruitment intakes in recent times.

It’s the perfect storm for studying in the UK since the 2-year post-study work visa is back, replacing the old 4 month stay back period.

COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out (and if you’re an international student studying in the UK, you will have access to the UK vaccine).

But, this means there will be increased competition when applying to the university of your dreams.

Universities will have to turn down students this year and ask them to defer. You’ll be competing with students that have deferred from September 2020 and January 2021, along with the new cohort of students that are graduating this year.

2021 is set to be one of the largest international student recruitment intakes in last decade

So, how does IELTS work?

An IELTS test assesses students in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The test gives you a score or band in each area, ranging from 0-9, 9 being an expert user in English.

For a Tier 4 Student Visa, the minimum requirement is 5.5 overall in each area that you are tested.

But some universities ask for 6.0 to 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5-6.0 in each band, depending on the level of English required to study the course, or the ranking of the university.

Overall, you’ll need to achieve an ‘above average’ score to get admission in the UK.

This means it isn’t just a test you can take and hope for the best.

Lots of preparation is needed. There is a huge amount of free resources out there to help you achieve a good score, so drop us a comment below if you’d like to find out more about this.

The 5 reasons why you should take an IELTS

1. You’ll be accepted quicker than students without IELTS

If you submit all of your academic grades with an IELTS that meets the requirements, it’s likely you’ll get your offer within 48 hours!

How come? Well, it’s simple, it’s easier to assess an IELTS certificate than other methods of passing the English language requirement.

The admissions offer just needs to check your score and it’s a pass/fail scenario.

Whereas with other methods, there can be so many anomalies, the decision will always take longer.

If you submit all of your academic grades with an IELTS that meets the requirements, it’s likely you’ll get your offer within 48 hours!

That’s why we would always advise that you take an IELTS test.

I can guarantee the effort and cost it takes to gain an IELTS certificate will be worth it in the long run!

2. It’s standardised and accurate

An IELTS test will assess every aspect of your English language ability.

This makes it a great test for universities to be confident that you’ll be able to understand and learn their course material.

It’ll also show immigration that you have the required level of English to gain a Tier 4 study visa and most importantly, it will give YOU the confidence that your level of English is perfect for the country you chose to study in.

We hear it all the time, students worried if their language skills will stop them from succeeding in another country - well, prove it to yourself, get practising and take the exam.

3. It’ll help you get a job

As mentioned earlier in this blog, IELTS is the most popular English language test in the world.

It is recognised globally.

Not only do universities recognise it, but it’s also recognised by over 10,000 global organisations in more than 140 countries.

So, when it comes to landing that job after you graduate, an IELTS will certainly help.

It’ll also help if you are trying to get some part-time work whilst you study.

Although a lot of employers are happy to take on international students part-time during term time and full-time during the holidays, it is always good to evidence how good your level of English is.

4. It will improve your English

I know, this sounds like an obvious one, but hear me out.

You’ll find that as you practice and prepare for the exam, your current level of English will improve - it’s really that simple.